Class of 2021 Celebrates Midyear Commencement

An electrical engineer whose mastery of business abilities supercharged his vocation and
a graduating civil engineer on his way to an MBA are featured speakers at Michigan
Technological University’s 2021 Midyear Commencement.

The ceremony, at ten:30 a.m. Saturday in the College student Growth Intricate Varsity Gymnasium, is the second just about 500 Huskies have been waiting for as recipients of hard-earned bachelor’s, master’s and
Ph.D. degrees. They’ll be tackled by student speaker Jay Czerniak, a civil engineering
main from Medford, Wisconsin, who graduates with a
small in philosophy and ethics.

Commencement Logistics

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Making a Brilliant Potential — and Ice Cathedrals

Czerniak’s Michigan Tech story is constructed on a foundation of spouse and children and faith. He discovered
a next spouse and children at Tech as a member of
St. Albert the Great College Parish, recognized for its near-knit, welcoming group and its steadfast and stellar MTU
Wintertime Carnival participation by means of the yrs — together with the fairly new custom
making an ice cathedral for outdoor solutions on Carnival weekend.

“I will be permanently grateful to St. Al’s and for all those people who have helped me expand
not only as a professional but as a human becoming throughout my time at Tech,” claimed Czerniak,
whose time at MTU is not around. He returns to campus in spring semester 2022 to pursue
master’s in business administration (MBA). In June, he designs to return to Wisconsin to get started his vocation as a project
supervisor with
Miron Design, the place he previously interned. 

“I hear frequently that faith is missing in college but at Michigan Tech, with the secret
of science and miracles of a lovely normal environment, there is ample possibility to
expand and experienced in one’s faith.”Jay Czerniak, Midyear Commencement College student Speaker

“Michigan Tech was my desire school,” claimed Czerniak, who uncovered about Tech from introductory
engineering classes at his higher school made available by means of
Undertaking Guide the Way. “It topped the checklist for educational institutions in the Midwest. My love for snow, the outside and
a desire for a small-city ambiance designed Tech the ideal location for me. Finding a
main was also quick. My grandfather operated his have small excavating firm. From
a young age he helped expose me to the environment of development. I was immediately hooked.
Civil engineering is the ideal main to exercise my passion for development and design and style as perfectly as
my desire to engineer and trouble clear up.”

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Not right here? No problems. If you simply cannot attend Saturday’s celebration in man or woman, catch the graduation livestream.

Making a Leadership Legacy — and Relatives Traditions

The other Husky headlining Saturday’s celebration is graduation speaker Mike Pulick Jr., who constructed an excellent vocation by means of building the business management abilities
he first uncovered at Tech. The 1986
electrical engineering (EE) graduate also appreciates about next in spouse and children footsteps — and in his situation, those people
actions led to extraordinary spouse and children ties with Michigan Tech. 

Mike Pulick Jr. is MTU’s Midyear Commencement speaker.

A indigenous of Livonia, Michigan, Pulick credits Tech as the portal to the management
abilities he produced in a vocation that commenced at Basic Electric powered (GE). There, the former
MTU Blue Important President, who led the large organizational exertion to stage
Michigan Tech’s iconic Wintertime Carnival, took the subsequent action in his vocation by finishing GE’s Manufacturing Management Plan. 

“The mixture of those people two activities in management and management definitely helped
me in my vocation. I would go on to just take on long term roles and circumstances that concerned
main a extensive wide variety of folks,” claimed Pulick, who afterwards earned his MBA from The
College of Chicago. 

Soon after twelve yrs in numerous GE divisions, in 1999 Pulick joined W.W. Grainger Inc.,
ascending from vice president of merchandise support management to president of Grainger
International. In 2015, Pulick joined the non-public fairness organization Warburg Pincus, the place
he was government in home for the industrial and business support sector by means of

Current chairman of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors, Pulick also serves on the Wencor Group, Kano Laboratories and Wittichen Supply boards
of administrators, and is an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast College in the
Lutgert Faculty of Small business. He also served on the
Michigan Tech Faculty of Small business Dean’s Advisory Council for five yrs. 

In keeping with his motivation to expose STEM (science, technologies, engineering and
math) college students and experts to business, financial and management activities,
Pulick also previously served on the Illinois Institute of Know-how Board of Trustees
and the board for Junior Accomplishment of Chicago. 

Pulick has far more than his have graduation to reflect on as he will take the speaker’s podium
Saturday. A few of his siblings graduated from Tech with
engineering degrees. His older sister majored in mechanical engineering, his youthful sister in environmental engineering and his brother in civil engineering

But wait. It receives far better.

“My older sister, youthful sister and I all married MTU engineers,” Pulick claimed. 

Pulick’s most loved Michigan Tech memory is conference his wife, Liz. “I was a junior,
she was a freshman,” he claimed. “Our first day was at the theater in Hancock.” The
couple of 33 yrs married in June 1988, soon right after she earned her
mechanical engineering diploma.

Liz and Michael Pulick dwell in Naples, Florida. The couple enjoys northern Michigan
summers in Petoskey, Michigan and expending time with spouse and children, together with their two adult
children, Eric and Rachael, and spouses Kelsey and Matt.

Making Aspirations — and Life-lengthy Tech Connections 

Kanwal Rekhi, a visionary who has routinely worked to forward entrepreneurial abilities
and educational possibilities at Michigan Tech and close to the environment, will receive
Melvin Calvin Medal of Difference throughout Saturday’s celebration. The medal is awarded to persons linked with Michigan
Tech who, like its Nobel prize-profitable namesake, have exhibited extraordinarily distinguished professional and individual
accomplishments. Rekhi, who earned his master’s in electrical engineering from MTU
in 1969,
is handling director of Inventus Funds Partners in California.

Kristin Kolodge will produce the classic Alumni Welcome to the graduating class.
The 1995 mechanical engineering graduate at the moment serves as
MTU Alumni Board president and is government director of human machine interface at J.D. Ability.

Michigan Technological College is a community research university launched in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is dwelling to far more than 7,000 college students from fifty five nations close to the environment. Regularly rated among the the most effective universities in the nation for return on investment decision, the College gives far more than 125 undergraduate and graduate diploma courses in science and technologies, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, wellness professions, humanities, arithmetic, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is located just miles from Lake Outstanding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, supplying calendar year-spherical possibilities for outdoor experience.