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Korey Kiepert

'97, '99

Korey Kiepert embodies the career advice to "do what you love." Korey earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech in 1997, and then continued on to earn his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tech in 1999. Despite unlikely odds and sage advice from engineering associates, he chose to pursue his childhood love of building roller coasters. What started as a hobby in his closet when he was a boy became Korey's . . .

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Dorothy Ruohonen


Dorothy (Daavettila) Ruohonen had a strong connection to Michigan Tech prior to her attending the University in 1982. Dorothy’s father, Donald Daavettila, was named Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus of Physics in 2000. Working as a nurse while attending Michigan Tech, Ruohonen graduated in 1985 with a degree in Mechanical Design. By 1987, Ruohonen was President and Owner of Hawk Technologies, executing everything . . .

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Elzbieta Berak

'81, '85

In 1978 Elzbieta graduated from Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering. While at Michigan Tech, she earned two degrees – a master’s in Civil Engineering in 1981 and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics in 1985. Elzbieta is the first woman in Michigan Tech’s history who has obtained a PhD in Engineering. After graduation from . . .

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Gerald Haycock

Gerald Haycock


Jerry Haycock earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1968 and started as a Development Engineer for the Detroit Diesel Division of General Motors. In 1971 he joined Ford Motor Company as an Emission Development Engineer and has held various supervisory and management positions in the powertrain area. In 1995 he was appointed the Director of Core/Advanced Powertrain Engineering in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Department of Ford.

Haycock is Ford's Corporate Relationship Sponsor for Michigan . . .

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James B. Stone

Dr. James B. Stone


Jim Stone earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with honor, from Michigan Tech in 1940 and made his career with the General Foods Corporation. He later attended the Advanced Management Training Program of the Harvard Graduate Business School. He started as a student engineer in the Post Division, Battle Creek.

In 1960, he began work in Jell-O operations and in the Post division where he rose through various positions before being elected a vice president of General Foods . . .

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Dale J. Roberto

Dale J. Roberto


Dale J. Roberto (BSME '69) is President/Owner of Smalley Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Knoxville, TN. Prior to working for Smalley, Dale worked for the Post Company in Battle Creek, MI. He was the project manager responsible for installing the Fruity Pebbles line.

Smalley Manufacturing Company Inc. was founded by the Smalley family and is a privately owned company that incorporated in 1940. It has progressed from designing and manufacturing a nut shelling machine to become one of the most . . .

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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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Jack G. Real

Jack G. Real


Jack Real began his aviation career two years after graduating from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1937. He joined Lockheed Aircraft as a design engineer in 1939, flew for Pan Am during World War II, then worked as a test pilot and flight test engineer for Lockheed until 1965, when he became vice president and general manager of the Lockheed Rotary Wing Division. He became Howard Hughes chief aviation advisor and left . . .