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Rebecca L. Smits

Rebecca L. Smits

'86

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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Suzanne Beske-Diehl

Suzanne Beske-Diehl

Sue started her academic career in Anthropology receiving her BA degree in 1967 from the University of Minnesota. She soon discovered her love and interest in Earth processes and in 1972 earned an MS in Geology from Western Washington University and a PhD in Geology with a concentration in Geophysics from The University of Wyoming in 1977. After graduating, Sue spent two years as a post-doc researcher at the University of Minnesota. In 1979, Sue and . . .

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Peter J. Van Altena

Peter J. 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 employed with United Geophysical Corporation in Pasadena, California. While with United . . .

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Ernest C. Kemp

Ernest C. Kemp

'41

While enrolled at Michigan Technological University, Ernie Kemp enrolled in the first class of the Civil Pilot training program. He then became a flight instructor and flew many wartime flights over the Himalayas in World War II. After the war he returned to Michigan Tech and received his B.S. in Geology in 1941. He was then hired to teach geology here. In 1946 he moved to the new Sault Ste. Marie branch of Michigan Tech (now . . .

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Kenneth G. Hatfield

Kenneth G. Hatfield

'50

Ken received his B.S. in Geological Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1950.

His first position following graduation was with the US Atomic Energy Commission where he was assigned to field camp in the Lukachukai Mountains. Ken dedicated thirty years to the mining industry specializing in mineral exploration. During that time, he also worked a short (two-year) stint in uranium production.

Following retirement from industry, the unexpected invitation to teach at a university allowed him to maintain an active role in the . . .