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George W. Swenson, Jr.

George W. Swenson PhD PE

'44,

Dr. Swenson held faculty positions at Washington University, the University of Alaska, and Michigan State University before joining the University of Illinois in 1956. George served as Director of the Vermilion River Observatory and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering before retiring from the Illinois faculty in 1988. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of

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James Parm

James J. 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 drove revenue

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Calvin Wheeler

Calvin J. Wheeler

'50

Calvin Wheeler began his professional career with General Electric, where an early assignment to develop, design, and test programs for B-52 on-board power systems led to his lifetime interest in power generation. After brief posts with McCulloch Corporation and Harnischfeger Corporation, Cal began his twenty-eight-year career with the Kohler Company in 1961. He retired in 1990 as senior engineer in Kohler’s generator division.

Since 1971, Cal has supported the University with annual donations, as well

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David House

Dave House

'65,

Dave House began his career in 1965 as a computer designer at Raytheon Computer and Communications Division. In 1968 he joined Honeywell Computer Control Division and in 1972 became director of computer development at Microdata.

In 1974, House joined Intel Corp., and in 1978 became general manager of the company's Microcomputer Components Division. Over the next 13 years he lead the organization that developed the company's leading microprocessor product line, including the Pentium Processor,

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John Stromp

'78

John Stromp earned his BSEE degree with honors in 1978, with a focus of studies in Electronics and Communications. John began his career with Marathon Electric as a Sales Engineer. In 1982, John took the position of Senior Sales Representative with Memorex Telex Corporation in Dallas, Texas. He advanced through several positions, ultimately becoming Director of Government Sales, in Overland, Kansas. In 1996, John joined . . .

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Kristian Zoerhoff

'97

The last time Kristian Zoerhoff ’97 had entertained a crowd was as a deejay for WMTU. Sitting alone in a darkened booth playing music for invisible listeners didn’t quite prepare him for the dazzling lights and the flock of TV cameras on the Jeopardy! set. "And then there’s that pesky audience," he remembers. "I was absurdly nervous."

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Gerald White

'73, '73

Gerald White entered Michigan Tech in the fall of 1970 after a four year tour in the Air Force as an electronics technician. He completed degrees in electrical engineering and engineering administration in 1973. Following graduation, Jerry worked as a process engineer with Owens-Corning Fiberglas, also completing his MBA. Following a stint with Babcock and Wilcox he joined the Magnetics Division of the Allen-Bradley Company . . .

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