- BS Chemical Engineering 1959
Mr. Melvin J. Visser joined the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan after graduating from Michigan Tech with a Chemical Engineering degree in 1959. He later earned a Masters degree in Chemistry from Western Michigan University and completed the Business Leadership Institute at the University of Michigan in 1974.
While at Upjohn Mr. Visser worked in Design Engineering, Chemical Process R&D, Production Technical Support, Fermentation Production Management, and Chemical Production Management before becoming Manager of Materials and Capacity Management in 1979. He held the position of Director of Engineering Administration from 1981-1986 when he was named Vice President of Engineering for Allied Health Care business. He was appointed Vice President of Environmental Quality and Safety in 1993, a position he held until his retirement from Upjohn in 1995. During his tenure at Upjohn, Mr. Visser received seven patents, the most prominent for soil vapor extraction, which is now used worldwide as a soil remediation technology.
Mr. Visser was the past Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Regional Corporate Environmental Council, is a founder of the Kalamazoo area Junior Hockey Program and is a current member of the Forum for Kalamazoo County. He is a board member of the Michigan Tech Fund and a member of the Presidents Club.
From 1995 Induction to the Department of Chemical Engineering Academy