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William Jackson

'58

A native of Laurium, Michigan, Jackson owned and operated NWR Electronics in Marquette, Michigan, from 1958 to 1980. The company served the utility and mining industries in the upper Midwest. In 1971, Jackson, a person of vision and resolve, founded a cable telecommunications operation, CableAmerica Corp.

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Mack Johnson

'50, '50

Following distinguished military service in World War II, Mack Johnson attended Michigan Tech and graduated 1950 with dual BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Administration. His career began as a sales engineering trainee at Square D, and he soon advanced through various positions, becoming district manager. In 1958, he became marketing manager for the Federal Pacific Electric Company, earning promotion . . .

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Charles Cloninger

'81

On January 1, 2012, Charles “Chuck” Cloninger became president of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS). He began his engineering career with WPS thirty years ago, as an assistant engineer in Green Bay. At WPS, he was promoted to division engineer, Green Bay (1982); division engineer, Two Rivers (1984); electric distribution engineering projects engineer (1988); operations engineer—distribution . . .

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Ruth Archer

'86

Ruth joined the Air Force in 1980, an Honor Graduate from basic training, and was stationed at Kl Sawyer Air Force Base as an Avionic Instrument Systems Technician. The Air force selected her to attend Michigan Technological University in 1984. While here, she received the Carl Schonberg Award, given by the faculty at Tech to the student selected as the outstanding electrical engineering undergraduate. In 1986, Ruth . . .

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Robert 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 . . .

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Derek Chapel

'05

Why did you choose Michigan Tech? Michigan Tech has a well-deserved reputation for being a great engineering school. I wanted to become an engineer, and growing up in Northern Michigan I am the type of person who is used to winter weather and likes to do things outdoors. I decided Tech was a great place for me to go and get away from home, yet still get in-state tuition, and be able to do lots of outdoor activities . . .

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