Spring 2011 Michigan Tech Magazine

Class Notes

Class Notes


Robert Carnahan ’53 discovered an old Lode photo that brought back memories. “Experiences like this, along with a great dedication and friends, brought me back to MCM&T from Minnesota, a life and career decision unmatched. Tech’s growing stature—the Enterprise Program and the queens of the basketball court—hopefully make us all proud to be Huskies.”

Norm Rautiola ’54 and Sarah-Binah announce the October 8 birth of Gabrielle Rautiola. Norm is president of Nartron, which is developing new applications for its capacitive touch screens and has a new lab for developing C language for embedded systems.


Photographer and author Boyd Norton ’60 was recently selected as “One of the 40 most influential nature photographers from around the globe” by Outdoor Photography Magazine UK. Appearing in their Christmas issue, the article cites those “who we feel are the most influential; those who are prepared to go that extra mile to make an impact in the world of conservation.”

Norman Remington ’61 has been retired for fourteen years from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. “Celebrating our fiftieth reunion this year from the School of Forestry, now the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. SFRES is now celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary. Hope to see a good turnout for the reunion from the Class of 1961 School of Forestry.”

Paul Fritz ’65 has retired after a forty-three-year career in the petroleum refining industry. He and Mary are living in Winter, Wisconsin.

Jim Olson ’66 (forestry) retired July 1, 2009, with 37 years in forestry, 17 in private industry as a procurement forester, and 20 with the Delaware Forest Service in various positions. He moved back to the Houghton area in June 2010 and says he is loving life and enjoying retirement.

Sanna Rolling ’67 is a schoolteacher and founder and resident of Dream Catcher Stables Inc., a therapeutic riding program in Spring, Texas. “My Tech years gave me a great professional start,” she says.


Kathleen Davies ’70 says, “Thanks to MTU, I enjoyed forty years in medical technology. I acquired the level of laboratory manager in my last five years of employment. I send sincere wishes for success to the new med tech grads.”

Edward “Ted” Ellis ’71 has started a website for displaying his Tech photos from 1967 to 1971: http://members.cox.net/ted-ellis. Comments, corrections, and/or updates are appreciated. So far he has found 349 Kodachrome slides that he shot while at Tech. Ted is now retired in Mesa, Arizona.

David Brule ’72 is now semi-retired and living in the Iron Mountain area. He’s taking cooking classes at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

Michael Binder ’75 is working at D&K Engineering, www.dkengineering.com/Careers/Career-Opportunities/Current-Listings. “We are now hiring!” he says. “Please email me—I get a bounty if I refer you.”

Rodney Cencich ’75 says, “Both Barb and I are now retired, and we highly recommend it.”

Dean Luplow ’76 says he just turned 60 and expected be a grandfather for the first time April 17.

Richard Meese ’77 retired from federal civil service on December 31 after more than twenty-nine years with the Department of Defense.

Ann (Lorenz) Seyfert ’78 retired from Mercury Marine in September 2008 after thirty years in labor relations. She says, “I’ve been enjoying myself, volunteering and playing with my grandson Gary; I spend lots of time at our cottage in Eagle River, Wisconsin, during the summer.”

Richard Hancheck ’79 is working as a plant controller for the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Portage, Wisconsin.

Thomas Neil ’79 is teaching high school math part time at Providence Classical School and hopes to have a full-time position in fall 2011.


Steven Weirauch ’80 is working as the hospital safety officer and emergency management coordinator for El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California.

Michael Smaby ’80 is a program leader at Kimberly-Clark.

Russell Kerlin ’80 visited his daughter at Tech and went snowshoeing on a trail up by Eagle Harbor. “Reminded me of the first time I went snowshoeing during my freshman year. We went to Hungarian Falls with a couple guys across the hall who had gear for rapelling. So, not only did we snowshoe, but we rapelled and traversed the river gorge . . . while wearing snowshoes. Very cool!”

James Rathbun ’81 says, “It all started with ‘The Husky Hustle’ 32 years ago. I’ve been running off and on since then. This fall I qualified for the Boston Marathon, and I’m looking forward to running it on April 18. I’m still in Amway’s Project Engineering group in Ada. I’m married to Shawn (Johnson ’82), and we are very proud of our three Tech kids: Aimee ’05, Walt ’08, and Matt ’12. We’re five for five!”

Scott Hartz ’81 says, “After two-and-a-half years in a very challenging economy, the GriffRex Group is doing better than could be expected due to a great group of domestic and international clients!”

Jodi Bondy ’82 is nursing a broken leg back to health. “Winter in Indiana is nothing compared to my Tech winters, but I can thankfully say I never broke a bone while in the UP. Glad I did not have to miss work, since I work from home as a Creative Memories consultant and educational consultant.”

Daniel Luchay ’82 was recently invited to become a board member for International Healthcare Volunteers, a nonprofit organization that travels to Ghana every summer and provides medical services to women in need.

Robert Bayer ’83 has spent twenty-five years with the US Forest Service, the last twenty on the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. He is project coordinator for the first wind-energy development project on Forest Service lands.

Timothy Hicks ’83 is senior director of vehicle engineering with Packer Engineering in Naperville, Illinois. He performs forensic engineering consultation, expert witness investigations, and accident reconstruction for many industries.

Evelyn “Evy” Dudey ’83 (BSEE) is a consultant engineer in the technology group of Frontier Communications, in Everett, Washington. She attended the MTU Alumni gathering in Seattle in February and had a great time.

Mark Moen ’83 joined HBK Engineering LLC in August, 2010.  He is a senior project manager in their Chicago office. Projects include public and private utility infrastructure improvements and site civil engineering.

Charles Dodge ’83 is living in northern Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, “a great environment for family, with great opportunities for business. I’m really enjoying the change.”

Carrie Richards ’84 says, “Come celebrate the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science’s seventy-fifth anniversary August 4-6, 2011, in Houghton!”

Carol Wiitanen ’84 says, “Who can forget Chemistry with Doc B. or Economics with K. Alexander? Not me!”

Steven Foster ’85 was named global vice president of quality at ArvinMeritor in Troy in January 2008. Steve says he has used his degree in materials science and engineering nearly every day during his twenty-two years at ArvinMeritor, an axle, brake, and suspension systems supplier for commercial and military vehicles.

David Laske ’85 says, “Our second generation student is in the thick of an ambitious college (and budding professional) career. Evan has throttled back from dual-degrees to just double-majors, but he is going full-throttle at his co-op at NASA. I wish I could take more credit for imparting my lessons learned on-campus toward helping with his current success.”

Marcia Kearney Kobman ’85 is celebrating twenty years as a programmer/analyst at Frankenmuth Insurance, in Frankenmuth.

Charles Lemont ’86 is an acoustics engineer on the GM full-size truck product line. He helps set noise standards, works with the design community to assure designs meet those standards, and tests the hardware to minimize noise and assure it meets requirements.

Valerie Leveille ’87 is teaching high school science at Salem High School in Canton.

Peter Larson ’88 says, “On my last visit to Houghton, I was struck by two things: how many things had changed and how many things were still the same.”

David Creery ’88 was recently promoted to chief administrative officer for the city of Woodstock, California.

David Wilson ’88 earned an MBA at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Jeffrey Korman ’89 celebrated twenty-one years at his workplace, Neff Engineering in Grand Rapids.

Lt. Col. Mark Allen ’89 retired from the Air Force after almost twenty-one years of active duty. He is now the chief of engineering and construction for the Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit.

Donald Beery ’89 announces the launch of their first wireless electronics product in the healthcare market. “We are working with a great OEM partner, and I am really excited about this new product arena for us.”


Jeffrey Tafel ’90 continues his eight-year career with the International Facility Management Association, headquartered in Houston. Jeff serves on the Strategic Leadership Team, which conducts the business of the association.

Christine (Diehl) Boehm, DVM, STC ’91 is now a diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

C. “Buzzy” Winter ’92 says, “Our first boy (he has four older sisters) Nicholas Joseph was born December 8, 2009.”

Lisa and Marc Baines ’93 (BSMY) and Coralyn (3) welcomed Greyson into their family in August 2009. The Baines family are enjoying their crazy, wonderful life and reside in Vrchlab, Czech Republic, where Marc has been promoted to managing director for the Flight Systems European Group. Marc is expanding the environmentally friendly remanufacturing business, targeting growth electronic markets.

James and Ginger ’93 (Anderson) Schmidt welcomed Daisy Jane on December 10, 2009.

James W. Allison ’94 (EME), of Wichita, Kansas, is a liaison engineer for Liebherr Aerospace, working on the integrated air management system for the Learjet 85 business jet. He is attending graduate school in industrial engineering at Wichita State University. He lives with his wife, Kimberly, and five sons, ages 3 to 11 years.

Suzanne Reamer ’94 is checking in to say hi to her classmates.

Jonathan Leinonen ’94, program director at MTEC SmartZone, is seeking to connect entrepreneurs in Houghton and Hancock with industry professionals who can provide technical or business coaching and industry networking.

Michael Formenti ’94 was recently promoted to manager for the System Level Dynamics Precision Alignments test groups in Space Systems Company.

Eric Obermeyer ’94 ’97 and his wife, Jenny, announce the October 2010 birth of their triplet daughters, May Anastasia, Grace Alexandra, and Kyra Faith. Eric began working as a senior sourcing engineer for InSinkErator in January.

Mary O’Conner ’95 teaches Algebra 1 and 2 at Sault Area High School in Sault Ste. Marie.

Glenn Austin ’95 was recently issued US Patent No. 7,854,548, “Integrated Total Air Temperature Probe and Electronics.”

Paul Hastings ’95 is working for Hamilton Sundstrand on the Ares Upper Stage Turbine Pump Assembly.

Jeanette (Foley) ’95 and Aaron Albright announce the birth of Weston Weis on April 20, 2010. He was 9 pounds, 6 ounces, 21 inches, and was welcomed home by Ethan (3) and Grace (2).

Tina Poquette ’96 and Ryan Funk were married on October 17, 2009, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The couple resides in Warren, where they both work for General Motors.

Colleen Rosenbrock ’96 works for The Dow Chemical Company in Midland as an environmental delivery specialist. She and her husband, Jeremy ’96, have three children: Jack Richard (born January 20, 2005), Kathryn (Katie) Lynn (born November 23, 2006), and Sawyer Anthony (born November 7, 2009).

Scott L. Hudson ’96, PE (BSCE) has accepted a position as senior civil engineer–trackwork with Huitt-Zollars Inc. in Dallas. Scott will be responsible for the design and management of transit, freight, and industry trackwork projects nationwide. Scott and Karma Hudson are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Jack Riley, born April 26, 2010. Big sister Lily is happy to have someone to boss around besides her parents!

John Tenpas ’97 has founded Riverside Engineering LLC, a civil engineering and consulting firm based in Hamilton. The firm specializes in storm water management, floodplain management, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for municipal and private clients throughout Michigan.

Rebecca Becker ’98 says, “I REALLY wish I could win that iPad!”

Matthew Prater ’98 began taking classes toward an MSEE in 2011.

Jason Bowens ’98 (ME-EM) married Pamela (Zeciri) on July 3, 2010. He earned a master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University (Kelley School of Business).

Andrew Becker ’98 says, “I love iPads.”

John and Jennifer ’99 (Prochaska) Dluzak were blessed with the birth of their first child, Julia Rose, on March 24, 2010.

Janna and Eric Roome (both class of ’99) welcomed Janna Kate Roome on November 8, 2009. She and her big sister, Piper, get along great.

Lydia and Ross ’99 Hubbard celebrated the birth of Gavin Dale on September 30, 2010. Gavin was also welcomed to the world by big brother Roman and big sister Maya. Ross was recently promoted to senior environmental engineer for Flint Hills Resources, with responsibility for chemical plants in Joliet and Peru, Illinois.

Shannon Hancock ’99 and Scott Knight ’93 are engaged to be married on September 3, 2011.


Kelly Jost ’00 announces the arrival of Zackary Douglas Jost, born on May 23, 2010.

Angela Hammond ’00 says she and her husband, Cory, “welcomed a new Ham, ahem, Hammond to our family on April 25, 2010. Her name is Kate Elizabeth after our great-grandmothers and my maid of honor, Elizabeth Bekkala. She looks like Cory and has my personality, poor kid.”

John Karpus ’00 is “keepin’ on keepin’ on.”

Eric Stemen ’00 has recently joined the City of Marquette as facility manager and resides in Chocolay with his wife, Kristi. They are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Madelyn Mae, born March 4, 2011.

Benjamin ’01 and Lisa (Beckering) ’01 Aldrich announce the April 20, 2010, birth of Parker Donald.

On November 21, 2010, Valerie and Aaron Hilshorst ’00 welcomed their second son, Miles Nicholas, to the world.

Ignacio Bellver ’00 is living in Puerto Rico. “Feel free to contact me if you are interested in moving down here or are just planning on visiting.”

Matthew Sohrweide ’01 has earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh with an emphasis in project management and entry to the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma on December 18, 2010.

Ryan ’02 and Nicole (Cleveland) ’02 Olszowny announce the December 16, 2010, birth of Greysen Ryan.

JD Gessinger was born on July 23, 2010 to proud parents Jane (Brunkow) Gessinger ’02 and John Gessinger.

Kimberly Renken ’02 and Patrick Deibel ’03 were married on May 29, 2010. They live in Minneapolis.

Jacob Huggard ’05 and Sara (Flessert) Huggard ’04 announce the birth of their first child, Fiona Valentine, born October 24, 2010.

Eric Seguin ’04 asks, “What is everyone’s favorite memory of Houghton in the spring? Mine has to be listening to Gary Tunstall on the deck of the Downtowner while enjoying the two or three sunny weeks of weather in the spring!”

Sze Kwan Cheah ’04 says, “I’m getting married soon!”

Alysia Renshaw ’04 says, “Hooray! I passed the April 2010 PE Licensing Exam in Illinois!”

Timothy Wolf ’05 “just wanted to announce that I married my best friend, Colleen, on New Year’s Eve 2010 in Traverse City.”

William Steward ’05 is “hoping all the Master’s International grads are doing well, where ever they are.”

Jeremy Eckerman ’06 announces his engagement to Johana Castillo of Dearborn Heights.

Russell Gyde ’06 is starting a new career in programming.

Matthew VanSlembrouck ’06 says he is “hopefully headed back to Tech for their MBA program! Excited to be a part of Tech’s progress.”

Matthew Barkley ’06 has a new position as a clutch engineer at Chrysler.

Jacob P. Woolbright ’06 has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys and will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office, focusing on intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent preparation and prosecution. After graduating cum laude from Tech with a degree in chemical engineering, he earned his JD magna cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law.

Lynn Czarnecki ’07 announces she is marrying Jason Makela ’04 ’10 on August 13, 2011.

Derek Dykens ’08 is working for Target Corporation in Minneapolis as a project manager within Target Technology Services.

Dan ’09 and Caitlin (Couture) ’08 Gezon were married April 10, 2010, in Grand Rapids.

Kyle Grassmid ’08 invites alumni to visit www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=1236 to find ways to join the Consumers Energy Team.

Alicia Hemenger says that after graduating in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering technology, she began a career with Beckman Coulter. “My current position as a field service engineer is exciting, challenging, and exactly the type of job I was hoping to get while I was studying at MTU.”

David Allen ’09 is working as a powertrain control module electrical engineer at Chrysler Group LLC.

Andrew Hodges ’09 says, “After spending two wonderful years together while at Michigan Tech, I’ve taken my MTU degree and my lovely girl back to California where we are now married!”

Chad Daavettila ’09 married Adena Ryynanen of Chassell on July 31, 2010.

Nathan Treague ’08 and April Rhoden ’09 announced their engagement to friends and family on October 5, 2010, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Alan Little ’09 says, “I have started my career in the working world. I have been employed by Dominion, working at the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station, just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.”

Michael Krug ’09 tells students, “Join the Enterprise Program. There is nothing that will prepare you better for the working world than doing projects for the companies that will be hiring you.”

Samuel DeGroot ’09 found a job in Iowa shortly after graduating, but he “can’t wait to move back up north.”


Nathan Miller ’10 shares a harrowing experience at “Keg and Eggs,” a bacchanal involving students at SUNY Albany, where he is earning a master’s in urban and regional planning. “Shenanigans like this make me miss Tech,” he said. To read more, visit MyMichiganTech.

Justin Slis ’12 “returned from Salt Lake City from the OAP [Outdoor Adventure Program] spring break snowboard trip, unharmed and with lots of footage!”

In Memoriam

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

  • 1938

  • Peter G. Perla, PE
  • 1939

  • Donald M. Ross
  • 1941

  • Joseph C. Andreini
  • 1942

  • Robert S. Begole
  • Stuart F. Belhumeur
  • Robert O. Oksanen
  • Donald W. Rauls
  • Dr. Charles S. Robinson, PE
  • Robert M. Stuckey
  • 1943

  • Wilfred S. Bobier
  • Edward P. Laumer
  • Joseph B. Mihelich
  • Elenora D. Taylor (Bryus)
  • Michael P. Trainor
  • 1944

  • Edward J. Flewelling Jr.
  • 1946

  • Daniel J. Maykuth
  • Jack R. Scott
  • 1947

  • Oliver I. Hoff
  • Lane E. Lyberg
  • 1948

  • Dr. Robert A. Janke
  • Donald T. MacRae
  • John B. Silverwood
  • 1949

  • Rudolph J. Berg Jr.
  • Joseph Davis
  • James E. Dobbins
  • Bernhardt H. Petersen
  • William G. Ringler
  • 1950

  • John S. Anderson
  • Raymond D. Flynn
  • Thomas J. Griffith
  • Paul E. Nelson
  • George L. Wiitanen
  • 1951

  • William H. Clark
  • Walter J. Clink
  • Howard L. Heinen
  • Emanuel A. Huun
  • Earl E. Meddaugh
  • Roy H. Winnen Sr.
  • 1952

  • Joseph G. Cencich
  • William R. Mercer, PE
  • Rodney K. Pertile
  • John J. Russell Jr.
  • Donald G. Sprigings
  • Robert E. Stevens Jr.
  • 1953

  • George A. Durfee
  • 1954

  • John A. Dlouhy
  • Gordon S. Soine
  • William M. Vlasak
  • 1955

  • Floyd J. Godward
  • Gary A. Larsen
  • Glenn R. Nordbeck
  • Delvin R. Weiland
  • 1956

  • Frank Bizjak
  • 1957

  • Robert F. Fabbro, PE
  • Earl E. Johnson
  • John W. Olson
  • Glen F. Rizzie Sr.
  • 1958

  • Donald J. Krall
  • Lt/Col. Eugene P. Malkoff (Ret.)
  • Robert A. Simpson
  • 1959

  • Henry L. Auge
  • William O. Keljo
  • 1960

  • Per E. Brathe
  • Albert E. Keskimaki
  • Rene A. Kitching
  • Dr. Gerald J. Scott
  • 1961

  • Agnar Farestveit
  • 1962

  • Ronald W. Baslock
  • Michael H. Flanagan
  • 1963

  • Lyman M. Jensen, PE
  • Delbert D. Nelson
  • 1964

  • David R. Lintner
  • 1965

  • Nathan A. Carlson
  • Harvey W. Dewey
  • Ronald G. Rajala
  • 1966

  • Sharlene E. (Werner) de Beaubien
  • 1967

  • David M. Lang
  • Terry K. Spitler
  • 1968

  • Jan B. Bjerke
  • 1969

  • Michael A. Gabriel
  • Juri J. Nurmberg
  • Thomas G. Verlinde
  • 1970

  • Terry A. Anderson
  • Jeffrey R. Linna
  • 1971

  • Charles M. Chambers
  • James D. Jacobitz, PE
  • Gerald C. Schroeder Jr.
  • 1973

  • Michael J. Nixon
  • Michael P. Wade
  • 1974

  • Major Glenn E. Tapio
  • 1975

  • Dr. Mark A. Hansen
  • Lawrence A. Pietrantonio
  • 1976

  • Diana L. Buzzell (Nelson)
  • 1977

  • Michael J. Sankovitch
  • 1978

  • Marie J. Gaston
  • Mark S. Spiegel
  • 1979

  • Barbara A. Bonefeld
  • Art D. Ettlinger
  • James B. Lee
  • Donald L. Workman
  • 1981

  • Ruth M. Feira
  • James G. Mapes
  • Steven A. Marek
  • 1983

  • Rocky A. Farrell
  • 1985

  • Richard W. Stafford
  • 1986

  • Terreance W. Kimber
  • 1987

  • Stephen D. Davies
  • 1988

  • Gerald F. Hyrkas

  • Bob A. Rimpela
  • 1989

  • Dominique E. (Slawick) Feblowitz
  • Alice A. (Pouttu) Karsama
  • 1994

  • James A. Dietrick Jr.
  • 1998

  • Ronald G. Oberle
  • 2003

  • Gary W. Van Lingen
  • 2004

  • Nicholas R. Lightfoot
  • 2009

  • Hampton B. Waring

Jerry Archer '52 was incorrectly included in "In Memoriam" in the winter 2008-09 Michigan Tech Magazine. Jerry is very much alive. We apologize for the error.