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Townsend Porter

Townsend H. Porter

'68

Townsend H. Porter received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1968.

Porter spent 27 years at IBM and patented the mechanics inside of the 3-1/2-inch floppy disk that became the industry standard.

In 1978, IBM offered him an engineering management position in the magnetic components area, which was the beginning of his second career, in technology management. At IBM, he eventually became the director of disk file development and was responsible for two development facilities, in San Jose, Calif., and Rochester, Minn., managing approximately 160 people at each location.

He left IBM to become the vice president of engineering in the High Performance Storage Group of Western Digital Corporation, where he shared responsibility for marketing, finance and human resources.

In 1997, he . . .

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Cynthia S. Anderson

Cynthia S. Anderson

'85,

Cindy Anderson graduated from Michigan Tech in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She later received a MS in Engineering Management in 1988 from Santa Clara University.

In 1992, she joined Cornerstone Imaging in San Jose, Calif., and became the vice president of quality and information systems, steering the company through its growth from $14 million to $100 million in revenues and from a small start-up to an IPO. Several years following the successful IPO, she left . . .

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Robert J. Hirvela

Robert J. Hirvela

'56,

Robert Hirvela joined the HF Communications Division of Collins Radio Company in 1959 as a project engineer. In 1973, he led the Rockwell business unit that invented and developed the first Digital Automatic Call Distributor, the Rockwell Galaxy ACD, and launched what is known today as the Call Center Industry. In 1978, he transferred to the Air Transport Division of Rockwell as Director of Product Management with responsibility for Communications, Navigation, and Pulse Products for the Boeing . . .

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Eustace Dereniak

'63, '63

Eustace L. Dereniak BS Electrical and Computer Engineering 1963

For nearly five decades, Eustace L. Dereniak has explored the frontiers of optics and engineering to help create 21st century breakthroughs in medicine, military hardware, astronomy and many other fields.

Dereniak, a 1963 Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate of Michigan Tech, became president of SPIE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to optics and photonics, in January 2012. He has been a professor in the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences . . .

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David Vesely

'65

Lieutenant General David Vesely began his Air Force career in 1965 upon graduation from Michigan Tech’s ROTC program. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in Vietnam. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1995, when he took command of 14th Air Force – the historic Flying Tigers. Early in 1997, President Clinton nominated him to be Assistant to the Vice Chief . . .

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James Parm

'81

A native of Jenison, Michigan, James Parm earned a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and his MBA from Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business. Today, Jim is president and CEO of Stratos Global, a post he has held since 2003. During this time, Parm led the transformation of Stratos from a regionally focused North American company to the global leader in satellite services that it is today. That transformation . . .

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Robert Rajewski

'81, '81

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.

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