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Jayson Eurick

'99

The year was 1986 and Jayson Eurick, a junior-high student from Saginaw, Mich. was watching the movie Top Gun, featuring Tom Cruise as "Maverick," a young naval aviator aspiring to be a top Navy pilot. Little did Eurick know that he would eventually follow Maverick's footsteps and his own childhood dreams, earning his own way to top gun instructor in the Navy.

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Douglas Hamar

'84

Douglas J. Hamar (BSME ’84) is president of Hamar Group, president/CEO/co-owner of Horner Flooring, president of Denver Hardwood Co Inc, Denver CO, president of Cascade Pacific Floor Distributors, Portland OR and Seattle WA, president and treasurer of Rio Grande Flooring Distributors, Albuquerque NM, and president/co-founder/principal of CRT & Associates, a firm specializing in custom computer software and hardware. . . .

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Robert D'Amour

'48

Bob D'Amour earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1948, after serving in the United States Navy in World War II. He began his engineering career as a Laboratory Analyst and Test Engineer with Cummins Engine Company. He later joined their Marketing Division and was assigned to Washington, D.C. as a representative to obtain government business. In 1952 he joined Waukesha Motor Company as a Marketing . . .

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Daniel Rivard

Daniel Rivard

'59

One of the most recognizable mottos in the world was coined not by a copywriter but by an engineer. Ford Motor Company's "Quality Is Job One" was a slogan and a corporate touchstone for seventeen years, practically forever in the short-attention-span world of marketing. It originated with one man's obsession with making everything better.

"Dan Rivard was the face of Total Quality Improvement at Ford Motor Company for an entire era," said Shea McGrew, Michigan Tech's vice president . . .

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Daniel R. Kapp

Daniel R. Kapp

'76

Daniel R. Kapp (BSME '76) is Director, Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company. He is also a graduate of the Ford College Graduate Program (FCG). After graduation from Michigan Tech, Dan went to work at Ford Motor Company as an engineer in the Car Product Development Group and has spent his entire career at Ford in positions of increasing responsibility in the area of engine and Powertrain product development.

His work at Ford included work . . .

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Albert J. Maki

Albert J. Maki

'48

Abbie Maki earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948. He spent three years in the gas turbine division of General Electric, then four years on the staff of the vice president for manufacturing at North American Aviation.

In 1955, he joined AVCO, where he was the program manager for the Titan and Atlas reentry vehicle program. Under his direction, the company performed the research, development and manufacturing of the Apollo heat shield. From 1973 . . .

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Merle Potter

Dr. Merle Potter

'58, '61

Merle Potter '58 was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2008 James Harry Potter (no relation) Gold Medal. Potter received the award "for making a renowned impact on thermodynamics through forty-two years of outstanding teaching and through published textbooks on thermal sciences and applied mathematics, and for research on energy consumption in dwellings and industrial plants."

Potter earned a BS in 1958 and an MS in 1961 in Engineering Mechanics from Tech and a master's and PhD . . .

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Ray H. Herner

Ray H. Herner

'54

Ray H. Herner earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1953 and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in1954.  Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, Ray attended Lake Superior State University (“Soo Tech”) for two years.  At Tech, Ray received a Teaching Fellowship for Mechanical Engineering.  After graduation he lived and worked in Alpena for 22 years.  His career included working at Abitibi, a wood product plant, where he held the . . .