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Jillian Rothe

'06, '06

Jillian Rothe has established a sterling career at Caterpillar in short period of time, using her mechanical engineering and business administration degrees with a minor in Spanish. She’s also given her time and talents to many worthwhile causes over the years. She is currently Caterpillar’s Energy and Transportation Marketing Support Representative for Asia Pacific based in Singapore. Within this newly created . . .

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Richard Robbins

'56, '96

Richard J. Robbins graduated from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MCM&T) in 1956 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since 1958, Dick has been a major contributor and a prominent influence in the mining and tunneling industry.

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Albert Maki

'48

Abbie Maki earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948. He spent three years in the gas turbine division of General Electric, then four years on the staff of the vice president for manufacturing at North American Aviation. In 1955, he joined AVCO, where he was the program manager for the Titan and Atlas reentry vehicle program. Under his direction, the company performed the research, development . . .

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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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John Drake

John Drake

'64, '69

Hold on Tight to Your Dreams

John Drake did that for the duration of his career - what he calls a "forty-four-year run." The ensuing success has put him and his wife, Cathi, in the position of being philanthropists.

Through their estate, they have provided for the John and Cathi Drake Endowed Professorship in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech. Drake says they are not waiting for it to take effect when they die - "which I'm hoping is a long time . . .

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John Cook

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, and Conway, South Carolina, plants. His experience has been . . .

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Craig C. Lazzari

Craig C. Lazzari

'42

Craig Lazzari graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with honors, then served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He began work in 1947 as a project and sales engineer for the Fish Engineering and Construction Corporation. He participated in the engineering and design of the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Project, the Pacific Northwest Pipeline and various projects for Humble Oil Company, Shell Oil Company, El Paso Natural Gas, and Colorado . . .

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Frank Agosti

Frank Agosti

'58

Frank Agosti joined Detroit Edison as a student engineer in 1957, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1958, and returned to the company full-time. Agosti progressed upward through a number of engineering and management posts at Edison's coal-fired power plants and was responsible for the start-up of the Monroe power plant. He later served as vice president for nuclear operations (1982-1987) during the start-up of the Fermi 2 plant.

After more than 30 years . . .