Greetings Fellow Huskies:
The past several months have brought out the best in Michigan Tech. I am quite proud of our faculty and staff for the time and energy they’ve devoted to creating a safe return-to-campus plan. I am equally inspired by our students and how they have embraced new expectations and operating procedures on campus.
2020 has been a year of change and a transformative period in Michigan Tech’s history. We’ve learned that we can adapt to changing work environments and expectations as a result of COVID-19. We also better appreciate the difficulties in trying to replicate the Michigan Tech experience remotely, and we remain committed to providing the very best Michigan Tech experience possible for our students, in spite of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
I would like to thank the many alumni who have reaffirmed their commitment to the University through philanthropy. We are grateful to those who donated to the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund, the Graduate Student Emergency Fund, and many other scholarships and programs. Alumni support gives us the impetus to press forward. Together, we continue our work in advancing MTU as a premier national university positioned to lead the nation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
While it may seem like COVID-19 has been all-consuming, I am pleased to share a few other campus updates. NASA has slated Michigan Tech’s second student-built satellite for a March 2021 deployment from the International Space Station (ISS). Stratus, named for its cloud-imaging mission, will be carried to the space station, 200 miles above Earth, in a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule on a Falcon 9 rocket. The Tech Forward initiatives are entering their second year and making great progress. Thanks to the hard work of our faculty and researchers, external sponsored funding increased 7 percent this past year. Prospective student tours have resumed with appropriate safety protocols in place. Our four Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion finalists visited campus this past week. And, 14 new faculty members joined our campus community this fall.
Thank you again for your support of Michigan Tech. We look forward to the next time we can gather with our alumni and friends, be it at the Alumni Reunion, the Great Lakes Invitational, or one of the many other alumni events planned in the future.