June 1, 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 4)
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Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend my first high school graduation since . . . well, in quite some time. Hancock had one of its 1954 alumni give the graduation address. The speaker was Margaret Hamilton, who led the MIT team that wrote the onboard flight software for NASA's Apollo missions.
Many of you, particularly those with a technology and engineering bent, would have enjoyed hearing the stories she told about the days when the space agency was making it up as it went along. The we've-never-done-that-but-so-what attitude that seemed so prevalent at the time.
She pointed out that some of the most popular subjects in science and engineering today--like software engineering and computer science--didn't exist in the late '60s, when computers became a huge part of the unmanned and manned moon launches.
I had the chance to talk with her a little bit before things started and her stories brought back memories of a defining moment for my generation. I clearly recall laying on our family room floor--I think my parents were hosting a card party--watching the grainy live video feed of Neil Armstrong making his way down the ladder of the lunar lander and becoming the first human to set foot on the moon.
For the rest of my
junior high and high school days, I was fascinated with the space program
and secretly toyed with the idea of someday working for NASA. Second-year
calculus and second-quarter physics, had other ideas.
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TO RESEARCH AWARD: Alex Kostinski, professor of physics, is the 2004
Michigan Tech Research Award recipient. A theoretical physicist, his research
has encompassed optics, astronomy, fluid mechanics, atmospheric science,
radar meteorology and polarized waves. More:
RECEIVES $3.6 MILLION: A joint program between Michigan Tech and Southern
University-Baton Rouge has received a $3.6 million grant from the National
Science Foundation. The Sustainable Futures IGERT will pair engineers
with social policy students to encourage graduate study in the area of
SKI CHAMPIONSHIP: Michigan Tech and the Copper Country Ski Tigers
will host the 2006 Nordic skiing junior national championships in March
2006. The event, known as the Junior Olympics, brings together the nation's
top youth skiers (ages 14-19) each year for competition in five different
RAFFLE BENEFITS ATHLETICS: Michigan Tech athletics' Grand Raffle is back in 2004-05 with a top prize of $10,000 in cash. A total of 20 prizes will be awarded, including a 2005 Kawasaki Bayou four- wheeler; a seven-night Caribbean cruise for two, a Brett Hull autographed Detroit Red Wings jersey and other items. Tickets can be purchased on-line at michigantechhuskies.com
TECH FUND YEAR-END
REMINDER: The end of the Michigan Tech Fund's fiscal year (June) is
rapidly approaching. If you plan to make a gift to the Michigan Tech Fund,
please consider doing so before that time. Credit card gifts can be phoned
in or made through the web site (www.mtf.mtu.edu).
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SUSPECT CHARGED WITH GUNDLACH FIRE: A 38-year-old man has been accused of setting fire to the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor and for setting the blaze that destroyed the Gundlach Construction building on the Houghton waterfront. Jeffrey Todd Abramson is being held in the Keweenaw County jail for allegedly breaking into cabins at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and starting a fire at the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor (the building suffered little damage). He was arraigned in the Houghton blaze last Thursday.
911 MOVING TO NEGAUNEE: After months of deliberation, the Houghton County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to switch 911 dispatching services from its local center in Laurium to the Michigan State Police's regional dispatch center in Negaunee Township. The local 911 center, established in January 2001, is expected to face funding shortfalls by 2007. The move will reduce costs from the current operating budget of $534,000 to under $200,000.
ALUMNUS BENEFITS FOUR STUDENTS: Four Jeffers High School seniors are the first recipients of a scholarship fund established by Michigan Tech alumnus John Opie and his wife, Ruanne. The four will receive $2,000 each to attend Michigan Tech from the Ruth Jose Scholarship Fund. The Opies set up the fund last fall in honor of John's mother and aunt (it is named for his mother), who both attended the Painesdale school. The Opies are also major benefactors to Tech, including support for the Opie Library, now under construction.
ACADEMY MAY SEE
NEW LIFE: A group established by Vietnam war veterans is putting together
a plan for a youth treatment facility at the former Keweenaw Academy site.
The academy was a youth correctional facility and is located at the site
of the old Air Force radar base on Keweenaw County's Mount Horace Greeley.
Survivors, All Inc. has done similar work in Vietnam. The facility would
serve court wards, provide residential treatment for children between
12 and 18 years old, and a residential substance abuse program for those
between 13 and 18 years old.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Eric Klammer (Eric_Klammer(at)hi-lex.com)
I spotted the billboard
on I-75 northbound just south
E-mail from Mark J. Schreiner '90 (vze3v8dt(at)verizon.net)
On a recent trip
back to Frankenmuth for Mother's Day
Please let other
subscribers on the list know that the
I just found some
photos from a picnic that we (the
E-mail from Kim Krulek (Kim.Krulek(at)colaik.com)
I have now seen two
Billboards . . . one going
E-mail from Al Robertson '54 (k8bll(at)parrett.net)
I recall packing
up to leave DHH for summer vacation
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