Michigan Technological University

Potholes in Highland Park. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Researchers: Rubberized Asphalt May Be Key To Solving Michigan’s Road Woes

Could scrap tires hold the answers needed to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads?

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/17/2014

Michigan Tech assistant professor Mo Rastgaar with his prosthetic design. Michigan Tech photo.

Michigan Tech Prof Gets Grant For New Prosthetic Ankle, Foot

Mo Rastgaar, an assistant professor at Michigan technological University, has received a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $500,000 to make his new artificial limb design a reality.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/10/2014

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What’s Going On Under the Ice? A Cabled Observatory Gives Michigan Tech Researchers a Peek

Scientists at Michigan Technological University in the western Upper Peninsula turned several existing lab instruments into a sophisticated probe they have deployed all winter under the thick ice and snow covering the Keweenaw Waterway, which runs between Houghton and Hancock and connects two parts of Lake Superior. It’s the first time they’ve had a long look at what goes on under the water in winter.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/02/2014

A farmer harvests rice with a combine harvester in a paddy in Sayo city, Hyogo, Japan. Getty Images photo.

Michigan Tech Research May Lead To Hardier Rice To Feed New Billions

As the Earth’s human population marches toward 9 billion, the need for hardy new varieties of grain crops has never been greater. It won’t be enough to yield record harvests under perfect conditions. In an era of climate change, pollution and the global spread of pathogens, these new grains must also be able to handle stress. Now, researchers at Michigan Technological University have identified a set of genes that could be key to the development of the next generation of super rice.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

Michigan Tech clean snowmobie challenge

Kettering Wins SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge At Michigan Tech

After two years as runner up, Kettering University has taken the gold in the internal combustion division of the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Canada’s McGill University won the electric division.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/10/2014

The Gay Stamp Sands along the shores of Lake Superior. Ramakrishna Wusirika photo.

Michigan Tech Prof’s Plants, Bacteria May Give UP’s Gay Stamp Sands New Life

The tiny town of Gay on northern Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is famous for more than its eponymous Gay Bar — there’s also a wasteland of copper mining pollution. Now, a professor at Michigan Technological University is studying using plants and bacteria to bring new life to the Gay Stamp Sands.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/07/2014

Plastic from old milk jugs at left. A DremelFuge -- a homemade centrifuge for use with a rotating tool like a Dremel -- made from plastic from old milk jugs at right. Michigan Tech photo.

Michigan Tech Prof Says You Can Save Big With Milk Jug Recycling For 3D Printing

A new study from Michigan Technological University says people can save big money and energy by using plastic from used milk jugs to make their own plastic goods at home with a 3D printer.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/05/2014

Highly aligned nano-fibers created by fibroblasts form a biological scaffold which could prove an ideal foundation for engineered tissues. Stem cells placed on the scaffold thrived, and it had the added advantage of provoking a very low immune response. Michigan Tech photo.

Michigan Tech Advance In Tissue Scaffolds Could Lead To Stem Cell Treatments

An advance at Michigan Technological University in a scaffold used to grow cells could lead to better cures for injuries from burns to worn-out knees.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/24/2014

A view of Houghton, including the Michigan Technological University campus, from Hancock. Matt Roush photo.

Michigan Tech Adds Honors College

Michigan Technological University’s Board of Control approved establishment of the Pavlis Honors College at its regular meeting Friday. It is the first named college at Michigan Tech.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/23/2014

Members of Shiyue Fang's research team in his lab at Michigan Tech, where they developed a better process to purify peptides and other biomolecules. Michigan Technological University photo.

Michigan Tech Prof’s Advance May Lead To Cheaper Peptide Drugs

A Michigan Technological University professor has come up with a new way to purify peptides that may cut the cost of very expensive classes of drugs — and improve DNA analysis as well.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/16/2014