Alumni and Friends

The Department of Physics has over 900 graduates—in 46 states and 15 foreign nations—who have gone on to careers in telecommunications, materials, astrophysics, signal processing, theoretical research, academia, and many other fields. Our alumni have sought answers to some of our most challenging problems today, in areas including thin film studies, vibrations and rotordynamics, and green energy.

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Joseph Roti Roti

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.

He was on the faculty at the University of Utah as assistant and associate professor of radiology until 1985 when he joined Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 1987, he has served as . . .

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Walter Kauppila

Walter E. Kauppila


Professor Walter Kauppila graduated from Michigan Tech in 1964 with a BS in Physics. He attended graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, from which he received a PhD in Experimental Atomic Physics. After post-doctoral work at the University of Colorado and a visiting professorship at the University of Missouri-Rolla, he joined the physics department at Wayne State University where he has been since 1972.

Professor Kauppila is the author and co-author of more than 200 publications, . . .

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Peter Kiefer


    Upon graduation from Michigan Tech in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, I accepted a position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where I am currently an associate technical staff member. My physics degree has been exceptional preparation for the wide array of technical challenges that I have encountered in my career, including work on antenna analysis, large-scale radar simulations, information optimization, optical tracking sensors, and modernizing the nation’s instrumentation and range-safety radars. . . .

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Teboh Roland


“Michigan Tech provided me with the solid graduate foundation in physics that I needed to succeed in my chosen medical specialty. Michigan Tech professors and the very friendly and safe Houghton community provide a very conducive environment for any individual to exploit their God-given talent to the fullest. I would choose no other university if I had to do it all over again.”


Teboh Roland ’04

Radiation Oncology Physicist, Johns Hopkins University Hospital

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Werner Vogt

Werner Vogt


Werner R. Vogt, a native of Germany, was raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He earned a BS in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1966, and then studied business at the University of Michigan. His first position was with Union Carbide, and by 1971 he was promoted to Plant Manager of the Consumer Product Division in Geneva, Switzerland. While working for Union Carbide, Werner traveled worldwide to build plants for Union Carbide’s battery and . . .

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