First-Year Engineering Lecture with Marty Lagina

by College of Engineering

Mechanical engineering alumnus Marty Lagina ’77 will deliver the annual First-Year Engineering Lecture to more than 1,000 of Michigan Tech’s incoming engineering and computing students on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m in the Rozsa Center Auditorium.

Lagina is the CEO of Heritage Sustainable Energy, a winemaker, and an executive producer of the long-running reality TV show “The Curse of Oak Island,” now in its 10th season on the History Channel.

The title of Lagina’s lecture is “I’m Not Here to Give You Advice.”

“The First-Year Engineering Lecture Series provides an exciting opportunity for our students to hear from some of the nation’s most innovative engineering leaders,” said Mary Raber, chair of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals. “It gives them a sense of the many different career paths that are open to engineering graduates — career paths that allow them to positively impact the world.”

Lagina said his engineering education has given him the confidence to try new things throughout his life. “I was thinking of going to law school, and my father told me: ‘You would make a better lawyer if you knew how things worked.’ So I went to Michigan Tech to study engineering, and I liked it. And it prepared me very well for what turned out to be a very multifaceted career.”

The First-Year Engineering Lecture Series is hosted by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals and the College of Engineering. Due to room capacity, it is closed to the public. For more information, please contact Kimberly Geiger at

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