Houghton (August 3, 2018) – Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) on Wednesday inducted ITC’s Jon Jipping into the ECE Academy. Selection into the Academy recognizes excellence and leadership in engineering and civic affairs. Inductees represent the most successful of MTU’s more than 9,600 electrical and computer engineering graduates. Fewer than 75 alumni have been inducted over the last 20 years.

“I’m honored to join such a distinguished group of alumni as a member of the Academy, which shines a light on professionals, careers and achievements in STEM-related fields. It is especially meaningful to me being inducted with my graduate advisor, Dr. Wiitanen, who has taught and inspired so many in our industry,” says Jipping.

The 2018 inductees are:

– Jeffery W. Feldt, Class of 1984
– Jon E. Jipping, Class of 1991
– Paul W. Juodawlkis, Class of 1986
– Michael A. Pulick Jr., Class of 1986
– Mark Rich, Class of 1990 (posthumous) 
Arjang Roshan-Rouz, Class of 1992
– Dennis Wiitanen, Class of 1963


Inductees were welcomed into the Academy by Daniel R. Fuhrmann, the Dave House Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Calling it a joy to welcome the newest inductees back to campus and recognize their accomplishments, Fuhrmann says the Academy induction is one of the high points of the academic calendar for his department.

“A department of 35 people can’t solve all the world’s problems, but our efforts are leveraged by the thousands of successful graduates, each making their mark in the world in their own way. The ECE Academy represents the best and brightest of that group,” says Fuhrmann.

The purpose of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy is to honor outstanding ECE graduates. Election to the Academy is made by the ECE Executive Committee and recognizes excellence and leadership in the engineering profession and civic affairs.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been a world leader in providing quality education since 1928. Its mission is threefold:

– Preparing students for careers in industry, academia, or government by fostering in them the technical capabilities and interpersonal skills necessary to succeeding in their fields, as well as the foundation for lifelong learning.
– Leading the way in electrical and computer engineering-based research and other scholarly activities.
– Providing technical leadership, guidance and support to industry, local and national governments, and the general public.

About Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. The campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the United States. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems and lower the overall cost of delivered energy. Through its regulated operating subsidiaries ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission infrastructure in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, and in development in Wisconsin. These systems serve a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along approximately 15,800 circuit miles of transmission line, supported by 660 employees and nearly 1,000 contractors across our expanding footprint. ITC’s grid development focus includes growth through regulated infrastructure investment as well as domestic and international expansion through merchant and other commercial development opportunities. For further information visit WWW.ITCHOLDINGS.COM. ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit WWW.FORTISINC.COM.

Media Contacts:
MTU: Mark Wilcox, 906.487.2354,
– ITC: Kelly Fulford, 248.946.3491,