Ron Van Dell '79
Alumni spotlight | A new way to harvest solar energy "A lot of people think of solar panels as being all there is to solar," says Ron Van Dell, President and CEO of Austin-based SolarBridge Technologies. "They tend to think if panels were cheaper, then solar would be affordable. But, with the price of solar panels falling fast, what used to be the dominant cost . . .
Following graduation Tom Simonen went on to receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After appointments at Hughes Aircraft, Max Planck Institute in Munich, and Princeton University, he joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 18 years as a physicist and became program leader for magnetic fusion experiments. . . .
Charles W. Rogers grew up on his family’s farm near Lowell, Michigan. Graduating from Lowell High School in 1974, he went on to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1978, where he especially enjoyed playing tenor sax in Tech’s Jazz, Pep and Concert Bands. Charles began his career at Consumers . . .
Mr. Pruneski joined Chrysler Engineering following graduation. He held executive positions at Ford Motor Company and Eaton Corporation rising to General Manager of Eaton Corporation Brake Division. In 1982 Jim moved to Abex Corporation and was promoted in 1984 to head all of Abex Friction Operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. . . .
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