Keith Apelgren, '70

Dr. Apelgren graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. degree in Biology in 1970. He went on to Medical School at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1974 followed by a one year rotating internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.


Nancy Auer, '97

Nancy earned a PhD in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech in 1995. She completed a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Minnesota in 1973 and a master’s in Natural Resource Ecology from the University of Michigan in 1997. Nancy’s career began in 1978 when she was employed as a zooplankton/fishery biologist at the University of Michigan Great Lakes Research Laboratories. From 1978-1981 she progressed from being a laboratory technician to supervising a field and laboratory team for a study of the ecological effects of two power plants located on Lake Michigan. She also edited and co-authored a large volume on the Identification of Larval Fishes of the Great Lakes published in 1982 by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. In 1984 she joined Michigan Tech as a part-time . . .


Mary Barker, '83, '91

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 1983, a second bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991, and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. Following her “First” graduation, Mary worked as a high school math teacher in Stephenson, MI and then as a computer science teacher at Menominee High School. After returning to Tech and receiving her next two degrees, Mary accepted a position as Mechanical Engineering II with Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Infant Care Division in Ogden, Utah. While at Kimberly-Clark, Mary was co-inventor for two patents. In 2000, she went to work for OakRiver Technology in Oakdale, Minnesota, which focuses on providing engineering and contract manufacturing solution for medical devices and . . .


Jim Brodeur, '68

Jim Brodeur, a retired physician and long-time financial supporter of Michigan Tech, figures he’s got twenty-seven good reasons to help the institution. That’s the number of people in his family who have attended Tech over five generations, beginning with one of his grandfathers in 1897.


Gary Fahnenstiel, '80

Gary Fahnenstiel was born in Saginaw, Michigan and has lived in the state his entire life. Gary earned his BS in Biology and Chemistry at Eastern Michigan University in 1978, but his vocation started at Michigan Technological University, where he had the chance to engage in research on Lake Superior as a MS student in Biological Sciences (’80). He pursued a doctorate at the University of Michigan (’86) and worked as a research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Richard Faleschini, '70, '72

Richard Faleschini is Vice President and General Manager for American Medical Systems Gynecology (AMSG), a newly formed business unit of American Medical Systems. Rick joined American Medical Systems in November, 1999, as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and served in that position until he assumed his current role in 2003.


Michael Fleming, '70

Dr. Fleming graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences in 1970. Graduate work at the Medical School of Wayne State (M.D. in 1974), at the Medical College of Wisconsin (M.D. in Family Medicine in 1977), and as Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina (M.P.H. in Epidemiology, 1986) prepared him for a distinguished career in the field of Family Medicine. He is currently Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.


Frederick Guenther, '75

Dr. Guenther received his B.S. in Biology from Michigan Tech in 1975. He went to medical school at Wayne State University (M.D., 1979). From 1979 to 1983 he spent his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.


Jeffrey Haskins, '86, '86

Dr. Haskins received dual BS degrees in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from Michigan Technological University in 1986. He earned a MS in Toxicology from the University of Michigan in 1988, and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences in 1998.


Randall Isaacson, '88, '86

Randall E. Isaacson graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1986 with a BS in Biological Sciences and an MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communication in 1988. His master's thesis studied language patterns in small group communication during simulated scientific problem solving.


Jeffrey Jentzen, '75

A resident of Ypsilanti, Michigan and graduate of Ypsilanti High School, Dr. Jentzen is a 1975 graduate of Michigan Technological University. He received a B.S. degree in biological sciences. While at Tech he also played varsity football and competed in wrestling. He was the 1971 Outstanding Freshman Athlete.


Barbara Jones, '92

Barbara Jones is a dog's best friend. And a cat's, too. She's a pushover for strays. She is their advocate and protector. They give her purpose as she strives for their good treatment, and she wants to extend that standard around the world.


Mary Janet Kachmarsky Knapp, '72

Dr. MJ Kachmarsky Knapp graduated from Michigan Technological University in three years in 1972 with a BS in Biology and Pre-Med. She furthered her medical education at Georgetown University and Wayne State University, earning her master’s in physiology and pharmacology, summa cum laude. Her research in blood coagulation under professor Dr. Walter Seegers included studies of Antithrombin III, Thrombin and Heparin. MJ graduated from Michigan State University’s medical school in 1977. She also conducted independent research in community medicine with a graduate assistantship and was lead project medical school tutor in physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. During her medical residency, she served as volunteer physician at the Common Ground Crisis Center, Birmingham, . . .


Olive Kimball, '52, '00

Olive Cornish Kimball, a native of Calumet, graduated with a bachelor's degree in general science (medical technology) in 1952. She also earned both a master’s degree in science education and a PhD in educational psychology from Northern Illinois University. In addition, she has studied at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University.


Carol Kolinsky, '74

Dr. Carol A. Kolinsky graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1974 with a BS in Medical Technology. Carol was employed for six years as a medical technologist before returning to school to earn her medical degree from Michigan State University, graduating in 1984. She completed a one-year rotating internship at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI and completed two years of family practice in Tiptonville, TN.


Christine Manninen, '90

Christine graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences in 1990. Growing up in the Keweenaw, Christine has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors and protecting our natural environment. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career that combined her love of both science and writing. After two years as a staff writer at the Consumers Energy headquarters in Jackson, Michigan, she went on to earn a master's degree in Environmental Journalism from Michigan State University. In 1995 she found her dream job in Ann Arbor at the Great Lakes Commission, an interstate compact agency formed in the 1950s to enable the states and provinces to reach consensus on Great Lakes priorities and speak with a unified voice. Christine worked her way up from Editor of the Great Lakes . . .


Robert Martin, '76

Dr. Robert Martin joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC in 1999 as Director, Division of Laboratory Systems, PHPPO. His responsibility is to assure quality laboratory testing in the United States and to provide leadership in the development of laboratory systems and quality assurance programs in developing countries. Dr. Martin was formerly with the Michigan Department of Community Health since 1973 where he was the Laboratory Director since 1991.


Mark Mitchell, '77

He has been involved with the Alumni Association for eight years, and as he strives to strengthen ties between alumni and their alma mater, he looks forward to working with the people whom he has come to admire. "I have a great amount of respect for them," he says, speaking about University alumni, administrative staff, and faculty.


Peri Ozker, '77, '74

Peri Ozker received a B.S. degree in Biology in 1974, followed by a M.S. degree in 1977. After leaving Michigan Tech she first supervised a clinical microbiology laboratory and then returned to graduate school in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan to receive a second master's degree in Epidemiology in 1983. She relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts where she began a distinguished career in the biotechnology industry.


Dawn Plitzuweit, '95

She is the first person to be honored by the Molten/Women's Division II Bulletin as both an All-America Player (1995) and Coach of the Year (2006). As well, she has been named Coach of the Year in the conference, the state, and the nation. Plitzuweit has been an assistant coach for Tech, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


Sanna Roling, '67

Why did you choose Michigan Tech? With an ABA in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and one year of Veterinary Medical School (I flunked out) behind me, I chose Michigan Tech because of the science and technology programs, cost, and location as I knew how my Junior College credits would transfer. (Also I followed a young man whom I liked very much.) Tell us about a memorable experience you had with a class or about a favorite professor? Being a transfer student, I had to speak with the Biology Department Chair, Dr. Spain, to get my credits transferred. Our visit went well and most of the credits I had transferred well. Later he would employ me as a Lab Assistant teaching Freshman Biology Lab. My Ecology professor challenged us to think out of the box, taking us out to a roadside micro ecology environment . . .


Joseph Roti Roti, '72, '65

Dr. Joseph Roti Roti graduated from Michigan Tech in 1965 with a BS in Physics. He continued his studies at the University of Rochester and earned a PhD in Biophysics in 1972, followed by a postdoctoral year at the University of Florida in biochemistry.


David Rowe, '84, '91

Rowe was born and raised in Calumet. His father, the late Ken Rowe, was a physician, and he started out following his father's footsteps but soon realized "that wasn't where my heart was." Rather, he was fascinated with the world of finance, the stock market, and entrepreneurial endeavors, including two of his own: a log home construction business and a sailboard business.


Marvin Shepherd, '69

Dr. Shepherd earned his B.S. in Biology in 1969 from Michigan Tech followed by a B.S. in Pharmacy from Ferris State University in 1975, a M.S. from the University of Rhode Island in 1978, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1980.


Susan Skochelak, '75, '77

Susan graduated from Michigan Tech in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. In 1977 she received a master’s degree in Biological Sciences (also from Tech) and then attended and completed medical school at the University of Michigan in 1981. Upon receiving her medical degree she trained in family and preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While there she completed a fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and obtained an MPH in epidemiology. In 1986 she joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and remained there until 2009. During that time she served as the senior associate dean for academic affairs and was a tenured professor of family medicine. From 2009 to the present, . . .


Susan Skochelak, '77

Dr. Skochelak graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. degree in Medical Technology in 1975 and a M.S. degree in Biology in 1977. Graduate work at the Medical School of the University of Michigan (M.D., 1981) and as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina (M.P.H., 1986) prepared her for a very distinguished career in the field of primary care medical programs. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Her many honors include the 1997 Patient Care Magazine Award for Innovative Family Medicine Education. From 1997 Induction to the College of Sciences and Arts Academy


Matthew Songer, '79

Dr. Matthew N. Songer has distinguished himself as both an orthopedic spine surgeon and an entrepreneur. Songer earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Michigan Tech in 1979; a doctor of medicine from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1983, where he also completed his orthopedic residency in 1988; and a spinal surgery fellowship at Northwestern University in 1989.


Eva Szyszkoski, '06

When she graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Eva Szyszkoski had never seen a whooping crane. Now, as tracking field manager for the International Crane Foundation (ICF), she migrates with the big white birds each year from southern Wisconsin to Florida and back to Wisconsin, monitoring and tracking the Eastern Migratory Population on its semi-annual trek.


James Voogt, '66

Dr. James Voogt received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech in 1966. He earned a Master's degree in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1970 from Michigan State in Physiology.