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Nancy Vandermey


Nancy Vandermey is a rocket scientist, volunteer zookeeper and amateur photographer. Vandermey joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, in 1996 and is presently Science Planning Systems Engineer for the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.

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Brandon Dilworth


Aboard a spacecraft orbiting the moon is a little bit of Brandon Dilworth. His body is comfortably here on Earth. But for the last several years, Dilworth has poured all his professional skill and passion into a game-changing scientific project that is now hitching a ride on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer. Launched by NASA Sept. 6. LADEE (dubbed “laddie”) left its Earth orbit Oct. 2 and . . .

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Gary Lawrey


Gary Lawrey earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1979. He continued his education at the University of Detroit towards an M.S. degree in Engineering Management in 1986. Gary began his career in the automotive industry with Ford Motor Company in 1979 as a Process Engineer. He advanced to Plant Manager in 1996 at Ford's Berlin Plant in Berlin, Germany. Upon his return to the United States . . .

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Maurice M. Taylor

Maurice M. Taylor Jr.


Maurice “Morry” Taylor earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1968.  Morry attended Northwestern College for two years prior to completing his degree at Michigan Tech.  While at Michigan Tech, Morry opened the first self-service car wash in the area.  He was first employed by General Motors as a mechanical engineer in Saginaw.  In 1970, he left for Morweld Steel Products, and in 1972 became part owner of the American Steel Impact . . .

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Joseph A. Gemignani

Joseph A. Gemignani


Joseph A. Gemignani earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1953. After graduation he served two years in the United States Air Force. He then continued his education at the University of Michigan Law School where he received his J.D. Law in 1958.

He began his career in patent law with McGraw Edison Company in Milwaukee. In 1961 he joined Michael Best & Friedrich, one of the oldest and largest business law firms in the . . .

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Theodore R. Edwards

Theodore R. Edwards


Ted Edwards earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech with honor in 1950. Prior to attending Tech he was a corporal in the U.S. Army, stationed in Europe, during World War II.

He began his career in the pulp and paper industry with Marathon Corporation as a Management Trainee. In 1957, Marathon was acquired by American Can Company and Ted assumed various positions in management for the company. In 1980, he became Vice President of . . .

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Thomas G. McKie

Thomas G. McKie


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 year career with the company. Tom held many positions at . . .

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Albert J. Maki

Albert J. Maki


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 and manufacturing of the Apollo heat shield. From 1973 . . .