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Christine Roberts

'91

Christine Roberts is a senior executive and technology leader in the telecommunications industry. Currently she is the Senior Director of Asia Product Operations for Motorola Inc, a Fortune 100 company. As Senior Director, she manages a complex global team that is responsible for launching over 100 different models of mobile phones per year into the Asia Pacific region.

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Charles 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 . . .

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Paul Rogers

'88, '04

Developing and transitioning game-changing ground system capabilities for the United States Army and Department of Defense remains the mission of the engineering and technology experts at the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Paul Rogers ('04) leads a team of nearly 1,700 engineers, scientists, researchers, and support staff to ensure our soldiers and Marines are equipped . . .

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Gary L. Lawrey

Gary L. Lawrey

'79

Gary Lawrey earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1979. He continued his education at the University of Detroit towards an M.S. degree in Engineering Management in 1986. Gary began his career in the automotive industry with Ford Motor Company in 1979 as a Process Engineer. He advanced to Plant Manager in 1996 at Ford's Berlin Plant in Berlin, Germany.

Upon his return to the United States he took a position with Visteon as an . . .

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William A. Turunen

William A. Turunen

'39

Bill Turunen joined General Motors in 1939, after graduating from Michigan Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After four years with the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-46 and earning a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 1946, he spent his career in various capacities at the GM research laboratories before retiring in 1979. Beginning as a research engineer, he was promoted to head the mechanical engineering department in 1948, became head of the . . .

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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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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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Vijay K. Sazawal

Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal

'75

After completing his doctoral degree in structural mechanics at Michigan Tech, Vijay K. Sazawal (PhD ’75) joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Advanced Reactors Division as part of the design and technology team working on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project. His tenure at Westinghouse lasted twenty years during which time he rose through successive management positions with responsibility for fast reactors, advanced terrestrial and space reactors, nuclear defense programs, and US government programs to promote safety upgrades . . .