Mr. Robert R. Hackinson, a native of Marquette, Michigan, earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1958. While an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and Phi Lambda Upsilon. After graduation he joined Marathon Corporation, where he worked in research and development on packaging materials.
In 1965, Mr. Hackinson joined the Bemis Company at a subsidiary, Curwood Inc., a producer of specialty films for food packaging. In 1970, he became the Technical Director of the Bemis Company. In 1974 he was named Vice President. He has held a number of positions dealing with the growth of the company through . . .
Leslie began her career in 1976 in Tucson, Arizona with Elliot Geophysical Company and then with L.K. Lepley, geologic consultant. After a career change, she became Assistant Manager for Harlow's Landscape Plant and Garden Center in Tucson. In 1979, she moved to Salmon, Idaho and worked as an Environmental Technician for Noranda Mining, Inc. and Administrative Office Manager for Noranda Exploration, Inc.
After receiving an M.B.A. in 1985, Leslie joined Environmental Science and Engineering as Assistant Business Development Coordinator in Denver, Colorado. In 1990, she joined Woodward-Clyde Consultants, now URS Corporation, as Contracts Manager, was appointed as a Vice President in 1995, and now . . .
Greg is currently President and CEO of Summo Minerals Corporation in Denver, Colorado, a start-up copper mining company he founded and successfully developed. The Corporation's centerpiece is the Libson Valley Project in Southern Utah, where mining is expected to begin in January 1998. Greg has more than 20 years of experience as a Geological Engineer in exploration and mine development and operation. He worked eleven years for Norando in Arizona, Alaska, and Idaho; five years for CoCa Mines in Montana and California; and then four years as Vice President of St. Mary Minerals.
Greg came to Michigan Technological University from Dartmouth College in . . .
John Hallquist earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1970. He received an M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Tech in 1972. He continued his advanced education from Michigan Tech and earned a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 1974. John joined the weapons laboratory at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) after receiving his degrees from Michigan Tech. During the next fifteen years he worked on mathematical models that predict the effectiveness of bombs. While at Livermore he developed a massive finite element program called LLNL DYNA 3D that . . .
Douglas J. Hamar (BSME ’84) is president of Hamar Group, president/CEO/co-owner of Horner Flooring, president of Denver Hardwood Co Inc, Denver CO, president of Cascade Pacific Floor Distributors, Portland OR and Seattle WA, president and treasurer of Rio Grande Flooring Distributors, Albuquerque NM, and president/co-founder/principal of CRT & Associates, a firm specializing in custom computer software and hardware.
Horner Flooring, a privately owned company is known worldwide for its Pro-King basketball floors. In 2002, Horner Flooring Inc received the Business of the Year Award from the 15Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and in 2003 the US Dept of Commerce's Export Achievement Award. Doug . . .
As a successful entrepreneur, Randy Hammelman, a 1997 electrical engineering graduate of Michigan Tech, is a great example for our alumni spotlight. Growing up in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisc., Hammelman was interested in sports and the outdoors. He was accepted at larger schools in Wisconsin and Illinois before choosing to attend Michigan Tech due to its small size and the outdoor environment surrounding the Tech area.
Mr. Charles F. Hansen earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1965. After graduating, he joined the Grain Processing Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa as a Process Engineer. In 1966, he returned to his native town, Neenah, Wisconsin, as a Chemical Engineer with Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Soon after joining Kimberly-Clark he was transferred to South Carolina, where he participated in the construction and start up of a new tissue manufacturing facility. Subsequently, Mr. Hansen moved into operations, managing the production of several different consumer products including KLEENEX facial tissue, KOTEX feminine napkins, and HUGGIES diapers.
After being involved in mill operations in Neenah, . . .
Mr. Ron O. Harma, a native of Hurley Wisconsin, received his bachelor of science degree in Metallurgical Engineering (Minerals Processing) from Michigan Tech in 1960. He continued on to receive a B.S. in Engineering Administration and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1961. His first position was as a process engineer for the Kennecott Copper Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joining the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company in Ishpeming, Michigan in 1963, Ron progressed through positions in technology and operations and management, including manager of Research and Development, plant manager, and manager of Central Services.
In the early 1970s he was part . . .
Lisa M. Harrington graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1985 with a BS in Mathematics. Colonel Harrington entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of Michigan Technological University’s ROTC Program. Over the next 24 years of her military career, Lisa served in a wide variety of assignments at base, major command, headquarters Air Force and Combatant Command levels. Colonel Harrington commanded at the squadron and group level. In addition, she served on the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Operations Group, led the Air Education and Training Command Action Group, served as the Deputy Director of the Air Force General Officer Management Office and as the Director of Manpower and Personnel at U.S. Central Command.
Bill Hartwick graduated with honor in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While a student at Michigan Tech he was elected a member of Tau Beta Pi and played varsity football. After completing the required thesis, Bill received a professional degree of Mechanical Engineer from Tech in 1955. His entire professional career was devoted to the technology of heavy, continuous duty, reciprocating gas compressors.
Bill began his career at Cooper Industries where his work included research and development, design, application and performance analysis. In 1978 he joined Anglo Compression as Manager of Consulting Services. He pioneered the development . . .
Kathy earned a BS degree in Computer Science from Michigan Tech in 1984. Kathy began her career as a software developer with internships at General Motors and the Sperry Corporation. Upon graduation she worked for Hewlett Packard in Colorado. As a product manager she led the marketing effort to bring HP’s first low-end color workstation to market. In 1991 Kathy co-founded Colorado Spectrum which specialized in aviation-related PC computing for gaming enthusiasts. As the worldwide sales manager, she established distribution channels in North America, Europe, and Asia. In 1995 Kathy returned to HP. Since then she has held various roles in business planning, operations management, and channel management. She is currently a Business Strategy Manager where she leads the Partner Web Enablement team within HP’s software and solutions business.
Ken received his B.S. in Geological Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1950.
His first position following graduation was with the US Atomic Energy Commission where he was assigned to field camp in the Lukachukai Mountains. Ken dedicated thirty years to the mining industry specializing in mineral exploration. During that time, he also worked a short (two-year) stint in uranium production.
Following retirement from industry, the unexpected invitation to teach at a university allowed him to maintain an active role in the profession of his choice. Ken is now retired from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
From 2004 Induction to the Geological and Mining Engineering and . . .
Jerry Haycock earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1968 and started as a Development Engineer for the Detroit Diesel Division of General Motors. In 1971 he joined Ford Motor Company as an Emission Development Engineer and has held various supervisory and management positions in the powertrain area. In 1995 he was appointed the Director of Core/Advanced Powertrain Engineering in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Department of Ford.
Haycock is Ford's Corporate Relationship Sponsor for Michigan Tech and has served on the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Industrial Advisory Committee and is a current member of the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory . . .
Ralph Hayden graduated in 1933 with a BS in mechanical engineering, with honor. Following graduation he was first employed by the Carrier Corporation, which he later left to join the Foxboro Company, a manufacturer of industrial instruments for processing industries, in 1937. He was elected vice president in 1962, became a member of the board of directors in 1964, and president and chief executive officer in 1968. He was named chairman of the board in 1970. He retired from Foxboro in 1976 and became president of the Association for Land-Use Alternatives, Inc.
While at Michigan Tech, he was a member of Blue Key and . . .
Applied Process, Inc.
AP Technologies Division
BS EMY 1986, MS EMY 1989, PhD EMY 1993
Graduated with BS, MS, & PhD in Metallurgical Engineering in 1986, 1989, and 1993, respectively. Presently Technical Director at Applied Process, Inc., in Livonia, Michigan. Applied Process has been a technology leader in the heat treating industry since 1978. AP and its affiliated companies use properly applied Austempering technologies to solve tough engineering problems.
Current member of department’s External Advisory Board and contributes to MY4130 Principles of Metal Casting class each year. Strong supporter of Michigan Tech and affiliated with many Michigan Tech organizations including: Presidential Council of Alumnae, Tau Beta Pi, Society . . .
Sally Heidtke is a practiced engineer with a decidedly practical outlook. She has "thrived on making noticeable improvements to manufacturing systems and processes that are sustainable." She also is a heartfelt leader who has lived by this ethic: "Reach out to others for help, and to others who need help as well." Heidtke has fashioned that balance between the technical and soulful throughout her career.
After graduating in 1983 with a BS in Computer Science, Brenda Helminen began her career as a programmer with IBM Corporation in Rochester, MN. She returned to the Copper Country later that year to work for the Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech. While working, she completed her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1988. She continued her career with the University as a Senior Systems Programmer in the Center for Experimental Computation followed by a position as Information Systems Specialist working with supercomputing in the Advanced Scientific Computing Center in the late 1980s.
Star Henderson, a '97 STC and Army ROTC alum, is involved with projects to help the spouses of military men deal with the time their husbands are overseas. Army Wife Talk Radio, a weekly Internet broadcast, is now three years old, and Henderson, who works with the show's creator, Tara Crooks, "creates and coordinates future shows as well as co-writes for various publications," she says.
After completing her B.S. in Applied Geophysics at Michigan Tech in 1977, Patricia joined Mobil Oil Corporation and performed exploration in offshore Louisiana, Florida, and the Norwegian North Sea. In 1980 she began working for Exxon Corporation in Esso, Norway where she interpreted the first 3-D seismic data in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea. In 1983, Patricia started her own consulting company, Consultants of Tri-D, and as principal and owner, expanded the company into a data processing center as well as large consulting group. From 1987 to 1991, she worked for Oryx Energy (previously Sun Oil) and was . . .
Michigan Technological University
Materials Science and Engineering
BS EMY 1951, MS Metallurgical Engineering 1954, PhD MSE 1960
1951 BS graduate of Michigan Tech with degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Went on to earn MS in Metallurgical Engineering from Columbia University in 1954, and PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University in 1960.
Appointed Assistant Professor at Michigan Tech in 1956, promoted to Associate Professor in 1960, and then promoted to Professor in 1964. Retired in fall of 1988 and was granted Emeritus rank in spring of 1989. Currently resides in Lake Leelanau, Michigan, with his wife Del, and is President of Good Harbor Associates in Lake . . .
Richard Henes fashioned considerable success from diligence and opportunity.
A native of Menominee, Henes earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948, followed by a law degree from the University of Michigan. In 1958, after working as an engineer and lawyer, he moved to Arizona and established what was to become the Henes Manufacturing Company, Henes Products and Henes Stamping. He also became a successful real estate investor in Phoenix.
Peter began his career at E.J. Longyear in Minneapolis working mainly on projects in the Western United States. He then served as a mine geologist for two mining companies in Canada until 1971 when he opened his own contracting business in the Red Lake Mining District. He closed his contracting business in 1992 and is now a consulting engineer.
Peter served as Reeve (Mayor) of Cochenour Township for several years. He is an avid traveler and fisherman. He has been a private pilot since 1955 and has served as a commercial pilot flying twin engine aircrafts from Hudson Bay to Northern Manitoba. . . .
David (Dave) Hill graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1965 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn a Masters in Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1970. He has served as vehicle line executive for the Chevrolet Corvette since 1995, the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird since 1997. He has also been the Corvette chief engineer since November 1992.
Dave began his General Motors career in 1965 as a senior project engineer with the Cadillac Motor Car Division. In 1973 he became a staff project engineer for Cadillac engine design and release. Dave held that position . . .
Holly M. Hillberg earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (1983); her MS in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and completed the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and the Manufacturing Executive Program at the University of Michigan. She is Vice-President of Research & Development at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc (a Johnson & Johnson company), responsible for the pipeline delivery of products to the marketplace and sits on the Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Board.
Prior to joining Ortho-Clinical, Hillberg spent 23 years at Eastman Kodak, holding executive positions in Research & Development, Engineering, Operations . . .
John had a 32 year industrial career before retiring in 1993; however, he still does consulting. John began his career with Allied Chemical in Syracuse, New York as a Geological Engineer working on solution mining of salt and potash in the United States, Canada and Mexico. During this time, he was also involved in exploration and evaluation of many industrial mineral deposits.
In 1965, he went to work in the Phosphate Division of Texasgulf Sulphur Company in Aurora, North Carolina, where he was a Geological Engineer and then advanced to Mine Manager. He was involved in ground water hydrology, open cast mining, ore . . .
Robert Hirvela joined the HF Communications Division of Collins Radio Company in 1959 as a project engineer. In 1973, he led the Rockwell business unit that invented and developed the first Digital Automatic Call Distributor, the Rockwell Galaxy ACD, and launched what is known today as the Call Center Industry. In 1978, he transferred to the Air Transport Division of Rockwell as Director of Product Management with responsibility for Communications, Navigation, and Pulse Products for the Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. Since 1983 he has served as Vice President and General Manager of the Collins General Aviation Division of Rockwell International.
Mr. James N. Howell graduated from Michigan Tech in 1965 with a Chemical Engineering degree and subsequently attended the Thomas Cooley Law School of Lansing in 1975. Upon graduation, Mr. Howell joined the Dow Corning Corporation where he was active in environmental engineering and regulatory areas. He joined the Environmental Regulations and Enforcement Division of the State of Michigan in 1972 and the National Steel Corporation in 1975 as Director of Environmental Affairs, Midwest Division.
Throughout his career, Mr. Howell held many progressively responsible and important positions including Vice President of Environmental, Energy and Public Affairs (1981), Vice President of Engineering and Process . . .
Life is good for alumnus J.B. Hoyt. He feels gifted to be able to enjoy both professional and personal pursuits. He is an executive at Whirlpool Corp. in St. Joseph, Michigan; away from work, his passions are boating and photography. “I've always been a work-hard, play-hard kind of guy,” he says. “You’ve got to have that balance.”
Following graduation from Michigan Tech in 1963, James Hull started his career at Control Data in Minneapolis working as a Computer Test Engineer. He remained with Control Data for eleven years, serving as General Manager, European Systems Division in France for two years and then as General Manager of Corporate Planning and Analysis. In the next ten years, Jim served as Vice President of Operations for the Parker Pen Company. In 1984, he ventured into the security industry and developed three significant companies, Network Multi-Family Security, Financial Security Services, and Monitronics International. He is chairman and CEO of Monitronics International, the 4th largest security company in the country.