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Peggy Gorton

Peggy Gorton

Peggy is an honorary inductee into the Academy for her 25 years of devoted service to the Department of Mining Engineering at Michigan Tech. Between 1977 and 2002, Peggy made sure that generations of mining engineering students made their way to the graduation stage. Along with all her assigned duties, she also organized all of the Academy of Mining Engineering functions until it was merged with the Academy of Geological Engineering in 2002.

Peggy has

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Peter Hermiston

Peter Hermiston


Peter began his career at E.J. Longyear in Minneapolis working mainly on projects in the Western United States. He then served as a mine geologist for two mining companies in Canada until 1971 when he opened his own contracting business in the Red Lake Mining District. He closed his contracting business in 1992 and is now a consulting engineer.

Peter served as Reeve (Mayor) of Cochenour Township for several years. He is an avid traveler

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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,

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Harold R. Fitch

Harold R. Fitch


Hal began his career as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado where he performed geologic mapping and mineral resource evaluation for two years. He then returned to his home state and joined the Michigan Geological Survey where he worked as Field Inspector, Groundwater Specialist, and District Supervisor.

In 1996, Hal became Chief of the Geological Survey Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. As Chief, he is responsible for assuring

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Jeffery C. Nuttall

Jeffery C. Nuttall

'68, '67

Jeff began working for Texaco, Inc., in 1968 as an oil and gas Exploration and Development Geologist in east Texas, south Texas, and the upper Gulf Coast of Texas. In 1974, he moved to Mesa Petroleum as Senior Geologist and was responsible for development and exploration in offshore Texas and Louisiana, and for all onshore activities from south Texas to Florida.

After 4 years with Mesa, Jeff began working for American Coastal Energy, first as