Category: Alumni

Graduate Job Success: Dr. Steph Gleason

Steph Gleason
Steph Gleason

Dr. Steph Gleason (Groves) has a new position as the North America Grain Processing Application Development Leader at DuPont Industrial Biosciences.

She joined DuPont in 2014 as a member of the Grain Processing Applied Innovation Center as an Application Scientist prior to taking this new role in October 2015.

Steph received a PhD in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech in 2013. While at Michigan Tech, her advisor was Susan Bagley.

Congratulations, Steph!


Graduate Job Success: Dr. Aparupa Sengupta

Aparupa Sengupta
Aparupa Sengupta

Dr. Aparupa Sengupta has recently accepted a new job as a Biosafety Officer (microbiology/molecular genetics subject expert) at Rutgers University, NJ. Her office will be at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, Piscataway Campus, but she will also work at Rutgers’ New Brunswick and Newark Campuses.

She officially started in January 2016. Since her graduation, Aparupa has been working as a Lab Safety Scientist and Responsible Conduct of Research Coordinator/Instructor for the Michigan Tech Office of Compliance, Integrity and Safety.

Aparupa received a PhD in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech in 2014. While at Michigan Tech, her advisor was Rupali Datta and her co-advisor was Susan Bagley.

Congratulations, Aparupa!


Biotech talk January 28th

Matthew HymesMatthew Hymes, Scientist and Entrepreneur will be giving a Biotech Career talk Thursday January 28th at 12 pm in Dow 642.  

The talk, sponsored by the Graduate Student Government, is open to all majors and degree levels.

Matthew would describe himself as an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for constant learning who found his calling in a molecular biology class at Michigan Tech. He received two degrees from Michigan Tech including a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 2000 and a Master’s of Science in Molecular Biology in 2002. He then worked as a researcher at the University of Michigan before earning an MBA in Marketing in 2007 from Baker College. After completing his MBA he took a position with a multibillion-dollar company to understand what is necessary to be a successful global organization. He parlayed this experience into a leadership role with a smaller organization with plans to expand to new markets. After building the foundation for this business, he found an opportunity back in Michigan with a biotech start-up that married his passions of molecular biology and marketing. He is currently helping this organization grow into a successful company as Marketing Director by utilizing his scientific background to create a differentiated brand.  See the flyer below for more details.

Career Talks (Mathew Hymes)


Alumna joins UP Health – Portage ER Department

Tara RobinetteUP Health System – Portage Adds Dr. Robinette to Emergency Department

HANCOCK, Mich. – UP Health System – Portage is proud to welcome Tara Robinette, MD to its Emergency Department. Dr. Robinette is a board certified emergency medicine physician and began seeing patients on August 1, 2015.

Dr. Robinette completed medical school at Michigan State University in 2011 and residency training at the University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Emergency Medicine program in June 2015.

“I have completed rotations in the ED here at Portage during my residency and know that it is a great place to work,” Dr. Robinette said. “I enjoy the ED because you make a quick difference in a patient’s life and work in a fast-paced environment.”

Originally from Swartz Creek, Mich., Dr. Robinette received her bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-med from Michigan Technological University in 2007. She was also a student-athlete for the Huskies, running cross country and track.

Dr. Robinette enjoys traveling, running, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in her spare time. Her husband Darrell is also a Tech graduate.

“I first fell in love with this area while going to college at Michigan Tech and have always had the desire to move back after I completed my medical training,” Dr. Robinette said. “I enjoy the outdoor recreation, peacefulness, and small-town atmosphere that the Keweenaw Peninsula has to offer.”

Since 2007, the UP Health System – Portage Trauma Center has been verified as a Level 3 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. UP Health System – Portage was the first in the state to earn this designation. As of 2012, UP Health System – Portage was one of just two verified Level 3 Trauma Centers in the state.

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About UP Health System – Portage
UP Health System – Portage owns and operates a 36-bed acute-care hospital, a 60-bed skilled nursing unit and related health care services in Hancock-Houghton, Michigan. More information about the UP Health System can be found at UPHealthSystem.com.


Biology alum guest speaker for commencement

Spring Commencement Ceremony This Saturday

Tech Today. Michigan Tech’s spring commencement ceremony will be this Saturday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. This year, nearly 1,100 students will be awarded degrees, including almost 300 graduate students.


The guest speaker will be Dr. Susan E. Skochelak, Group Vice President for Medical Education at the American Medical Association (AMA) and director of the AMA’s Center for Transforming Medical Education. She developed and leads the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative working to promote innovation that better aligns physician training with the changing needs of our health care system.

Skochelak received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in biological sciences from Tech and received her MD degree from the University of Michigan. She obtained a Master’s of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she trained as a resident physician in family medicine and preventive medicine. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship while at Chapel Hill.

The student speaker will be Kyle Yarusso; the Lake Elmo, MN, native will be completing his BS in Applied Ecology and Environmental Science. After graduation, he will serve as a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador with the Student Conservation Association, a non-profit that inspires lifelong stewardship of the environment. Down the road, Yarusso plans to attend graduate school, studying the human dimensions of environmentalism and conservation.

Doors to the arena open at 8:30 a.m., and students are expected to be present and prepared at 9:45 a.m. A seating chart of the graduates and additional information is available on Michigan Tech’s commencement website. Prior to the ceremony, the official ROTC commissioning ceremony will take place; a public commissioning will also occur during commencement.


Catching up with Bob Keen

From the Tech Alum News letter:

In the second of our new series: we chatted with Faculty Emeritus Bob Keen, pulling him away from his home in Chassell on one more chilly May day.

The former biological sciences professor’s career at Tech extended from 1977 to 2010, and he saw many changes over those years. He also experienced some things that stayed the same.

“The students here are self-selected and they have been for awhile,” he says. “I think Tech’s reputation is such that students coming here are really hard working and are better than the average university student.”

That can also mean many will struggle initially, he says, because they are used to succeeding in high school, and it is much harder here.

“Their first chemistry, biology or calculus class can be a rude shock to them,” he says.

They are more collegial, too, he says, having experience at other institutions where students attempted to get ahead at the expense of their classmates.

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