Michigan Tech Launches Traverse City Research Workspace

Michigan Technological University yesterday marked a milestone in its commitment to the Grand Traverse region with the grand opening of the Research Workplace in Traverse City.

Located in the Traverse Connect building at 202 Grandview Parkway, the research center is Michigan Tech’s inaugural workplace in northern Lower Michigan.

“All of us at Michigan Tech are excited to take the next step in our partnership with the Grand Traverse region,” said Rick Koubek, president of Michigan Tech. “By building a physical presence in partnership with the community, we’re expanding the opportunities for research, talent development, and education, both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels.”

Rick Koubek, President of Michigan Tech, speaks at the official opening of the Michigan Tech Grand Traverse Area research workstation on October 4 at the Traverse Connect building at 202 Grandview Parkway.

“We are proud to be the main sponsor of the Michigan Tech Grand Traverse Area,” said Warren Call, President and CEO of Traverse Connect. “Michigan Tech is a national leader in public research and innovative partnerships with the business and government sectors. The addition of faculty and staff to Michigan Tech in Traverse City brings the talent and skills needed into our growing business ecosystem and helps our continued growth Business.”

Since March 2019, MTU and members of the Grand Traverse Area Michigan Tech Steering Committee, chaired by Bill Myers, CEO of Promethient Inc., have worked together to develop research and technology commercialization partnerships Talent development programs and strengthening K-12 educational opportunities.

“The Traverse City division will advance research in areas such as aerospace communications, manufacturing simulations and renewable energies,” said Jay Meldrum, director of MTU’s Keweenaw Research Center and official contact and liaison officer for tech in the Grand Traverse region.

The efforts complement Michigan Tech’s existing partnerships with Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), including the 2 + 2 programwhich enables students to attend NMC for two years and then apply their credits towards completing a bachelor’s degree at Tech. Other partnership opportunities focus on the coastal nature of both regions and include MTUs Great Lakes Research Center and NMCs Institute for Water Studies of the Great Lakes.

About Traverse Connect:

Traverse Connect is the leading business development organization for the Grand Traverse region, supporting businesses in the region through a combination of business attraction and retention strategies, talent development efforts and strategic coordination between partner agencies. Along with its partner organization Venture North Funding and Development, Traverse Connect is the leading unit serving the region to support business growth and development.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in Houghton, Michigan in 1885 and hosting more than 6,800 students from 60 countries worldwide. The university is consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, offering more than 125 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science and technology, engineering, computer science, forestry, economics, health care professionals, the humanities, math, social sciences, and the Arts. Located just a few miles from Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the rural campus offers year-round outdoor adventure opportunities.

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