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Baltus Named Captain of Hockey Huskies

Congratulations to SBE students Brent Baltus (MBA), Joel L’Esperance (MIS) and Mitch Reinke (Management) on being selected to lead Husky Hockey.

MTU 2017-18 Hockey Captains

Posted Sept 14, 2017

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan has named Brent Baltus the captain of the 2017-18 Huskies. Joel L’EsperanceDylan StemanJake Lucchini, and Mitch Reinke will serve as alternate captains.

“These young men understand the expectations on the ice, in the community, and in the classroom placed upon them by our staff,” First-year head coach Joe Shawhan said. “Brent was a part of the class that reestablished the Michigan Tech hockey tradition. He leads with quiet confidence and has the total support of the locker room.

“The alternates are all individuals who show up to the rink everyday with a positive attitude. They support their teammates and lead by example on and off the ice.”

Baltus, a senior forward from Nanaimo, British Columbia, was an alternate captain last year. He played in 14 games, scoring two goals and adding two assists before a season-ending injury. He enters his final year two games shy of 100 for his career and has 43 career points on 18 goals and 25 assists. Baltus is a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and two-time WCHA Scholar Athlete.

L’Esperance leads the team in career games played (108) and points (34g-37A=71). He led last year’s squad with 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists, receiving the Gary Crosby Memorial Award as the team’s top scorer. The senior forward from Brighton, Michigan attended the Anaheim Ducks Development Camp in June 2016 and has 14 multi point games in his career.

Steman has played in 74 games over his first three seasons, tallying 38 points on 16 goals and 22 assists. He is a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection and was a WCHA Scholar Athlete last year. The senior forward is a two-time recipient of the John MacInnes Slide Rule Award after having the best GPA on the team with his 4.0 in mechanical engineering. The native of Hanover, Minnesota was named the top freshman student-athlete at Tech after his freshman year, receiving the Terry Wilson Award.

Lucchini has 39 points in 82 career games, tallying 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists last year. The sophomore forward has never missed a game in his Tech career and was ranked ninth in the country in game-winning goals (5) in 2016-17. The native of Trail, British Columbia was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team after his freshman year and has twice attended the Edmonton Oilers Development Camp.

Reinke was a WCHA All-Rookie Team selection after his freshman season last year. He appeared in 41 games and was fifth in the WCHA in power play points (14) and seventh in WCHA freshmen scoring (6g-14a=20). The defenseman from Stillwater, Minnesota attended the Nashville Predators Development Camp in June 2016 and the Calgary Flames Development Camp in July 2017.


Accelerated Tech MBA Info Session

Come learn about the School of Business and Economics’ new Accelerated Tech MBA program!

Dr. Rebecca Middlebrook will be hosting an info session on Wednesday, October 12 in Academic Office Building 101.  Stop by to learn how to double count undergraduate courses, utilize the Senior Rule and graduate with your Tech MBA in one year!  Pizza and soda will be provided.

For more information, visit the Accelerated Tech MBA Program website, or contact Dr. Rebecca Middlebrook, ramiddle@mtu.edu.

 

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Fall 2014 Career Fair Largest in Michigan Tech History

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Over 300 companies from across the country packed the Student Development Complex at Michigan Tech yesterday for the Career Fair. Students double and triple checked their resumes and were determined to leave a lasting impression for their prospective employers.

Career Services Director Steve Patchin explained how the state of the economy impacts the job market.

“Right now, there’s a shortage of talent out there, especially in the areas of STEM,” he said.  “We have the baby boomers that are going to be retiring.  They kind of held that off in 2008 when the market tanked and their retirement savings went down quite a bit.  That’s recovered since then.  So, now they’re retiring, the economy’s on the rebound and the companies need talent.”

Students lined up in front of booths and answered questions about career achievements and previous experience.  MTU students have a great reputation as evident by the over 90% job placement rate for those graduating from Tech, along with payscale.com ranking Michigan Tech graduates in the top ten amongst the highest salaries in the country.

“I call them “well prepared and job ready”,” John Dau from DTE Energy said.  “The university does an awesome job with the students to get them prepared, not only for internships and co–ops, but extremely well prepared for the working world once they come out of the university, ready to work full time.”

Amazon.com made its first appearance ever at the career fair, and are looking for specific skills that they are sure to find here today.

“We look a lot for algorithms, data structures, design patterns…so Amazon is all about big data and machine learning. And lots of large scale, high computational systems, with hundreds of thousands of transactions per second. So having software engineers and developers that are really strong in the fundamentals is core,” Garret Gaw from Amazon said.

What goes into preparing for attending a career fair?

“I generally prepare by highlighting my top companies and making sure that my resume is all up to date and talking about my strong points. Just coming in, relaxed and confident. It’s nothing more than a mere conversation and if you go in with a friendly smile and a good attitude, then good things happen,” senior mechanical engineering major Brent Cousino said.

It is a bit of a nerve-racking experience but many of them know just how invaluable this experience is.

“I think they help tremendously. I never would have even considered half of these companies. I hadn’t heard of half of these companies before today and now three of them that I’ve never even talked to or even considered working for, I have interviews with and I might work there in the future. And to me, it blows my mind,” senior computer engineering major Tanner Howell said.

At the end of the day, many of these students walked in with the hope of speaking to someone important and walked out with handful of great opportunities.

And it’s all thanks to Michigan Tech and its reputation as a great place to hire employees.


Michigan Tech MBA Online Ranked 36th by US News and World Report

Break down the classroom walls and earn an MBA your way- from anywhere in the country!

Michigan Tech’s online graduate programs in business and engineering rank in the top 40 of such programs nationwide. Best online rankings released today by US News and World Report rated Michigan Tech’s online graduate engineering program 35th of 74 programs and Tech’s online MBA program placed 36th of 239 programs.

“This is very good news for Michigan Tech,” said Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of Michigan Tech’s Graduate School. “Given our remote location, our efforts to provide graduate education online allows us to reach a larger number of students than we can otherwise.

“We at Michigan Tech know that we have high-quality offerings, and it is great to see that we are beginning to receive the recognition we deserve,” Huntoon went on to say. “Of course, the faculty members involved in teaching the courses and advising the students are the ones who deserve the most credit for these achievements.”

Wayne Pennington, interim dean of the College of Engineering, was pleased with Tech’s online graduate engineering programs ranking.

“We are proud that our online graduate electrical and mechanical engineering degree programs are directed toward real-world applications where skills and expertise are greatly needed, and where employment opportunities are strong,” he said. “In addition to our MS and PhD degree programs, our graduate certificates in advanced electric power engineering and hybrid vehicle engineering help to meet the needs of today’s highly skilled workplace.”

Eugene Klippel, dean of the School of Business and Economics, said: “We are pleased that the US News and World Report rankings confirm the success of our efforts to provide an outstanding MBA online program. Contributing greatly to the success of our Tech MBA Online program is a knowledgeable and experienced faculty. This program offers a unique curriculum designed to strengthen the business skills of professionals working in an environment characterized by rapid-paced innovation and technological change. We are extremely pleased by the demonstrated success of graduates from this program.”

US News evaluated online programs on the basis of student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.


Tech MBA Online ranked 47th by US News & World Report

In 2013, Michigan Tech's online MBA placed in top third of all ranked business programs nationwide.

Article from Tech Today.  Written by Jenn Donovan, public relations director, January 15, 2013.

The MBA online program in Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics placed 47th of 197 online graduate business programs in new rankings released today by US News & World Report. Tech’s online master’s degree program in engineering also made the magazine’s 2013 national rankings, earning 41st place among 66 online graduate programs in engineering that were ranked.

“The Tech MBA Online program was created to provide an innovative curriculum guided by experienced and knowledgeable business faculty,” said Gene Klippel, dean of the School of Business and Economics. “Professionals looking to advance their career, even in a challenging economy, can benefit from learning and understanding technology and innovation within organizations. A ranking in the top 50 from US News confirms that our program is on track for continued success for students, our School and Michigan Tech.”

US News defines an online education program as one for which all the coursework can be completed via distance education courses that incorporate Internet-based learning technologies. Among criteria evaluated were graduation rate, class size, one-year retention rate, time to degree, graduate entrance exam scores and grade point averages of students, percentage of PhD and tenured faculty, and technologies and services available to students.

For the first time this year, US News added a peer assessment survey of deans and top distance learning higher education academics employed by schools ranked in 2012.

“It is a wonderful testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff that we have achieved these rankings,” said Graduate School Dean Jackie Huntoon. “I am happy to see that both the business and engineering online programs are getting the positive attention they deserve.”

“Michigan Tech’s online MBA program is really quite young, and already it is ranked in the top third of all ranked programs nationwide. This is a remarkable achievement,” Huntoon went on to say. “The number and quality of offerings in engineering continues to grow each year. I am continually impressed by the comments I hear from students and employers who tell me that they chose Michigan Tech because of our focus on real-world applications and because of the quality and commitment of our faculty.”