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Colleen Jones-Cervantes

'83

Colleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1983. After graduation, Colleen joined Chevron Corporation as a Project Engineer.  She has been challenged for twenty-eight years by progressing through a variety of assignments in Chevron’s Marketing business, product supply operations, asset management, lubricants and retail functions.  Her varied assignments have . . .

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Susan Jesse

'81

Susan received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1981. After graduation she accepted a position with General Motors Corporation. In 1982, Susan left GM and went to work for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. She stayed with TI from 1982 to 1988 and during this time worked as Deputy Program Manager, Lead Mechanical Engineer, and Mechanical Design Engineer for various Fire Control . . .

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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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Donald G. Wheatley

Donald G. Wheatley

'62, '63

Donald G. Wheatley earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1962 and his MS in Engineering Mechanics in 1963.  He later earned an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1975.  Don’s parents did not encourage him to go to college but with no job opportunities in Sault Ste. Mare in 1958, he rebelled and came to Michigan Tech. 

After graduation from Michigan Tech, Don went to work for General Motors in 1963. He . . .

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Camiel E. Thorrez

Camiel E. Thorrez

'70

Camiel Thorrez graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. In 1970 he served a one year, apprenticeship in Tool Engineering, in 1972 became General Manager of C. Thorrez Industries-Concord, and in 1988 he became President of C. Thorrez Industries-Jackson.

He received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1975 and was a member of the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. He continues his interest in technical education issues through his professional and community . . .

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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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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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Ray H. Herner

Ray H. Herner

'54

Ray H. Herner earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1953 and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in1954.  Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, Ray attended Lake Superior State University (“Soo Tech”) for two years.  At Tech, Ray received a Teaching Fellowship for Mechanical Engineering.  After graduation he lived and worked in Alpena for 22 years.  His career included working at Abitibi, a wood product plant, where he held the . . .