Michigan Technological University


HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Tech is unveiling its Maritime Autonomy Research Site this week.

MARS is the first freshwater testbed of its kind in the world. It will allow technology developers, researchers, resources managers and others to collaborate in meeting the future needs of marine technology development.

The MARS unveiling takes place Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

HOUGHTON, MI--   It’s a day of beginnings at Michigan Tech.

University President Richard Koubek will chair his first Board of Trustees meeting Thursday morning. Koubek took the reins at the school July 1 after former president Glenn Mroz stepped down to resume teaching.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan agencies released a new report Thursday detailing the risks of a worst-case scenario oil spill from Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline.

Line 5 lies below the Straits of Mackinac and transports crude oil through the Midwest and into Canada.

The report was led by researchers from Michigan Technological University. It estimates a spill would affect 400 miles of shoreline in Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada. Clean-up could cost the state nearly $2 billion.

HOUGHTON, MI--   An economic impact study released Tuesday says Michigan Tech created about 4,200 jobs and generated $448 million in spending in the state in 2016. 

The study by Anderson Economic Group says the university delivers nearly a 10:1 rate of return on every dollar the state invests in it. The study also finds that each of Michigan’s 83 counties benefits financially from Tech. Houghton County accounts for almost 30 percent of the overall effect.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Tech is breaking ground on its new Bernard Family clock tower Friday.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees has negotiated a five-year contract with the university’s newly elected president. 

Beginning July 1 Dr. Richard Koubek’s salary will be $450,000 a year and he will be named a tenured professor. An at risk portion of his compensation is set up to $25,000, with annual performance objectives established by the board of trustees.

Koubek will also be granted a housing and car allowance and an employee benefit package, similar to the current president.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has a new president.

The university Board of Trustees selected Richard Koubek from a pool of four semi-finalists brought forward by a 14-member Presidential Search Committee.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University men's hockey team is headed to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championships. 

NMU defeated No. 17 Bowling Green Sunday night, 3-2, in overtime. It will be the first time the Wildcats have appeared in the conference championships since 2010.

With the victory, the Wildcats advance to play Michigan Technological University this weekend at the Berry Events Center. The Huskies defeated Minnesota State in overtime on Sunday to advance.

As the highest remaining seed, NMU will host Tech Saturday at 7 p.m.

HOUGHTON, MI--   This week marks the 19th annual SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Technological University. 

The Keweenaw Research Center is hosting 23 teams to compete for the cleanest, quietest snowmobile. Engineering students from across the Northern U.S. and Canada are challenged to surpass 2006 emissions and noise standards. The two categories in the competition are internal combustion—gasoline and diesel utility.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   The search for a new president at Michigan Technological University is down to four candidates. 

The Daily Mining Gazette reports that the finalists are from outside the Houghton university. They'll next be interviewed by Michigan Tech's governing board. No names have been released.

Search committee chairman Bill Johnson said Friday it's a "fine field" with "wonderful track records."

Glenn Mroz has been president since 2004. He plans to return to the faculty in summer.

Michigan Tech has 7,200 students, including 5,800 undergraduates.