Class Notes

Michigan Tech Magazine Class Notes, Spring 2015

Class Notes


Robert Sloat '65 (Chemical Engineering) was inducted into Michigan Tech's Department of Chemical Engineering's Distinguished Academy of Chemical Engineering in April 2013.

James A. Mitchell '65 (Chemistry) has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Litigation– Intellectual Property Law and Patent and Trademark Law.


Tom Paschetto '77 (Forestry) is in his sixteenth year as project manager with Promosis, Inc. in Marblehead, MA, and is celebrating his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Wendy.

Michael Jenkins '74 (Civil Engineering) retired to Delton, MI, in December 2013 after thirty-one years with the Defense Logistics Agency.

William Hensel '75 (Forestry): "Because of my Tech education, I was fortunate to have a successful twenty-three-year professional forestry career with a large paper company based in Wisconsin. I served as chairman of the Society of American Foresters in 1987. I served in the military from 1968–1971. Upon returning to school, I earned a master's degree from University of Idaho in timber harvesting. I especially want to share my gratitude for the late Dr. Gene Hesterberg. He was a fine leader and gentleman—the best! Today I am a PGA golf professional working in the Tampa area and enjoying keeping out of the trees—a change from my forestry career, which always kept me deep in the forest.

Tim Foss '75 (Forestry) retired from the US Forest Service after a thirty-nine-year career. He served as trails/ wilderness/OHV manager, winter recreation supervisor, presale forester, and firefighter in both the Gifford Pinchot and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests. He and his wife, Hilary, live in Cle Elum, WA, where he remains active as a volunteer and musician.


Brian Wilczynski '84 (Forestry) retired from the US Department of Defense on June 14, 2014, after twenty-eight years of service. He has relocated from the Washington, DC, area to Traverse City and is building a new home. He continues to work as an independent consultant to Department of Defense contractors in the DC area.

Douglas Pratt '83 (Mechanical Engineering) retired from General Motors after more than thirty years of service in many different roles—development engineer, release engineer, materials engineer, and test engineer. He now volunteers his time with the Memphis, MI, fire department.

William Cormack and family

William Cormack '84 (Mechanical Engineering) and his wife of twenty-eight years, Maureen, are employed by the US Department of State overseas. Bill is a construction engineer who supervises the design and construction of US embassies and consulates and overseas housing for American diplomats and their families. He is currently assigned to the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Maureen is a senior Foreign Service officer in the US Diplomatic Corps and is currently the ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maureen resides in Sarajevo. The Cormacks have three college-aged children and maintain their residence in Fairfax, VA.


Shawn and Jim Rathbun

Shawn '82 (Computer Science) and Jim '81 Rathbun (Civil Engineering) completed a cross-country bicycle ride from Washington to Maine in the summer of 2014.


Peter Sajdak '82 (Chemical Engineering) was one of more than seventy Couch Pit University (CPU) members, family, and invited guests who attended the 2014 CPU dinner and new-member induction. This was the twenty-third meeting of the prestigious society made up of premier papermakers, both active and retired, who are nominated and elected by their peers.

Craig Harris and Paula Covietz

Craig Harris '87 (Computer Science): "She said yes!" Craig and Paula Covietz were married May 24, 2014, in Grand Rapids, MI. The couple now resides in Lowell.


Daniel Cavasin '87 (Metallurgical Engineering) has been promoted to fellow on the technical staff of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, TX. He has been involved in development of AMD's Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for several years, the last five of which have been focused exclusively on the APUs used in today's latest generation of game consoles.

Timothy Jenkins '89 '08 (Mechanical Engineering) received the Charles and Sue Ragan Gelet Excellence in Teaching Award in Engineering for the 2013–2014 academic year. Tim has been an assistant professor in Design Engineering Technology at Trine University in Angola, IN, since August 2012. He received the award in his first year of eligibility.

Rodney Tanner '83 (Computer Science) began working as a computer analyst for Hormel Foods in Austin, MN, in March 2014.

Scott Stevens '81 (Forestry): "After thirty-one years of federal law enforcement, I retired on May 31, 2014. I started working for the National Park Service as a law enforcement ranger in 1983, and after twenty years I switched over to the Bureau of Land Management for two years as a chief ranger. I finished the last nine years of my career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as the regional law enforcement chief in the Pacific Southwest Regional Office."

Jim Niemczyk

Jim Niemczyk '82 (Mechanical Engineering) has been promoted to president and general manager of American Panel Corporation (APC). Jim will be responsible for all business activities at APC, which is the world's leading manufacturer of custom-designed display products for aviation, rugged ground vehicles, and shipboard applications. APC supplies cockpit displays for nearly every military aircraft in the US and NATO fleet as well as Abrams tanks and Stryker ground vehicles.



Scott Hudson '96 (Civil Engineering) has been named secretary for Committee 12– Rail Transit by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). This committee is responsible for the development and publication of information regarding light and heavy rail transit systems and their design, construction, and rehabilitation—in particular Chapter 12 of AREMA's Manual for Railway Engineering.

Travis Brabec '98 (Environmental Engineering) and his wife, Kelly, welcomed baby girl Hailey in December 2014.

Christi (Chapman) Bellmore '99 (Biological Sciences) and Nick are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Colton Nicholas, on January 11, 2014.

Matthew H. Meyer '98 (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering) is now the manager of the Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory for the Kohler Company located in Kohler, WI. Matthew, Jennifer, and their four daughters live in Sheboygan.

Colleen and Allan Fitzgerald

Colleen (Tallman) Fitzgerald ‘96 ‘98 (Electrical Engineering) married Allan Fitzgerald on July 6, 2014, in Midland, MI. Colleen and Allan are currently living in Playa del Rey, CA.


Ann Kitalong-Will '96 '00 (Scientific and Technical Communication; Rhetoric and Technical Communication) and Cayce C. Will '98 (Computer Science) are happy to announce the birth of their third son, Logan Evert Kitalong Will. Logan was born on February 21, 2014.

Spencer Slade '97 '99 (Mathematics) and Britt (Forslund) Slade '01 '04 (Mathematics) announce the birth of their daughter, Elsa Susia, on June 6, 2014. She joins her big brother, Eli Anders.


Hendrik Lloyd Dalquist

Gretchen and Eric Dalquist '04 (Computer Science) welcomed their son, Hendrik Lloyd Dalquist, on June 22, 2014. Hendrik was 9 pounds, 12 ounces, and 22.5 inches long. His older sister Elsa is very excited to have a baby brother.


Jacob Woolbright

Jacob Woolbright '06 (Chemical Engineering) became a shareholder at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. Jacob concentrates his practice on intellectual property law for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. He focuses his practice on intellectual property procurement, technology- related transactions, and opinion preparation, with an emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.


Amelia Jane Trowhill

Curt '03 (Mechanical Engineering Technology) and Janelle (Meyer) Trowhill '01 '03 (Chemical Engineering) welcomed their second child, a baby girl, Amelia Jane, on June 19, 2014.


Carlin '05 (Civil Engineering) and Jake Grundemann '05 (Engineering Technology) proudly announce the birth of their son, Levi Grundemann, born March 6, 2014. He already loves the fresh outdoor air and may one day be a Husky, too!


Max Bennett Zuehlk

Andrea Dreyer Zuehlk '01 (Mechanical Engineering) and Matt Zuehlk are proud to announce the birth of their son, Max Bennett Zuehlk, on August 12, 2014. Big brother Evan is excited to show him the ropes.


Aurora Julia Occhipinti

Christopher Occhipinti '04 (Physics) and Ariana Jeske '05 (Civil Engineering) belatedly announce the arrival of their daughter, Aurora Julia Occhipinti, born December 3, 2013, in Grand Rapids, MI. The family lives in Sparta, MI. Christopher is employed by NTH Consultants, Inc. of Grand Rapids and Ariana is employed with Prein & Newhof of Grand Rapids.


Veronica (Rozmiarek) Bloom '05 (Mathematics) and Gedare Bloom '05 (Computer Science and Mathematics) announce the birth of Linnea Valerie Bloom, August 25, 2014. Linnea joins big sister Annalise.

August Xavier Edwards

Brian Edwards '08 (Chemical Engineering) and Jillian Schubert Edwards '09 '11 (Applied Ecology and Environmental Science; Environmental Policy) welcomed their son, August Xavier Edwards, on February 26, 2015, at 10:38 a.m. August was 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and 21 inches long.


Michelle (Manarolla) Ford '01 '05 (Applied Ecology and Environmental Science; Applied Ecology) and Kevin Ford '04 (Mechanical Engineering), along with their son Holden, welcomed the birth of Brooks Andrew Ford on January 19, 2015. Brooks weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces, was 21 inches long, and was born in Middletown, CT.

Paul Brandes

Paul Brandes '04 (Geology): "In 2014, I was named Employee of the Year (also known as the MVP Award) at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Region 12 Office here in Houston. The office has approximately 200 employees in several divisions, including air (where I work), water, waste, and emergency response activities. Included in the award are a plaque, gift card, special parking place, and most importantly, eight hours of leave, which I'll be using to attend Winter Carnival in February. How appropriate that I received this award on the day I happened to be wearing a Michigan Tech shirt and lanyard!"


Matthew Robert Green

Robert Green '06 (Civil Engineering) and wife Tanya welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on November 26, 2014. Matthew Robert Green weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20.75 inches long.


Brittany Kelly and Matthew Osborne

On August 30, 2014, Brittany Kelly '09 (Mathematics, Delta Zeta sorority) and Matthew Osborne '09 (Industrial Technology, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity) were engaged. They will be married in June of 2015.


Roxane Gay '09 (Rhetoric and Technical Communication) wrote and published a book, Bad Feminist, which made The Atlantic's "The Best Book I Read This Year" list.

Melissa DeLuka

Melissa (Beutler) DeLuka '00 (Mechanical Engineering) has been elected to the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Board of Directors for a two-year term, 2015–16. She serves as the membership and extension program director. Melissa and her husband, Michael '00 (Chemical Engineering), joined the Alpha Phi Omega-Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Michigan Tech in 1997.



Stephanie (Garbacik) Sullivan '10 (Environmental Engineering) and Mike Sullivan were married on May 31, 2014, and are looking forward to celebrating their one-year anniversary in Kauai.

Whitney Petersen '08 (Business Administration) and Todd McIntosh '12 (alumni, non-degree) were married on June 7, 2014.

Brian Thompson and Jessica Thoresen wedding party.

Brian Thompson '11 (Electrical Engineering) and Jessica Thoresen '12 (Biological Sciences) were married on June 21, 2014, in Lansing.


Scott Nelson '10 (Materials Science and Engineering) and Megan Knudstrup '10 (Civil Engineering) were married in Carmel, IN, on October 4, 2014. Scott and Megan met as members of the Huskies Pep Band and were both heavily involved in the band throughout their time at Tech.

Nick Laurila '10 (Business Administration) won a gold medal with the US Women's National U-18 team as the video coordinator.

Andrea Walvatne and Kristopher Falasco wedding.

Andrea Walvatne '12 (Mechanical Engineering) and Kristopher Falasco '13 (Chemical Engineering) met in the Pep Band and Wind Symphony. Their Tech-themed October 18, 2014, wedding included many fellow Tech grads. They entered to the Pep Band entrance song and guests enjoyed pasties and KBC beverages. Even their wedding bands are rose gold—a mixture of copper and gold, to reflect the Copper Country.


Blake, Addison, and Elijah David Doering

Anthony Doering '10 (Electrical Engineering) and Christina (Herrman) Doering '07 '10 (Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering) welcomed their third child, Elijah David, on August 1, 2014. Big brother Blake and big sister Addison are excited to have a baby brother.


David Heiden '10 and Stephanie Lindstrom '10 (both Biomedical Engineering) were married on September 13, 2014, in Nisswa, MN. Stephanie is employed by Medtronic in Minneapolis as an MDR specialist, and David is a field engineer for Beckman Coulter in Minneapolis. The couple resides in White Bear Lake.

Brandon Maurisak '10 (Civil Engineering) was selected to the American Public Transportation Association's Early Career Program, class of 2015.

Angela Hoffman and Benjamin Bouman

Angela Elizabeth Hoffman '11 (Psychology) and Benjamin James Bouman '10 (Biomedical Engineering) were engaged in September 2014. They currently reside in Ann Arbor and plan to celebrate their marriage in June of 2015.


Jen Zarzecki-Lundin and Peter Lundin

Jen Zarzecki-Lundin '13 (Mechanical Engineering) married Peter Lundin '12 (Electrical Engineering) on October 4, 2014, in Grand Rapids. Jen and Peter are engineers at John Deere. The two reside in Waterloo, IA, with their corgi, Ellie.


Thomas '12 (Mechanical Engineering) and Allison (Kapala) Stutts '12 (Mathematics) were married on August 2. Allison is an actuarial analyst at Mercer, and Tom is a design engineer at General Electric Company. They reside in Louisville, KY, with their chocolate lab, Euler.

In Memorium

Dean Johnson standing by the memorial plaque.

This April, Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP) held a ceremony to remember and honor the late James Trethewey '67.

Throughout his career, Trethewey never forgot his alma mater, serving on the Advisory Board for the SBE. University President Glenn Mroz reflected on the importance of family to Jim—a family that included his wife, children, and grandchildren, as well as his Michigan Tech family.

SBE Dean Gene Klippel highlighted Jim's willingness to serve Tech and the School in a variety of roles.

"The wording on the plaque to honor Jim reflected his philosophy—‘Make it a great day,'" says Dean Johnson, the James and Delores Trethewey Professor in the School of Business and Economics.

"Jim was always smiling, always upbeat, and he encouraged all of us, faculty and students, to conduct ourselves that way." Johnson says the plaque will be placed in the Trading Room "as a reminder to APMP students of their responsibility to not only improve themselves each day but to make a positive impact in the lives of others around them."


Thomas H. Ginsburg


Gervase G. Strucel


Col. Lawrence B. Farnum (Ret.)
Floyd H. Lee


John C. DeBoer, PE


Edwin R. Knox Jr.


Robert M. Aslin


Gordon E. Hoyem
Dorothy H. McNaughton
Wayman L. Rossman
Theodore C. Williams


Robert G. Coffey
Peter J. Crescenzo
William M. Goudey
Willard James Stronks


Stanley Dacko
Edward J. Faber
George H. McKenzie
Harry R. Nye
Frederic D. Seaman


Dr. Rodger H. Chapman
Robert I. Clevenstine
Raymond J. Donley
William N. Flaa
Theodore J. Harris PE RLS
Richard E. Randolph, PE
Frederick E. Tervo
Jack L. Voyles
Virginia M. Wishart


James T. Anderson
William J. Bier, PE
Thomas D. Fantom Jr.
E. Robert Gaber
Donald R. Green
John W. Holst
Milon J. Hutchinson
Dr. Leo A. Lindquist
Margaret E. Olson
Donald J. Smalter
Charles F. Smith
Gordon E. Stauffer
Frank W. Stubenrauch Jr.
Frank M. Thomas
Jeanne A. Watz


Herbert W. Henry
Michael Serafin


John H. Baker
Jack L. Bjork
Raymond C. Black
Gordon J. Kuivanen
Charles E. LaBelle, PE
Toivo M. Maki
Walter Riethmeier
Charles E. Stewart
Donald M. Winegar


Ludolph Albers
Wendell C. Buckland
Prof. George R. Butler
LtCol. Lauri F. Parssinen (Ret.)


John F. Ahrens
Gary J. Babcock
Dean J. Campbell
Robert T. Larsen
Capt. Albert R. Socha USN (Ret.)


F. William Baxandall
John R. Erickson
Gary C. Gibson
Waino J. Tervo
Paul E. Vitton
Theodore W. Wisti


Gerald C. Byrd
Carl G. Johnson
Mervyn F. E. Lavigne
David A. Richardson
LtCol. Edgar R.
Whitney (Ret.)


Ronald M. Blais, PE
John J. Dennis
Richard L. Masica
Robert M. McManus
David W. O'Neill, PE
Karl F. Otte Jr.
John C. Paulsen
John D. Ramsell
Richard L. Schmitt
W. Richard Wilson


James S. Collins
James M. Kramer
Dr. N. A. Matwiyoff
C. Ted Nelson
Thomas C. Pechauer
Dr. Robert J. Sigsby
Douglas M. Waisanen


Jerroll J. Drenth
Laurence A. Hempton
William Donald Jacobs Jr.
Douglas E. Radloff
Richard R. Wojcik


Thomas P. Dooley
Harry F. Jacobson
Roy E. Klusendorf
Dr. James R. Stafford Jr.
Edward C. Swanson
John R. Wagner


June A. Collins
Richard H. Kirk
Richard L. Lappo
Carl W. Miller


William R. Haukkala
Jane E. Job
Douglas J. Kivisto
Sandford T. Waddell


David C. Elliott
Francis R. Freberg
Daniel J. Hoffman
David C. Jingles
David R. Kontio
Joseph J. Kopera Jr.
Jerome L. Miller
William L. Preslan
John R. Wiggins


Thomas B. Bouwhuis
Roger J. LaMothe
Lawrence A. Laurich
James J. Rooney


Frederick E. Dauser Jr.


Melvin M. Tabar


Donald E. Hill
Linda J. Horton


David J. Priniski
John V. Vinquist


Capt. Joseph S. Arnaudo
Dr. Mark J. Hartner
David G. Lockwood Jr.
Edward P. Pouttu


Robert J. Farrell
Francis R. Gariepy
Paul R. Jestila
Chester G. Weeks


Timothy J. O'Keefe
Douglas D. Rappley


John E. Force


Bruce M. Lange
James H. Moore
Remo J. Tonelli
George F. Twardzik


Steven LaRouche
Marcia G. Nichols


Paul C. Lemin
Melvin G. McCue
Catherine A. Riley- Hall


Peter P. DeVere
Gregory M. Hall
Peter W. Kommes
Charles Swan II
Dr. James P. VanWagner


Mary E. Hulkonen
Elaine M. Kilpela
Michael E. Kostamo
David W. London


James E. Austin
Jerry R. Biehl
Craig R. Prudian


Jeffrey A. Davis
Peter K. Jensen
Patrick J. Sizemore
Barbara J. Whitman


Michael J. Lulich
Dr. Thomas J. Michaud


Edward C. McCullah


Thomas E. Gosz
Rita J. Ravenna
Timothy G. Tibbott


Matthew F. Nitschke
Steven P. Wolfe


Jeffrey A. DesJarlais


Jeffrey L. Burhans
William A. Isaacson


Lisa A. Holmstrom
Mark V. Lee
Hans B. Leese


Jonathan D. Godfried


Anthony J. Stokes


Bruce C. Anderson
Craig R. Sytsma
Theresia L. Whitman


Roderick E. Korhorn
Clarence R. Schaaf


Andrew T. Ehrensing


Paul J. Inman


Nicholas J. Berkebile


Beverly A. Smith


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