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Charlotte Iola Field


Alumna Excels in Telecommunications Industry

Charlotte Iola Field is a leader of uncommon sense who is especially mindful of the contribution of those who work with her and for her.

“There are few jobs in industry associated with an individual only,” she says. “It’s all about teams and life skills.”

She says that she learned about both at Michigan Tech. “Tech prepares you for life and the real world,” she says. She singles out the Enterprise Program.

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Robert J. Hirvela

Robert J. Hirvela


Robert Hirvela joined the HF Communications Division of Collins Radio Company in 1959 as a project engineer. In 1973, he led the Rockwell business unit that invented and developed the first Digital Automatic Call Distributor, the Rockwell Galaxy ACD, and launched what is known today as the Call Center Industry. In 1978, he transferred to the Air Transport Division of Rockwell as Director of Product Management with responsibility for Communications, Navigation, and Pulse Products

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Kenneth G. Murray

Kenneth G. Murray


After receiving his BSEE degree in 1978, Ken began his working career in technical sales for Hewlett Packard in Minneapolis. Over the next ten years, Ken held a variety of sales and management positions with HP. In 1989, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to lead HP’s technical sales group in that area. He subsequently was promoted to Global Account Manager, where he led the establishment of the largest global desktop outsourcing contract in HP’s

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Birgit Sorgenfrei

Birgit L. Sorgenfrei (Kuschnerus)


Birgit earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech, graduating summa cum laude in 1991. She then earned a MSEE degree from MIT, and later an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Birgit is the Global Business Manager for Powertrain Installations at Ford Motor Company, based in Dearborn, Michigan. Her 20-year career at Ford has included research on sensors for electrical power assist steering systems, component and system

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Don Makay

'99, '99

An organization in Iraq led by a Michigan Technological University alumnus is seeking to help Iraqis rebuild their nation. The Iraqi Hope Foundation (IHF), founded by Major Don Makay ’99, is a nonprofit “dedicated to the stability and prosperity of Iraq through investment in private, small and mid-size business and entrepreneurs,” according to its mission statement. He started the effort in 2008, along . . .

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Elio Argentati


Elio Argentati, a native of Iron Mountain who moved to Iron River, Michigan, graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1950, after which he fashioned a notable career.

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Robert Sherman


Michigan Tech alumnus Robert Sherman joined the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. He designed and built equipment used during the test of "the gadget" - the plutonium bomb detonated in 1945 over the New Mexico desert. "One day, I was at the movies, and a sign appeared on the screen with my name, along with the names of a few other people, saying to report to the commanding officer."

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