The 2021 class celebrates the start of the year



An electrical engineer whose mastery of business skills boosted his career and a graduate civil engineer on track to earn an MBA are the guest speakers at Michigan Technological University in early 2021.

the ceremony, at 10:30 am on Saturday at the Student Development Complex Varsity Gymnasium, it’s time nearly 500 The Huskies waited as recipients of hard-earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. degrees. They will be addressed by student speaker Jay Czerniak, a civil engineering graduate from Medford, Wisconsin, who graduated from a minor in philosophy and ethics.

Start-up logistics

  • Face coverings are compulsory in the building. See MTU Flex for additional information on campus health and safety protocol.
  • Parking is free on a first come, first served basis in lot 22 adjacent to the SDC and lot 24 near the football field. To see the campus map for accessible parking spaces.
  • Share your Husky Pride on social media using #mtugrad.

Building a Bright Future – and the Ice Cathedrals

The history of Michigan Tech of Czerniak is founded on family and faith. He found a second family at Tech as a member of Saint-Albert le Grand University Parish, known for its close-knit, welcoming community and stellar, stellar participation in MTU’s winter carnival over the years – including the relatively new tradition of build an ice cathedral for outside services on Carnival weekend.

“I will be eternally grateful to St. Al’s and everyone who helped me grow not only as a professional but as a human being during my time at Tech,” said Czerniak, whose time at MTU n is not finished. He is returning to campus in the spring semester 2022 to pursue a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). In June, he plans to return to Wisconsin to begin his career as a project manager with Miron Construction, where he previously interned.

“I often hear it said that faith is lost in college, but at Michigan Tech, with the mystery of science and the wonders of a beautiful natural world, there are many opportunities to grow and mature in one’s life. faith.”Jay Czerniak, student speaker at the start of the year

“Michigan Tech was the school of my dreams,” said Czerniak, who discovered the technology through his high school introductory engineering courses offered by The project paves the way. “He was at the top of the list for Midwestern schools. My love for the snow, the outdoors, and the desire for a small town feel made Tech the perfect place for me. Choosing a major was also easy. My grandfather operated his own small excavation business. From a young age, he helped me expose myself to the world of construction. I immediately hooked.
Public works is the perfect major to exercise my passion for construction and design as well as my desire for engineering and problem solving.

Other ways of looking

Not here? No problem. If you can’t attend Saturday’s event in person, grab the start live broadcast.

Building a legacy of leadership and family traditions

The other Husky headlining Saturday’s event is the opening speaker Mike Pulick Jr., who has built an exceptional career developing the corporate leadership skills he first learned at Tech. The 1986 electrical engineering (EE) graduate also knows how to follow in his family’s footsteps – and in his case, those steps have led to an extraordinary family bond with Michigan Tech.

Mike Pulick Jr. is MTU’s entry-to-year speaker.

A native of Livonia, Michigan, Pulick credits Tech Portal with leadership skills he developed during a career that began at General Electric (GE). There, the former president of MTU Blue Key, who led the massive organizational effort to stage Michigan Tech’s Iconic Winter Carnival, took his career to the next level by completing GE’s Manufacturing Management Program.

“The combination of these two experiences in leadership and management has really helped me in my career. I would continue to take on future roles and situations that involved leading a wide variety of people, ”said Pulick, who then received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

After 12 years in many GE divisions, Pulick joined WW Grainger Inc. in 1999, moving from Vice President of Product Services Management to President of Grainger International. In 2015, Pulick joined the private equity firm Warburg Pincus, where he served as an executive in residence for the industrial and commercial services sector until 2019.

Current President of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors, Pulick also sits on the boards of the Wencor Group, Kano Laboratories and Wittichen Supply, and is an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University at Lutgert College of Business. He also served on the Michigan Tech College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council for five years.

True to his commitment to exposing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students and professionals to business, financial, and leadership experiences, Pulick has also served on the Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees and the advice from Junior Achievement of Chicago.

Pulick has more than his own graduation ceremony to think about as he steps onto the speakers podium on Saturday. Three of his siblings graduated from Tech with engineering degrees. Her older sister specialized in mechanical engineering, her younger sister in environmental genius and his brother in public works.

But wait. It gets better.

“My older sister, younger sister and I have all married engineers from MTU,” Pulick said.

Pulick’s favorite memory in Michigan Tech is meeting his wife, Liz. “I was a junior, she was in first year,” he said. “Our first date was at the theater in Hancock.” The 33-year-old couple tied the knot in June 1988, shortly after getting their mechanical Engineering diploma.

Liz and Michael Pulick live in Naples, Florida. The couple enjoy the northern Michigan summers in Petoskey, Mich., And spend time with their family, including their two grown children, Eric and Rachael, and their spouses Kelsey and Matt.

Building aspirations – and technological connections across the lifespan

Kanwal Rekhi, a visionary who has regularly worked to impart entrepreneurial skills and educational opportunities at Michigan Tech and around the world, will receive the Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction during the event on Saturday. The medal is presented to individuals associated with Michigan Tech who, like its Nobel Laureate namesake, have presented extraordinarily distinguished professional and personal achievements. Rekhi, who received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from MTU in 1969, is Managing Director of Inventus Capital Partners in California.

Kristin Kolodge will deliver the traditional Alumni Welcome to the promotion. The 1995 mechanical engineering graduate is currently MTU Alumni Council president and executive director of human-machine interface at JD Power.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and welcomes more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the country for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs in science and technology, engineering, computer science, forestry, business and economics, health professions, sciences. humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is located a few miles from Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing year-round outdoor adventure opportunities.



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