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Dorothy Ruohonen

'85

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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Steven Burdgick

'90

Two thousand years before the Industrial Revolution, the Greek mathematician Hero came up with the idea for the steam turbine. English engineer Sir Charles Parsons built the first one in 1884, to generate electricity. And for the last twenty years, Steven Burdgick has fiddled, tweaked, and tinkered with steam turbines and their close cousins, gas turbines, ultimately revolutionizing aspects of a stogy, old technology. . . .

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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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Fred C. Mitchell

Fred C. Mitchell

'61

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 for the 7J7 airplane program in Renton, Washington before he joined the . . .

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Maurice M. Taylor

Maurice M. Taylor Jr.

'68

Maurice “Morry” M. Taylor (BSME ’68) was first employed by General Motors as a mechanical engineer in Saginaw. A few years later he joined Morweld Steel Products and, in 1972, became part owner of the American Steel Impact Corp. in Detroit. Then, in 1974, he started Maurice Taylor & Associates and was a representative for steel products manufacturers.

In 1983, Morry became President/CEO of CanAM Industries. CanAM moved its headquarters to Quincy, Illinois, in 1990 and changed its name to Titan . . .

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Paul W. Fernstrum

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 of the applications . . .

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Norman R. Pratt

Norman R. Pratt

'42

Bob Pratt joined Dow Chemical after earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1942. He enjoyed a 39-year career with Dow in various engineering capacities, retiring in 1981 as Manager of Nuclear Projects for the company. In retirement, Michigan Tech called on Pratt to coordinate a design team for the Process Simulation and Control Center (PSCC). The team includes faculty and staff, active design engineers from industry, and retired design professionals.

The PSCC consists of a complete . . .

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David Hill

David Hill

'65

David (Dave) Hill graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1965 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn a Masters in Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1970. He has served as vehicle line executive for the Chevrolet Corvette since 1995, the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird since 1997. He has also been the Corvette chief engineer since November 1992.

Dave began his General Motors career in 1965 as a senior project . . .