Alumni Resources

As alumnus of Michigan Technological University's Graduate School, take pride in being a member of our alumni family! Reconnect with old classmates, stay current on Michigan Tech related news, give back to the Graduate School, and share your story—where has life's journey taken you since leaving campus? 

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Kaari Nevanen

Kaari Nevanen

Master of Business Administration (2010)

“After completing the Tech MBA, I felt comfortable speaking in front of large groups. This skill, among others, helped in my job search and, ultimately, with securing my job at Mindovo. Strong communication skills are a necessity, whether you’re an engineer or otherwise.”

Photo by Adam Chartier, Courtesy of Mindovo, Inc.

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Michelle Jarvie Eggart

Michelle Jarvie Eggart

PhD, Environmental Engineering (2007)
Barr Engineering Co. and University of Maryland University College

"Michigan Tech was a wonderful place to go to graduate school, with access to four full seasons of outdoor fun. My faculty all knew me by name and provided great mentorship and advice. My graduate studies at Tech made me much more marketable. When I graduated, I had multiple job offers and was able to choose the best fit for me based on my interests. I am currently working on environmental engineering and sustainability projects and am also an adjunct faculty in environmental management. So many more doors are open to me now. I have the option of working in industry, for a regulator, or in academics."

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Emily McCarthy

Emily McCarthy

PhD, Geology (2010)
NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Remote Sensing Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC

“As a graduate student in the geology department at Michigan Tech, I received several grants and fellowships from organizations and the University. This allowed me to travel domestically and internationally for conferences and collaborations with other scientists. These experiences were amazing and significant, both personally and professionally.”

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Agustin Robles-Marua

Agustin Robles-Marua

PhD, Environmental Engineering (2011)

“I believe that to advance sustainability science and tackle multidimensional problems . . . we must develop a broader set of research-knowledge-tools that help us integrate studies across disciplines. At Michigan Tech I was encouraged to develop such a skill set.”

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Richard J. Robbins

Richard J. Robbins

'56, '96

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Atlas-Copco Robbins, Inc.

Richard J. Robbins graduated from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MCM&T) in 1956 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since 1958, Dick has been a major contributor and a prominent influence in the mining and tunneling industry.

In 1958, Dick joined The Robbins Company—established by his father, James S. Robbins, a 1933 MCM&T mining engineering graduate. The Robbins Company has prospered and employs over 330 workers worldwide. The Robbins Co. became part of the . . .

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Hayrynen, Kathy

Kathy L. Hayrynen

'93, '89, '86

Technical Director
Applied Process, Inc.
AP Technologies Division
BS EMY 1986, MS EMY 1989, PhD EMY 1993

Graduated with BS, MS, & PhD in Metallurgical Engineering in 1986, 1989, and 1993, respectively. Presently Technical Director at Applied Process, Inc., in Livonia, Michigan. Applied Process has been a technology leader in the heat treating industry since 1978. AP and its affiliated companies use properly applied Austempering technologies to solve tough engineering problems.

Current member of department’s External Advisory Board and contributes to MY4130 Principles of Metal . . .

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John Uhrie

Dr. John Uhrie

'91, '96

John Uhrie holds a BS in geological engineering and a PhD in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Tech. He also earned an MS in geology from the University of Wyoming.

After earning his PhD, he joined Phelps Dodge Mining Company (now Freeport McMoRan) in the newly formed Process Technology Center. In that industrial R&D role, he developed new bio heap and tank leaching technologies. Many of these flow sheets are now standard practice throughout the corporation. He has since operated . . .

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Brenda Helminen

'83, '88

After graduating in 1983 with a BS in Computer Science, Brenda Helminen began her career as a programmer with IBM Corporation in Rochester, MN.  She returned to the Copper Country later that year to work for the Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech.  While working, she completed her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1988.  She continued her career  with the University as a Senior Systems Programmer in the Center for Experimental Computation followed by a . . .

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Octave Du Temple

Dr. Octave Du Temple

'48, '49, '96

Octave Du Temple, a native of the Copper Country, received bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948 and 1949. His studies were interrupted by military service during World War II, when he taught flying and navigation. He also studied at Northwestern University, where he earned a master's degree in business administration in 1955.

Du Temple worked at the Argonne National Laboratory for several years, and in 1958 he was appointed executive director of . . .

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Randall Isaacson

Randall E Isaacson

'88, '86

Randall E. Isaacson graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1986 with a BS in Biological Sciences and an MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communication in 1988. His master's thesis studied language patterns in small group communication during simulated scientific problem solving.

He began his career as a medical copywriter at Roche Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey, and later joined VICOM/FCB, a medical advertising agency in New York. After moving to Chicago in 1990, Randy worked as a copy . . .

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Donald Daavettila

Donald Daavettila

'56, '58

Don Daavettila earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in engineering physics from Michigan Tech in 1956 and 1958 respectively. He was named professor emeritus of physics in 2000.

Daavettila began his career as a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory for more than five years. He then became a nuclear test engineer at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Plant in Monroe, Michigan, before joining Michigan Tech's nuclear engineering program in 1964. He became an assistant professor in the . . .

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Dianne M Marsh

'86, '92

Dianne Marsh earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Michigan Tech in 1986 and a master’s degree in 1992.

Dianne started her career in 1987 as a Software Engineer for LECO Corporation in Michigan and then worked for AEG-Mictron and Candid Logic before returning to Michigan Tech to earn her master’s degree.  

From 1992 to 2000 she worked for several different companies as a Software Engineer, Independent Consultant and Technical Lead/Software Architect before realizing her dream of starting her own . . .

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Allan M. Johnson

Allan M. Johnson

'67, '65

Al Johnson received an Associate Engineering Degree from Muskegon Community College before being drafted into the U.S. Army. While in the army, he became a Master rifleman and won two legs towards a Distinguished Riflemans Badge, the highest honor for a rifleman.

After his honorable discharge, he attended Michigan Tech and graduated with a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1965, an M.S. in Geological Engineering in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Geology in 1971. Beginning part time as a . . .

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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy PhD

'90, '92, '96

Starting Companies Comes Naturally to Alum

“I used to fish at Cole’s Creek,” says Brian Murphy ’90 ’92 ‘96. “I’d eat half my sandwich on the way out there, fish for thirty minutes, and finish my sandwich on the way back to my lab to continue my research.”

That mix of nature and technology forms the core of Murphy’s environmentally focused career. The Tech grad first worked for large companies before starting a number of his own ventures. With his former boss and mentor . . .

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Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

'63, '66

Tom Irwin: Wisdom, Wealth, and Work

Tom Irwin, soft-spoken and thoughtful, has “taken a leave of absence” from income-producing activities and redirected his energy to such pursuits as fly-fishing in the West, golf in the South, and travel around the world—when not tending to his volunteer duties on various boards and committees.

The outdoor pursuits are not surprising because Irwin, who was from Detroit, came to Michigan Tech in part because of its proximity to the Porcupine Mountains. “We hunted there,” . . .

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Jennifer L. Fuller

Jennifer L. Fuller

PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering

Jennifer L. Fuller is a native of Saginaw, Michigan where she graduated Salutatorian from Hemlock High School in 2007. Self-funded and the first generation in her family to attend college, Jennifer chose to attend an in-state public university with the aid of public and private scholarship. She enrolled at Michigan Technological University in Fall 2007. In her undergraduate career, Jennifer . . .

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Amberlee S. Haselhuhn

Amberlee S. Haselhuhn

PhD Candidate, Materials Science & Engineering (Spring 2015)
Hometown: East Jordan, MI

Amberlee Haselhuhn received a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering and a BS degree in biomedical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2011. Advised by Dr. Paul Sanders, she is currently working to earn a PhD at Michigan Technological University in materials science and engineering. Her overall research goal is to understand mechanisms responsible for the stabilization of metallic foams and to manipulate this information to produce metallic foams with elongated pore formations that are stabilized with functional self-assembling colloidal particles. Her work is funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant number NNX10AV37G.

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Melanie L. Talaga

Melanie L. Talaga

PhD Candidate, Chemistry (Fall 2015)
Hometown: Negaunee, MI

Melanie Talaga received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota Duluth in May of 2011. She is currently working towards her PhD at Michigan Technological University, under the supervision of Dr. Tarun K. Dam. Her doctoral research studies glycobiology, which is an exciting new field at the forefront of biochemistry. Glycobiology deals with the structures, biosynthesis and activities of . . .

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Kaitlyn Bunker

Kaitlyn Bunker

PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering (2014)

Kaitlyn is currently working towards a PhD at Michigan Tech. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her research goals are to enhance the technology used to control variable speed wind turbines and power electronics interfaces. Kaitlyn is focusing on creating solutions to challenges so that the clean, efficient energy in the wind can be used to generate more of our electricity.