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Kamlakar Rajurkar

'81, '78

K.P Rajurkar received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1981, both from Michigan Tech. He received his BS degree with honors from Jabalpur University, India, in 1966. Dr. Rajurkar is Mohr Professor of Engineering at the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the Director of the Nontraditional Manufacturing . . .

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Martin Lagina

'77

Marty Lagina graduated with honor in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While a student at Michigan Tech he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma. He continued his education in the field of law and received his Juris Doctorate, with honor, from the University of Michigan in 1982. Marty began his career working as a petroleum engineer for Amoco Production Company. In 1979, while attending . . .

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Donald Wheatley

'62, '63

Donald G. Wheatley went to work for General Motors in 1963. He worked on the guidance systems doing vibration and fatigue analysis for the Apollo project. Out of the sixty new hires on the project, he was the only one remaining at the end. He also did some work on the main battle tank. Don then accepted an offer from Ford, where he worked on a small team to define the new Ford Maverick. He later led the team that designed . . .

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William F. Hartwick

William F. Hartwick

'48

Bill Hartwick graduated with honor in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While a student at Michigan Tech he was elected a member of Tau Beta Pi and played varsity football. After completing the required thesis, Bill received a professional degree of Mechanical Engineer from Tech in 1955. His entire professional career was devoted to the technology of heavy, continuous duty, reciprocating gas compressors.

Bill began his career at Cooper Industries where his work . . .

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Norman R. Pratt

Norman R. Pratt

'42

Bob Pratt joined Dow Chemical after earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1942. He enjoyed a 39-year career with Dow in various engineering capacities, retiring in 1981 as Manager of Nuclear Projects for the company. In retirement, Michigan Tech called on Pratt to coordinate a design team for the Process Simulation and Control Center (PSCC). The team includes faculty and staff, active design engineers from industry, and retired design professionals.

The PSCC consists of a complete . . .

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Douglas J. Hamar

Douglas J. 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.

Horner Flooring, a privately owned company is known worldwide for its Pro-King basketball floors. In 2002, Horner Flooring Inc received . . .

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Raymond Kauppila

Raymond Kauppila

'60

Ray Kauppila earned bachelor degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1951. He then came to Tech as a teacher in 1957 and received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1960. He left Michigan Tech briefly to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1968.

Kauppila served Michigan Tech as a teacher and researcher from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. He came to Tech after working . . .

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Robert Thresher

Robert Thresher

'67, '62

Bob Thresher earned a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1962. He returned to Michigan Tech after working for the Boeing Company to receive a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1967, followed by a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1970. After completing his doctorate, he worked as a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. He then spent four years as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State . . .