Daniel R. Kapp (BSME '76) is Director, Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company. He is also a graduate of the Ford College Graduate Program (FCG). After graduation from Michigan Tech, Dan went to work at Ford Motor Company as an engineer in the Car Product Development Group and has spent his entire career at Ford in positions of increasing responsibility in the area of engine and Powertrain product development.
His work at Ford included work on the 3.0L Vulcan Engine Team through its launch in 1986, development and launch of all of the modular engine derivatives including the 4.6L 2V & . . .
Growing up in the small town of Bessemer, Mich. in the Upper Peninsula, Karpus was essentially interested in sports and science. He participated in basketball, football and baseball along with working on the school yearbook during high school. He worked numerous odd jobs throughout high school as well to be able to afford college.
Ray Kauppila earned bachelor degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1951. He then came to Tech as a teacher in 1957 and received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1960. He left Michigan Tech briefly to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1968.
Kauppila served Michigan Tech as a teacher and researcher from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. He came to Tech after working in industry for several years, bringing to the design curriculum an invaluable background, steeped in the realities of industrial design, yet firmly based on a . . .
Professor Walter Kauppila graduated from Michigan Tech in 1964 with a BS in Physics. He attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, from which he received a PhD in Experimental Atomic Physics. After post-doctoral work at the University of Colorado and a visiting professorship at the University of Missouri-Rolla, he joined the physics department at Wayne State University where he has been since 1972.
Clyde D. Keith, Jr. graduated in 1943 with a BS degree in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. While a student, he was a member of the Varsity Ski Club, the Dorm Club, and AIME.
Clyde went to work for Pickands Mather & Company after graduation, and remained with the company until he retired. From 1943 to 1951, he was a mining engineer at the Biwabik Mine and the Mahoning Mine in Minnesota. In 1952, Clyde transferred to the Duluth office as a mining engineer for Pickands Mather & Co. After 10 years, he was transferred to Shawville, . . .
While enrolled at Michigan Technological University, Ernie Kemp enrolled in the first class of the Civil Pilot training program. He then became a flight instructor and flew many wartime flights over the Himalayas in World War II. After the war he returned to Michigan Tech and received his B.S. in Geology in 1941. He was then hired to teach geology here. In 1946 he moved to the new Sault Ste. Marie branch of Michigan Tech (now Lake Superior State University) and led the successful development of a geology program there.
Ernie achieved renown as an inspiring teacher and citizen of Sault Ste. Marie . . .
Upon graduation from Michigan Tech in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, I accepted a position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where I am currently an associate technical staff member. My physics degree has been exceptional preparation for the wide array of technical challenges that I have encountered in my career, including work on antenna analysis, large-scale radar simulations, information optimization, optical tracking sensors, and modernizing the nation’s instrumentation and range-safety radars.
Kiehl, a native of Spring Lake, graduated from Michigan Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering. She joined Lockheed Martin (then General Dynamics) as a metallurgical engineer in 1984 and then became an engineering chief and engineering manager. In 1999, she moved into business development, where she served as a manager and a director.
Olive Cornish Kimball, a native of Calumet, graduated with a bachelor's degree in general science (medical technology) in 1952. She also earned both a master’s degree in science education and a PhD in educational psychology from Northern Illinois University. In addition, she has studied at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University.
The 2012 Outstanding Service Award posthumously honored Tanya Wareham Klain, who died on December 7, 2008.
Tanya earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and was a vibrant presence on campus. She was active in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, Undergraduate Student Government, residence hall councils, the Alpine Ski Club, and the Michigan Tech Student Foundation. Besides earning a degree, she made friendships that endured. "Tech is famous for that—people staying together," she recalled.
Civil Engineering Graduate Was a Leader on Hoover Dam Bypass
Alumna Bonnie Klamerus is winding down duties associated with the hardest work she’s ever done: being the structures manager for a new bridge, completed late last year, that spans the Colorado River and links Arizona and Nevada, a quarter of a mile downstream from the grand and storied Hoover Dam.
President, Superior Rock Bit Co. and F. J. Klima, Inc.; Mining engineer, Oliver Iron Mining Division, U.S. Steel Corporation, Minnesota; Started his own company, F. J. Klima, Inc., of Virginia, MN as an engineering, sales and management company; Founder and president of the Superior Rock Bit Co.; Promoted improved mining methods and developed new products for the benefit of the mining industry; Holds U.S. patents in “Adaptive Control for Rotary Drills,” “Method of Making and Placing of Slurry Explosives or Blasting Agents” and others related to the design and manufacture of sealed bearing rotary drill rock bits; Served as Century II . . .
From his earliest days, Kline ’49 has made a specialty of dodging bullets, both literal and figurative. The first calamity he remembers was falling head first into a rock-lined basement back in 1927 or so, when he was three or four years old. "My mother staunched the bleeding with spider webs," he recalls.
Kline emerged unbloodied from his second big disaster, unlike 3,684 other American servicemen who became casualties of war on December 7, 1941.
James Klungness created Klungness Electronic Supply in 1954. In 1955 he entered another partnership to form Northern Electronics to develop a cable television system in Iron Mountain and Kingsford. This enterprise eventually expanded into six states serving almost 200,000 homes. He then founded American Microwave & Communications in 1960 to deliver broadcast signals to remote area cable systems nationwide. Jim serves on the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Trustees, is a member of the Michigan Tech President’s Club, the Second Century Society, and the Hubbell Society.
Jim has 33 years of experience at Gannett Fleming in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he is currently a Senior Vice President and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. His experience includes water resource planning, landfills and contaminated site remediation, geotechnical and geological studies, mineral investigations and development, and dam and flood control works engineering.
Jim is a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Arizona and a Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. Jim has served his profession as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Society of Professional Engineers, President of the Pennsylvania Society of . . .
Graduating from Michigan Tech with the first “Faculty Citation” and a B.S. in Geophysics in 1980, Charles went on to spend 22 years in the oil and gas business with Conoco-DuPont, where he was awarded for advancements he made in imaging technology. He completed a law degree at the University of Houston and holds a diploma in International Law (Russia) from the University of San Diego. He has also studied European Law in Spain through the College of William and Mary.
With these combined interests (petroleum & law), Charles now maintains a private intellectual property law practice, assisting corporations in development of . . .
Pete Knudson earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1964 and began his career with the Budd Company as a management trainee. He would spend the next 19 years with the company, including stints as executive vice president and general manager of Auto Manufacturas and as president and general manager of Budd's Canadian subsidiary.
He became group vice president of automotive products for Budd in 1974 and president of the wheel and brake division in 1976. In 1983 he served four years as vice chairman and chief executive officer for Galtaco, Inc.; Redlaw Industries, Inc.; GRM Industries, Inc.; and Johnson . . .
Lou Anne Koerschner graduated from Michigan Tech in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1985, she earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently a Sales and Marketing Director for 3M, a Fortune 500 company in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After graduation, Lou Anne worked for Conwed Corporation, a St. Paul-based manufacturer, before accepting a position at 3M in 1984 as a development engineer working on film extrusion processes. After earning her MBA, she held several marketing positions supporting corporate marketing research, Thinsulate insulation products and respiratory protection products for industrial and health care applications. In 2002, she was among the first Master Black Belts assigned to Design for Six Sigma at 3M, and was subsequently promoted to the position of Director, Design Six Sigma, with responsibility for guiding the worldwide deployment of DFSS at 3M. In 2005, Lou Anne was appointed Director, Sales and Marketing, for the 3M Safety, Security and Protection Services business.
Dan graduated in 1970 with a BS degree in forestry and continued his education by earning a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan Tech. While a student at Tech he was active in Xi Sigma Pi, Blue Key, Air Force ROTC and he played football for MTU.