Determined Doers

A Culture of Determined Doers

Montana Tech is a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-after-it university of action because of the energy and activity of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Critical to your Montana Tech experience are the distinctive opportunities you have to do. You’ll use your head and hands to explore new ideas and test what you learn in class in your fields of study.

Your curiosity, fostered by faculty and friends, will lead to an active life of research, study, daily discovery, play, and more.

And it is about a true culture of engagement for you to live and learn, more than just the expected idea of an “engaged community.” This immersive way of living your Montana Tech education is embedded in a long institutional history of hands-on and do-it-yourself, a truth that permeates this university fully.

This is not a place for the passive; Montana Tech is your home for doing.

 Meet the Montana Tech Prospectors

Meet the Montana Tech Prospectors

Montana Technological University offers an environment where dedicated students will benefit from an immersive and rich education. Our location provides a living laboratory along with endless opportunities to enjoy the beautiful Montana outdoors year-round.

Meet our prospectors
Professor Receives Industrial Hygiene Honor

Professor Receives Industrial Hygiene Honor

Lorri Birkenbuel was named the 2021 Distinguished Industrial Hygienist by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (PNS-AIHA) at the Northwest Occupational Health Conference this fall.

Learn about this honor
NUCOR week at Montana TEch

Montana Technological University Hosts the inaugural NUCOR Week

Montana Tech is happy to welcome platinum partner NUCOR to campus this week for a full slate of opportunities for our students.

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Tech faculty featured in Business Insider film

Business Insider Features Professors and Grad Student

Business Insider connected with Biological Sciences professor Dr. Stella Capoccia in the mining city to film episodes for its online series World Wide Waste.

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Highlands High Wage Careers

High-Wage, High-Skill, High-Demand

Businesses need skilled employees; and at the same time, members of the community are seeking good job opportunities. The gap between is often opportunity and a lack of training.

Learn about these programs
Dr. Craig Elliott, Dean of Students

Welcome Dr. Craig Elliott

Dr. Elliott, vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, oversees admissions, campus life, career services, counseling, dining, enrollment, financial aid, international, student success, and wellness departments.

Meet Dr. Elliott
Montana Tech's Mechanical Engineering Program Named One of the Top Programs in the US

Mechanical Engineering a Top Program in the US

Best Accredited Colleges named Montana Tech's mechanical engineering program to their ranking list of the Best Bachelor's Degree Programs in the U.S.

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Maria Ralph

Maria Ralph, B.S.

Maria is a non-traditional student who calls Butte home. Several years ago, she started her own business—a co-working space—which happened to be right next to the local offices for Habitat for Humanity.

Meet Maria Ralph
Jon Wick

Jon Wick, Alumnus

Originally from Wisconsin, Jon Wick made his way to Montana as a fifth-grade teacher and coach in Philipsburg. While teaching in Montana he met his wife Cassie at Georgetown Lake.

Meet Jon Wick
Ryan Lance

Ryan Lance Receives the Chancellor's Award of Distinction

This award is the highest honor conveyed by Montana Tech in recognition of an alumnus or friend of the university whose outstanding personal and professional accomplishments and community service have brought distinction to Montana Tech.

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Thank you

Montana Tech Nursing Receives Historic Gift

Montana Tech's Nursing Department receives a $7M gift from Dave and Sherry Lesar. The gift will be used to name the Nursing Department, the Sherry Lesar School of Nursing.

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Tech honors student veterans

Montana Tech Honors Student Veterans

Montana Tech received nine outstanding nominations for the Distinguished Student Veteran Award which began in 2014 to honor and recognize outstanding student veterans and active military members at Montana Tech.

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distinguished alumni 2021

Tech Honors Distinguished Alumni

James Fraser Petroleum '75, James Tangaro Environmental '88, and Kendell Tholstrom Petroleum '68, Petroleum '71 will receive the Montana Technological University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Meet these alumni
Angela Lueking, PhD

Meet Dr. Angela Lueking

Montana Technological University welcomes Dr. Angela Lueking as our new Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

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Coach Samson with team captains

Meet Head Football Coach Kyle Samson

Head Football Coach Kyle Samson joined the Montana Tech coaching staff in 2019 as and was selected to lead the Orediggers on January 21, 2020...

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Butte Scholars

Rolin Erickson Montana Resources Opportunity Scholarship

The scholarship is unique in that every year it provides multiple four-year full-ride scholarships for first-generation students who graduate from Butte high schools.

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 Geological Engineering Students Place at GeoChallenge Competition

Geological Engineering Students Place at GeoChallenge

A team of geological engineering undergraduate students from Montana Technological University placed second in the 2021 GeoChallenge Student Poster Competition.

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Chris Danielson in Glacier National Park

Dr. Chris Danielson Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Danielson of Montana Technological University has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Russia.

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Dr. Michele Hardy, Dean of CLSPS

Hardy Takes the Helm of College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies

Michele Hardy Ph.D. has been named the dean of the College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies (CLSPS) at Montana Technological University. Hardy officially started her new role on July 1, 2021.

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Rod and Mary Lee James

Meet Rod and Mary Lee James

A Home Away From Home

If only the walls in Rod and Mary Lee James’ house could talk, they would tell many stories of all the Orediggers who walked through the front door for over 40 years. The dinners, Sunday night football watch parties, and even a holiday or two have been highlights for so many.

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Todd Tregidga

Meet Todd Tregidga

Todd Tregidga joined the faculty of the Business Department at Montana Tech in 2013. He brought with him a love of learning. a dedication to the community and 21 years of industry experience. Recently Todd has taken the mantle of department head, succeeding Tim Kober who held the position for 14 years and who will continue teaching in the department.

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Carleen and Leslie planting outside of the MG building

Faculty and Staff Work Together During Montana Technological University Beautification Day

Every season is beautiful at Montana Technological University and as summer approaches it truly is a time that the campus comes to life. Each year summer brings with it increased recruitment tours and visits from alumni and friends.

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Reed House Shines During Dust To Dazzle Event

Reed House Shines During Dust To Dazzle Event

There is a lot of growth and construction to be excited about happening on the Montana Technological University campus and one of the projects that has been the most fun to watch is the restoration of the Reed House located behind the Chancellor's residence and next to Prospector Hall.

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Mine Rescue Planning Competition, 9/24/2021 - 9/25/2021 in Butte

Montana Tech's Mine Rescue Planning Competition

Montana Tech's Mine Rescue team is planning a Mine Rescue competition during Homecoming week on September 24 and 25, 2021 at the Montana Tech Underground Mine Education Center (UMEC) and the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Montana.

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Baylie, M.I.T. research

Student Accepted into M.I.T. Summer Research Program

Baylie Phillips, a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering student from Montana Technological University, has been accepted into a highly selective summer research internship program at M.I.T.

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 Montana Tech Honors Those Who Have Served

Montana Tech Honors Those Who Have Served

As Memorial Day approaches we pause to remember those we have lost and honor the individuals who sacrificed their lives in the name of our country. Their selfless devotion, outstanding courage, and honor should inspire us to make their sacrifice meaningful.

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 Montana Tech's Baja Team Places Top Ten in Premier SAE Competition

Baja Team Places Top Ten in Premier SAE Competition

Montana Technological University students placed 8th in endurance, and 9th overall at the Baja SAE Validation Event held April 29 through May 2 in Tucson, Arizona.

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techxpo, a decade of discovery

Techxpo: A Decade of Discovery

Techxpo is an annual, campus-wide event aimed at highlighting the many exciting research and design projects developed by Montana Technological University’s students. Any student from any degree who is involved with a research project can participate.

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career services at Montana Tech

Collaboration & A Focus On Students Leads To Success For Career Services

Career Services has a very clear mission: to help students and alumni be prepared to achieve their career goals and help them find quality jobs and internships.

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Meet the Trudnowski family

Meet Tony and Jenessa Trudnowski

Recently we had the chance to catch up with two members of our Oredigger family, Tony and Jenessa Trudnowski who met while going to school and playing for Montana Technological University.

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Korey Krumm, alumni, nurse, and coach

Meet Korey Krumm ’15

During her time at Montana Tech, Anaconda native, Korey Krumm excelled in the classroom and on the court.

While playing middle blocker for Oredigger Volleyball and pursuing a degree in Nursing, she was named Frontier Conference First Team three times and was a 2014 All America Honorable Mention...

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Schweitzer Engineering Lab Grand Opening

Grand Opening of the Schweitzer Engineering Lab

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, a team from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) visited the Montana Technological University campus to officially open the new SEL Power-Systems Labs. Center.

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Houston Cougars men's basketball team

Kelvin Sampson

And Then There Were Four...
Montana Tech Celebrates Coach Kelvin Sampson

Coach Kelvin Sampson's Houston Cougars punched their ticket to the Final Four with a 67-61 victory over the Oregon State University Beavers. This will be Houston's first trip to the final four in over 34 years.

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emergency student food pantry

Emergency Food Pantry

It can be unsettling to think that a student sitting in a college classroom is doing so on an empty stomach – not because they chose to skip breakfast or lunch, but because they simply do not have enough food to eat. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many college students, even those at Montana Technological University...

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McKenna Savage, electrical engineering student

Meet McKenna Savage

I chose Montana Tech because I loved the idea of smaller class sizes and more hands-on learning. The smaller class sizes allowed me to have a personal connection with my professors where they knew who I was rather than just being a number. In addition, Tech provides an endless amount of possibilities to learn by having multiple labs on campus...

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AGC Club brings home awards

AGC Club Stays Home and Brings Home Honors

Montana Tech AGC Heavy Civil Team Takes Second

Two Montana Technological University teams competed in the 2021 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) region 6/7 annual construction bidding competition...

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Women in Mining

The Women Miners of Montana Tech

"Girls Graduate School of Mines" headlined the Butte Miner newspaper in all capital letters on July 10, 1904.

The news was a big deal for its time. 

In the first full graduating class from the Montana State School of Mines, Miss Clara Clark and Miss Isabel Little...

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Brianne McClafferty

Meet Brianne McClafferty '12

For Brianne McClafferty ’12, Montana Tech was more than just a school.

"Tech feels like home," said McClafferty, who is now an associate attorney with Holland & Hart in Billings. "I defined who I was as a human being while I was there...

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Dr Glenn Shaw

Meet Dr. Glenn Shaw

I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, which I always called my home until moving to Butte.

My father was a professor while growing up at the university of Alaska, Fairbanks. My two older brothers are also professors in Physics and electrical engineering...

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Dawn Atkinson

Dawn Atkinson, Why I Teach

Department Head Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor

Greetings from beautiful and welcoming Butte, Montana. By way of introduction, I was recently appointed as interim Chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department at Montana Technological University and also proudly serve as campus Writing Director...

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Levin Mullaney

Meet Levin Mullaney '19

Starting with Legos and now working on rockets, this young alumni is enjoying his dream job!

Levin Mullaney ’19, like many, spent his childhood building with Legos and constructing roads and bridges in the dirt. Unlike many, Levin took his love of building much, much further. Levin’s curiosity and passion for building as a child continued through school culminating in what he considers his dream job...

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Konrad Bradley

Meet Konrad Bradley '05

From Cut Bank to Malawi, this Montana Tech grad is shaping international health policy.

This Montana Tech alumnus is impacting the world through policy and biology.

Since graduating from Tech with a Biological Sciences degree, Bradley has accumulated an impressive scientific resume.

From a fellowship with the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC...

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Katelynn Sutton

Meet Katelynn Sutton

I initially chose Montana Tech due to the great school and the academic excellence.

I wanted to go and get the best education that I could while still being in the great state of Montana...

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JJ Perino

Meet JJ Perino '08

"Going to Montana Tech was a totally unexpected outcome for me," stated the Helena native JJ Perino. He had been to Montana Tech for football camps, but wasn’t sure Butte and engineering was a good fit for him. After his senior season, then Oredigger football coach Bob Green invited JJ...

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pediatrician Collette Chorney

Meet Collette Chorney ’12

Collette Chorney ’12 always knew she wanted to become a doctor and attending Montana Tech helped make that dream a reality.

Chorney is now a pediatrician with St. James/SCL Health Medical Group in Butte...

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Kaleb Ferriter, mechanical engineering

Meet Kaleb Ferriter

I chose Montana Tech because of the awesome reputation and I have had family that attended and really liked it.

What stood out about Montana Tech to me was the opportunity to study engineering at a prestigious school and stay in my hometown...

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Team awarded grant for innovative technology project

Team Awarded EPA Grant

Recently, the U.S. EPA announced funding for 32 student teams through its People, Prosperity and the Planet grant program. A team from Montana Technological University is one of five teams to receive funding to develop and demonstrate projects...

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Kerrie Berger

Meet Kerrie Berger ’11

Kerrie knew she wanted to work with wildlife at an early age. While researching careers in wildlife biology, she discovered that the pay isn’t always that great. "I didn’t want to graduate with a crippling amount of debt," said Kerrie, who admits having looked at several Universities...

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