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

The ceremony, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Student Progress Advanced Varsity Gymnasium, is the second approximately 500 Huskies
have been waiting around for as recipients of challenging-earned bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D.
levels. They’ll be addressed by pupil speaker Jay Czerniak, a civil engineering
significant from Medford, Wisconsin, who graduates with a minor in philosophy and ethics.

Commencement Logistics

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Making a Bright Long run — and Ice Cathedrals

Czerniak’s Michigan Tech story is constructed on a basis of family and religion. He located
a next household at Tech as a member of St. Albert the Good University Parish, regarded for its near-knit, welcoming group and its steadfast and stellar MTU
Wintertime Carnival participation via the a long time — which includes the comparatively new tradition
of making an ice cathedral for outdoor companies on Carnival weekend.

“I will be forever grateful to St. Al’s and for all those people who have helped me increase
not only as a skilled but as a human staying for the duration of my time at Tech,” reported Czerniak,
whose time at MTU is not over. He returns to campus in spring semester 2022 to go after
a master’s in small business administration (MBA). In June, he ideas to return to Wisconsin to begin his vocation as a job
supervisor with Miron Development, the place he beforehand interned. 

“I hear generally that faith is shed in college or university but at Michigan Tech, with the thriller
of science and wonders of a beautiful natural globe, there is enough option to
expand and experienced in one’s faith.”Jay Czerniak, Midyear Commencement Pupil Speaker

“Michigan Tech was my desire university,” said Czerniak, who discovered about Tech from introductory
engineering courses at his significant college presented by Job Lead the Way. “It topped the checklist for colleges in the Midwest. My enjoy for snow, the outdoor and
a drive for a modest-town atmosphere created Tech the great position for me. Buying a
major was also simple. My grandfather operated his possess small excavating corporation. From
a young age he assisted expose me to the environment of building. I was right away hooked.
Civil engineering is the perfect key to work out my passion for development and structure as properly as
my want to engineer and challenge clear up.”

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Building a Leadership Legacy — and Household Traditions

The other Husky headlining Saturday’s occasion is graduation speaker Mike Pulick Jr., who built an fantastic profession as a result of developing the small business leadership capabilities
he to start with realized at Tech. The 1986 electrical engineering (EE) graduate also is aware of about next in spouse and children footsteps — and in his case, all those
steps led to remarkable relatives 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 indigenous of Livonia, Michigan, Pulick credits Tech as the portal to the leadership
abilities he produced in a occupation that started at Normal Electrical (GE). There, the previous
MTU Blue Key President, who led the large organizational effort and hard work to phase Michigan Tech’s iconic Winter Carnival, took the subsequent phase in his job by finishing GE’s Production Management Method. 

“The combination of individuals two ordeals in management and administration actually assisted
me in my occupation. I would go on to consider on upcoming roles and situations that associated
major a vast variety of people today,” stated Pulick, who afterwards gained his MBA from The
University of Chicago. 

Right after 12 years in many GE divisions, in 1999 Pulick joined W.W. Grainger Inc.,
ascending from vice president of product or service company administration to president of Grainger
Intercontinental. In 2015, Pulick joined the private fairness agency Warburg Pincus, the place
he was government in residence for the industrial and enterprise company sector as a result of
2019. 

Present-day chairman of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors, Pulick also serves on the Wencor Group, Kano Laboratories and Wittichen Offer boards
of administrators, and is an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in the
Lutgert Faculty of Small business. He also served on the Michigan Tech Faculty of Business enterprise Dean’s Advisory Council for 5 a long time. 

In preserving with his commitment to expose STEM (science, technology, engineering and
math) college students and gurus to company, fiscal and management experiences,
Pulick also previously served on the Illinois Institute of Technological innovation Board of Trustees
and the board for Junior Achievement of Chicago. 

Pulick has a lot more than his possess graduation to mirror on as he can take the speaker’s podium
Saturday. A few of his siblings graduated from Tech with engineering degrees. His more mature sister majored in mechanical engineering, his younger sister in environmental engineering and his brother in civil engineering. 

But hold out. It receives far better.

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

Pulick’s favourite Michigan Tech memory is meeting his spouse, Liz. “I was a junior,
she was a freshman,” he mentioned. “Our 1st day was at the theater in Hancock.” The
couple of 33 years married in June 1988, soon following she acquired her mechanical engineering degree.

Liz and Michael Pulick reside in Naples, Florida. The few enjoys northern Michigan
summers in Petoskey, Michigan and investing time with household, which include their two grownup
young children, Eric and Rachael, and spouses Kelsey and Matt.

Constructing Aspirations — and Lifestyle-extended Tech Connections 

Kanwal Rekhi, a visionary who has routinely worked to forward entrepreneurial competencies
and educational alternatives at Michigan Tech and close to the globe, will get
the Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction through Saturday’s celebration. The medal is awarded to folks linked with Michigan
Tech who, like its Nobel prize-winning namesake, have exhibited extraordinarily distinguished specialist and individual
accomplishments. Rekhi, who attained his master’s in electrical engineering from MTU
in 1969, is handling director of Inventus Funds Partners in California.

Kristin Kolodge will provide the regular Alumni Welcome to the graduating class.
The 1995 mechanical engineering graduate at present serves as MTU Alumni Board president and is executive director of human equipment interface at J.D. Electricity.

Michigan Technological College is a general public investigate college started in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is house to much more than 7,000 students from 55 nations around the world all over the entire world. Persistently rated among the best universities in the place for return on investment decision, the College gives far more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree plans in science and technological innovation, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, arithmetic, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is located just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, offering calendar year-spherical alternatives for out of doors journey.