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Bill Breffle

William S. Breffle

PhD, Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder



Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Dr. Breffle is an applied microeconomist specializing in environmental economics. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he conducted economics research primarily for testimony for large natural Resource Damage Assessments, typically at Superfund sites. He has done work in 12 states for a variety of stakeholders, and continues to work with State and . . .

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Joel Tuoriniemi

Joel C Tuoriniemi

JD – Michigan State University (Detroit College of Law)



Professor of Practice in Accounting , School of Business and Economics

Joel Tuoriniemi joined the SBE as a lecturer in 2002 and assumed his current position as Assistant Professor of Taxation in Fall 2008. Joel has won the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the SBE’s Teaching Award, and has also been inducted into the University’s Academy of Teaching Excellence. He is a member . . .

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Mari W. Buche

PhD in Business Administration/Management Information Systems, University of Kansas



Associate Professor of Management Information Systems,

Since joining the School of Business and Economics in 2003, Mari Buche has immersed herself in campus and community life, including actively participating in community service through the Houghton Rotary Club (president 2007-08). She has served as advisor to various student organizations, such as the Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club, Beta Gamma Sigma . . .