Rebecca Ong Featured by 'Propelling Women in Power' Podcast

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is releasing the second season of "Propelling Women in Power," one episode of which features Rebecca Ong, director of graduate programs and associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University.

"Propelling Women in Power" is a podcast about the careers of women in energy at the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and its sister institution, the GLBRC. In the episode "Systems of Support with Rebecca Ong," Ong shares her journey from her childhood love of plants to her groundbreaking research in converting them into biofuels. Listen in for insights on how academia can better support and empower women in STEM and how access to STEM education and representation should start in early childhood.

New Funding

Andrew Burton (CFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator (PI) on a project that has received a $25,000 research and development co-op agreement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Southern Research Station.

The project is titled "Assessment of the role of soil micro-topography in regulating carbon dynamics in wetland –upland gradient using Forest DNDC."

Zhaohua Dai (CFRES/ESC) is a co-PI on the project.

In the News

MLive mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about a July road repaving project in Muskegon, Michigan. One of the lanes will be paved using a trial concrete mixture incorporating 15% recycled tire rubber. Michigan Tech will compare the lane’s durability to other lanes paved with standard concrete.


The Husky Food Access Network (FAN) was mentioned by the Daily Mining Gazette in a story about the area’s farmers market season starting next week. The Husky FAN was listed among the food access programs collaborating with the From the Ground Farmers Market Collective, which manages the farmers markets in Houghton, Hancock and Calumet.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in a Daily Mining Gazette story about an $18,000 grant received by the Hancock School District to develop and enhance curriculum that will build student competencies in science, technology, engineering and math.


WLUC TV6 ran a story about the new Upper Peninsula record for fastest mile, set by Michigan Tech track and field veteran Clayton Sayen ’22 ’23 (B.S. Marketing/Engineering Management, MBA). Sayen shaved more than six seconds off the old record, finishing the mile in four minutes, 5.97 seconds.

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KISMA Boat Wash at Lily Pond

The Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA) is hosting a free outreach boat wash at the Lily Pond boat launch to provide the public with educational materials on the...