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From its humble beginning as a training school for mining engineers, Michigan Technological University has grown into a leading public research university and a key educational partner within the state of Michigan, the nation, and beyond. Michigan Tech maintains an enrollment of about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world offering 38 MS and 27 PhD degree programs in topics from Computer Science to Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors and Integrative Physiology. Michigan Tech is ranked in the top tier of national universities according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2018.” The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and 49% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The university values cross-disciplinary faculty and student contributions to global sustainability. Michigan Tech’s mission is to lead as a global technological university that inspires students, advances knowledge, and innovates to create a sustainable, just, and prosperous world.

About the Area

The Keweenaw Peninsula

The Keweenaw Peninsula is the northernmost part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, projecting out into Lake Superior. This area is also widely know as the Copper Country, because of the native copper that was found in abundance in this region. The area’s current cities and villages were settled primarily as mining locations and commercial ports that serviced mining activities throughout the late 1800s and most of the twentieth century. Today, the region’s economy is driven by services, forestry, tourism and recreation, and technology. The Keweenaw is known for its cool climate and snowy winters that afford spectacular winter activities and for the Lake Superior’s forests and beaches that beckon the summer vacationer. The ecology is diverse hosting a variety of relatively rare and iconic mammal species including the timberwolf, the moose, the fisher, an abundant black bear population, and the occasional cougar passing through. It also has a rich ethnic heritage which today is represented primarily by the Finnish influence. The Keweenaw National Historical Park, with heritage sites throughout the region, tells the cultural history of the region well. Communities like Calumet, Eagle River, Eagle Harbor, and Copper Harbor offer beautiful beaches, recreational trails, and historic village centers with shops and restaurants to explore.

Travel Info


Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI. The local airport, Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX), is located 15 minutes from campus. 

Driving Distances

Chicago, IL – 417m

Minneapolis, MN – 369m

Duluth, MN – 216m 

Green Bay, WI – 210m

Marquette, MI – 100m

Car Rentals

Houghton is a very walkable city.  Should you prefer to rent a car, there are several options including, National Car Rentals, Alamo Car Rentals, Zip Car and Lyft. 


Super 8

Distance to venue: .7 m (shuttle service available through Michigan Tech)
Room Rate:

  • $86.39 – Single queen bed
  • $93.59 – Two double beds
  • $96.29 – Two queen beds

Details: Includes breakfast and located one mile from conference. A block of 40 rooms were reserved and will be available until Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Mention the ICAD conference and receive a 10% discount. Please book by calling the Super 8 of Houghton directly +1-906-482-2240. Online reservation is not possible because they blocked the room for ICAD.

Franklin Square Inn

Distance to venue: .8 m (shuttle service available through Michigan Tech)
Room Rate:

  • $94 – single occupancy
  • $99 – double occupancy

Details: Includes hot breakfast, drink vouchers for the BonFire, and airport shuttle services. Ten rooms are reserved.

Conference Facilities

  • Main Venue, The U.J. Noblet Building –  The home of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) which recently completed a $10-million renovation, includes classrooms, laboratories, and a 125-seat presentation space with theatre seating. The attached Hesterberg Hall and Atrium is an airy, light-filled gathering space that celebrates the work of the SFRES community. The large support beams represent trees; the roof structure, a forest canopy. The more than 50 flags on display represent the range of diverse backgrounds of our students, and the countries they served in as part of their degree programs.

  • Concert Venue, The Rozsa Center – Michigan Tech’s main theatre with a 1,062 seat capacity and a two-mode sound system and a 10,000-watt jazz-and-rock system to kick out 40 channels of house mix—with another 40-channel board in the control room.
  • Additional Spaces, The Memorial Union Building (MUB) – This popular student gathering space houses the Keweenaw Commons Food Court, student organization offices and the Campus Bookstore, overnight guest rooms, meeting rooms, and a ballroom space.