Michigan Tech Magazine Winter 2012-13 Front Cover

Michigan Tech Hockey Reunion

Michigan Tech’s 1961–62 hockey team returns to campus to mark the golden anniversary of its national title.

Michigan Tech Hockey

The Boys of Winter

by Wes Frahm

Few forces are powerful enough to bring together a group of 70-year-old men from the corners of North America and beyond.

The occasion was the 50th anniversary of Michigan Tech’s first national championship—the 1962 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey title.

NCAA Champions 61-62

Members of the 1961-62 hockey team

Top of the World, Ma!

by Erik Nordberg, archivist

It was 1962, the year that Michigan Tech hockey established itself as a premier college program. In addition to the national crown, the Huskies took the WCHA championship, brought home the MacNaughton Cup, and amassed a 29–3 record.

The program was well on its way to prominence in the preceding years, achieving second place finishes in both league and national playoffs. But the alignment of training, coaching, and on-ice performance in 1961–62 propelled the Huskies into elite status.

Ben Maenza

Students re-engineer hand cycles that can survive marathons, advised by the amputee vets who ride them.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Cycles of Freedom

by Kelly Kolhagen

It’s a crisp 46 degrees on an October Sunday morning in Detroit. The euphoria from the Tigers’ pennant victory days earlier still hangs in the air, mixed with the new adrenaline of 24,000 athletes who’ve come to run, walk, and roll in the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank International Marathon.

Robert Peterson

Robert Peterson was a bombardier flying missions over Nazi Germany. One day in 1944, he didn’t make it back to England.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

A Survivor's Story

by Marcia Goodrich

Robert Peterson was born into hard times.

During the bleakest days of the Great Depression, the Petersons and their seven children were, he remembers, “the poorest family” in the hardscrabble town of Ironwood.

Sensor Installation

Monitoring Chile’s shrinking glaciers

Michigan Tech Research Institute

They're Melting

by Jennifer Donovan

Along the eastern edge of the long, narrow nation of Chile, the Andes mountains reach for the sky. And on those towering peaks are hundreds of glaciers.

Those glaciers serve as icy reservoirs for downstream populations, which rely on their annual melt for drinking water, irrigation, and industry. But as the Earth warms, glaciers in the southern Andes are shrinking at unprecedented rates, posing critical questions for Chilean authorities.

How fast are they melting? How much are they moving? How much solar energy do they absorb? As part of an extensive, ongoing study, Chris Roussi, a senior research scientist and engineer at the Michigan Tech Research Institute, is helping find answers.

Santa Bob Aittama

Robert Aittama is Santa Bob.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, and his name is Bob.

by Marcia Goodrich

Robert Aittama ’73 first set his sights on being Santa Claus for a pretty Grinch-y reason.

“I started out in a greedy way,” he confesses. Aittama was casting about for a decent stream of retirement income, and playing Santa seemed like a good deal: not only did he look the part, he found he could make a sizable sum in six weeks, “about ten times more than I’d get as a Walmart greeter,” he says.

So he enrolled in the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, in Midland, and learned the . . .