Michigan Tech Research Grants Rising

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s environmental science, atmospheric science and oceanography research expenditures ranked No. 1 among Michigan universities, David Reed, vice president for research, told Tech’s Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Friday, Dec. 16.

Recently released National Science Foundation rankings of universities by total research expenditures also placed mechanical engineering research 23rd in the nation, making it the highest ranked of all research fields at Michigan Tech, Reed reported.

In the NSF research expenditure rankings, which covered fiscal year 2015, ended June 30, 2015, Tech ranked 116th in the nation among public universities, Reed said.

Reed also shared good news about sponsored research, including federal, state and industry funding, gifts and crowdfunding. Awards received during the first quarter of the current fiscal year totaled $17.4 million, a 28.8 percent increase over the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Research expenditures also rose, as did royalties from intellectual property, which increased by 50 percent.

Fundraising nearly doubled during the first quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2016, totaling $33.2 million.

In other business, the board:
* Hiked room and board rates and apartment rent an average of 1.81 percent for the 2017-18 academic year, below the 3.5 percent average rate increase over the past five years. Room and board rates with the median of three meal plans range from $8,711 to $12,989. Daniell Heights apartments rent ranges from $660 a month to $1,300 a month.
* Heard from Mario Calabria, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student and certified emergency medical technician who — with the help of Michigan Tech’s skilled emergency medical services team — saved his father’s life when his father suffered a massive heart attack on the Tech Trails.
* Congratulated the Michigan Tech Research Institute on its 10th anniversary.
* Changed the scheduled Feb. 24 board meeting to March 3.
* Heard a resolution from the Undergraduate Student Government, supporting an effort to amend the state constitution to add voting student members to the Board of Trustees.  The Graduate Student Government supports the resolution too.

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