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Merrily Madero


Colonel Merrily Madero ('85) has been using the problem solving skills she initially learned as a mechanical engineering student at Michigan Tech to solve problems around the world. Recently she was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for leading the Military Liaison unit at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan during multiple attacks. She also supported the US Embassy during fifty-three outside-the-wire missions in twenty . . .

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Brian Murphy

'90, '92

Starting Companies Comes Naturally to Alum “I used to fish at Cole’s Creek,” says Brian Murphy ’90 ’92 ‘96. “I’d eat half my sandwich on the way out there, fish for thirty minutes, and finish my sandwich on the way back to my lab to continue my research.” That mix of nature and technology forms the core of Murphy’s environmentally focused career.

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John Hallquist

'74, '72

John Hallquist earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1970. He received an M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Tech in 1972. He continued his advanced education from Michigan Tech and earned a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 1974. John joined the weapons laboratory at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) . . .

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Richard Bayer

Richard Bayer


Dick Bayer earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honor from Michigan Tech in 1944. Three years later, he joined the Michigan Tech faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. During succeeding years he was promoted to associate professor and full professor. He retired in 1983, after 37 years of service.

In addition to his career at Michigan Tech, he also served as an officer in the U.S. Army combat engineering battalion in France and the Pacific during World War II. . . .

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Tom B. Moore

Tom B. Moore


Tom B. Moore earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1966.  After graduation he went to work for Standard Oil of CA, now Chevron, as a plant engineer in Richmond, CA. For two years he worked on major plant expansions. Then he and a fraternity brother took off a year and traveled 21 countries. He returned to Denver to work for Behrent Engineering for one year and then he then went to work for Stearn . . .

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William A. Turunen

William A. Turunen


Bill Turunen joined General Motors in 1939, after graduating from Michigan Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After four years with the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-46 and earning a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 1946, he spent his career in various capacities at the GM research laboratories before retiring in 1979. Beginning as a research engineer, he was promoted to head the mechanical engineering department in 1948, became head of the . . .

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Vijay K. Sazawal

Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal


After completing his doctoral degree in structural mechanics at Michigan Tech, Vijay K. Sazawal (PhD ’75) joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Advanced Reactors Division as part of the design and technology team working on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project. His tenure at Westinghouse lasted twenty years during which time he rose through successive management positions with responsibility for fast reactors, advanced terrestrial and space reactors, nuclear defense programs, and US government programs to promote safety upgrades . . .

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Hussein M. Zbib

Hussein M. Zbib

'87, '83, '81

Hussein M. Zbib earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1981, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1987 all from Michigan Tech. In 1988 he was hired as an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He was promoted to Professor in 1998. Currently he is Interim Director and Professor of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at . . .