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George R. McGinn


George graduated from Sudbury Mining and Technical School in 1949 with an emphasis on geology and mining. Following this, he was hired by INCO to do surveying and diamond drilling and later promoted to a contract miner.

In 1955, George graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. He then joined Mobil where he remained for over 36 years until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure with Mobil, George worked in Calgary,

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Richard R. Smith

Richard R. Smith

'51, '50, '49

Richard Smith earned a BS in Mining Engineering in 1949, a BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1950, and a MS in Mining Engineering in 1951 from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. He is also a graduate of the executive program of Sloan Management School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1951, Richard began his career as a metallurgist with the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. In 1959, he joined Hanna Mining Company, which

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Charles S. Knobloch

Charles S. Knobloch


Graduating from Michigan Tech with the first “Faculty Citation” and a B.S. in Geophysics in 1980, Charles went on to spend 22 years in the oil and gas business with Conoco-DuPont, where he was awarded for advancements he made in imaging technology. He completed a law degree at the University of Houston and holds a diploma in International Law (Russia) from the University of San Diego. He has also studied European Law in Spain

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David R. Nelson

David R. Nelson


Dave began his professional career with Tenneco as a Geological Engineer. His responsibilities included prospect generation and petrophysical analysis of their Arkoma Basin holdings in Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 1983, he moved to Petro-Lewis Corporation in Denver, Colorado where he directed the company's development of producing properties in Northeastern Oklahoma. During the petroleum price downturns in the mid 1980's, Dave shifted his attention to investment banking, while using his geological and petroleum knowledge.

In 1991,

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Robert F. Anderson

Robert F. Anderson

'78, '46

Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Hanna Mining Company
Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Iron Ore Company of Canada

Robert Anderson earned a BS in Mining Engineering from Michigan Tech and received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 1978. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from St. Francis Xavier University.

He began his career with Hanna in 1947 and held many positions before his promotion in 1978 to President and CEO. Anderson