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Dorothy Ruohonen

'85

Dorothy (Daavettila) Ruohonen had a strong connection to Michigan Tech prior to her attending the University in 1982. Dorothy’s father, Donald Daavettila, was named Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus of Physics in 2000. Working as a nurse while attending Michigan Tech, Ruohonen graduated in 1985 with a degree in Mechanical Design. By 1987, Ruohonen was President and Owner of Hawk Technologies, executing everything . . .

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Kathleen Grisdela

'84

Kathy received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1984. After graduation she went to work for General Motors Corporation as a Reliability Engineer at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Four years after leaving GM and accepting a Quality Engineer position with Kelsey-Hayes- a Tier 1 supplier of anti lock braking systems. During her years with Kelsey-Hayes she was promoted to . . .

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Kimberly Turner

'94

Besides being a professor at UCSB, Turner is also the Sensors Task co-leader in a collaboration involving UCSB, the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Army Institute for Collaborative Biotechnology.

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John F. Calder

John F. Calder

'67, '76

John F. Calder earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1967 at Michigan Tech and went on to earn an MS degree from Michigan Tech in Business Administration in 1976. After graduating from Michigan Tech he started his career as a Design Engineer with Digital Integrated Circuit Systems in 1967.

From 1968-1975 he rose from Application and Field Service Engineer for the east coast to Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest and West Coast Regions. In 1975 he . . .

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Charles J. Laurila

Charles J. Laurila

'59

Chuck Laurila earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 and began his career as a field engineer with Boeing Company's Aerospace Division. He spent seven years with Boeing, becoming a senior engineer working on the Minuteman missiles at Air Force bases in the Western states. Chuck then worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company and was responsible for the maintenance program in the crushing and concentrating section.

In 1969 he joined Champion Incorporated and has spent . . .

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Frederic Sherriff

Frederic Sherriff

'63

Fred Sherriff earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1963. After graduation he began a 33 year career in the food business as a Project Engineer with General Foods Corporation at Post Cereals in Battle Creek. He has held various positions of leadership in Plant, Division, and Corporate Engineering with what today is known as Kraft Foods, a subsidiary of the Philip Morris Companies.

Sherriff held the positions of Director of Engineering for General . . .

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Martha N. Sullivan

Martha N. Sullivan

'80

Sensata Technologies is the world’s leading supplier of sensors and electrical protection, improving safety, efficiency and comfort for millions of people every day. As president and CEO of Sensata, Martha Sullivan ('85) employs over 9,000 people in two major global business units with sales offices worldwide and business and manufacturing centers in nine different countries.

The name, Sensata, comes from the Latin word sensate, meaning “those gifted with sense.” The company’s logo is inspired by Braille, the writing system based . . .

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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 . . .