- BS Mechanical Engineering 1964
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 Industries, Inc. He moved to his current position with Libbey-Owens-Ford in 1987. Knudsen is a recipient of the NTRU Board of Control Silver Medal, is a life trustee of the Michigan Tech Fund and is a member of the Second Century Society and the Michigan Tech Presidents Club.
From 1995 Induction to the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Academy