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Jo Kalliokoski

Jo Kalliokoski

Jo Kalliokoski was born in Finland, but moved to Timmons, Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario where he received his BS in 1947. He then went to Princeton for his PhD, which he received in 1951.

Jo was a geologist for the Geological Survey of Canada until 1953 and then went to work for Newmont Exploration until 1956. He joined the faculty at Princeton University from 1956 until 1968, when he came to Michigan Tech to be . . .

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Jean Petermann Zimmer

Jean E. Zimmer (Petermann)

'39

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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Michael J. Whims

Michael J. Whims

'74

Mike has just begun his own consulting company after retiring from ANR Storage, an affiliate of ANR Pipeline Company, as Vice President of Storage. As VP of Storage, Mike was responsible for managing an essential public service with twenty-one operating plants, developing, approving, and monitoring a $26 million operating and capital budget, as well as managing a staff of 270 hourly and professional employees. Before holding this position, he held technical and operational positions with ANR . . .

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Abe W. Mathews, Sr.

Abe W. Mathews Sr.

'41, '40

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Abe W. Mathews Engineering Co.

Abe Mathews earned a BS in Mining Engineering in 1940 and an MS in Mining Engineering in 1941 from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota.

After graduation, he worked as a mining engineer for Bethlehem Steel Corp. before serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1942-46. Afterward, he worked for the Erie Mining Co. in Hibbing, MN as a research and plant . . .

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Gregory A. Johnson

Gregory A. Johnson

'83

Greg began his professional career as a project geological engineer for Buchart-Horn of York, Pennsylvania. He then served as a senior geological engineer at W W Engineering & Science of Grand Rapids, Michigan and then as division manager of Sundberg Carlson Associates of Marquette. In 1991, Greg opened MJ Environmental Consultants, Inc. of Marquette where he serves as President.

Throughout his career, Greg has published several articles on groundwater, subsurface mapping, and pollution. He has presented these papers . . .