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Kenneth G. Hatfield

Kenneth G. Hatfield


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 . . .

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Bernard J. Guarnera

Bernard J. Guarnera

'67, '64

Since 1994 Barney Guarnera has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of Behre Dolbear and Company, Inc., one of the premier mining consulting companies. He has been responsible for developing the company into a multi-officed, multi-million dollar growing enterprise. His personal expertise is in the areas of evaluation and valuation of mineral properties, ore reserve estimation procedures, design and evaluation of exploration programs for precious and base metals, coal/lignite, uranium, and . . .

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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, Edmonton, and Athabasca . . .

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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


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 . . .