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Robert Anderson

'43

Upon graduation, Robert Anderson went directly into the U.S. Army WWII serving three years as Infantry Sgt. In Europe and received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge. Upon leaving military service, Robert spent 35 years with the General Electrical Co. He holds 31 Patents and was awarded the GE Gold Medallion, the 100th Anniversary Edison Plate Plaque, and the GE Distinguished Inventors Award. . . .

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Edward Gaffney

'51

Edward J. Gaffney Ted Gaffney earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1951. After serving in the U.S. Navy and working as an engineer at Allis Chalmers for three years, he formed Neodyne Corporation, a research and development company. In 1963, he founded Ortho-Kinetics, Inc., a manufacturer of health care products with manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Europe and sales offices in England, Germany, . . .

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Douglas Parks

'84

The fundamentals of engineering, paired with ambition and innovation, have carried Doug Parks a long way throughout his tenure at General Motors. In August 2012, Parks was promoted to Vice President, Product Programs. His new position was created after some restructuring in GM’s Global Product Development organization. The new structure eliminates redundancy, clarifies accountability, and streamlines the decision-making . . .

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This color-enhanced image reveals how the structure of zinc-antimonide changes as lithium ions enter the anode. Anmin Nie image

Stressed Out: Research Sheds New Light on Why Rechargeable Batteries Fail

Pity the poor lithium ion. Drawn relentlessly by its electrical charge, it surges from anode to cathode and back again, shouldering its way through an . . . [read more]
When Michigan Tech's Joshua Pearce developed fair trade standards for 3D printer filament, he had two goals: improving the lives of waste pickers and making waste plastic so valuable that scenes like this would be a thing of the past. Thinkstock photo

Ethical Filament: Can Fair Trade Plastic Save People and the Planet?

It’s old news that open-source 3D printing is cheaper than conventional manufacturing, not to mention greener and incredibly useful for making everything from lab equipment . . . [read more]
Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, pictured here with students in his lab, aims to make better lithium ion batteries by taking advantage of imperfections in materials. Sarah Bird photo

Better than Perfect: Defects in Materials Could be Key to Better Batteries

Michigan Technological University researcher Reza Shahbazian-Yassar has discovered that perfection may not be all it’s cracked up to be, at least when it comes to . . . [read more]