Kerri Sleeman was born and raised in the Houghton area. Over the years she has held a number of different positions at Tech, most recently in various positions with Facilities Management. Before that, she worked in the automotive and construction industries as an engineer. She earned both her degrees at Michigan Tech, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering.
What drew you to Michigan Tech?
“My husband and I have made this place our home for over 20 years, which coincidentally is when I first came to work at Michigan Tech. I originally came to Tech in order to move back home full-time. The amazing outdoor opportunities in the Keweenaw, and the sense of community on campus have kept me here.
What do you consider an important long-term goal for your teaching, or outreach?
I am very excited to be able to work as a full-time faculty member. The students are the whole reason Michigan Tech exists! I have taught as an adjunct faculty member over the years while working at Tech. It always helped me keep the larger picture of the University in focus. I look forward to bringing my industry experience to students in the Construction Management Program. Another goal is to increase our sustainable construction course offerings for students.
“Sustainability has become such a large part of what the students will need to understand in their work.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to get outside in all our seasons! Having a puppy, my husband and I go hiking and snowshoeing all the time. We also love to snowmobile, downhill ski, and play pick-up hockey. We build a rink we build on the lake behind our house each winter. I also like to garden and try to run a half marathon or two each year.
Any favorite spots on campus, in Houghton, or in the UP?
I love it all! There is something for everyone.
Any advice for incoming students?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are so many resources at Michigan Tech. Please use them!
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”