Michigan Technological University, 2005 Annual Report


Strategic Plan: Support economic development
and public sector outreach appropriate for
a technological university.

Michigan YES! Expo (Youth Engineering and Science)

Michigan Tech organized the second YES! Expo held October 26, 2005, at Ford Field in Detroit. The expo brought together companies and universities from throughout Michigan to encourage middle- and high-school students to pursue education and careers in science and engineering. In a hands-on setting, corporate exhibitors exposed students to exciting careers, while universities showcased the educational pathways to them. The number of exhibitors and participants doubled this year to include forty-two companies and organizations, twenty-seven colleges and universities, and 12,500 students.

Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone

The SmartZone, a collaboration between Michigan Tech, the cities of Hancock and Houghton, the Keweenaw Industrial Council, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, now boasts twelve companies and one hundred jobs. A partner in Michigan Tech's new Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the SmartZone operates three business incubators and shares space with the University's Ford Student Design Center, a Keweenaw Research Center testing facility, and Tech's Corporate Services offices.


Strategic Plan: Achieve the best size and blend for our educational programs, including a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.

Youth Programs

This summer's Youth Programs brought 1,486 junior-high and high-school students to campus to explore careers and get a taste of college life-a 28 percent increase in participation. The program also made a valuable contribution toward the University's diversity goals, as 49 percent of participants were from groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering and science fields.

K-12 Partnerships

The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is a project co-sponsored by Michigan Tech. During the summer of 2005, the center, the Department of Education, and Educational Opportunity collaborated to offer eight grant-sponsored teacher institutes. Topics included community land use, watershed investigation, applied science and mathematics, global change, forestry and environmental science, and teaching American history.

University RevenueConferences and Institutes

Michigan Tech's Department of Humanities and Conferences and Institutes hosted the fifth biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference in 2005. Sponsored by the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, the conference brought over four hundred participants to campus to affirm diversity, literacy, and communication practices of women from different races, classes, cultures, and historical eras.


Not only is Michigan Tech a national university of choice-as evidenced by Princeton Review ranking the University among the top 361 universities in the country-but it is an international favorite as well. Shanghai Jiaotong University included Michigan Tech among the top 500 universities in the world.

Tech's individual programs were also highly acclaimed this year. U.S. News & World Report ranked undergraduate environmental engineering seventeenth in the nation. Graduate environmental engineering was ranked twentieth and materials engineering forty-first.

Sources of Gifts ReceivedFunding: University Revenue

In 2005, University revenue totaled $187 million. Over $19 million came in the form of donor and capital projects revenue, allowing the completion of the Wadsworth Hall renovation, the Opie Library addition, and Rekhi Hall.

Michigan Tech Fund Support

Michigan Tech alumni, friends, and corporate partners continue to provide crucial support. During 2004-05, the Michigan Tech Fund attracted almost $12.8 million in gifts, with $2.9 million sponsoring student scholarships. Gifts supported academic departments, special student programs, scholarships and fellowships, and numerous other University initiatives to help Michigan Tech maintain its time-honored reputation for quality education.

Partnership, Size, and Composition

Enrollment 2005

Total Enrollment 6,510
Graduate Students 896
Undergraduate Students 5,614
Enrollment by Residence  
Michigan 4,344
Non-Michigan 1,561
International 605
Degrees Granted 2004-2005 1,461
Undergraduate 1,229
Graduate 232
ACT scores (average Michigan Tech freshman, fall 2005) 25.1
English 23.7
Mathematics 26.2
Job Placement 2004-2005 95%
Number of employers on campus 241

The number of incoming first-year students increased by 8.1 percent to 1,327.



Our success will always be measured by the success of our students.

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