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, and France. He has won a number of honors and awards and holds ten patents and was named the U.S. Small Business Person of the Year in 1978.
Gaffney has served on advisory boards and councils for . . .
Mr. Dennis C. Garceau, a native of Ishpeming, Michigan, received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969. He left that year for Decatur, Illinois to join the Archer Daniels Midland Company. After a brief apprenticeship, he served in various engineering and managerial positions in Illinois, South Carolina, Kansas, Minnesota, and France before returning to Decatur to manage the construction and start-up of its new corn wet milling plant and its entry into the alcohol market with its new potable alcohol facility.
After spending eight years managing ADM’s soybean crushing, refining, and packaging operation, Dennis was transferred to Europe as the . . .
He allows that he skipped more than a few classes to indulge his passion for piscatorial pursuits. Nevertheless, he went on to earn a bachelor's in environmental engineering and a master's in civil engineering. These days he's an engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in Wausau. Away from work, he fishes.
Joseph A. Gemignani earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1953. After graduation he served two years in the United States Air Force. He then continued his education at the University of Michigan Law School where he received his J.D. Law in 1958.
He began his career in patent law with McGraw Edison Company in Milwaukee. In 1961 he joined Michael Best & Friedrich, one of the oldest and largest business law firms in the Midwest, and was made a partner in 1967. His professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar . . .
During the 1950's, Don worked with the U.S. Bureau of Mines on a program of mine burst detection in the Copper Country. He then attended Michigan Tech where he was an early experimenter with the induced polorization method to detect disseminated metal ore deposits, earning his MS under Lloyal Bacon in 1958. After graduating, he went to work for Cominco Exploration. In the late 1960's, he attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Ph.D. in 1969. Since that time, he has worked at the University of Saskatchewan where he is currently a Professor of Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering.
Don has been a . . .
Dr. James C. Gerdeen (BSME '59) retired as Professor and Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair from the University of Colorado - Denver. After graduation, Jim worked in industry before completing his MS in 1962 from Ohio State University and later his PhD from Stanford in 1965, both in mechanical engineering. He returned to Michigan Tech as a faculty member from 1968 to 1989. He received his M. Divinity, Theology, Association of Free Lutheran Seminary, Medicine Lake, MN in 1980 and has served various churches as lay pastor.
Jim continues to teach on-line courses in Industrial Management at Missouri State University and technical . . .
Larry Golin is at Michigan Tech for his fiftieth class reunion, and he confesses that he hasn't seen many familiar faces on campus. This is probably because most members of the Class of '58 aren't from Bangladesh, or Bengal, or Brazil, and most of them have two reasonably good legs.
Arthur Gosling got a BS degree in geological engineering from Michigan Tech in 1958 and joined the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1959 to 1961 where he worked on airfield construction, barracks, street and missile installations in Korea, Colorado and near Washington, DC. He then did graduate work at Colorado School of Mines and in 1964 began a seven year stint as a hydrologist and hydraulic engineer at the Water Resource Division of the USGS where he did water quality and groundwater studies and stream flow measurements in California, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.
Since 1971 he has worked in engineering consulting in . . .
Jim Graham, a resident of Centennial, Colorado, is a 1970 graduate of Michigan Tech’s Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. Jim began his career as process engineer for Texas Gulf in Moab, Utah. In 1973, he moved to the coal fields of West Virginia for Zapata Corporation and through a series of promotions moved to Lexington, Kentucky as Vice President Engineering. His next move in 1992 was to General Exploration Company, a diversified energy company in Dallas, Texas, as President. In 1984 Jim joined the French oil, gas and mining company, TOTAL, as President of their US operations.
After almost ten years with . . .
Retired General Manager of Operations, Coal Bethlehem Steel Corporation; Joined Bethlehem Steel after graduation; Served two years in the U.S. Army and awarded both a U.S. and Korean service medal with three battle stars; Several supervisory and engineering positions in Bethlehem’s West Virginia operations; Assistant Division Superintendent, Marion Division; Administrative Assistant, Coal, Bethlehem Mining Dept.; Assistant to V.P.; Consultant and Field Associate, International Executive Service Corps; President and CEO (Retired), Gates Engineering Company; AIME, Boy Scouts of America, Old Timers Club, Michigan Tech Founders Club; Involved with several professional organizations.
From 1997 Induction to the Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Academy
While working toward his bachelor’s degree at Michigan Tech, he spent one summer as a roughneck on oil drilling rigs on the north slope of Alaska; he must have liked it, because he has spent most of his career in the oil business, but not as a roughneck. After graduating from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1982, he took a job with Amoco Production Company, which led him from Hobbs, NM to Casper, WY to their Research Center in Tulsa (twice), before ending up as exploration manager for their Denver regional office where he was responsible for a . . .
After receiving his electrical engineering degree in 1950, Donald Green stayed on at Michigan Tech, earning a degree in engineering administration and receiving an Air Force commission through the AFROTC program in 1951. Following service in the Korean War as a radar officer in Japan, he was employed by Ferson Optics, rising to the position of president in 1962. In 1968, Ferson Optics was sold to Bausch & Lomb. Donald remained with Bausch & Lomb as a division president until 1976, when he became one of the co-founders of PFG Precision Optics, manufacturers of high performance optics, coatings, and assemblies used in industrial and scientific systems. The Green family later became the sole owners of PFG. Mr. Green retired in 1995; his children continue to operate the business.
Michael J. Gregory, a native of Petoskey, Michigan, earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969. While at Tech, he was active in Student Government, Business Manager for The Lode, and a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he joined American Cyanamid Company and spent five years as a sales engineer in the mineral processing industry. During an 18 month leave of absence, he served in the office of the Commander in Chief for the U.S. Army USAREUR in Heidelberg, Germany.
Mr. Gregory received an MBA at Ohio State University in 1979 and completed the Management Development . . .
Nancy Grimm earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech in 1995. She completed her bachelor’s in English with a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Marquette University in 1967 and a master’s in English from Northern Michigan University in 1981.
Nancy’s career in education began as a high school teacher in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Other teaching assignments followed at a junior high in Rochester, New York, at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the University of Tulsa, and then Suomi College (now Finlandia University) in Hancock, Michigan.
Russell Gronevelt’s commitment to Michigan Tech runs long and deep.
His service to Tech began as a civil engineering undergraduate, when he was active in the Sigma Rho fraternity and the intra-fraternity council and service on the Student Judiciary. Once settled into his career, he served two terms on the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Professional Advisory Committee, and the Executive Committee for the CEE Department's “Educating Graduates of Choice” Campaign.
Since 1994 Barney Guarnera has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of Behre Dolbear and Company, Inc., one of the premier mining consulting companies. He has been responsible for developing the company into a multi-officed, multi-million dollar growing enterprise. His personal expertise is in the areas of evaluation and valuation of mineral properties, ore reserve estimation procedures, design and evaluation of exploration programs for precious and base metals, coal/lignite, uranium, and industrial minerals, as well as the negotiation and terms of mineral agreements.
Just prior to joining Behre Dolbear, he was Manager of Mineral and Hydro Resources for Boise . . .
Retired Assistant Vice President of Engineering, Bethlehem Steel Corporation
James W. Guider graduated with a BS in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MCM&T) in 1937. While Jim was in school, he was a member of ROTC, Student Council, AIME, Blue Key, and the Lode Staff.
Jim started his mining career, even before he attended MCM&T, as a miner and prospector in Ontario, Canada. After graduation, he was hired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. and after completion of management training, he was assigned as plant engineer in Lebanon, PA. In 1940, Jim was transferred to the Bethlehem home office as a mining engineer, where he worked . . .
After graduating from Michigan Tech in 1965, Jack worked in Canada's far north doing underground mining and surveying. From 1966 to 1974, he worked for Phelps Dodge and worked his way up to becoming Manager. Jack directed Canada wide exploration, where he found the La Gauchiere Cu-Zn deposit in Quebec. During this time, he was also a consultant in the Eastern United States and South America.
His 37 year career as a mineral industry executive was particularly highlighted from 1974 to 1989, when he served with the Rio Tinto Group as Head of Rio Tinto Finance and Exploration, Ltd. and RTZ Consultants, . . .