Honored Alumni

Alumni Notables

  • Daniel Branagan—Forbes Magazine recognized this nanotechnology pioneer as one of the important innovators of our time and one of fifteen people who will reinvent the future.
  • Melvin Calvin—won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1961.
  • Charlotte Field—the senior vice president of National Communications Engineering and Operations for Comcast Cable won the 2005 Women in Technology Award.
  • David Hill—the chief engineer for General Motor is regarded as “the father” of the groundbreaking 2002 Z06 Corvette.
  • David House—he is responsible for Pentium Processor and the “Intel Inside” campaign.
  • Suzanne Jurva—the film credits for this former executive for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios and founder of Starcut, Ltd. include Men in Black, Peacemaker (with the world premier in Houghton), and Saving Private Ryan.
  • Charles Nelson—invented paintball.
  • John Opie—he is vice chairman for General Electric, and he and his wife were major supporters of the John and Ruanne Opie Library.
  • Frank Pavlis—the former vice president at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (Fortune 500), recently made a major gift to Michigan Tech and is the namesake of Michigan Tech’s Pavlis Leadership Institute.
  • Dick Robbins—he is one of the most innovative developers of tunneling machinery in the world; his equipment dug the English Chunnel, the tunnel running under the English Channel.
  • Doug Smith—this wildlife biologist leads the Wolf Reintroduction Program at Yellowstone National Park.
  • Lina T. Taskovich—has made significant contributions to the development of drug “patches,” gaining recognition in Newsweek and People.