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Kenneth G. Murray

Kenneth G. Murray

'78,

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 history. Following a . . .

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Richard Cottrell

Richard G. Cottrell

'73

Richard G. Cottrell earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1973 and his MS in Systems Science from Michigan State University in 1976. Rich retired as CMS’s director of system planning and protection in 2010. During his thirty-seven-year career with CMS/Consumers Energy, Rich was involved in all aspects of the planning, engineering, and design of electric transmission distribution lines and substations.

As a professional engineer, Rich was active in the Jackson Chapter of the Michigan . . .

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Harry D. Routsala

Harry D. Ruotsala

'59,

Following graduation Harry Routsala continued at Michigan Tech receiving an MSEE degree in 1963. He then spent 19 years at Hughes Aircraft Co. in various technical and management positions working on research and development in the Radar Group and Missile System Group. Harry went with Statham Instruments for a short time developing Medial Electronics associated with patient monitoring systems. During his career with Hughes, he also consulted with major sound system manufacturers. In 1982, Harry with the . . .

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Weigold, Franklin P.

Franklin P. Weigold

'60

Franklin Weigold was born in St. Charles, Michigan.  He earned the degree Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1960, and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career with Westinghouse Electric in Youngwood, Pennsylvania as an application and marketing engineer for power semiconductors.  As one of the pioneers in silicon semiconductors, he worked on many state-of-the-art products and helped a multitude of customers bring new . . .

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James Pruneski

'64

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. In 1989 he became head of the Steel Wheels Business of Kelsey-Hayes and . . .

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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 is now less than half the total.” . . .

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Howard Zollinger

'51

Howard Zollinger is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving his BSEE from Michigan Tech in 1951, Howard joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh. While working he attended the University of Pittsburgh and received his MSEE in 1958 and a Business Management Certificate in 1961. Mr. Zollinger’s career has been in the field of bulk material handling. He started, grew, and managed the Computer . . .

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