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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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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, . . .

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Raymond Trewhella

'56

Raymond M. Trewhella (BSME ’56) began his career with Cliff Naturals (Cleveland Cliffs) in 1956 where he was responsible for mechanical and electrical maintenance for forty skilled associates and the startup of the first pelletizing iron ore plant in Michigan. He left in 1960 to assume the position of senior engineer with General Electric Company in Irmo, South Carolina. While at GE, he received the General Electric . . .

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Paul W. Fernstrum

'65

Paul W. Fernstrum, a mechanical engineering alumnus, is chairman and past president of Menominee-based RW Fernstrum & Co., a third-generation family-owned company that invented—and continues to manufacture and market—the Gridcooler keel cooler, a marine engine heat exchanger, which was developed during World War II for landing craft.

Paul began his career at RW Fernstrum as a draftsman. In 1975 he designed the first of a series of engineering programs for the Gridcooler. Today, some

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Tom B. Moore

Tom B. Moore

'66

Tom B. Moore earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1966.  After graduation he went to work for Standard Oil of CA, now Chevron, as a plant engineer in Richmond, CA. For two years he worked on major plant expansions. Then he and a fraternity brother took off a year and traveled 21 countries. He returned to Denver to work for Behrent Engineering for one year and then

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Richard Bayer

Richard Bayer

'44

Dick Bayer earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honor from Michigan Tech in 1944. Three years later, he joined the Michigan Tech faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. During succeeding years he was promoted to associate professor and full professor. He retired in 1983, after 37 years of service.

In addition to his career at Michigan Tech, he also served as an officer in the U.S. Army combat engineering battalion

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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

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Harold Wiens

Harold Wiens

'68

Harold Wiens graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1968 and started work at the 3M Company, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Wiens took on managerial responsibilities in 1980, which included six years with 3M Europe and three years as head of 3M's largest international company in Japan. As 3M Company's executive vice president of industrial markets, Wiens led many of 3M's strongest and most innovative businesses.