Fall 2011 Michigan Tech Magazine

Class Notes

Picture of the 1964 College Bowl team.

Lead by coach Myron “Doc” Berry, Tech sent this team to television’s College Bowl in 1964. The men practiced against a faculty team before leaving town, and they lost a “close match to Ohio Wesleyan” in the event, according to the Keweenawan. They were also greeted by a crowd at the airport when they returned.


  • Eugene “Steve” Robbins ’62 retired after a forty-seven-year career in forest products and related industries by closing the Charlotte Consulting Group. His career took him to West Africa. He worked for Owens-Illinois and other companies and ended up as corporate manager of business development for Great Northern Nekoosa paper company. He started his own consulting business in 1994. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Elizabeth, and enjoys grandchildren, golf, fly fishing, and traveling.
    Arie Korving ’65 is working with Troy Knapp ’87 to organize the SE Virginia Chapter of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. He founded Korving & Company LLC and became a registered investment advisor in 2010 after a quarter century in investment management.
    Doug Kriebel ’65, PE, president and CEO of Kriebel Engineered Equipment LTD, has been named the 2011 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year by the engineering and technical societies of the Delaware Valley, through the Engineer Club of Philadelphia. The award, which is bestowed yearly upon a Delaware Valley engineer whose work and support of the engineering profession has had a significant impact on the region and profession, was presented to Kriebel during Delaware Valley Engineers Week.
    Glen Etelamaki ’67 retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation in 2000 after thirty-three years.

  • 1970s

  • Michael O’Connell ’70 retired for the third time in November 2008, from IBM. He retired from EDS in 2004. The primary retirement was from Dow Chemical in 2001.
    James Porth ’70 retired after thirty-seven years of civilian service with the Navy in May 2007. He returned to work with Computer Science Corporation as a senior systems engineer and is working with the Navy again with an Electronic Warfare group. He plans to retire again in a couple years, when his wife can. He enjoys time with his two grandsons, two and three years old, and says, “I think one of them will be an engineer.”
    Edward Ellis ’71, now retired in Mesa, Arizona, has started a new website for displaying photos from his time at Michigan Tech, 1967–71: http://desert-rails.com/mtu.htm.
    Daniel Schmidt ’71 is the engineering manager for Northern Iron and Machine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and plans to retire at the end of 2011. He writes, “Would be great to hear from old classmates.”
    Charles Paterka ’73 retired from DaimlerChrysler after thirty-four years as supervisor, Compliance and Strategy Group, Vehicle Certification Programs. Chuck spent his entire career in vehicle emissions certification, starting as a test engineer at the Chelsea Proving Grounds and ending at the DaimlerChrysler Technology Center as the leader of the internal group. Chuck is owner of Complete Certification Group, a consulting firm specializing in vehicle emissions certification. He and his wife, Judy, live in Ann Arbor.
    Candy Meier Goulette BSBA ’75 recently earned the Friend of Nursing award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders for her work to support and promote nursing throughout California. Meier Goulette is an editor for the Merion Matters imprint ADVANCE for Nurses, publishing nursing and healthcare news, clinical articles, nursing stories, and multimedia content.
    Paula Manderfield ’76 lives in East Lansing with her husband and three children. She went to law school and is now an Ingham County circuit court judge, formerly a district court judge, in Lansing. “We love vacationing in the UP at our camp on Sandy Lake.”
    Sandra Honigfort ’78 is the laboratory services coordinator at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital and is enrolled in an online master’s program in healthcare administration through Capella University. “I am really enjoying getting back into academia,” she says. “It shows how technology has advanced since my graduation.”
    Christopher Thomas ’79 is now the Bighorn National Forest timber program manager, in addition to the forest silviculturist. He says, “Still a jack of all trades, master of none.”

  • 1980s

  • Mark Wilson ’80 is an advanced process control engineer for PPG Industries in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
    Robert Gilreath ’81 says, “Two down one to go! Both boys (Rob and Paul) have graduated from MTU. Our daughter Sarah is the fifth in our family to attend MTU; she just finished her first year in math with a 4.0 each term.”
    Amy Bakowski ’82 has spent the past couple years involved in mentoring FIRST Robotics for Team 1189 in Grosse Pointe. She hopes her daughter will have better success than she did in chemistry and calculus as a freshman at Tech this fall.

    Timothy Bottenfield ’83 is moving on. “After a twenty-five-year career at Auburn University, my last day with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will be Friday, April 29, 2011!” he wrote.
    Dana Owens ’83 is supervising other attorneys in the felony trial group of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office and says, “Supervising attorneys is sort of like herding cats.”
    Albert Cipparone ’84 is part of the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) group at Neustar. NANPA holds overall responsibility for the neutral administration of telephone numbering resources, subject to directives from regulatory authorities in the countries that share the NANP.
    Cary T. Keller ’85, PE, will be returning to Tech this fall as a recipient of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. He will prepare himself for teaching secondary math and science.
    John Miller ’85 retired in 2006 from the US Army as a lieutenant colonel and began his second career at HP. He leads the Database Team and is deputy program manager for the Accessions Command Contract.
    Lisa O’Grady ’85 joined ROUSH this year as a recruiter in Livonia. “I love being able to talk to MTU alumni (and others, of course) about engineering opportunities with ROUSH.” She just completed her third marathon, the Flying Pig, and is looking forward to running two more this fall, the Detroit Free Press on October 16 and the Marine Corps on October 30.
    Michael Evans ’86 announces the February 5 birth of Samuel Michael.
    David Staublin ’86 is teaching mathematics at Comstock Park High School.
    Kristin Wolden Nitz ’87 says her novel Suspect was one of ten titles selected for the Keystone State Reading Association’s Young Adult Book Award. Suspect is also on the Kansas Reading Circle Catalog, the Pennsylvania State Library Association YA Top 40, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees list.
    John S. Woods ’87 and his wife, Battsengel, announce the June 7 birth of their daughter, Anastasia.
    Melanie and David Hockin ’89, along with Aubrey, Ryan, and Mia, welcomed Nicholas Robert to this world and to their family in February. Proud grandparents are alumnus Bruce Hockin ’51 and wife Charlotte, as well as retired Tech employee Robert Trevethan and wife Cheryl.

  • 1990s

  • Larry “Tree Hugger” Jokinen ’91 says, “I have been trying to get in touch with any of the guys who lived in Ripley’s ‘Pink Palace’ at the end of the 1970s. Jon, Mark, Rich, Brad, Mike, or any of the others who may have spent the summers there.”
    Justine ’90 and Cory Pratt BSEE ’91 are doing business as Creative Algorithms, which writes apps for iPhones and iPads, including Trip Boss travel manager, Date Wheel date calculator, and Serving Sizer recipe calculator.
    Pam and Michael Bailey ’92 MSCS ’11 announce the April 2011 birth of their twins, Joshua Michael and Rachel Ann. He works as a principal software engineer for Raytheon in Boston.
    Kristofer and Christine Saxon ’93 welcomed on September 21, 2010, their second daughter, Kara Jean.
    Craig ’92 and Paula (Latocki) Scheuern ’92 and daughters Abby and Sarah proudly welcomed Leo Joseph to the family October 2, 2010.
    Michelle Baker ’95 has a son, Ethan Connor, born December 10, 2008.
    Jonathan “Jack” ’96 and his wife, Shannon (Talbot) Money BSME ’93, have triumphed in a pasty making contest. Jack says, “Using her recipe that she perfected with her friend Gabi Palmer ’89 she won the regional to go to the finals. After I’d tasted all the competitor offerings as well as some commercial pasties, I knew she would win . . . and she did! Top honors. I think she deserved it.” Read all about it at brighton.patch.com/articles/pasty-is-right-on-the-money-with-recipe.
    Paul J. Ninefeldt ’96 is now global product manager at ITT Corporation in Santa Ana, California. He and his wife, Tanya Jordan, live in Orange.
    R. Jason Clark BSCE ’97, PE, is now the construction contracts engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation and manager of the construction contracts unit.
    Jonathon Colman ’97 has been accepted into the University of Washington’s Information School to pursue an MS in Information Management. He expects to graduate in summer 2013.
    Shawn Wyant ’97 was the unit commander for the Civil Air Patrol Oakland Composite Squadron, in Waterford, from 2008 to 2011.
    David Claus ’99 recently joined Merrick & Company in Aurora, Colorado, as a senior structural engineer. David will be serving clients in the nuclear services, government, and energy markets.
    Erin and Steven Ducat ’99 announce the birth of their first child, Oliver Tate, on May 29, 2011.
    David Haverland ’99 says, “My career with BASF has brought me on a project assignment to Mexico City. My family has been here for a year and a half, and we return to the US in October. It has been amazing to experience living and working in a foreign country.”

  • 2000s

  • Melissa Keranen ’00 says, “We welcomed our third child, James Milton, born August 21, 2010.”
    Christopher Lubowicki ’00 announces the birth of Ashley Marie on August 25, 2009. “Elizabeth is enjoying being the big sister!”
    Peter and Bridgette (Piper) Rosek ’00 are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Zachary Rosek, in December 2010.
    Steven Bolte ’01 and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed their first baby girl, Annaliese Isla, on September 18, 2010.
    Benjamin Kroeger ’01 has returned to Michigan after living in Massachusetts and is an environmental engineer with the Edw. C. Levy Co. in Wixom. He also announces a new addition to his family, Grayson Benjamin Robert, from New Hampshire, who was adopted on December 8.
    Vianni Lopez ’01 studied accounting at Tech and completed her juris doctor in Puerto Rico. She practiced law in different states and is now back on the island. “Feel free to contact me if you are interested in moving down here or are just planning on visiting.”
    Andrea and Jonathan Gohl BSEE ’02 welcomed Aidan Richard on mama’s birthday, December 14, 2009.
    Brian Watson ’02 has joined Schiff Hardin as an attorney in its Chicago offices. An electrical engineering alumnus, he graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and holds an MS in Engineering from Purdue University–West Lafayette and an MBA from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. “Snowy Houghton feels ever closer from the sixty-ninth floor of the Willis [Sears] Tower.”
    Justin and Rebecca Vinson ’03 announce the birth of their second son, Logan Thomas, on October 8, 2010.
    Bethany (Timmer) Braymiller ’04 of Lansing married Richard Braymiller of Angola, New York, on May 17, 2008. They live in North Tonawnada, New York.
    Raymond Jasicki ’04 received his MBA on June 5 from Cardinal Stritch University.
    Kyle and Rachel (Wright) Wermers ’04 announce the February 22 birth of their first child, Ariel Susette. “Our little monkey!”
    Ian Unterbrink ’05 married Maureen Fruget ’07 on April 9, 2011. Ian also graduated from the US Naval Dive School on March 23. The happy couple now resides at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, in Virginia.
    Scott Isaacson ’06 has been working as a senior systems analyst at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics since January 2009. “I work with our electronic medical record (EMR), specifically the software used in clinics. I began my career at Epic Systems Corporation, which is the vendor of our EMR,” he says. “After Epic I worked as a business systems analyst for Sentry Insurance, in the Madison office.”
    Carl H. ’06 and Cindy (Kurc) Jarema ’06 welcomed their first child, Henry Robert, on May 24.
    Bob ’07 and Trish Evans ’08 have been joggling competitively since 2010. Trish set a new Guinness World Record in women’s 5K joggling (running while juggling) with a 21:46 finishing time on July 20 at the World Joggling Championships in Rochester, Minnesota. She also set world record marks in the 800-meter (2:44) and 200-meter (31.83) joggling races and took a gold medal in the three-ball 100-meter dash. Bob competed in the 5K event. Starting in September, they will be embarking on a yearlong road trip in hopes of performing in all fifty states. Bob and Trish say they are proud alumni of Michigan Tech and “may be the first MTU alums to become world-class circus performers. Go Huskies!”
    Scott Bergeson ’08 worked for Dow Corning as a process design engineer after completing his chemical engineering degree, then left to enroll at the University of Richmond School of Law. “I am currently a third-year student and plan to graduate in May 2012.”
    Matthew Jacobs ’08 married Michaela Harris on January 17, 2009, just after receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army as a quartermaster officer. He was deployed to Afghanistan in January.
    Clarissa ’09 and Nathan Kotila ’09 announce the births of their children: Kaiden (June 4, 2010) and Riya (May 4, 2011).
    Jonathan Salzman ’09 ’11 started his career at Innotec in August after completing his MSME this summer. “It has been a great experience being at Michigan Tech!”
    Joel Vertin ’09 is now a web content specialist in University Marketing and Communications at Michigan Tech.

  • 2010s

  • Leah Enking ’10 has been working for Verizon Wireless. “It’s a great company, and I recommend it to any Michigan Tech graduate.”
    Seow Chung Goh ’10 says, “It’s been a year since graduation. What have you guys been up to?”
    Alexandra Beguhn ’11 says, “Congratulations to the Class of 2011. It was fun getting to know some of you, and I hope to keep in touch. May fortune be with you always!”
    Angela Hoffman ’11 is attending the University of Utah’s Educational Leadership and Policy MEd program in Salt Lake City and working as an assistant residential education coordinator. She says it was difficult to leave but knows that her experiences in the community and her Tech education have prepared her “to go out and create the future!”
    Brian Thompson ’11 is working as a summer operations assistant for Housing Operations at Michigan Tech. This position was formerly known as management assistant (MA).

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In Memoriam

The Michigan Tech family extends condolences to the relatives and friends of those who have passed away recently.

  • 1936
    Kenneth S. Pearson
    Edward N. Belland
    1939 Ellsworth R. Goodreau
    1942 Basil L. Kimball
    Reed Nelson
    Melvin E. Johnson
    David L. F. Wilson
    Eugene J. Noblet
    Frederick B. Callanen Sr.
    Robert F. Falberg
    Richard E. Gabrielson
    Albert J. Maki, PE
    Calvin C. Bjorne
    David F. Greenawalt
    Milton J. Krieg
    Frank L. Tabor
    James W. Bergstrom
    William C. Flinchum

    Eino A. Leppiaho
    Judge Howard V. Peterson
    Lynn A. Wallace
    Thomas N. Totten
    Robert Laurich
    John D. Huru
    Frank C. Granstra
    Matt W. Jalkanen Sr.
    Victor L. Wilkinson
    James L. Wilson
    Col. William Kahn (Ret.)
    James P. Patton
    Richard I. Payne
    Robert E. Fuller
    William D. Brown
    David A. Byfield
    William C. Fowler
    David S. Jeske
    Dennis M. Schieman
    Edward D. Waara

  • 1965
    Gary C. Bartsch
    Gerald J. Hellman
    James V. McNeil
    Freeman O. Moore Jr.
    Joseph C. Andreini Jr.
    Darryl L. Zini
    Jarrett J. Johnson
    Richard H. Story
    Craig V. Litts
    Alice R. (House) Sundstrom
    Thomas R. Varani
    Max R. Dietz Jr.
    Robert E. Mark
    Willie Edmonds Jr.
    Roger L. Jacobs
    Lawrence H. Blahnik
    Howard F. Scheuner
    William C. Kessel
    Michael D. Boyle
    James J. Lutey

    Mark R. Finkbeiner
    Tamara K. (Barrett) Heikkinen
    Robert A. Paananen
    John A. Vincent
    Edward S. Brouwer
    Randy L. Brown
    Glen P. Bergstrom
    Scott C. Monsrud
    Guy K. Gillespie
    Robert J. Nowak
    Melvin L. Salo
    Jay M. Fry
    Kevin G. Lloyd
    Timothy F. Judge
    Michael T. Myers