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Kimberly Turner


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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Paula Zenner

'87, '93

Paula earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and worked in industry immediately following graduation. She returned to Michigan Tech to earn a master’s degree in operations Management, which was received in 1993. She began work at Michigan Tech in the Mechanical Engineering Department as an academic advisor in 1991 and has advanced to her current position as Director of Operations and . . .

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Fred Mitchell


Fred Mitchell earned a bachelor of science degree from Michigan Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 1961. During his 31 - year career with Boeing, Fred Mitchell has held numerous positions within the company. He has worked in the Renton Division Program Management Office, the Air Freight Systems Group, New Product Development, Payloads Engineering, and Project Engineering and Tooling. He was manager of payloads engineering . . .

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Richard Henes

Richard Henes


Richard Henes fashioned considerable success from diligence and opportunity.

A native of Menominee, Henes earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948, followed by a law degree from the University of Michigan. In 1958, after working as an engineer and lawyer, he moved to Arizona and established what was to become the Henes Manufacturing Company, Henes Products and Henes Stamping. He also became a successful real estate investor in Phoenix.

He parlayed his Michigan Tech education . . .

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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 . . .

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Albert J. Maki

Albert J. Maki


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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Raymond Kauppila

Raymond Kauppila


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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Daniel R. Kapp

Daniel R. Kapp


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 . . .