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Nancy Vandermey

'89

Nancy Vandermey is a rocket scientist, volunteer zookeeper and amateur photographer. Vandermey joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, in 1996 and is presently Science Planning Systems Engineer for the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.

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John Grisdale

'71

John Grisdale was a three-year letterwinner for the Michigan Tech hockey team from 1968 to 71. He was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. As a defenseman, Grisdale played 94 career games tallying 52 points on 11 goals and 41 assists. During his senior campaign, he gained All-WCHA recognition and was also honored with the Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award as the team's outstanding defenseman. After . . .

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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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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 . . .

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Eric A. Nielsen

Eric A. Nielsen

'80

Eric A. Nielsen earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 at Michigan Tech and went on to earn an MBA-Finance & International Business, at the University of Chicago in 1988. After graduating from Michigan Tech he started as a consulting engineer with Hazard Engineering in Morton Grove, IL. From 1983 to 1994 he held engineering and management positions at Omron Electronics in Illinois, Conveyor Equipment Division in Mississippi and FMC Corporation in Pennsylvania. In . . .

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Paul Swift

Paul Swift

'33

Paul Swift earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1933 and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business & Engineering. After nine years of working as a corporate industrial engineer for Carnegie Steel and F.V. Gardner, he returned home to Houghton to join the family hardware business. He worked as a partner in the I.E. Swift Company, with his father and uncle, and then became sole owner in 1968.

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K. Peter Knudsen

K. Peter Knudsen

'64

Pete Knudson earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1964 and began his career with the Budd Company as a management trainee. He would spend the next 19 years with the company, including stints as executive vice president and general manager of Auto Manufacturas and as president and general manager of Budd's Canadian subsidiary.

He became group vice president of automotive products for Budd in 1974 and president of the wheel and brake division in . . .

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Ralph Hayden

Ralph Hayden

'33

Ralph Hayden graduated in 1933 with a BS in mechanical engineering, with honor. Following graduation he was first employed by the Carrier Corporation, which he later left to join the Foxboro Company, a manufacturer of industrial instruments for processing industries, in 1937. He was elected vice president in 1962, became a member of the board of directors in 1964, and president and chief executive officer in 1968. He was named chairman of the board in 1970. . . .