Stefanie Sidortsova

Stefanie Sidortsova


  • Executive Director for Communications, University Marketing and Communications


Stefanie joined Michigan Tech in 2016 and leads the University’s communications strategy. She earned a master of studies in creative writing from the University of Cambridge, a juris doctor from Arizona State University, and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

About Stefanie

  • Stefanie leads UMC's communications team, including news and media relations, social media, and brand communications staff.
  • Her professional background includes experience in higher education administration and instruction, law, government relations, and writing and editing.
  • She enjoys hiking, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Recent Stories 

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Michigan Tech Receives $1.3 Million McNair Grant

The five-year grant — $261,888 each year — funds the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at Michigan Tech, also known as the McNair Scholars Program. McNair scholars receive summer research experience with faculty mentors, opportunities to present at research conferences, assistance with preparing for graduate school and professional development toward completing a Ph.D. Read More

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Michigan Tech Brings TechMBA® to Grand Traverse Region

Michigan Tech’s Master of Business Administration program (TechMBA®) is on the move. Beginning in fall 2022, the 30-credit program will include three delivery options, the newest of which provides a hybrid option for Grand Traverse area students:
Hybrid (has both in-person and remote elements): Students meet with faculty and other students in MTU’s Grand Traverse Research Workspace to attend virtual courses one night per week.All online: Students complete course requirements fully online and at their own pace. On-campus courses: Students attend courses in person in Houghton, Michigan.In the hybrid option, students complete most of their coursework online in a synchronous fashion with once-per-week Zoom meetings where they interact in real time with fellow classmates and their instructor. Read More

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Q&A: Monique Wells

The chemical engineering major launched her professional life in industry, but switched gears to pursue a love of teaching. After spending several years teaching engineering technology to high school students, Wells returned to the corporate environment with a passion for STEM education and equity. Recently named DTE Energy’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in February 2021, Wells reflects on her time at Tech and her vision for what DE&I efforts should mean at the workplace and in the classroom. Read More

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The Pandemic Toolbox: COVID-19's Wrench Remade Research Labs

Just weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, COVID-19 testing in the UP was limited. Not everyone could get a test, and those who could had samples sent to downstate labs. The results were often delayed, whether by travel times or testing backlogs.
Fast forward a year. The Michigan Tech COVID-19 Testing Lab performed more than 30,000 tests between April 2020 and February 2021. The University's testing plan has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the nation. Through individual and group contributions, our students and staff have joined the worldwide effort to halt the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Read More

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Livesay Named MTU’s Next Computing Dean

Livesay comes to Michigan Tech from Wichita State University (WSU), where he is dean of the College of Engineering and a full professor in both the Department of Chemistry and Department of Biomedical Engineering. Livesay replaces outgoing dean Adrienne Minerick.
"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Livesay to the University as our next dean of the College of Computing," said Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "The combination of Dr. Livesay's prior experiences and his vision for the future of the College of Computing make him ideally suited to strengthen the College going forward." Read More