Greetings and congratulations to our spring 2019 graduates and their families!
With the spring semester, finals, graduation, and (hopefully) the snow behind us, I wanted to highlight a few examples of our faculty’s forward-leaning research, which includes projects such as:
- Developing biometric clothing and artificial intelligence that will empower each of us to self-diagnose illnesses before real symptoms appear
- Discovering techniques to diagnose the presence of cancer, as well as its type and malignancy, in less than two minutes
Yes, Michigan Tech research teams are leading the way in developing these new technologies. But our students will be the ones who decide how they get used. And we will all have to live with the consequences of their decisions.
Complicating those decisions is the rapid and often disruptive rate of change in which we now live.
As technologies continue to advance, how might we prepare the student of today to address the needs of society at a level that machines and technology cannot?
And how might we align our programs to support the economic wellbeing of our future state?
We all know it’s a race to keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology. Just as our students have adapted how they express their creativity and talents in new ways, we as educators must adapt and change with the times. Yes, universities have on occasion been characterized as traditionalists, but we are, at our core, about growth and opportunity. This is evidenced in our research and development agenda. It is truly part of Michigan Tech’s DNA.
In July, we will open a new College of Computing. Building on our strong foundation, the new college will help continue the University’s transformation into an academic institution that is poised to nimbly respond to—and even predict—the technological, economic, and social needs of the 21st century. The College of Computing will prepare students to be agile and adaptable in a rapidly changing job market. It will allow our faculty to collaborate on high-impact, translational research in new ways, and it will better meet industry’s insatiable demand for talent in AI, software engineering, data science, and cybersecurity. But most importantly, it will provide the next generation of graduates with the skills needed to lead the industries driving our state and national economies.
We have also engaged in a process to expand our Pavlis Honors College experience across the entire curriculum…for all students. The curriculum cultivates critical reflection, design thinking, and interdisciplinary collaboration. This approach is critical because we realize we are no longer training students for the jobs of today—but equipping them with the skills and competencies to be successful in the rapidly changing economic environment of the future.
These are exciting times at Michigan Tech, and we thank you for your vote of confidence in our mission and future direction.
Wishing you the happiest of summers!