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Martin Lagina

'77

Marty Lagina graduated with honor in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While a student at Michigan Tech he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma. He continued his education in the field of law and received his Juris Doctorate, with honor, from the University of Michigan in 1982. Marty began his career working as a petroleum engineer for Amoco Production Company. In 1979, while attending . . .

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Camiel Thorrez

'70

Camiel Thorrez graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. In 1970 he served a one year, apprenticeship in Tool Engineering, in 1972 became General Manager of C. Thorrez Industries-Concord, and in 1988 he became President of C. Thorrez Industries-Jackson. He received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1975 and was a member of the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. He . . .

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Ray Herner

'53, '54

While at Tech, Ray H. Herner received a Teaching Fellowship for Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he lived and worked in Alpena, Michigan, for twenty-two years. Ray’s career included working at Abitibi, a wood product plant, where he held the position of mechanical superintendent, at Petch Manufacturing Co., and as general manager at King Valve Co. He also taught evening courses for eight years at Alpena . . .

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James C. Gerdeen

Dr. James C. 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, Association of Free Lutheran Seminary, Medicine Lake, . . .

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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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Colleen L. Jones-Cervantes

Colleen L. Jones-Cervantes

'83

Colleen L. Jones-Cervantes earned her BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1983.  After graduation Colleen started working at Chevron and has spent her career there in positions of increasing responsibility. She was often the only woman in these positions. Her first position with Chevron was in San Francisco as a project engineer in their retail marketing department. While there she would return to Michigan Tech to do recruiting. She spent time at a . . .

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Richard Henes

Richard Henes

'48

Richard Henes fashioned considerable success from diligence and opportunity.

A native of Menominee, Henes earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948, followed by a law degree from the University of Michigan. In 1958, after working as an engineer and lawyer, he moved to Arizona and established what was to become the Henes Manufacturing Company, Henes Products and Henes Stamping. He also became a successful real estate investor in Phoenix.

He parlayed his Michigan Tech education . . .

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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 . . .