Michael Adler, '14, '14

Clouds arise out of nowhere and dissolve into nothingness, an intricate interaction of heat and cold, dampness and dust. Michael Adler aims to describe a portion of that dance in numbers, the sign language of physics. Adler is a senior majoring in both physics and applied/computational mathematics. An accomplished violinist, he is minoring in music, sings with the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, and plays with the Marquette and Keweenaw symphony orchestras. He received the 2013 Provost's Award for Scholarship, Michigan Tech's highest honor for academic excellence. For his senior research project, Adler is developing a mathematical model to describe how clouds form, in collaboration with physics professor Raymond Shaw. The model is based on Rayleigh-Bénard convection, which anyone . . .


Marilyn Clark, '73, '76

Clark first worked as a Computer Programmer with A. C. Spark Plug, now Delphi, in Flint, Michigan. After receiving her masters, Clark joined Cummins Engine Company in Jamestown, New York. She became one of the first women shop floor supervisors. At that time, Cummins was developing quality of work life systems and this philosophy matched Clark's skills.


Lisa Harrington, '85

Lisa M. Harrington graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1985 with a BS in Mathematics. Colonel Harrington entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of Michigan Technological University’s ROTC Program. Over the next 24 years of her military career, Lisa served in a wide variety of assignments at base, major command, headquarters Air Force and Combatant Command levels. Colonel Harrington commanded at the squadron and group level. In addition, she served on the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Operations Group, led the Air Education and Training Command Action Group, served as the Deputy Director of the Air Force General Officer Management Office and as the Director of Manpower and Personnel at U.S. Central Command.


Daniel Maki, '66

Dr. Maki graduated from Michigan Tech in 1966 with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences. After continuing his studies in Mathematics at the University of Michigan and earning an M.S. in 1963 and a PhD in 1966, he began a long and distinguished faculty career at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he began as Assistant Professor in the same year. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University in Helsinki, a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan and at the Claremont Graduate School. In 1979, he was promoted to Professor of Mathematics. Since 1998, he is the Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University.


Robert Matheson, '73, '73

Dr. Matheson graduated from Michigan Tech in 1973 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Mathematics. He continued his studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and earned an M.S. in Chemistry in 1975 and a PhD in Biophysics in 1978 under Professor Scheraga's guidance. His graduate studies were followed by two years as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University with Paul Flory. Dr. Matheson probably couldn't have chosen two better role models: Professor Scheraga is one of the foremost experts in the protein structure and modeling field, and Professor Flory was the leading scientist in the field of statistical thermodynamics of macromolecules who won the 1974 Nobel prize in Chemistry.


Donald Saari, '62

Donald G. Saari is Professor of Mathematics, Economics and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1962 from Michigan Tech, followed by a Master's degree in 1964 and a PhD in Mathematics in 1967, both from Purdue University.


Thomas Simonen, '60

Following graduation Tom Simonen went on to receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After appointments at Hughes Aircraft, Max Planck Institute in Munich, and Princeton University, he joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 18 years as a physicist and became program leader for magnetic fusion experiments. For the past 12 years he has been Director of the DIII-D National Fusion Program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest fusion facility with over 50 collaborating laboratories and universities. Dr. Simonen has published extensively in the field nuclear fusion energy, served on numerous national and international physics committees, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.