Author: Natasha Chopp

Michigan Tech Sets Sail in Traverse City

by MyNorth/Traverse Magazine Staff and MyNorth Custom Studios for Michigan Technological University | Nov 21, 2023 

Since cutting the ribbon on its Traverse City research workspace in October 2021, Michigan Technological University (MTU) has embarked on a variety of educational and research initiatives in the Grand Traverse region—and that’s good news for area organizations and students.

As Michigan Tech works to nest into its new Traverse City home, leaders are harnessing efforts to foster economic growth and amplify the area’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Michigan Tech has partnered with Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), Discovery Center & Pier, Traverse Connect, and 20Fathoms to develop the Freshwater Research and Innovation Center, which will establish the Grand Traverse Region as a hub for innovation in freshwater research and education.

In fall of 2022, Grand Traverse area residents gained access to Michigan Tech’s esteemed graduate education through the new TechMBA® program. The two-semester, 30-credit program offered through Michigan Tech’s Global Campus includes two options. Students can meet as a cohort at Michigan Tech’s Traverse City Research Workspace to remotely attend evening classes taught in Houghton, or they can enroll in an all-online course to be completed at their own pace. 

Read more on what Michigan Tech is accomplishing in the Traverse City region at: Michigan Tech Sets Sail in Traverse City

Fresh Coast Maritime Challenge Launches to Support E-boat and Charging Deployments at Michigan Marinas

Michigan announced the first-ever cohort of maritime grant recipients to support the state’s Fresh Coast Corridor. Six companies will receive $506,000 in total grant funding to establish what will become an evolving network of shore-side charging facilities for clean-fueled marine vessels and electric passenger vehicles operating on the Great Lakes.

Michigan Technological University will receive $50,000 for its faculty and students to create a playbook in partnership with local utilities and marinas that will determine how far individuals can travel from their home docks, the optimal distance between charging stations, charging times and costs, as well as how much electrical energy is needed to support a specific number of chargers.