Interest Session: Online TechMBA and MEM Graduate Programs

Mari W. Buche, College of Business, and representatives from the Michigan Tech Global Campus will present a 45-minute virtual interest session highlighting two innovative online 30-credit graduate programs: the TechMBA® and the Master of Engineering Management (MEM).

The interest session takes place Wednesday, July 17, 2024, from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm via Zoom.

Register to attend.

During the session, attendees will learn about the TechMBA®, which equips graduates with foundational business skills, and the Master’s in Engineering Management, which bridges the worlds of business and engineering. Attendees will also discover which program best leverages their technical skill set and aligns with undergraduate degree, goals, and possible career paths.

Questions? Please contact Amanda Irwin at or Mari Buche at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Scott Blecke ’13 Named CEO of YVEA Electric Cooperative

Congratulations to Scott Blecke ’13 TechMBA®, who has been named CEO of Yampa Valley Electric Association, a member-owned electric cooperative based in Colorado. Blecke has more than 20 years of experience as a strategic engineering executive.

From Steamboat Pilot & Today, published July 3, 2024.

The board of directors for member-owned co-operative Yampa Valley Electric Association has named a new CEO, Scott Blecke, a professional engineer from Michigan.

The CEO role includes overseeing Luminate Broadband, and Blecke will start at YVEA on Aug. 19.

“It was an extensive process,” YVEA Public Relations Specialist Carly Davidson said. “We spent the last 5-6 months working with our consulting firm to narrow our list of approximately 200 to our final selection.”

YVEA Board President Tom Fox made the hiring announcement during an all-employee meeting on Wednesday.

Restoring American History, One Building at a Time

by Jen A. Miller

Ron Staley standing in front of Michigan Central Station.When Ron Staley ’77 ’80 (AAS Civil Engineering Technology, B.S. Business) encounters a historic building fallen into disrepair, he sees opportunity.

Staley leads one of the country’s most respected historic preservation teams at The Christman Company, where he’s senior vice president and executive director of historic preservation. For nearly four decades, he and his team have restored architecturally significant structures, preserving them as cornerstones of U.S. history.

With each project he tackles, he’s “taking a building apart and putting it back together for future generations.”

Read about Staley’s career and his latest project — Michigan Central Station, a grand old rail station in Detroit that will soon be a 30-acre walkable innovation hub — in our 2024 Michigan Tech Magazine


Huskies Place First, Second in THEProject Competition

by Roger Woods, College of Business

Students in OSM4350 Advanced Project Management, led by Roger Woods (COB), participated in the 12th annual Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) collegiate project management competition — known as THEProject — where they took home first and second place.

The teams gave their final presentations Monday (April 8) in Hudsonville, Michigan.

The Project, Team Name:  Anchor Management
Photo credit: THEProject
Team Name: Anchor Management
Photo Left to Right: Travis Puesel, WMPMI THEProject Director with MTU Students: Easton Armstrong, Meredith Raaslo, Jacob Maurer, Blake Lewis, William Zinser, Alexander Bos

Students on the winning teams include:

  • First-Place Team — Anchor Management:
    Jacob Maurer (team lead), Blake Lewis, Easton Armstrong, Alex Bos, Will Zinser and Meredith Raasio
  • Second-Place Team — Lake Superior Salute:
    Gregory Lapetina (team lead), Connor Zavislak, Ethan Kennedy, Maggie Gallup, Ashley Haen and Simon Karnoe
THEProject Team Lake Superior Salute
Photo credit: THEProject
Team: Lake Superior Salute

MTU Researchers Complete Economic Impact Analysis of Menominee Harbor Deepening Project

Menominee River

by College of Business

Assistant Professors Laura Connolly and Jenny Apriesnig (both COB) and Research Engineer Travis White (GLRC) have completed an analysis of the economic impacts associated with the City of Menominee’s project to deepen the Menominee Harbor.

The economic impact analysis was part of a feasibility study conducted by the city in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The city contracted with the MTU team to complete the analysis, which was delivered to Menominee officials March 15.

In their final economic evaluation, Connolly, Apriesnig and White provided a brief overview of the Menominee Harbor and the local economic context, then estimated the economic impacts associated with the deepening project for both the Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin, focusing on employment, output and tax revenue.

Across the scenarios considered, the trio found that the majority of the project’s economic impacts are concentrated in northeast Wisconsin, with more modest impacts in the U.P. They highlighted the potential economic gains in the local area if the Menominee Harbor is deepened and the “significant potential losses if the status quo is maintained.”

“The COB faculty have developed a reputation for economic impact studies,” said Dean Johnson, dean of the College of Business. “One of the COB’s goals is making a positive societal impact via our thought leadership.  In the last two years, our faculty research expertise has supported the regional economy across the mining, transportation, entrepreneurship and educational sectors.”

Prior to this project, COB faculty completed an economic impact analysis of the Eagle Mine in the U.P. Lundin Mining, the operator of the only primary nickel mine in the U.S., sought out the unique combination of COB faculty expertise in economics, mining, econometrics, data analytics and information systems to establish best practices in mining in relation to regional economic health.