Women of Mechanical Engineering

Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA)

ME-EM Members

The PCA recognizes successful Michigan Tech women graduates for their educational excellence, past student service, professional accomplishments, and community contri- butions.

Featured Alumnae

Dorothy Ruohonen

Dorothy Ruohonen (Daavettila)


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 from mechanical design to detail drawings. Ruohonen built her company from the ground up. At the time, . . .