Mr. Nardi joined Hughes Aircraft Company in Torrance, California in 1959 as a member of the technical staff. He held various engineering management positions throughout his career with the company, retiring as Manager of Satellite Ground Equipment Laboratories in 1992. A strong supporter of higher education, Mr. Nardi held advisory board positions at California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Fresno; and Michigan Technological University. He was a charter member of Michigan Tech’s Electrical Engineering Department External Advisory Committee and served a term as Chairman.
Samantha Neirby is about to go where mostly men have gone before. The US Navy has chosen Neirby—who is finishing her chemical engineering degree this spring at Michigan Technological University—to train to serve on a nuclear submarine. She will be just the third woman Naval officer ever recruited from a college or university to serve on a sub.
Mr. Charles J. Nelson, a native of Atlantic Mine, Michigan, earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1936. He was a member of Chi Epsilon. Mr. Nelson worked for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. until 1940 when he and his brother, Evan, formed Nelson Paint Company. Mr. Nelson developed the paint ball using C02 gas for propulsion; a technology used by the forest and cattle industries and for competitive paintball games. Mr. Nelson remains a Technical Consultant to the Nelson Paint Company headquartered in Kingsford, Michigan.
In 1980 the U.S. Forest Service honored Mr. Nelson with a Forest Service 75th Anniversary . . .
Dave began his professional career with Tenneco as a Geological Engineer. His responsibilities included prospect generation and petrophysical analysis of their Arkoma Basin holdings in Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 1983, he moved to Petro-Lewis Corporation in Denver, Colorado where he directed the company's development of producing properties in Northeastern Oklahoma. During the petroleum price downturns in the mid 1980's, Dave shifted his attention to investment banking, while using his geological and petroleum knowledge.
In 1991, Dave joined Wavetech Geophysical, a Denver based provider of exploration services and began working on projects in the former Soviet Union countries. From 1991-94, he focussed on . . .
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.
From 1997 Induction to the College of Sciences and Arts Academy
Eric A. Nielsen earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 at Michigan Tech and went on to earn an MBA-Finance & International Business, at the University of Chicago in 1988. After graduating from Michigan Tech he started as a consulting engineer with Hazard Engineering in Morton Grove, IL. From 1983 to 1994 he held engineering and management positions at Omron Electronics in Illinois, Conveyor Equipment Division in Mississippi and FMC Corporation in Pennsylvania. In 1994 he joined Volvo Construction Equipment Parts in Eskilstuna, Sweden as Vice President – Business Control and Information Systems. From 1997-1998 he was Chief . . .
Ralph Noyes was born in Chicago and came to Michigan Tech in the late 60's. He got his BS in geology in 1970, the year I came to Houghton, and was in our master's program until 1972.
He has had a career of increasing responsibility in the mining industry. He began in industrial minerals, and did exploration, plant management, and sales. In precious metals he was an underground miner, mine geologist, and manager of several mines.
Since 1981 Ralph has worked for Hecla Mining Company and since 1988 has been Vice President of Metals Mining. In this job which covers Canada, the US, and Mexico, he . . .
Paula graduated with honors from Michigan Tech in 1985 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Following graduation she relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she accepted a position with Sensormatic Electronics Corporation (a leader in the electronic article surveillance industry) in their finance department. During her three years with the company, she transferred to the marketing department to focus on national sales support.
Jeff began working for Texaco, Inc., in 1968 as an oil and gas Exploration and Development Geologist in east Texas, south Texas, and the upper Gulf Coast of Texas. In 1974, he moved to Mesa Petroleum as Senior Geologist and was responsible for development and exploration in offshore Texas and Louisiana, and for all onshore activities from south Texas to Florida.
After 4 years with Mesa, Jeff began working for American Coastal Energy, first as Senior Geologist and later as Vice President of Exploration and part owner. His primary responsibility was developing and overseeing exploration in the Frio-Vicksburg trend in the upper Gulf . . .