Allison Mills

Allison Mills


  • Associate Director of Research Communications, University Marketing and Communications


A through and through geek, Allison writes university research stories. She studied geoscience as an undergrad at Northland College before getting a master's in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana. She moonlights as a dance instructor, radio fiend, and occasional rock licker.

Links of Interest

Her Beats

  • Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

About Allison

  • She focuses on writing new stories about Michigan Tech research -- everything from robotic prostheses to mesocosms to the physics of raindrops.
  • A University of Montana graduate, she earned a master's degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism, which built on her bachelor's in geoscience from Northland College.
  • She also teaches dance through the Student Development Complex's community programs.
  • She's a radio geek.

Recent Stories

Hello, World!

“Computing is more than just coding.” Emily Gochis, Local MiSTEM Network Regional

When the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) dug into the 2016 US Bureau of Labor Statistics data, they found that 76 percent of new STEM jobs—careers that didn't exist previously—are in computing. Each year, most new jobs in STEM fields peak around 4,000 new positions. In computing, there are more than 20,000 new jobs opening each year . . . Read More

How to Reengineer a Mine

Shawn vanDoorn graduates in May 2020 with Michigan Tech’s revamped mining engineering

Much has changed in the past 134 years: Notably, mining in the Keweenaw "Copper Country" and the purpose of the mining school, renamed Michigan Technological University in 1964. But an industrialized place can never fully escape its roots, and as engineering has changed over the last century so have the practices and uses of mines. From a new but . . . Read More

Siting Cell Towers Needs Careful Planning

Almost everyone has a cell phone, and that creates a lot of demand for data, which
      means engineers need to think about where to site new cell towers.

No one can overengineer like an engineer. So introducing a little more caution into an existing engineering process is nothing much to ruffle feathers. A new paper published in Environmental Research offers insight on how to include simple precautionary approaches to siting cell towers. About the Researcher . . . Read More

Decisions Made for Water Under the Bridge

Bridges like those in the Keweenaw will be less impacted by sea level rise than others.

It’s called a sustainability-based optimized algorithm. It’s designed to help land managers, city planners, engineers and policymakers make decisions about civil engineering projects. New bridge? Old bridge that needs new repairs? How about the school roof or the waterfront development? Every project has economic, environmental and social . . . Read More