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Gerald VanVoorhis

Gerald VanVoorhis


Gerald Van Voorhis graduated with a BS in geophysical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1960 and was a geophysicist with the US Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1961 to 1964, when he returned to Tech for a masters in geophysics. Then he went to work for Bear Creek Mining Company (the Exploration division of Kennecott) as Chief of their Geophysical Research Division from 1964 to 1973. Eventually he became Vice President of Exploration at Kennecott from . . .

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Doug McDowell

Doug McDowell

Before joining Michigan Tech in 1978 as an Associate Professor in the geology department, Doug obtained a B.S. (Geology & Mineralogy) from Penn State University in 1960, M.S.and Ph.D. degrees from CalTech in 1996 (Geology), held a post-doc position at the University of Chicago (Experimental Petrology), Research Associate positions at CalTech and the University of California at Riverside, and was an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve. His Ph.D. thesis combined field work in the very . . .

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Jean Petermann Zimmer

Jean E. Zimmer (Petermann)


Jean Petermann Zimmer was born in Calumet and graduated from Calumet High School in 1935. She attended Michigan Tech from 1935 to 1939 when there were 13 women and 600-800 men. When AE Seaman died in 1937, Jean, with pay from the NYA assistance of $10/month, became secretary and museum assistant to K. Spiroff. In 1939 she received her BS degree and was the first recipient of the "Key Award" to the year's outstanding graduate.

Jean then went to . . .

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F. James Knight

F. James Knight


Jim has 33 years of experience at Gannett Fleming in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he is currently a Senior Vice President and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. His experience includes water resource planning, landfills and contaminated site remediation, geotechnical and geological studies, mineral investigations and development, and dam and flood control works engineering.

Jim is a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Arizona and a Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. Jim . . .

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Attilio Berdusco

Attilio Berdusco


Attilio dedicated his entire career to Algoma Steel with increasingly responsible positions in Wawa and Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. One of his many achievements was planning and executing a pillar blast at an underground mine in Wawa; this is the largest underground blast in North America using 1.1 million tons of TNT. In the mid-1970’s he was instrumental in designing a 15,000 foot long conveyer belt with 2,432 feet of vertical lift, allowing the company to . . .