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Beau Anderson

'08

Beau Anderson wants to engineer a planet with more heart. The earnest alumnus says, "Humanity is something I would love to bring to the whole world; make sure every single person has water to drink, every person has shelter, food, health, and people around them caring for them.

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Charles Cronenworth

'44

Charles Cronenworth earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honor from Michigan Tech in 1944. After graduation and serving in World War II, he was a research design engineer with Chrysler Corp. in Detroit. In 1947, he joined the Diamond Crystal Salt Co. as a design draftsman. He held a number of managerial positions before being promoted to assistant chief engineer in 1956. In October 1975, he was elected to the . . .

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Leanne Vernier

'87

It’s a rare gray day in Central Texas, but the walls of Leanne Venier’s gallery in South Austin are radiant with the rich colors of her art. "Into the Depths" glows a deep shade of garnet. Brushstrokes of cobalt and indigo in "Ageless, Boundless, Timeless" suggest the undulation of seagrass. The center of "Duration" is belted with a thick cream-colored line dividing the eggplant . . .

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Wilfred S. Bobier

Wilfred S. Bobier

'43

Wilfred Bobier earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1943. He was a member of the Michigan Patent Lawyers Association and received the Engineer of Year Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit in 1949. Retired from his career as a registered patent agent, Wilfred Bobier holds over 100 U.S. and foreign patents, alone, with some classified as military secrets and withdrawn from issue.

Prior to his retirement, he served as vice president of the Dana . . .

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James C. Gerdeen

Dr. James C. Gerdeen

'59

Dr. James C. Gerdeen (BSME '59) retired as Professor and Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair from the University of Colorado - Denver. After graduation, Jim worked in industry before completing his MS in 1962 from Ohio State University and later his PhD from Stanford in 1965, both in mechanical engineering. He returned to Michigan Tech as a faculty member from 1968 to 1989. He received his M. Divinity, Theology, Association of Free Lutheran Seminary, Medicine Lake, . . .

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James Sorenson

James Sorenson

'61, '60

Jim Sorenson earned a B.S. with honor in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics in 1961, both from Michigan Tech. Following graduation, he joined the staff of Battelle Memorial Institute as a research engineer and spent his career with the organization. After six years with the organization he was promoted to engineering management.

Sorenson held the titles of Section Manager, Manager of the Structures and Mechanics Department, and Manager of the Engineering and . . .

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Camiel E. Thorrez

Camiel E. Thorrez

'70

Camiel Thorrez graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. In 1970 he served a one year, apprenticeship in Tool Engineering, in 1972 became General Manager of C. Thorrez Industries-Concord, and in 1988 he became President of C. Thorrez Industries-Jackson.

He received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1975 and was a member of the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. He continues his interest in technical education issues through his professional and community . . .

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Vijay K. Sazawal

Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal

'75

Vijay K. Sazawal earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Tech in 1975.  He holds an M.Tech. in Materials Engineering from the College of Technology, Bhopal, India and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India.  After completing his doctoral degree in structural mechanics, he joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Advanced Reactors Division as part of the design and technology team working on the Clinch River . . .