Generations of Discovery Campaign Update

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Michigan Tech’s Generations of Discovery Campaign seeks to raise $200 million by 2013. Tech Today tracks the progress of the initiative with monthly announcements of gifts from individuals and from corporations and foundations. There were 284 individual gifts for the month of July totaling $3,116,640. Among them is a $500,000 planned gift designated for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Drelich to Give Keynote Address

Associate Professor Jarek Drelich will be the Keynote Speaker for the Annual International Conference on Materials Science, Metal & Manufacturing (M3 2011). The conference will be held on December 12-13, 2011, in the Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore. Michigan Tech is a partner university with M3 2011. Dr. Drelich is also the Program Chair of the Technical Committee. He did applied research in oil spill clean-up, worked as a consultant on the design of wastewater treatment plants, and more.

Michigan Tech Hires 11 New Faculty in Health and Energy Initiatives

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Michigan Technological University has hired 11 new faculty members as part of the University’s most recent Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI). Four of the new faculty members conduct research in Next Generation Energy Systems.

Among them is Associate Professor in MSE Joshua Pearce, who will greatly add to Michigan Tech’s expertise in the area of renewable energy generation and photovoltaic materials. He received his PhD from Penn State in 2004 for research on the development of low-cost solar photovoltaic technology. Since then, he has been recognized internationally for his work in advancing renewable energy. He is working on projects that range from fundamental photovoltaic materials development and device physics to more applied systems design and performance. His faculty appointment is in Materials Science and Engineering.

Golden Moments with the Golden M’s

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Freshmen traditions and faculty favorites were a couple of the themes when the Class of 1961 convened Friday to get their Golden M pins and certificates from President Glenn Mroz and Director of Annual Giving Paula Nutini.

Gilly Boyd, legendary tough metallurgy teacher, helped Jay Rowe get through a couple of last classes before he graduated. “He wasn’t hard-hearted,” Rowe said.

Karl Rundman, who would take Boyd’s place when he retired, remembered Boyd’s tests for ME’s, where he asked them to pick the best answer. “Well, he changed the best answer every year.”

“He hated ME’s!” someone shouted.