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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

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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

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William H. Broman

'53, '52

Bill joined Shell Oil Company in 1953 as a Junior Geophysicist and later became Area Chief Geophysicist. While working for Shell, his job titles included Director of Exploration Research, General Manager of Exploration and Production Research, General Manager of Offshore Exploration and General Manager of Rocky Mountain Exploration and Production. In 1990, he retired after 37 years of service, but his name is legendary within the company.

Bill received his BS degree in Geological Engineering

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James Wark

James Wark

'54, '54

While working toward his bachelor’s degree at Michigan Tech, Jim also worked as an underground copper miner in Ahmeek, MI. After earning his B.S. degrees in Geological Engineering and Mining Engineering in 1954 he spent four years with the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator. Following this he went to work for CF&I Steel as a mining engineer in Colorado and Utah. He later became CF&I’s Manager of Mines. Beginning in 1984 he was

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Jimmy Diehl

Jimmy Diehl

Jimmy received his BA and MS in Geology from Western Washington University in 1968 and 1972, respectively, and a PhD in Geology with a concentration in geophysics from The University of Wyoming in 1977. Jimmy taught geology for three years at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls before he and Suzanne started their academic careers in our department in 1979. They were the first husband and wife team to share one full-time academic