Boaters on the Keweenaw Waterway and those passing by the north side of campus may notice a new ship docked at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC).
Gary Hagstrom ’72 donated his 47-foot catamaran, previously named Crackerjack, to Michigan Technological University. This new vessel to join the University’s fleet will be renamed Lupin and will enhance the research capabilities of students and researchers on the Great Lakes.
Hagstrom, a professional engineer who retired from Chevron Corporation after a 35-year international and domestic career in engineering and project management, earned a BS in civil engineering from Michigan Tech. He was inducted into the Department of the Academy of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering in 2017.
“The quality of Tech’s teaching, its reputation with engineering employers, and the skill of its placement service all contributed to my initial selection of an employer and to my long-term career success,” he said. -he declares. “As a regular annual donor to Tech for several decades and using the matching gift program offered by Chevron, it was only natural to ask Tech if he had any use for the Crackerjack once I decided he was time for me to find a new home for the boat.
“As a Michigan Tech donor, I have appreciated the importance of philanthropy to the University. I am pleased that Michigan Tech and the Great Lakes Research Center can use the vessel to continue research and community outreach. on the Great Lakes. Giving to Michigan Tech provides the University with resources to create exceptional student experiences. In this case, donating my boat also helped me for tax purposes.
The Lupin, built in 2009 in Bremen, Maine, is a fiberglass-hulled vessel with an 18-foot beam and two diesel engines. Its ability to accommodate the crew overnight, overall available workspace and handling characteristics are far superior to current GLRC assets.
Other vessels in Michigan Tech’s fleet include the RV Agassiz, a 36-foot aluminum-hulled vessel owned and operated by MTU since 2002; the 24-foot SV Osprey; and the 22-foot SV Polar.
Lupin’s extended range and ability to accommodate multi-day research trips will open many opportunities for additional Great Lakes research.
Tim Havens ’99 ’00, the director of the GLRC, is excited about the possibilities Lupine offers for research. “The GLRC is very grateful for Mr. Hagstrom’s generosity, and we very much appreciate that he thought of us by donating the Lupine. With her catamaran style and modern diesel engines, she is particularly fuel efficient for her size, which is in line with our objectives. This vessel will greatly enhance our mission to be a leader in aquatic science and engineering, and we look forward to welcoming researchers and students aboard very soon.
Possible near-future projects for the Lupine include deploying small buoys in the Marquette, Munising, Isle Royale and Duluth areas and using it as a surveillance platform for autonomous vehicles, especially on long-duration missions. .
Future plans to expand GLRC’s reach include partnerships with Northwest Michigan College, including the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute and Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City.
The Lupine offers opportunities to expand the presence of the GLRC and MTU in Lake Michigan by working with the only maritime academy on the Great Lakes. It also provides the GLRC with the ability to house a boat in Traverse City during certain times of the year while maintaining its capabilities in Houghton.
“We are extremely grateful for Gary’s ongoing generosity, partnership and commitment to Michigan Tech,” said Eric Halonen, Michigan Tech’s assistant vice president for core donations. “His support extends to our entire campus, from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering to the GLRC.”
The Lupine was sailed from Ashland, Wis., to Houghton on Saturday, and will be commissioned for Michigan Tech within the month.