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James Reum

'53

James L. Reum graduated from Michigan Tech in 1953 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and later earned an MBA from Xavier University in 1965 and his P.E. license from the State of Ohio in 1959. Jim started his career at General Electric (GE) in 1957 after serving in the United States Army Aviation Division as a company commander and as a pilot in Korea. He began as a process engineer at GE and later held various management . . .

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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) . . .

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Thomas McKie

'47

Tom McKie began his mechanical engineering education in 1941, enlisted in the Navy Air Corps in World War II, and returned to Michigan Tech after completing his military service in 1945 to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation in 1947 he joined the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company. In 1953 he joined Beloit Corporation in their engineering division and enjoyed a thirty-three . . .

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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 in France and the Pacific during World War II. . . .

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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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Kamlakar Rajurkar

Kamlakar Rajurkar

'81, '78

K.P Rajurkar received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1981, both from Michigan Tech. He received his BS degree with honors from Jabalpur University, India, in 1966. Dr. Rajurkar is Mohr Professor of Engineering at the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the Director of the Nontraditional Manufacturing Research Center, Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department, and Chairman of the . . .

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James Sorenson

James Sorenson

'61, '60

Jim Sorenson earned a B.S. with honor in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics in 1961, both from Michigan Tech. Following graduation, he joined the staff of Battelle Memorial Institute as a research engineer and spent his career with the organization. After six years with the organization he was promoted to engineering management.

Sorenson held the titles of Section Manager, Manager of the Structures and Mechanics Department, and Manager of the Engineering and . . .

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John Drake

John Drake

'64, '69

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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 . . .