Mark transferred to Michigan Tech after obtaining a Diploma in Mining Technology from Haileybury School of Mines in Ontario and received his BS in Geological Engineering in 1969. Since this time, Mark has worked in industry beginning with junior Canadian companies and major international companies working up to a geological exploration consultant with Hunter Dickinson Group.
He is currently President of his own company, Rebagliati Geological Consulting, Ltd. where he made his most recent discovery, the new Pebble Mine in Alaska – one of the world’s largest copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry deposits. He has also discovered Mount Milligan and Kemess in British Columbia; Campo Morado . . .
William J. Raduchel, a native of the Keweenaw, attended Michigan Tech before earning a bachelor's degree in economics from Michigan State University and both a master's and doctoral degree in economics from Harvard University. He has served as senior vice president of market development and chief scientist for McGraw Hill, Inc., and vice president for document systems, Strategic Business Office, at Xerox Corp
Metallurgical Labs/Quality Assurance
BS EMY 1954
Graduated 1954 with BS in Metallurgical Engineering Along with classmate Geraldine Robbins, they were the second and third female graduates of the department. Lilian Beck ’47 was first. Spent 28 years with Boeing Company, retiring in 1988, as lead engineer in the quality assurance lab.
Married to Arnold Raisanen who also retired from Boeing Company. Both are enjoying retirement in Long Beach, Washington, but frequently visit the U.P. in the summer months.
From 2006 Induction to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Academy
Sarah Rajala, who has pioneered the way for women in electrical engineering, graduated with a bachelor's degree in the field. She was recently named dean of Mississippi State University's Bagley College of Engineering. Prior to this, Rajala headed the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU.
Robert Rajewski graduated from Michigan Tech in 1981 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science. After graduation, Bob was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and assigned to NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. His responsibilities included development of computer control and data acquisition systems.
K.P Rajurkar received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1981, both from Michigan Tech. He received his BS degree with honors from Jabalpur University, India, in 1966. Dr. Rajurkar is Mohr Professor of Engineering at the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the Director of the Nontraditional Manufacturing Research Center, Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department, and Chairman of the Manufacturing Systems Program of the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In the past he has worked as Associate Professor at the University of . . .
Founder & Chairman Emeritus
BS EMY 1954, MBA 1960
Norm graduated with his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1954. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-56, and earned an MBA from George Washington University in 1960.
Norm was manager of corporate patent development for Texas Instruments before striking out on his own in 1967 to form Nartron Electronics Corporation in Jackson, Michigan. He later moved his headquarters to Reed City and simplified the company name to Nartron, which has become known as a leader in the field of high-tech automotive and electronic systems development. Nartron has created a number of ‘firsts’ . . .
Jack Real began his aviation career two years after graduating from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1937. He joined Lockheed Aircraft as a design engineer in 1939, flew for Pan Am during World War II, then worked as a test pilot and flight test engineer for Lockheed until 1965, when he became vice president and general manager of the Lockheed Rotary Wing Division. He became Howard Hughes chief aviation advisor and left Lockheed to join the Hughes organization in 1971.
He served as president of Hughes Helicopter from 1979 until 1984, when he supervised the sale of the company . . .
During Mike's 26 years with Unocal his job titles and duties included: Geophysicist in Indonesia and California; Area Geophysicist covering the offshore of southern California; Senior Geophysicist in the Alaska district; District Geophysicist coordinating all geophysical activities in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and southern California; District Geophysicist in Midland, Texas directing all Unocal geophysical activities in the Permian Basin; Regional Geophysicist responsible for the southwestern region; Geophysical Consultant for the Texas/Southeast region development group; and Seismic Acquisition Coordinator responsible for all issues related to seismic acquisition worldwide. Mike is now an independent consultant.
Mike received his B.S. in Applied Geophysics from Michigan Tech in 1968. . . .
Jill Recla, who graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s in bioinformatics, has had an abiding dream since high school, when she told her best friend, who was suffering from chronic pain, “Don’t worry. I’ll save you.” Looking back, she sums up her goal simply and ambitiously: “I decided I was going to cure fibromyalgia syndrome.
Norm is a 1961 graduate of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. He began his 34-year career with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, in 1963 as an inspector working with a cereal leaf beetle and nursery inspection program.
James L. Reum graduated from Michigan Tech in 1953 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and later earned an MBA from Xavier University in 1965 and his P.E. license from the State of Ohio in 1959. Jim started his career at General Electric (GE) in 1957 after serving in the United States Army Aviation Division as a company commander and as a pilot in Korea. He began as a process engineer at GE and later held various management positions in quality control and manufacturing. He later held the positions of Director of Engine Maintenance at United Airlines in California, Executive Vice . . .
Retired President, Davy Inc.
Retired Director, Davy Corporation, Ltd.
William Richards received a BS in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1942. He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
After graduation, he worked as a mining engineer for Pickands Mather and Company in Ely, MN before serving in the Civil Engineering Corps of the U.S. Navy Seabees, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1946, he shifted his career toward construction, building power plants with the Herlihy Mid-Continent Company in southern Michigan. In 1951, he associated with an engineering construction company in Hibbing, MN involved with the design and construction . . .
Martha (Marty) Richardson, MS Business Administration
Anchors aweigh, steady as she goes, and full speed ahead! These have been the hallmarks of Martha (Marty) Kresnak Richardson’s career. An expert in marketing and a sailing enthusiast, Richardson’s connection with Michigan Tech came about in a less traditional way.“I was actually the first professional that Michigan Tech ever hired to serve in a marketing capacity,” recalls Richardson, who first arrived at Tech in 1976 with a bachelor’s in communication arts from Michigan State. Her commitment to Tech remains strong, now as chair of the Board of Control.
One of the most recognizable mottos in the world was coined not by a copywriter but by an engineer. Ford Motor Company's "Quality Is Job One" was a slogan and a corporate touchstone for seventeen years, practically forever in the short-attention-span world of marketing. It originated with one man's obsession with making everything better.
Dale J. Roberto (BSME '69) is President/Owner of Smalley Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Knoxville, TN. Prior to working for Smalley, Dale worked for the Post Company in Battle Creek, MI. He was the project manager responsible for installing the Fruity Pebbles line.
Smalley Manufacturing Company Inc. was founded by the Smalley family and is a privately owned company that incorporated in 1940. It has progressed from designing and manufacturing a nut shelling machine to become one of the most respected designers/ manufacturers of customized product conveying, storage and distribution systems equipment for the dry food industry, e.g. belt conveyors, bucket lifts, vibrating . . .
Christine Roberts is a senior executive and technology leader in the telecommunications industry. Currently she is the Senior Director of Asia Product Operations for Motorola Inc, a Fortune 100 company. As Senior Director, she manages a complex global team that is responsible for launching over 100 different models of mobile phones per year into the Asia Pacific region.
When Ed Robinson was growing up in Chicago, he loved to gaze at the El trains, the streetcars, and the many railroad trains - all of which he encountered on his way to school. The good nuns routinely admonished him for being late to class. "I couldn't help it," he recalls. "I loved to watch."
Mr. W. Dean Robinson was born in the middle of the Copper Country in Ahmeek, Michigan in 1921. He graduated from Michigan Tech in 1942 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He served as Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers in overseas airport construction through 1945 when he returned to graduate study at Michigan Tech. He completed his MS in Chemical Engineering in 1946. Later, he completed an MS in engineering administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 1956.
His first industrial position was with the Monsanto Company where he worked for 36 years until 1982. His last responsibility with Monsanto . . .
Ross E. Roeder says his years at Michigan Tech gave him "an edge" in graduate school and in his career.
Roeder studied at Tech from 1958-60 before transferring to Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. After serving in the US Army, he earned an MBA at UCLA.
Walt is holding one of the thousands of geophones that have kept him employed in oil exploration over his 30 plus year career. While working on his undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering, he interned two summers in mineral exploration. Upon graduating from Michigan Tech in 1971 with a B.S. in Geological Engineering, Walt went on to work in base metal exploration for U.S. Steel. He then returned to Michigan Tech for an M.S. in Geophysics (received in 1974), doing a field study south of the Keweenaw Fault near Mass City, with a research grant from Cleveland Cliffs Iron (CCI).
Walt took a job with an . . .
“Michigan Tech provided me with the solid graduate foundation in physics that I needed to succeed in my chosen medical specialty. Michigan Tech professors and the very friendly and safe Houghton community provide a very conducive environment for any individual to exploit their God-given talent to the fullest. I would choose no other university if I had to do it all over again.”
Retired Manager, Canada Talc Industries; Mining Engineer with several Canadian mining companies including Noranda Mines (Noranda, Quebec), Kerr-Addison Gold Mines; Participated in exploration projects as a bush pilot and as geological assistant in the Northwest Territories with the Geological Survey of Canada; WWII service as a flying officer with The Royal Canadian Engineers and the R.C.A.F. as a pilot in the European Theater of Operations; Member, Michigan Tech Presidents Club, Lifetime Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy; Member, American Institute of Mining Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).
Harry (Bud) E. Roscoe . . .
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.
Conservation could be Amber Roth's middle name. She loves anything to do with nature. Birds, trees, grasses, ecosystems: she's fascinated by it all.
So after tucking a BS in Conservation Biology and International Relations and an MS in Wildlife Ecology under her belt, the Green Bay, Wisconsin, native came to Tech to earn a PhD in Forest Science.
Following graduation Harry Routsala continued at Michigan Tech receiving an MSEE degree in 1963. He then spent 19 years at Hughes Aircraft Co. in various technical and management positions working on research and development in the Radar Group and Missile System Group. Harry went with Statham Instruments for a short time developing Medial Electronics associated with patient monitoring systems. During his career with Hughes, he also consulted with major sound system manufacturers. In 1982, Harry with the assistance of his wife, started Coast Index Company, a manufacturer custom and stock index tabs and 3-ring vinyl binders. Harry serves as President and CEO of Coast Index.
Theodore Rozsa was born and raised in Grand Rapids. He graduated from our department with honors and a BS in geology in 1936. He was the only graduate in geology that year, and he completed a 4 year program in 3 years. Our first degrees in geological engineering didn't come until after 1940, but the curriculum Ted took was very much like the geological engineering which was to come. He has many stories about life in Houghton in the depression years.
Ted went to work for Shell Oil Company in Michigan and then in Texas where he met and married Lola. He advanced . . .
William Rundle graduated with honors in Mining Engineering from Michigan Tech and received his MS in Mining Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1950.
After graduation, he held many positions with various mining companies before becoming an Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1946. He joined Cyrpus Mines in 1955 as a mining engineer and climbed the ranks to the position of Vice President during his 23 years with the corporation. He was General Manager of Arizona Mines, and Director of Mt. Goldsworthy Mining, Western Australia.
He was a past president of Arizona Mining Association and is a member of the . . .
Michigan Technological University
Materials Science and Engineering
BS EMY 1961, MS EMY 1962, PhD Materials Science 1967
Karl graduated from Michigan Tech with his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering in 1961, and his M.S. in 1962. He earned a PhD in Materials Science from Northwestern University in 1967.
Karl was appointed Assistant Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at Michigan Tech in 1967, and became a full Professor in 1981.
During his tenure at Michigan Tech, Karl made outstanding contributions to promote the development and use of austempered ductile iron (ADI), and continues to be recognized internationally as an expert in this area.
He retired in spring of 2003 and was granted emeritus status later that year. Karl . . .
Dorothy (Daavettila) Ruohonen had a strong connection to Michigan Tech prior to her attending the University in 1982. Dorothy’s father, Donald Daavettila, was named Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus of Physics in 2000. Working as a nurse while attending Michigan Tech, Ruohonen graduated in 1985 with a degree in Mechanical Design.
By 1987, Ruohonen was President and Owner of Hawk Technologies, executing everything from mechanical design to detail drawings. Ruohonen built her company from the ground up. At the time, she did not even own a computer and purchased her first drafting board for $400; a major purchase for a recent college graduate in the 1980s.
Graduating in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Administration from Michigan Tech, few would predict that Jay Ruohonen would become president of an engineering design and product development firm. Ruohonen, the youngest of five children, was the first to graduate from college. After 23 years in the finance industry, Jay now directs the research, development and commercialization of proprietary and external technologies and products for Talon Research. Ruohonen works directly with his wife Dorothy (Daavettila) Ruohonen, also a Michigan Tech Alumni.
Ryan Industries, Inc. & Alliance Technologies
BS EMY 1976, MS MSE 1989
Graduated with BS degree in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering in 1976. Served in several engineering and management positions in the automotive industry from 1976-1989. Obtained her MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1989, and went on to work at Hayes Wheels International in Romulus as a senior account manager until 1994.
In 1995, Brenda started Ryan Industries, Inc., a packaging and labeling service to manufacturers, wholesale, retail and commercial industries. In 2001, Brenda and her husband Michael, started Alliance Technologies, a remanufacturer of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) service . . .