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.
Walter E. Kauppila'64
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
Steven L. Tomsovic'80
Steven L. Tomsovic graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1980 with a BS in Physics. He continued his education at the University of Rochester and in 1987 received his PhD in theoretical physics. That was followed by two years near Paris, France at the Institute for Nuclear Physics with a Joliot-Curie Fellowship. There, he became fluent in French and began a lifelong association with what has become the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and Statistical
Dr. Debasis Datta'94
Debasis Datta graduated with a PhD in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1994. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he received his master’s in physics from Indian Institute of Technology. His research work at Tech resulted in ten publications in American Physical Review. Following the completion of his postdoctoral work, he started his career in Information Technology in 1996 as a software engineer in the IT services industry.
During his 16 year IT career, Debasis
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
“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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