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Toulou Shokuhfar

'11

Far below the acuity of human sight, the mysteries of neurodegeneration and other chronic diseases await the discovery that leads to prevention and cure. Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar is conducting research on ferritin, a protein within the body, to unveil the differences between healthy and dysfunctional ferritins. When properly functioning, ferritins convert toxic ferrous irons to safe iron minerals that are stored in the . . .

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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 . . .

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Robert Waara

'09

His cell phone area code is still 906, reflecting his Upper Peninsula roots, but Rob Waara’s role as chief engine engineer with the SRT Viper racing team has taken him far afield, including to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That endurance race meant some incredible hours for the engineers prepping the two Vipers: 24 to 40 hours straight, just like the race. And he’s still busy. “I’ve had three . . .

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Kamlakar Rajurkar

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 Research Center, Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department, and Chairman of the . . .

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Kamlakar Rajurkar

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 Research Center, Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department, and Chairman of the . . .

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James G. Vorhes

James G. Vorhes

'47

Jim Vorhes earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1947 and immediately began a 39 year career with General Motors. Following a series of sales and service assignments in the Pontiac field organization, he served as a zone manager in a number of locations.

He became assistant general sales manager of western area field operations in 1970 and was named general sales manager of the Pontiac Division in 1973. He held that post until he was . . .

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Richard J. Robbins

Richard J. Robbins

'56, '96

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Atlas-Copco Robbins, Inc.

Richard J. Robbins graduated from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MCM&T) in 1956 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since 1958, Dick has been a major contributor and a prominent influence in the mining and tunneling industry.

In 1958, Dick joined The Robbins Company—established by his father, James S. Robbins, a 1933 MCM&T mining engineering graduate. The Robbins Company has prospered and employs over 330 workers worldwide. The Robbins Co. became part of the . . .

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Lawrence Mulholland

Lawrence Mulholland

'55

Lawrence (Larry) Mulholland earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1955. After graduation, he held positions with Clow Corp in Chicago, IL, and then with Saginaw Products, Republic Corp, and Beckton Dickinson in Los Angeles, CA, before starting his own company, Mulholland Positioning Systems Inc., in 1971. The company designs, manufactures, and markets equipment designed to meet the needs of physically challenged children. Larry holds several patents in this field.

While a student, Larry was a . . .