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Louis A. Panek

Dr. Louis A. Panek


Retired Mining Research Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Mines; Rock Mechanics Consultant; MS in Mining Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering, Columbia University; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Liaison officer in Burma, WWII; Manager of Ground Control Research and Senior Scientist, U.S.B.M.; Internationally recognized leader in underground mine rock mechanics; Several awards including the Bureau of Mines Invention Award; James S. Westwater Chair in Mining Engineering; Conducted field measurement course at Michigan Tech Experimental Mine; SME, AIME, Sigma . . .

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Rebecca L. Smits

Rebecca L. Smits


After graduation, Becky began her career as a Geological Engineer with EC Jordan Company in Portland, Maine where she was responsible for subsurface exploration, design, testing, and construction of geotechnical projects. In 1988, she moved to Traverse Group, Inc. in Traverse City, Michigan as a Field Engineering Supervisor of hydrogeological projects at oil and gas well sites, gas stations, the Traverse City U.S. Coast Guard Station, and a U.S. E.P.A. biorestoration project. A year later she . . .

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Patricia L. C. Henderson

Patricia L. C. Henderson


After completing her B.S. in Applied Geophysics at Michigan Tech in 1977, Patricia joined Mobil Oil Corporation and performed exploration in offshore Louisiana, Florida, and the Norwegian North Sea. In 1980 she began working for Exxon Corporation in Esso, Norway where she interpreted the first 3-D seismic data in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea. In 1983, Patricia started her own consulting company, Consultants of Tri-D, and as principal and owner, expanded the company into a . . .

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William C. Quinlan

William C. Quinlan


Bill graduated with honors from Michigan Tech in 1988 with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. Following graduation, he began his oil and gas career with Terra Energy Limited in Traverse City, Michigan. As Senior Production Engineer, he developed novel gas lift techniques which became industry standards for Antrim Shale gas production.

In 1997, he joined Jordan Exploration Company, LLC, continuing a focus on the development of unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs as well as renewable energy projects. Bill has also . . .

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C. Mark Rabagliati

C. Mark Rabagliati


Mark transferred to Michigan Tech after obtaining a Diploma in Mining Technology from Haileybury School of Mines in Ontario and received his BS in Geological Engineering in 1969. Since this time, Mark has worked in industry beginning with junior Canadian companies and major international companies working up to a geological exploration consultant with Hunter Dickinson Group.

He is currently President of his own company, Rebagliati Geological Consulting, Ltd. where he made his most recent discovery, the new Pebble . . .