2016 Michigan Tech Magazine: Issue 2

Class Notes

See what our Michigan Tech alumni are doing.

1960s

Douglas Kriebel, PE ’65 (Chemical Engineering) has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers by the board of directors. He is a principal and founder of Kriebel Engineered Equipment, Ltd. and was named the 2011 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year by the Technical and Professional Societies of the Delaware Valley.

1970s

Christopher Lenicheck ’70 (Geological Engineering) retired, US Army, 1991; retired, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), 2005; vice commander, American Legion Post 74, Charlottesville, Virginia; chairman, Virginia American Legion Boys State Program.

John R. Baker ’71 (Mechanical Engineering) has retired after 35 years with Siemens PLM Software as a senior technical product manager. He and his wife, Barb, reside in Irvine, California.

1980s

Chris Orr ’81 (non-degree) is a board-certified consulting meteorologist providing consulting services as Chris Orr LLC. He specializes in long-range weather forecasting (three months to three years), and serves as an expert witness for criminal and civil court cases and for insurance claims. He is also a consultant to traders, capital management firms, and hedge funds about weather impacts on stocks and commodities.

1990s

Matt Kramer ’98 (Electrical Engineering) recently took a position with Thyssenkrupp System Engineering in Auburn Hills, Michigan, as an engineering supervisor. He and his wife, Kristen, reside in Berkley, Michigan, with their three children.

David Claus, PE ’99 (Civil Engineering) has joined HDR Inc. as the structural engineering manager. He works in their Ann Arbor office after relocating with his family from Colorado.

Brenda Polk ’99 (Scientific and Technical Communication) was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and is practicing as an estate planning and elder law attorney in rural Michigan, with a focus on helping family farms transition between generations.

2000s

Jennifer Bzura ’05 (Chemical Engineering) married Jeff Lanzafame in August 2015 at Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe. The couple met playing kickball in the San Francisco Bay Area and still reside there today. Jennifer recently received her PMP certification and started a new job as a senior project manager for process improvement in the Development Sciences Group of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. 

Frank Mathias ’05 (non-degree) and Jody (Kositzky) Mathias ’01 (Chemical Engineering) proudly announce the birth of their son, Conor Kendrick, born July 6, 2016.

Jacob Huggard ’05 (Mechanical Engineering) and Sara (Flessert) Huggard ’04 (Electrical Engineering) are happy to announce the birth of their third daughter, Scarlett Mina, on February 9, 2016. Scarlett joins her big sisters, Fiona and Avalyn.

Eric Baum ’09 (Mechanical Engineering) and Lyndsey (Marino) Baum ’09 (Exercise Science) welcomed future engineer Carson Jay Baum into the world on August 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

2010s

Nick Deming ’11 (Civil Engineering) and Carol (Ostrowski) Deming ’12 (Materials Science and Engineering) are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Mae, on May 27, 2016.

Christina Mae Basso ’14 (Chemical Engineering) and Benjamin Lee Cottrill ’13 (Biomedical Engineering) were married in September 2016. Both are employed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Christina is a thermal system integrative responsible and Ben is a design release engineer. In their spare time, Christina is pursuing a dual MBA and Master’s in Management at Walsh University in Troy, Michigan, and Ben is pursuing a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. They reside in Rochester with their dog, Rocko.


In Memoriam

1942

Robert E. Manderfield
Thomas Niessink, PE

1943

Don W. Brenner
Dr. Norman N. Breyer

1944

Dr. Donald L. Shell

1946

Margaret M. Perlich

1947

Warren G. Wills

1948

Dr. John W. Kallander

1949

George E. Bergstrom
Frank J. Karkoski
Col. Carleton J. Robinson, Ret.
Rafael Saviniemi

1950

Adrian W. Barker
William F. Engler
Kenneth E. Ottosen
Robert P. Poppe
William J. Runge
Harold Smith
James A. Steinen

1951

Edward J. Maney, PE
David T. Rowe

1952

Richard H. Karsten

1953

Benson E. Berry, PE
Ray H. Herner

1955

Frank M. Makarinsky

1956

Dr. Kenneth G. Brickner
Robert J. Collins
Jack A. Hamman
Robert J. Wagner, PE

1957

Laurie J. Clark
Martin D. McGrath
Joseph F. Raffaelli Jr.
James K. Richards
Edward J. Santori
Bruce G. Whitmarsh

1958

Harold W. Carlson

1959

Frank H. Hands
Jerome S. Meach
Lawrence M. Niffenegger
Cato A. Nyborg
Oscar W. Nyman

1960

Donald A. Arendt
James T. Emerson
William C. Engle
John T. Fraser
Glenn E. McNitt II
Duncan C. Norwell
Delvin M. Shively
George I. Turnquist
Richard L. Tyson
Vincent A. Vellella

1961

Arthur C. Maki
Jack L. Olsen

1962

Dr. Clyde D. Calhoun
Earl W. Walke Jr.

1963

Richard A. Benz
Douglas D. Henderson
Ed Sirkka
James L. Van Camp

1964

Terrence M. La Fleur
Bruce H. Mattson, PE
Richard T. Newland

1965

Howard O. Krook
John M. McCarthy
Paul D. Turovaara Jr.

1966

Michael D. Bevilacqua
Birger M. Gabrielson
Jerry D. Jablonski
R. Keith Konzuk
Anne E. Stafford
Dale A. Vitone, PE

1967

Joseph M. Nies

1968

James L. Hodges

1969

M. Thomas Makmann
Carol E. Petrow
Ted A. Ricci
John H. Weimer

1970

Robert A. Deardorff
L/Col. Kent N. Heaton
Ricardo L. Hopkins
John H. Odinga
Alton C. Rhodes Sr.

1971

Gary L. Simmons
Nagjibhai J. Sutariya

1972

Ralph E. Radl

1973

Ronald F. Bacon
Mary C. Keane
Eugene W. Mattila Jr.

1974

Larry E. Fitzpatrick
John C. Martin
John C. Vahrenwald

1975

Robert P. Yeo

1976

Wayne K. Hayward
James A. Keranen
Jonathan M. Luse, CPA

1977

Allen R. Putvin

1978

Anne M. Johnson

1979

Antonia E. Allison
Jere E. Hornung
Lawrence R. Kennedy
Glen G. Lucchesi

1980

Kenneth S. Kaurala

1981

Terry L. Bodelin
David L. Johnson

1982

Gail M. Larsen
Suzanne J. Sippel

1983

John B. Austin, MD

1984

Eugene E. Gilginas Jr.

1985

Michael A. Wagner

1987

Dr. Suzy M. Cocciolone

1993

Joseph M. Gasperich

1994

Jeremy C. Kuivanen

2004

David M. Szyszkoski

2009

Eric S. Westra

2011

William K. Langdon

2012

Chetwood A. VanAken
Shaun M. Vsetula

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