December 18, 2012
Vol. 19, No.8
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500 New Alumni

Jacob Henke
Jacob Henke: from Alaska to Tech to Minneapolis, via mechanical engineering and the Pep Band.

We celebrated another new batch of alumni Saturday at the Midyear Commencement.

On a warmer-than-normal day, nearly 500 graduates were honored, and we caught up with a few before the event.

Jacob Henke (left), from Denali Park, Alaska, had secured a technical support job with L&S Electric in Minneapolis. The ME grad was anxious to move on to the next chapter in his life. He was also representing the Pep Band.

I recognized Elizabeth LaRouche from her acting days in visual and performing arts productions. The theater and entertainment technology major from Gaylord was going to do a little teaching at Tech before heading out to graduate school. She didn't know where, yet.

We sent another grad to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas. EE major Evan Laske from Troy, Michigan, will be starting there soon. He'll be working on humanoid robotics.

A pair of Sig Taus, Phil Potter and Chris Catterson, were wearing their colors proudly. Phil, an ME, was moving on to a position with Chrysler in Detroit, and Chris, a Chem Engg, was going to the Twin Cities to begin his career with Flint Hills Resources, a refining, chemicals, and biofuel company. Phil hails from the Detroit area; Chris from northern Illinois.

Another Alaskan, Matt Coburn from Chugiak, was a third generation civil engineer, who had just been called back for a second interview in Anchorage with Loundsbury and Associates. He was also talking to Railwork Tracks System, whom he interned with in Arizona this summer.

Finally, a couple of exercise science majors were waiting to hear from graduate schools. Lindsey Licht (occupational therapy), from Midland, Michigan; and Santana Hill (physical therapy) from Norway, Michigan, were promising to stay in touch with each other.

Moving over to the Wood Gym, the 2012 Midyear class was anxious to get their diplomas. In a new twist this year, we had a student speaker. Justin Jones, a communication, culture, and media major, captured the crowd when he took of his mortarboard and doffed a Stormy Kromer hat.

He talked about the lessons you learn outside the classroom: having three hours to start that ten-page paper that's due, turning twenty-one years old, and the 2 a.m. rude awakening when the furnace in your old rental house stops working.

He said Tech planted a seed of knowledge that grew into a desire to be the best. That being smart wasn't enough, that he would follow a hunch, in his case documentary film making. And his combined art, philosophy, and science background would serve him well as he goes on to create the future. Justin did a great job, and he's featured in this Commencement news story on our local television station.

From what we witnessed Saturday, I'd say the future's in good hands.

Dennis '92

Snowfall Totals (It rained Saturday and Sunday. That's just wrong.)

Season to date: 30.75 inches
On the ground: 9 inches

One year ago total: 36 inches
On the ground: 4 inches

Don't forget our snowfall contest!

At Tech

Student-designed Hand-Cycles Unveiled at Army-Navy Game

hand cycle
Michigan Tech engineering students —supported by General Motors’ Chevrolet—designed and built two prototypes of hand-cranked three-wheel cycles for wounded veterans to ride in endurance races. So what better place to unveil their handiwork than the nationally televised Army-Navy football game. More

Former NSF Director Speaks at Midyear Commencement

Bement
Arden Bement Jr., a leader in government, business and academia, was the featured speaker at Michigan Tech's Midyear Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 15. At commencement, the University honored the achievements of nearly 500 graduates, including 348 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 110 master’s degree recipients and 24 PhD graduates. More

Board of Control Approves 2013-14 Room, Board, Rental Rates

Board members
At its regular meeting on Dec. 14, 2012, the Michigan Tech Board of Control approved room and board and apartment rental rates for the 2013-2014 academic year. Room and board rates for a standard double occupancy room with the gold (median) meal plan for rooms in Douglass Houghton, McNair, and Wadsworth Halls will increase $310 or $10 per week for the 2013-2014 academic year. More

Enterprise Students Help 3M Build a Better Taillight

taillight
Most of us take pride in being able to see the fruits of our labor, basking in a job well done. Brett Spigarelli can bask in the red glow of a taillight going into production for the 2013 model year of several cars. A PhD candidate in chemical engineering at Michigan Tech, he serves as an advisor to the Consumer Product Manufacturing (CPM) Enterprise, and previously, as a student, he worked on a project with 3M to test how one of their new materials handled the process of thermoforming, leading to the redesigned taillight on several 2013 model-year cars. More

Alumni Around the World

New Memories Website

Memories Website
The Memories website has a new look and functionality which makes it even easier for Alumni and friends to share their Michigan Tech memories and upload photos as well.

The site, originally launched in 2010 for Michigan Tech’s 125th celebration, contains stories about campus life and adventures in the Keweenaw from the 30’s right up to today! You can search for stories either by topic or decade and read what others have posted.

Take a moment to share your memories at http://www.mtu.edu/memories.

Alumni in Madison


On Saturday, December 8, 90 alumni and friends gathered at the Essen Haus in Madison, Wisconsin, for a pre-hockey game feast and and team update from Coach Mel Pearson. The group then cheered the hockey Huskies on to tie the UW-Madison Badgers.

The photo is clickable.

Don't Forget the Annual Fund

Annual Fund
As we approach the end of the 2012 calendar year, we want to take a moment to remind our alumni and friends that there is still time to make an annual contribution in support of Michigan Tech – and receive a 2012 tax deduction on your federal tax return (if you itemize.)

You can phone the Michigan Tech Fund at 906-487-2310 or toll-free at 877-386-3688 to make your gift with a credit card. You also have the option of making a credit card gift via Michigan Tech’s secure online gift page by going to www.mtu.edu/giving/. These online gifts can be made up until 11:55 (EST) on December 31 to ensure a 2012 contribution.

The Michigan Tech Fund offices will be closed on December 24 and 25, but will reopen for business on the 26th, 27th , and 28th from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm each day. In addition, on Monday, December 31 the offices will be staffed on a limited basis from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST).

 

Copper Country Snowfall Contest is Back!

Hubbell St.
Looking down Hubbell Street toward the ROTC building.

If you accurately predict the total amount of snow to fall in the Keweenaw this winter you could win a a stay in a campus guest room (located in the Memorial Union Building & Wadsworth Hall) and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit.

According to the Keweenaw Research Center, a total of 132 inches of snow fell during the 2011-12 season last winter. There were 944 entries in the Second Annual Snowfall contest ranging from 73.8 to 400 inches. Scott Yager, a 2010 Electrical Engineering Tech alumnus earned the grand prize with his prediction of 131.5 inches.

Brian Baldwin, a 1989 Computer Science alumnus, was chosen from all entries to also win a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit as the Consolation Prize.

Check out the Snow Memories posted by alumni and friends: www.mtu.edu/memories/snow/

Enter your snowfall prediction for this winter at http://mtu.edu/snowfall/

48th GLI @ the Joe

hockey
The 48th Annual Great Lakes Invitational will be held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Saturday–Sunday, December 29–30.

Since its founding by Michigan Tech in 1965, the Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament has brought thousands of Michigan Tech Alumni, Husky fans,and friends together for one of the greatest traditions in college hockey.

The Detroit Chapter invites you to join fellow alumni and friends for the annual pregame party downstairs at the Joe in the Garden Room (outside Olympia Club). Get your Doghouse pickled eggs and raffle tickets for an autographed Husky or Red Wing jersey!

Saturday, December 29th
3:30 p.m. Michigan State University vs. Western Michigan University
7:00 p.m. University of Michigan vs. Michigan Tech

Sunday, December 30th
3:30 p.m. 3rd place game
7:00 p.m. Championship game

Alumni Poll!

 

Study Spot Poll Results

Your favorite spot to study

Library,third floor: 22%
Residence hall room: 17%
Memorial Union food area: 13%
Library, other: 12%
Apartment or house: 12%
Memorial Union, other: 5%
ROTC Building: 4%
Residence hall lobby: 2%
Dow atrium: 2%
During class: 2%
Other computer lab: 1%
Fish Bowl: 1%
Other 11%

Some of your "Others": Carnegie library, ROTC Building (see above), Seaman Museum fifth floor EERC, Weed room, Chem Sci computer labs, study!?, Chemical engineering student lounge, MEEM grad lab, Lode office, downstairs in Wads, Materials underground lab, Dodgeville Trailer Park, Downtowner Lounge, Wadsworth Pits, DHH cafe/kitchen office, Fraternity house, Library typing room 2nd floor, Empty classroom in the MEEM, HDMZ, Marie's Deli, Library Bar.

Fill in the Blanks

deer

 

Graduate student Bill Bauer was adopted by some young deer and used the opportunity to study deer-feeding habits.

We'd love to hear how the deer made out in the winter of 1975.

Email me.

 

Computer Gaming Lab

Rekhi lab

Did you get your computer-game creation start in Rekhi 214 in 2005? Still in the computer industry?

Email me.

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Tech Sports

Huskies Fall to UND 4-1 in Series Finale

hockey
No. 8 North Dakota earned a 4-1 victory over Michigan Tech tonight by building an early lead and holding on. The game started with a flurry as each team put a goal on the board in the first two minutes. UND scored the eventual game winner at the 6:47 mark of the first before adding two more in the second. More

Romback Scores 21 in Tech Win at Tiffin

men's basketball
Sophomore Phil Romback scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Michigan Tech men's basketball team to a 75-55 GLIAC win at Tiffin Saturday. The win was the 850th for the basketball program. "Tiffin is a pretty athletic club, but we were pretty solid. We controlled them with our defense," said head coach Kevin Luke. "Phil stepped up today with his three-point shooting. He did a nice job." More

Tech Scores 70 in Tiffin Victory

women's basketball
Michigan Tech junior Paige Albi grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, including four offensive, in a 70-53 league win at Tiffin Saturday. "I thought defensively we had a great game. Offensively we came out strong," said head coach Kim Cameron. "We had a few goals coming to Ohio, and we met them. This week means a lot to us coming away with two road wins." More

Around the Keweenaw

Daily Mining Gazette | WLUC TV-6 | Marquette Mining Journal

From the Email Bag

Thanksgiving Storms

Carsicle
Dennis,
I too recall the Thanksgiving storm of 1985. But on that occasion we were delivering our daughter Jayne to classes. We left early for home in Lansing when the storm was forecast and started setting in. By the time we reached Baraga, we also experienced the fury of Lake Superior sending waves over US 41 at the end of Keweenaw Bay. Even big pieces of timber were washed up on the road. When we reached the Mackinac Bridge, traffic was really slow, and my defroster and wipers couldn't keep up with the falling and freezing snow on the windshield. Not fun then, but "fond" memories now.

Ted Reuschel, 1964

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TV6 Weatherman Karl Bohnak's write-up on the storm, from his book, So Cold a Sky.

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Hi Dennis,
I remember several epic Thanksgiving break trips in 1977 and '78, from Tech to New Jersey. I posted notices on the ride board in the union, a very efficient system. The first time was 3 of us in an old Toyota with no heat. We followed a massive blizzard most of the way to the East coast, driving 30 mph and squinting at the tail lights in front of us so we knew where the road was. It took 2 days driving nonstop and by the time I got home I was so buzzed on caffeine tablets that I was hallucinating. The next year it was a broken fan belt late at night, during a heavy snow storm. The engine overheated, and since the alternator wasn't charging the battery the headlights and windshield wipers stopped working. We limped to the first exit and spent a miserable night trying to sleep on the floor in the foyer of a DNR field station in Roscommon MI. The next morning the ranger drove us into town for a new fan belt, we replaced it in the parking lot and went on our way. After that I started spending Thanksgiving breaks with room mate Bill Huss, who didn't live so far away.

Bob Wright '82

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Hi Dennis:
I enjoyed the note by Lou Best '70 about the 1966 Thanksgiving snowstorm. I went through that too, as a freshman returning to Tech on that Sunday after my first trip back home. Five of us left Detroit at 12:00 noon in some sort of 1957 vehicle, headed north towards the bridge, and by 3:00 knew we were in trouble. State Police at the bridge strongly advised us not to cross the bridge, but our driver insisted and plowed across. Once we made the turn on US-2 and started heading west, things deteriorated rapidly. That 40 miles from the bridge to M-117 took three hours, and then we arrived at many spun-out, stuck cars at the turn towards Engadine. After several pushes from our four riders, we made it around the corner and slogged into Engadine. The towns' people had come out and opened the town hall. providing warm food, drinks and shelter for the night. We got a quick bite, but our driver said "we're going on", so we persevered up to M-28. Near Newberry, we were low on gas, found a closed gas station, banged on the gas station's connected apartment door, where the owner (somewhat angrily) filled our tank and called us "Toot idiots". Our driver insisted on continuing, and we slogged, slid and prayed across the UP until arriving in Houghton at 5:00 AM. I don't remember our driver's name, but have never forgotten that ride.

I immediately crashed in my DHH bed, assuming all classes were cancelled for Monday. At the next class meeting, I received a strong shock when Doc Berry lectured students that classes were NEVER cancelled at MTU, and it was our responsibility to be there, and there would be no make-up for the quiz or notes that us absentees had missed on Monday. After that, I planned accordingly to watch weather conditions for future return trips, and always be there for Monday morning.

And by the way, I loved the Doc Berry cartoon by Denny and Cher LeSage showing the CH 101 exam results - this is exactly spot on! The embarrassment of how far down the list you were for all to see. But it certainly motivated me to do better!

Ray Berg
Class of '70

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My freshman year here was ’95-96 and that winter didn’t necessarily have a memorable storm, but I believe it is the second most snow recorded after ‘78-79. For some reason I remember having measurable snow around September 23rd or so that year and we had permanent snow for the season at that point. By Halloween we had very established banks and I remember getting about a foot of snow on May 5th that year. Graduation was still in later May back then under quarters, so at least we avoided reinforcing Tech’s reputation to many visitors that year. Also that winter I remember Winter Carnival events from the weekend before the All-Nighter getting postponed by ~60-below wind chills.

Ryan Towles

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During my years at tech there was always a major snow storm over thanksgiving weekend. I went home freshman year 1957, learned my lesson and never went home over thanksgiving again. Watched every year after that, until graduation as the monday after thanksgiving dawned with students arriving back on campus during a blizzard. It appears the tradition went on re: 66 storm.

Kent Werger

Dennis--
I drove the OTHER way that day, from my parents' home in Ontonagon to Lansing. I had three coeds, daughters of a family friend with me, and they had NO warm jackets, boots, etc. I was terrified that we would get stuck and they would freeze to death. I had all my winter gear, but they had none.

I went down M117 to US-2, hoping to find an open motel, to no avail. I swerved around a stuck semi when nearly to St. Ignace, missing it by inches. It took us 13 hours to reach The Bridge, but it took only four more to get to East Lansing.

I've been a teetotaler so far as Thanksgiving travel to the U.P. is concerned ever since.

Joe Guzek

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Dennis: One of my memories of da Tech is driving home to Saginaw with my friend from high school, Roger Wight in 1960. Roger was driving his car in the Seney stretch when we were suddenly passed by a tandem truck driving much too fast for the conditions. The truck passing us made visibility impossible...the road curved....we went straight and drove off the highway deeply buried in snow and wedged between two trees. The truck never stopped to help. We could not open the doors of our cars and wondered to each other...what now?...how will we ever get out of here. A few minutes later, a bunch of guys knocked on our window...."Are you from Northern or are you from Tech? We replied, "We're from Tech!!!"...."Great...was their reply.....hang on...we'll get a chain on your axle and will pull and push you out of here." A half hour later we were back on the highway thankful for our first Christmas present...a bunch of Tech students who saw our taillights disappear and took the time to help us out of a real jam!

Jack Simon '63

Da Tech Is . . . and Other Cartoons

Da Tech Is . . .
The cartoon "Da Tech is..." was after my time at Tech (65-70) but we did have Charles U. Farley written and drawn by Chuck Lovell. Maybe you could print a few of those also?

Joe Masterson

Joe: I need to get to the Archives to do some digging around the Lode files. I plan on finding "Third Stool from the Left," too, if any of you alums recall that one.

Thanks again to alumnus Bill Walters, who sent these along, and Denny and Cher LeSage, who drew them.

More Alumni Encounters


Dennis –
Another great newsletter – wish I could get to reading them in a more timely manner…

About 3 years into my career at The Boeing Company at the Everett, Washington site, I was visiting an on-site learning center. As I turned around to leave, Sandy Fitz was standing there! She roomed two doors down on the 3rd third of West Coed back in the early 80’s. We had not been in touch since graduation until then.

Susan A. (Kopaczewski) Haskins ‘ 81

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My husband Brian (Fall ’90) and I are both Tech grads. We took our kids up to Alaska to visit their uncle last summer. We were at Denali National Park waiting for our tour bus and two guys and a girl approached us and asked about our connection to Tech. Our kids were wearing Tech hoodies…June in Alaska is still a little chilly. I don’t recall their names, but they had all graduated from Tech within the last five years and I believe at least one of them was working in Alaska. We had a nice chat, and it was wonderful to feel the warmth that the MTU bond can bring so many miles from Houghton.

Jane Pakonen Labby
Winter ‘90

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Hi Dennis,
I graduated (the first time) in 1971 and a few years later took a trip to Spain.

While sitting at an outdoor restaurant (on the coast) I found I asked if anyone spoke English. The person I met (cannot remember his name) was the owner and a MTU graduate! The restaurant was La Lubina or “The Sea Bass” I believe.

Ann Weiler McMahon

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4 alumni
Left to right: Jerry Philo, Nancy (Leeman) Lefler, Shar (Sharp) Stocker, and Gary Stocker.

Dennis,
As always, I enjoy reading the newsletter. This issue I had to respond to Nathan Miller's question of encounters in unusual places. Since I moved to CA in 1980, most encounters here are unusual, but a few stand out. The most unusual one had to be on a plane from Honolulu to Sydney, Australia I looked up from my seat to see President Emeritus, Ray Smith standing in the bulkhead to stretch his legs after many hours on-board. We had a stopover in Auckland, so he, Bea, my husband and I got off and walked around the terminal and caught up on Tech a little.

Another very interesting one was in 2008 when we were booked on an Alaska cruise with fellow DZ, Shar (Sharp) Stocker and Gary Stocker. The first day in Fairbanks, I went out the hotel door only to find Jerry Philo (and his family) was not only on the same cruise, but assigned to the same group that we were for the next 10 days!!

I have run into people that are passing though in grocery stores and the post office here in Petaluma on several occasions.

Nancy Lefler

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Dennis...
My most interesting alumni encounter was relaxing at a pool at a resort in Kauai this past October and finding out the gentleman behind me (by virtue of his MTU baseball hat) ... was a just retired MTU alumni!!! We had a pleasant chat talking about MTU and the great opportunities our education there had presented us!

Patty Scully

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Dennis,
Random MTU alumni encounters: I was on a shuttle bus from the Hayden, CO airport to Steamboat Springs, CO on a family ski trip. We were talking among ourselves and I hear this voice calling my name - I was his RA in the dorm about 35 years before in East Coed Hall so he remembered me better than I remembered him (and his name is escaping me now).

Kerry Irons '72

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Dennis,
Regarding the email encounter in Dallas.

I have a few "Similar" stories.

One time, I think back in 1994, I was traveling home from Charlotte NC and while waiting for my flight to Detroit I looked up and noticed a gentleman that look familiar. Turns out that although I didn't recall his name, I knew one of his roommates his freshman year pretty well. It also turns out that we played in the Pep Band together.

My 2nd story: Recently while watching a Tech Hockey game at the Schmohz brewery here in Grand Rapids I met Jim Crouch. It turns out we both were at Tech at pretty much the same time, we had a lot of the same friends and we were in the Pep band together and both played Trumpet. But you know, for the life of either one of us we could not remember each other. Although Chas remembered both of us from Tech (Go Figure). I then looked him up in the 1990 year book and found a picture of him in the Pep Band and still didn't recall him. Now the punch line of the whole story: The person he was standing next to in the picture was "Me". That still didn't help each other.

I have also bumped into a few friends from Tech here at work as well:
Don Beery and Allen Sorgenfrei

Just going to say, the world is a small place and there are Tech Alumni everywhere.

Matt Blackburn

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Dennis:
In response to your request for information about random encounters between Tech alums . . . .

In the fall of 2010, my family and I moved to Newark, Delaware when my wife took a position at the University of Delaware. We rented a house on the outskirts of town, about a quarter mile from the Maryland and Pennsylvania borders, from another professor who was on sabbatical that year and settled in. We saw our neighbors, said hello, but didn’t really get to know them well.

On January 27, 2011, Delaware got hit with a major winter storm, dropping about 18 inches of heavy, wet snow. Unlike Houghton and other areas in the Midwest, Delaware isn’t equipped for this kind of a storm, so roads were unplowed and people were left to slowly dig out.

As I worked slowly at shoveling our driveway out (and cursing the fact that I’d left our huge two-stage snow blower back at our house in Indiana), I saw our neighbor across the street running a snow blower, quickly and easily cleaning his driveway. As he was nearing completion, I summoned up the courage to go across the street and offer to rent the snow blower; he countered by offering to rent his 15 year old son, who came complete with said snow blower! As we agreed on the deal, I mentioned that this snowfall was nothing compared to what I had experienced in college.

Turns out that my neighbor was Richard Dunn ’82! We had a good laugh over the Tech connection, some common acquaintances, and Delaware’s inability to handle big snowstorms.

I’ll double down on that by pointing out that your daughter is finishing her degree here at the University of Delaware, which is also another one of those “small world” occurrences.

Jamie Holden

November Storm Photo

Campus 2007Hello,
The picture located under "Fill in the Blanks" is of me and my girl friend when we went to Tech. She is the second from the left and I'm the one next to her with the gray and orange jacket on. (Kendell Williams - Chemical Engineer & Casey Wendrick - Mechanical Engineer) We now live together and work in the Appleton, WI area. Currently, we are working jobs in our engineering field and couldn't have done it without Michigan Tech degrees.

Thank you,
Casey Wendrick

Casey: I'm amazed you found yourself in this one from 2007. It is still clickable.

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I believe Sean North is the person pictured in the gray jacket with orange stripes on the right.

-Regards
Aaron Oaks

Huskies Helping Heroes

cycle

The Tomahawk visits Commencement.

Dennis,
This past Saturday I had the very great pleasure of attending the Army-Navy game with my family. We're a very Navy family as I work for the Navy, my wife is a Navy Nurse and my daughter is a midshipman in Navy ROTC. As a result, we always enjoy this game. However, it was even more enjoyable for me this year since I got to see a Michigan Tech student ride a Michigan Tech designed hand-cranked three wheel bicycle out onto the field during a 1st Quarter time out. The only (mild) disappointment was that they announced the name of the school as "Michigan Technical University" instead of "Technological". It was still great to see da Tech get national recognition. Please pass on my sincere congratulations for a job well done.

Jim Russell, BSME '84

Jim: We are proud of them, too, including the Tomahawk team, whose cycle appears above. Here's the GM video.

 

Tech-loaded Engineering Firm Lands Contracts

Great Lakes Sound & Vibration, Inc. (GLSV) in Houghton was recently awarded two contracts in support of research and development of tactical ground vehicles. The first award is a Ph. I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) titled, "Development of Affordable, High-Performing Passive Exhaust Systems and Manufacturing Technology." The vision is to create a tool for vehicle engineers that will provide the performance data and the components for a custom exhaust system, all at a fraction of the cost available today. GLSV uses state-of-the-art tools for acoustic modeling, thermal prediction, and manufacturing of exhaust systems. Website

Thanks

Always great to see the Newsletter! Keep up the great work Dennis. All the old pictures sure take me back to those great days at Tech.

Sometimes I can't help wishing that I could go back and do it again.

Jeff Jarvi EE '90

Jeff: Thanks for the note. You can always come back for Carnival, Reunion, or any time! Of course, there's grad school . . .

Snowfall Totals

Dennis:
Just read the recent newsletter and wanted to reflect on the snowfall comments. I attended Tech (Michigan College of Mining and Technology, back then) graduating in 1959. As I recall one of those winters, probably 1957-1958(?), it snowed every day from about Thanksgiving until Easter. I don’t know what the amount of snow fall was during that period or for that matter for the year, but the snow plows were running nonstop. The snow pack on the roads and streets was several inches thick and when the spring thaw came, the roads and streets were full of potholes of melting/rotten snow, not a fun drive if you had a vehicle or were walking to class. Any classmates remember this?

Great Newsletter, keep it up!
Rudy Beres BSCE 1959

Rudy: Thanks for the note. The snowfall records are here, and it might have been 1957-58.

The Play's the Thing

Hey Dennis,
Funny that normally nothing in the newsletter prompts me to chime in, but I have several thoughts on today’s issue.

Somewhat interesting story on being in a play here at Tech. I was in Macbeth under Deb Bruch during Winter quarter ’97 and The guy playing Malcolm (can’t remember his name) ended up getting a kidney stone or something for the last performance, a Sunday matinee in the black box (now known as the McArdle Theater, formerly Sherman Gym). He didn’t have an understudy, but I was in all of his scenes for the first 2 acts (playing his brother) so I knew his lines up to there and learned them for the next 3 acts in a couple of hours and ended up filling in for him last-minute. From what I recall we pulled it off with a few omissions.

Lastly, I am glad that during my time as a student, we were no longer encouraging NMUers to possibly dilute our gene pool with that dating set-up. :)

I enjoy the TechAlum emails.

Thanks.
Ryan

Sign of the Times

Dennis--
As for the "Beware of Troll" sign at the bridge between Wads and Fisher, a new sign, the work of a construction guy or a student, I'm sure, appeared virtually immediately, reading "Troll Free Bridge."

Joe Guzek
Chem E, 1964

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