Will Cantrell is using ordeals garnered throughout just about two many years at Michigan
Technological College into his new part as affiliate provost and dean of the Graduate
School—a occupation he calls “a privilege.”
Last month, Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and senior vice president for tutorial affairs,
declared that Cantrell, then the affiliate dean of the Graduate School and exiting
director of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI), would assume his new part as dean on July 1.
“It is a privilege to be entrusted with this situation,” said Cantrell. “I am grateful for the assistance and mentorship that I have been given from my mates
and colleagues around the earlier 19 yrs at Michigan Tech. I would not have been in the
situation to triumph in this effort and hard work with no that assistance.”
He succeeds Pusphalatha Murthy, who is operating with Cantrell to assure a easy changeover.
When no lengthier Graduate School dean, Murthy will keep on to provide on the Graduate
Instruction Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society and keep energetic with the
Council of Graduate Colleges and the Nationwide Science Basis.
A history of management
As Cantrell starts his 20th calendar year at Michigan Tech, matters seem a great deal various than
they did in 2001. You could even say that the condition of affairs is considerably various
than in 2019. But, as the University plans for a tumble semester commencing throughout the
COVID-19 pandemic, Cantrell’s friends are confident in his talents as a chief and
“Dr. Cantrell has a prolonged history of supplying considerate management that, mixed
with his very well-acquired popularity as an successful researcher and teacher, make him very well
well prepared to assume this vital part,” Huntoon said in her June announcement.
A powerful combination
Cantrell said the Graduate School plays an vital part at the College, noting that graduate training at Michigan
Tech is a exclusive combination of the concerns “Why?” and “How?” with theory and follow. “That’s a powerful combination, and our pupils are valued
by field and by other tutorial institutions simply because of it,” he said.
Cantrell has seen his share of challenges throughout his tenure at Michigan Tech, but
perhaps none as spectacular as the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the pandemic is a considerable
trial from several perspectives.
“Of class, there are the fiscal pressures,” he said. “Our pupils and their people are dealing with them, the condition is dealing with them and as a
consequence, so is Michigan Tech.”
Cantrell’s other instance is some thing that will be going on during MTU’s campus
“The social distancing that is vital to preserve the protection of our pupils, personnel
and school also can make instruction in the classroom and the lab far more difficult. Still
we will have to keep on to are living into our shared values of local community, regard, variety and
inclusion,” he said.
Cantrell joined Tech’s Physics Department in 2001 right after earning his PhD from the College of Alaska Fairbanks and finishing
a postdoc in chemistry at Indiana College. His investigate passions include atmospheric
science, cloud and aerosol physics and chemistry. He is a member of the Michigan Tech
group that created and manufactured the Pi Cloud Chamber, which simulates cloud situations and lets for experimentation which includes turbulence
and varying aerosol sizes and compositions.
In 2013, Cantrell was named Distinguished Professor of the 12 months by the Presidents
Council, Point out Universities of Michigan.
Michigan Technological College is a public investigate college, dwelling to far more than
7,000 pupils from 54 international locations. Founded in 1885, the College presents far more than
a hundred and twenty undergraduate and graduate diploma systems in science and technological know-how, engineering,
forestry, small business and economics, wellbeing professions, humanities, arithmetic, and
social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway
and is just a several miles from Lake Superior.