Dr. Cairns graduated from Michigan Tech in 1955 with a double major in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. After receiving a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley he pursued an illustrious career at the research laboratories of General Electric, Argonne National Lab, General Motors, and, since 1978, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is currently the Director of the Energy and Environment Division with a joint appointment as Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He has contributed more than 170 publications and 15 patents in the area of electrochemistry and energy conversion.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1911, Melvin Calvin received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1931 and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1935. He began his academic career in 1937 at the University of California at Berkeley, where he stayed for the remainder of his career. He died in 1997.
Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, John Christianson grew up blocks from Lambeau Field during the Lombardi Glory Years which instilled in him a love of sports and competition. He graduated from Green Bay Southwest High School with high honors, while playing on the tennis team, participating in newspaper and forensics, and tutoring his classmates in chemistry, physics and calculus, foreshadowing his eventual career choice.
Retired president Culligen Water Conditioning of Washtenau County - distinguished career as metallurgist and service executive of water quality improvement industry - 1969 Donald L. Petit Award - 1983 Award of Merit Water Quality Association - member of President's Club.
"Being a graduate student at Michigan Tech was an invaluable experience. I was exposed to opportunities unavailable at the larger universities while at the same time performing research in an unsurpassed environment. The faculty's genuine interest in my education more than prepared me for a career in academia."
Dr. Matheson graduated from Michigan Tech in 1973 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Mathematics. He continued his studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and earned an M.S. in Chemistry in 1975 and a PhD in Biophysics in 1978 under Professor Scheraga's guidance. His graduate studies were followed by two years as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University with Paul Flory. Dr. Matheson probably couldn't have chosen two better role models: Professor Scheraga is one of the foremost experts in the protein structure and modeling field, and Professor Flory was the leading scientist in the field of statistical thermodynamics of macromolecules who won the 1974 Nobel prize in Chemistry.
M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1963) in Chemistry, University of Illinois - professor of cell biology, University of New Mexico - director, University of New Mexico Center for Non-Invasive Diagnosis - deputy director, University of New Mexico Cancer Center - distinguished academic career from Stanford, Penn State, Los Alamos to University of New Mexico.
Jim Mitchell has a long history of service to Michigan Tech. As a student he was active with Theta Tau fraternity, served as treasurer of Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, junior class student government representative and senior class president. He served on Michigan Tech's Board of Control from 1993-2001, including three years as its chair.
Dr. Moore graduated from Michigan Tech in 1962 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. After obtaining his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Chicago he embarked on a distinguished career in mineralogy.
Currently, Paul Moore is Professor Emeritus, Geophysical Sciences, of the University of Chicago. He has named 35 new species of mineral since 1965, thirteen of which he initially discovered himself. He is the author of 200 research publications and has named the most . . .
After graduating from Michigan Tech in 1966 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Robert Nelson started a distinguished business career working for several chemical companies. He also did graduate work at Wayne State University.
In 1974 he began selling stock plastic shapes and finished goods for an industrial plastics distributor. Abbot Plastics, of which he is half-owner, co-founder, and current President, was started in 1980. He expanded his company to include facilities in Rockford, Madison and Milwaukee.
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Dave Peters '87, BS, chemistry, from Dansville, Michigan, works for BASF in technical services. He chose to come to Michigan Tech because a high-school teacher told him he wouldn't succeed here."I wanted to prove him wrong," Peters remembers. He says he proved to be "stupid but saveable."
David J Pruett, from Pontiac, Michigan, earned a BS (1974) and MS (1975) in Chemistry at Michigan Technological University and a PhD (1978) at Michigan State University. While at Michigan Tech, Dave studied experimental anti-malarial drugs, lanthanide complexation chemistry and a non-sulfur wood pulping process. He also took "Chem Magic" shows to Keweenaw high schools.
Fred Ross graduated from Michigan Tech in 1943 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. His remarkable career in the chemical industry started at Pure Oil Company in Chicago and led him to his current position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Robonard, Inc. He contributed more than 40 articles to professional publications. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and Recipient of the Board of Control Silver Medal for Outstanding Alumni of Michigan Tech in 1978.
Lina Tormen Taskovich ’52 studied chemistry and chemical engineering at Michigan Tech almost thirty years before Sally Heidtke, and she has some words of wisdom for women students too: “Study a field you like—you have to spend all your life working in it. And go for the top degree in the field of your choice. Also, do not go for the most lucrative job, but for the job you would love to do.”
Dr. Urban received his B.S. degree in 1979 in Material Science and Chemistry from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Cracow, Poland. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Chemistry with Professor Bahne Cornilsen in 1984, after joining the Chemistry Department of Michigan Tech with a master's degree in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from Marquette University in 1981.
Dr. Winans received his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Tech in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell in 1975. He joined the Chemistry Division at Argonne National Laboratory where he is now Senior Chemist.
In his distinguished career in fuel science he chaired conferences, served on review panels for DOE, NSF, and universities, and he is on the editorial board of several journals. In 1988 he received the American Chemical Society's Henry H. Storch Award . . .
Ming-Ming Zhou, PhD is the Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Professor and Chairman of the Department of Structural and Chemical Biology, and Co-Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He is also a Professor of the Departments of Oncological Sciences, and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at Mount Sinai.