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William G. (Bill) Jackson

William G. Jackson

'58

William Jackson has given much back to Michigan Tech. He and his late wife, Gloria, endowed the William and Gloria Jackson Assistant Professor of Computer Systems, currently held by Timothy Havens.

A native of Laurium, Jackson owned and operated NWR Electronics in Marquette from 1958 to 1980. In 1971, Jackson founded CableAmerica, a cable telecommunications operation. The firm grew rapidly thanks to a commitment to customer service and technical proficiency.

He was inducted into the Arizona Cable Telecommunications Pioneer Hall of . . .

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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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Harry D. Routsala

Harry D. Ruotsala

'59,

Following graduation Harry Routsala continued at Michigan Tech receiving an MSEE degree in 1963. He then spent 19 years at Hughes Aircraft Co. in various technical and management positions working on research and development in the Radar Group and Missile System Group. Harry went with Statham Instruments for a short time developing Medial Electronics associated with patient monitoring systems. During his career with Hughes, he also consulted with major sound system manufacturers. In 1982, Harry with the . . .

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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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Peter Van Altena

'51, '50

In 1984, Peter retired from Dome Petroleum Limited in Calgary, Alberta. He started at Dome Petroleum as a Senior Staff Geophysicist dealing with seismic data in frontier areas. In 1975, he was promoted to Exploration Manager for the continental U.S., and in 1979, was named Vice President of Exploration. As Vice President, he managed an exploration department of over 300. Before starting with Dome Petroleum, Peter was . . .

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Jane Laird

'68

In 1968, Jane became the second woman to graduate from Michigan Tech in Electrical Engineering. She worked for a variety of employers including Amoco Chemicals Corporation, McNamee, Porter & Seely, and as a civilian with the U.S. Air Force. In 1972, Jane joined Ford Motor Company and has worked in various engine-related areas including alternators, regulators, batteries, ignition systems, powertrain planning, and . . .

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Todd Johnson

'82

Particle accelerators are massive structures, used to find the tiniest details of our universe. Scientists around the world flock to these facilities to try out theories, hunt for particles and seek to understand a fully unified theory of physics. “The Tevatron was a proton-antiproton collider and the highest energy accelerator in the world until the LHC(Large Hadron Collider) at CERN (the European organization . . .

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