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John Beattie

'63

John M. Beattie took his first job upon graduation with the Louis Allis Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was a design engineer on a variety of commercial, military, and NASA space projects. His expertise was in ball bearing technology and V-belt technology. In 1968, he joined the Toro Company in Bloomington, Minnesota, as a project engineer for the Riding Greensmower 3 and Groundsmaster 322. A few years later . . .

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James 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, . . .

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Kimberly Turner

'94

Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1994 and her PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University. In 1999 she accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and has been on the fast track ever since. In 2004, she became a tenured Associate . . .

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John Cook

John Cook

'42

John Cook earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1942. Following graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the Navy. He then went to work for Wright Aeronautical Corporation as a Production Engineer, and Checker Motors and Fisher Body Division, GMC, in the Automotive Body Engineering areas. He became Vice President of Operations for Wolverine Brass Works after working in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Conway, South Carolina, plants. His experience has been . . .

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James B. Stone

Dr. James B. Stone

'40

Jim Stone earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with honor, from Michigan Tech in 1940 and made his career with the General Foods Corporation. He later attended the Advanced Management Training Program of the Harvard Graduate Business School. He started as a student engineer in the Post Division, Battle Creek.

In 1960, he began work in Jell-O operations and in the Post division where he rose through various positions before being elected a vice president of General Foods . . .

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Edward J. Gaffney

Edward J. Gaffney

'51

Edward J. Gaffney Ted Gaffney earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1951. After serving in the U.S. Navy and working as an engineer at Allis Chalmers for three years, he formed Neodyne Corporation, a research and development company.

In 1963, he founded Ortho-Kinetics, Inc., a manufacturer of health care products with manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Europe and sales offices in England, Germany, and France. He has won a number of honors and . . .

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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 . . .

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John O. Hallquist

John O. 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) after receiving his degrees from Michigan Tech. During the next fifteen years he worked . . .