Alumni Profiles

Carl Adams, '62

Carl Adams received his BS degree in Applied Physics from Michigan Tech in 1962. He earned an MS degree in 1963 and a PhD in 1966 from Purdue University in Industrial Administration. In 1966, he joined the Systems Analysis Group in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.


William Adams, '54

Dr. William Adams earned the degree Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1954, and went on to pursue an MSEE degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue where he stayed on as Assistant Professor.   In the early 1960s he left academia to join the Industrial Nucleonics Corp. where over the next thirty years he successively led groups in engineering, field service, manufacturing, and marketing and attained the position of Senior Vice President.  He was responsible for much of the company’s leadership work in automatic control and instrumentation.  His group developed the company’s first computer-based paper machine control systems incorporating some of the early applications of distributed . . .


Michael Adler, '14, '14

Clouds arise out of nowhere and dissolve into nothingness, an intricate interaction of heat and cold, dampness and dust. Michael Adler aims to describe a portion of that dance in numbers, the sign language of physics. Adler is a senior majoring in both physics and applied/computational mathematics. An accomplished violinist, he is minoring in music, sings with the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, and plays with the Marquette and Keweenaw symphony orchestras. He received the 2013 Provost's Award for Scholarship, Michigan Tech's highest honor for academic excellence. For his senior research project, Adler is developing a mathematical model to describe how clouds form, in collaboration with physics professor Raymond Shaw. The model is based on Rayleigh-Bénard convection, which anyone . . .


Frank Agosti, '58

Frank Agosti joined Detroit Edison as a student engineer in 1957, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1958, and returned to the company full-time. Agosti progressed upward through a number of engineering and management posts at Edison's coal-fired power plants and was responsible for the start-up of the Monroe power plant. He later served as vice president for nuclear operations (1982-1987) during the start-up of the Fermi 2 plant. After more than 30 years experience at Detroit Edison's coal-fired power plants, he was elected senior vice president for power supply in 1990. Agosti has been awarded the Board of Control Silver Medal in 1990, is a member of the Michigan Tech National Advisory Board and the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and serves . . .


Mike Agostini, '97, '99

You start with a cause. Or, at least you do if you are Mike Agostini '97, who has run two Boston Marathons: one properly, one not so well. "I started running in Japan in 1993–94 during a study abroad trip," he says. "I did it to curb my hunger, since running is an appetite suppressant, and I was broke." Fast-forward thirteen years. Agostini is living and working in Boston, home of the world's most famous 26.2-mile jaunt. No longer hungry, he found a different inspiration to take up running in a serious way.


Gary Aho, '69, '68

In 1979, Gary started his career at Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company in Ishpeming, Michigan. After an increasing number of western assignments, he moved to Colorado where he became CCI's Chief Engineer and soon after, Manager of the Western Division. He is a national authority on oil shale and served as chairman of the National Oil Shale Association. Gary has had a distinguished career of professional publications, diverse program and venture management for his company and varied public service to governments, universities and professional organizations. Some highlights include Director of the Colorado Mining Association, Chair of the American Mining Congress, Synfuel Subcommittee, committee service to both the University of Kentucky and the University of Colorado School of Mines, Chairman . . .


Katerina Aifantis, '01

Katerina E. Aifantis enrolled at Michigan Tech in 1999 at age 16 and received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 2002 at age 19. With a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation, she earned her Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and her Doctorate in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Groningen at the age of 21, becoming the youngest person ever to get a PhD in the Netherlands.


Michael Aimone, '70

Michael Aimone served with the Department of Defense for 23 years. He served in the Pentagon as the Assistant to the Director for Emergency Plans and in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Security Policy. In his last DoD assignment, he directed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization’s facilities engineering group. Currently, Mr. Aimone is the Vice President of Engineering for SKM Systems Analysis Inc. His military awards include the Secretary of Defense and Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service Awards, and a Bronze Star with Valor for combat service in Vietnam.


Catherine Aimone-Martin, '71

Cathy received her BS degree in Geological Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1971. She then spent seven years in industry: four years with mining companies in Canada (Ontario and BC) and then three as Geological Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer with consulting companies in Washington State and Illinois. In 1979 she returned to academia and a doctoral program at Northwestern University where she received her Ph.D. in Mineral Resources Engineering and Management. Since 1981 she has been at New Mexico Tech, where she is now Chair of the Department of Mineral and Environmental Engineering. She currently serves on the U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics of the NRCC, National Academy of Science.


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. He started with GE in the Engineer Test Program and went on to work on Photoflash Lamp Designs, Related Production Equipment, Introduction of New Products to Factory Production, Factory Inspections and Trouble-Shooting. He is a member of the GE Elfun Society, and a Licensed Professional Engineer-State of Ohio.


Cynthia Anderson, '85

In 1992, she joined Cornerstone Imaging in San Jose, Calif., and became the vice president of quality and information systems, steering the company through its growth from $14 million to $100 million in revenues and from a small start-up to an IPO. Several years following the successful IPO, she left Cornerstone to join the software company Actionpoint, also in San Jose, as the vice president of operations. Meanwhile, she co-founded BigCeramicStore.com, a successful internet retailer of ceramic supplies for artists. She is currently the president of that company, which includes a 500-plus page website


Gary Anderson, '67

Gary Anderson, a leader in industry, has stood on the shoulders of giants—that is, his parents, whom he speaks of with fondness and admiration.  Anderson grew up in Ishpeming on Michigan’s iron range. His grandfather was killed in a mining accident, so his father had to quit school at age 15 and go to work in the mines to support the family. When his parents started their own family, they worked their hearts out for their children. His mother wanted to make sure he had a good education; his father wanted him to have a better life than he had. “They never had anything beyond the basics,” Anderson recalls, and he’s amazed yet at their sacrifice, so he could go to college.


Iver Anderson, '75

Iver Anderson '75 was named 2006 Inventor of the Year by the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association. The award is given to an inventor who has made the most outstanding contribution to Iowa through his or her invention. Anderson is a senior metallurgist at Ames Laboratory and an Iowa State University adjunct professor of materials science and engineering.


Beau Anderson, '08

Beau Anderson wants to engineer a planet with more heart. The earnest alumnus says, "Humanity is something I would love to bring to the whole world; make sure every single person has water to drink, every person has shelter, food, health, and people around them caring for them.


Walter Anderson, '43

Mr. Anderson began his career in 1944 working on the Manhattan Project as a Process Engineer with Tennessee Eastman Corporation. In 1954 he returned to Michigan Tech rising to the rank of Professor, Assistant head of Electrical Engineering in 1970 and Acting Head in 1972 and 1979-80. In 1984, he was appointed to the position of Director of the School of Technology. He retired from Michigan Tech in 1988 after forty years service. He has received several gubernatorial appointments to state licensing boards. In 1957, he received the Michigan Tech Distinguished Teacher Award.


Richard Anderson, '72, '71

Mr. Richard O. Anderson, a 1971 civil engineering graduate of Michigan Tech, is President of SOMAT Engineering, Inc., in Taylor, MI. After receiving his baccalaureate degree, he continued on and received his M.S. degree in civil engineering from Michigan Tech in 1972, with a specialty in geotechnical engineering. Mr. Anderson returned to school after five years of consulting practice and received his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1977. In the 24 years following graduation from Tech, his consulting assignments have included over 5000 geotechnical investigations for major commercial and industrial structures throughout the Midwest, nuclear power plants, and a liquefied natural gas plant in Indonesia. He has specialized in the design and analysis of deep foundations and earth retention . . .


Robert Anderson, '78, '46

Robert Anderson earned a BS in Mining Engineering from Michigan Tech and received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 1978. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from St. Francis Xavier University.


Paul Angeli, '87

Paul Angeli earned the degree Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1987.  He was awarded a graduate fellowship from General Electric to continue his studies at Michigan Tech, earning the degree Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1988 while studying under Professor Paul Lewis.  In 1992, he became licensed as a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Minnesota.  He is a past member of IEEE, and served for several years on the industrial advisory board for the Michigan Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering. Mr. Angeli began his professional career in 1988 with 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, as an automation engineer.  He earned several technical promotions with 3M and was recognized with the 3M Technical Circle of . . .


Jim Anttonen, '65

Jim Anttonen '65 became a pioneer in environmentally sustainable construction long before the term “sustainable” became a household word.


Keith Apelgren, '70

Dr. Apelgren graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. degree in Biology in 1970. He went on to Medical School at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1974 followed by a one year rotating internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.


Elio Argentati, '50

Elio Argentati, a native of Iron Mountain who moved to Iron River, Michigan, graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1950, after which he fashioned a notable career.


Peter Aubry, '59

Peter graduated from our department in 1959 with a BS in geology. He couldn't find geological work after graduation so he went to work for Ingersoll Rand Manufacturing Co., who transferred him to Calgary after a year and he became manager of compressor manufacturing. He stayed with the company until 1975, but then he made a bold move to get back to his geological roots. He took his savings and started his own oil and gas company, which first centered around a single drill hole in central Alberta, that he hoped would be successful. It was, and he has been in his own geological business every since with three energy related companies: Aubry Consultants, Ltd., Wescal Gas Ltd., and Bopete Resources Ltd. In the last five years Peter has turned to minerals exploration where he currently has projects . . .


Donald Autio, '57

Don Autio began his career with Hanna Mining Co. in Iron River as an electrical engineer. After five years, as the mines were closing, Don moved to E. I. DuPont in their construction division as an instrument engineer. After two years in construction, he accepted a job in Midland, Michigan with Dow Corning Corporation. Don spent the next 30 years with Dow Corning in various engineering and management positions. During this time, he completed the MBA degree at Central Michigan University. Don retired from Dow Corning in 1994. He has been an active volunteer at Michigan Tech, serving on the Advisory Boards for the Electrical Engineering Department, the School of Business and the Career Center.


John Auzins, '59

Dr. John Auzins holds a 1959 vintage BSEE from Michigan Tech and a 1963 MS/Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. In 1959, John started his career with Lear Siegler in Grand Rapids and in 1960 he joined PR Mallory Co. in Indianapolis. In 1963, he started his 34 year career with General Motors at Delco Electronics (DE) working on thin film integrated circuits. He led the establishment of monolithic integrated circuits at DE in the early 1960s and the development and implementation of hybrid modules for automobiles such as regulators and ignitions. His last seven years at DE were spent in Advanced Development/Systems Integration where he was responsible for research funding. Since retirement from General Motors, John has been consulting through his company JXA, LLC.


Carl Avers, '62

Carl Avers earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1962. He continued his education in 1968 at Stanford University completing a special course in Special Finance, Economics, Accounting and Engineering Economy. Carl began his career in 1962 at the San Diego Gas & Electric Company as a Junior Engineer. He advanced in the company to the level of Project Manager before becoming a successful entrepreneur and consultant in the thermal energy area beginning in 1970 when he first developed Applied Energy, Incorporated. From 1975 until 1980 he was the Director of Advanced Energy Systems Division for Ellers, Fanning, Oakley, Chester & Pike, Incorporated. Avers was the principal business architect for a start-up company in 1980 that by 1987 became a 500 employee, $125 . . .