Class of 2021 Celebrates Midyear Commencement

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

The ceremony, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Scholar Enhancement Complex Varsity Gymnasium, is the second approximately 500 Huskies have been waiting for as recipients of difficult-attained bachelor’s, master’s and
Ph.D. degrees. They’ll be dealt with by student speaker Jay Czerniak, a civil engineering
key from Medford, Wisconsin, who graduates with a
minor in philosophy and ethics.

Graduation Logistics

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    and Good deal 24 in the vicinity of the football discipline. See the
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Setting up a Vivid Future — and Ice Cathedrals

Czerniak’s Michigan Tech tale is built on a foundation of family members and faith. He found
a next family members at Tech as a member of
St. Albert the Wonderful University Parish, recognized for its close-knit, welcoming community and its steadfast and stellar MTU
Winter season Carnival participation through the yrs — which include the comparatively new custom
of
developing an ice cathedral for out of doors companies on Carnival weekend.

“I will be forever grateful to St. Al’s and for all those who have helped me improve
not only as a expert but as a human being for the duration of my time at Tech,” mentioned Czerniak,
whose time at MTU is not around. He returns to campus in spring semester 2022 to pursue
a
master’s in business administration (MBA). In June, he designs to return to Wisconsin to get started his occupation as a challenge
supervisor with
Miron Building, where he earlier interned. 

“I listen to normally that faith is missing in university but at Michigan Tech, with the thriller
of science and miracles of a attractive organic globe, there is enough possibility to
improve and mature in one’s faith.”Jay Czerniak, Midyear Graduation Scholar Speaker

“Michigan Tech was my dream faculty,” mentioned Czerniak, who learned about Tech from introductory
engineering classes at his high faculty supplied through
Undertaking Direct the Way. “It topped the list for schools in the Midwest. My like for snow, the outdoors and
a want for a compact-town environment produced Tech the excellent area for me. Finding a
key was also effortless. My grandfather operated his individual compact excavating enterprise. From
a younger age he helped expose me to the globe of construction. I was immediately hooked.
Civil engineering is the excellent key to training my enthusiasm for construction and style as properly as
my want to engineer and trouble solve.”

Other Methods to Observe

Not listed here? No worries. If you cannot go to Saturday’s function in human being, catch the graduation livestream.

Setting up a Management Legacy — and Household Traditions

The other Husky headlining Saturday’s function is graduation speaker Mike Pulick Jr., who built an extraordinary occupation through building the business management capabilities
he 1st learned at Tech. The 1986
electrical engineering (EE) graduate also knows about pursuing in family members footsteps — and in his scenario, those
techniques led to amazing family members ties with Michigan Tech. 

A man smiles in a suit and tie with a neutral plain background.
Mike Pulick Jr. is MTU’s Midyear Graduation speaker.

A native of Livonia, Michigan, Pulick credits Tech as the portal to the management
capabilities he produced in a occupation that commenced at Typical Electric powered (GE). There, the previous
MTU Blue Vital President, who led the substantial organizational energy to stage
Michigan Tech’s legendary Winter season Carnival, took the next stage in his occupation by completing GE’s Production Management Application. 

“The blend of those two activities in management and management actually helped
me in my occupation. I would go on to take on upcoming roles and scenarios that involved
primary a large selection of people today,” mentioned Pulick, who later attained his MBA from The
University of Chicago. 

Immediately after twelve yrs in many GE divisions, in 1999 Pulick joined W.W. Grainger Inc.,
ascending from vice president of merchandise provider management to president of Grainger
Worldwide. In 2015, Pulick joined the non-public fairness organization Warburg Pincus, where
he was executive in home for the industrial and business provider sector through
2019. 

Present chairman of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors, Pulick also serves on the Wencor Team, Kano Laboratories and Wittichen Provide boards
of administrators, and is an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in the
Lutgert School of Business enterprise. He also served on the
Michigan Tech School of Business enterprise Dean’s Advisory Council for 5 yrs. 

In trying to keep with his motivation to expose STEM (science, know-how, engineering and
math) college students and industry experts to business, economic and management activities,
Pulick also earlier served on the Illinois Institute of Technologies Board of Trustees
and the board for Junior Accomplishment of Chicago. 

Pulick has extra than his individual graduation to mirror on as he takes the speaker’s podium
Saturday. Three of his siblings graduated from Tech with
engineering degrees. His older sister majored in mechanical engineering, his more youthful sister in environmental engineering and his brother in civil engineering

But wait. It gets much better.

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

Pulick’s favored Michigan Tech memory is conference his wife, Liz. “I was a junior,
she was a freshman,” he mentioned. “Our 1st date was at the theater in Hancock.” The
couple of 33 yrs married in June 1988, shortly right after she attained her
mechanical engineering diploma.

Liz and Michael Pulick stay in Naples, Florida. The couple enjoys northern Michigan
summers in Petoskey, Michigan and expending time with family members, which include their two adult
kids, Eric and Rachael, and spouses Kelsey and Matt.

Setting up Aspirations — and Lifetime-prolonged Tech Connections 

Kanwal Rekhi, a visionary who has routinely labored to ahead entrepreneurial capabilities
and educational possibilities at Michigan Tech and about the globe, will acquire
the
Melvin Calvin Medal of Difference for the duration of Saturday’s function. The medal is awarded to men and women affiliated with Michigan
Tech who, like its Nobel prize-winning namesake, have exhibited terribly distinguished expert and particular
achievements. Rekhi, who attained his master’s in electrical engineering from MTU
in 1969,
is running director of Inventus Money Partners in California.

Kristin Kolodge will supply the classic Alumni Welcome to the graduating class.
The 1995 mechanical engineering graduate now serves as
MTU Alumni Board president and is executive director of human equipment interface at J.D. Power.

Michigan Technological University is a public research college established in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is house to extra than 7,000 college students from fifty five international locations about the globe. Continuously rated among the finest universities in the state for return on investment decision, the University presents extra than one hundred twenty five undergraduate and graduate diploma courses in science and know-how, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, well being professions, humanities, arithmetic, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Excellent in Michigan’s Higher Peninsula, providing yr-spherical possibilities for out of doors journey.