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Growing Up in Sawmill City book.

Bruce Cameron '58 (non-degree) is a retired teacher who recently wrote a book about his childhood home of Trout Creek titled Growing up in Sawmill City. A remarkable history of the Upper Peninsula from the 1930s to the present.


Merle Potter '58 '61 (Mechanical Engineering)has written Thermodynamics for Engineers, his 34th engineering related book, eight of which are textbooks along with engineering-help books and exam-review books. He is the self-proclaimed most prolific engineering book writer. He taught at Michigan Tech 1957-61, the U of M 1961-65 and MSU 1965-98.


John Lendel '71 (Electrical Engineering) retired from active employment as senior vice president MW Industries, Inc. after 10 years of employment. MW Industries (MWI) headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, is the largest and most diversified specialty spring and fastener manufacturer in the United States.

Greg Bouse '74 (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering) has recently retired from his position as principal engineer casting technology for General Electric Power Systems of Greenville, South Carolina. He lives in Hart, Michigan.

Gene Pesola '74 (Biological Sciences) obtained a PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University in May 2015. He currently is a pulmonary/critical care physician at Harlem Hospital, affiliated with Columbia University in the City of New York and has been involved with clinical research for many years. His PhD thesis focused on Dipstick Proteinuria and Dyspnea as Predictors of Mortality in rural Bangladesh.


Stephen Kusnit '80 (Biological Sciences) is the Lead Implementation Project Manager for HireGenics. HireGenics is focused on customer success and delivers workforce risk mitigation and talent optimization solutions to global enterprises.

John Cabaniss

John Cabaniss '81 (Mechanical Engineering) was recently admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and has opened an office in Phoenix. He will also continue to maintain an office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will focus on plaintiff's legal malpractice and personal injury cases in both locations.


Margaret Pinkava Liubakka '86 (Medical Technology) is a System Analyst for MCL Computer Services in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

David Ellis '88 (Electrical Engineering) was named President of Skidmore Pump in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in November 2015. Prior to this appointment David was the chief operating officer of Concept Industries for nine years and spent more than a decade at Johnson Controls/Prince Corporation in a variety of management roles with increasing leadership responsibility. He is an Eagle Scout and a vice president of district operations for the President Ford Council. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Holland, Michigan, and are the proud parents of four children, Michael, Monica, Emily, and Eileen.

Stacey (Roehm) Keener '88 (Computer Science) earned her GSEC (cyber security essentials) certification silver from Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) October 9, 2015.

Mike Renier '89 (Chemistry) is currently engaged in community service projects in South Range, Michigan, and Adams Township. He volunteers at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly holiday dinners, contributes to Holy Family Church food fundraisers, coordinates fundraising for the annual 4th of July celebration and serves as secretary assistant for the Range Lions Club. Last year he also donated science books to the public library at Jeffers High School.


Douglas Leisenring

Douglas Leisenring '91 (Mathematics) was named the Superintendent of Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District July 1, 2015. He was recognized as the 2015 Michigan High School Principal of the Year by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. He and his wife, Becki, traveled to Washington, DC, where he received his award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).


Peter Elzinga '92 (Civil Engineering) and Laura Elzinga are happy to announce the birth of their son, Tripp Robert, born July 14, 2015.

VeRonica Mitchell

VeRonica Mitchell '93 (Chemical Engineering) Senior Engineer, Vehicle Definition and Balance, General Motors, received a Modern Day Technology Award at the 2016 BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference. VeRonica is recognized for the work she has accomplished at GM, and for the impact she has had on the automotive industry in creating new opportunities for women and minorities. She was also elected as deputy mayor of Auburn Hills, Michigan.


Douglas Coffman '94 (Chemical Engineering) After being co-owner of a digital marketing agency for 10 years, Doug became a digital marketing strategist with FindLaw, a part of Thomson Reuters in November 2014. He manages a portfolio of clients including the website, PPC, and off-site optimization. He stays current with the ever-changing Internet landscape and works closely with clients to understand their marketing objectives and strategies, analyze the performance of their entire web program, and recommend tactics that will help them realize their goals. He lives in the Keweenaw area.

Jeremy Florence '94 (Mechanical Engineering) has been promoted to chief program manager at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan. He resides in Canton with his wife and five children.

Akemi (Johnson) Mitchell '95 (Chemical Engineering) is now the senior vice president, Quality/Continuous Improvement for the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit. Akemi and her husband, Anthony Mitchell '96 (Mechanical Engineering), reside in Livonia, Michigan.

Mark Zivkovich receiving an award.

Mark Zivkovich '99 (Business Administration) was recently named Scottrade's top performing manager in the nation and earned their President's Club Award for providing excellent client service and support.



Rebecca Heckman climbing a ladder.

Rebecca Heckman '00 (Biological Sciences) In summer 2015, she studied model community-based efforts to preserve Bornean species along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah (East Malaysia) on the island of Borneo. Rebecca, the virtual academy coordinator at Inland Lakes Schools in Indian River, Michigan, took the graduate course in pursuit of her master's degree from Miami University's Global Field Program.


Matthew Dina in graduate regalia.

Matthew Dina '00 '02 (Civil Engineering) completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management June 13, 2015. "I married the woman of my dreams September 19, 2015 in South Lake Tahoe, California, surrounded by our family and friends."


Burke Abbott Kesti with a husky stuffed animal.

Burke Abbott Kesti was born to Kelly (Abbott) Kesti '04 '05 (Business Administration, Biological Sciences) and Steven Kesti January 17, 2016. Mom is already hoping he'll be a Husky some day!


Frank Lloyd Mathias and Jody Lynn Kositzky wedding.

Frank Lloyd Mathias '05 and Jody Lynn Kositzky '01 (Chemical Engineering) were married October 10, 2015, in front of family and friends at Greenmead Historic Park. They reside in Livonia, Michigan, with their two Dobermans.


Shannon Pedit '05 (Civil Engineering) and Darrell Ford are excited to announce their latest addition to the family. Joel Conrad Ford was born October 20, 2015, and is excited to be a future Husky.

Matthew Barkley and Alisa Orrin wedding.

Matthew Barkley '06 '10 (Mechanical Engineering) was married to Alisa Orrin of Troy, Michigan, September 5, 2015, in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and they currently reside in Troy, Michigan.


Adrienne Rose Korth

Hans Korth '08 (Mechanical Engineering) and Nora (Peterson) Korth '10 (Environmental Engineering) are overjoyed to announce the birth of their daughter, Adrienne Rose, September 18, 2015, at Eglin AFB, Florida.


Pamela Brushaber and Tyler Fincher wedding.

Pamela Brushaber '09 (Civil Engineering ) and Tyler Fincher '11 (Civil Engineering ) were married September 12, 2015 in their beloved Houghton, Michigan, at Grace United Methodist Church. The two met during an international senior design trip to Panama and were both involved in Engineers Without Borders. Their wedding party was full of Tech grads and their decorations were in the spirit of the Copper Country. The couple currently live and work in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



Victoria Peters '10 (Communications and Culture Studies) and John Butler '08 (Environmental Engineering) own Copper Pasty, a small business that brings the UP to Bremerton, Washington. Victoria learned how to make pasties from her grandmother in Calumet, Michigan, before moving out to Seattle almost four years ago. Since graduating, John has been working for the United States Public Health Service.

Lily Grace Thompson

Brian '11 (Electrical Engineering) and Jessica Thompson '12 (Biological Sciences) welcomed their first daughter, Lily Grace, February 9, 2016.


Kiri Kennedy '14 (Wildlife Ecology and Management) is a high school biology teacher in the Apple Valley Unified School District in Apple Valley, California.

Nathaniel Schulz and Anna VanderKooi wedding.

Nathaniel Schulz '14 (Civil Engineering) and Anna VanderKooi '14 (Environmental Engineering) were married August 9, 2015. Anna is employed by Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering and Nate is employed by Comprehensive Engineering. The couple resides in Lowell, Michigan.


In Memoriam

Sun setting over the Tech Trails


The Michigan Tech family extends condolences to the relatives and friends of those who have passed away.


David G. Jig


Robert W. Rost


Raymond Lampsa


Loren E. Howard


Robert D. Allen


Marie G. Sawyer
Dr. Robert K. Vander Yacht


Dr. Donald E. Dawson
Robert F. Scott


Betty L. Clark
Roscoe G. Marah
Henry J. Pellikka
Rodney P. Roehm


John J. Donnelly
William T. Moore
William E. Ward
Francis C. Wilson


Richard M. Berry
Keith E. Fluegel
John H. Kline
Edward R. Krebs
Vincent K. Litwinowicz
Clifford McMann Jr.
Joseph M. Post
Richard C. Witte
Jack A. Wohlfeil


Roger V. Carter
Prof. James A. Johnson
Urho A. Lehikoinen
Henry J. Lombard
Roger D. Lopez
Andrew N. Peterson
John A. Ridan, PE
John H. Smith


Thomas R. Carlson
Robert J. Gustafson
Donald J. Messner


Prof. Gordon E. Frantti
Alan J. Fritz
William T. Kaarlela
Kenneth J. Karppi
Ronald Leonard Laity, PE


Robert J. Cochrane
Robert Frank Cooper
Donald King Cunningham
Rev. Robert W. Dundon, S.J.
Thomas A. Kirby
Dr. Ernie V. Luoma


Ralph L. Baker
Dr. Thomas J. Herron
Donald W. Lahti
Ronald J. Maloney
John F. Muller


Marvin J. Carr
James F. Erspamer
George Kotonias
Lt. Col. Richard E. Moffitt (Ret)
Prof. Duane M. Thayer
Roger B. Van Omen


James N. Chaffee
James E. Colligan Jr.
Philip T. Foltz
Oiva R. Harju
Howard B. Johnson
John H. Lee
Richard J. Madison
John N. Nilsen
James A. Pozzo


David E. Cole
Jerome B. Knaebel


William A. Longacre
Quentin F. Ruonavaara
William H. Sliger


Roland B. Burgan
Daniel F. Herringa
Donald C. Larson
Michael M. K. McCrank
Douglas J. McDonald
Thomas H. Nakanishi
Walfred K. Ponnikas
Gerald D. Van Voorhis
Leonard A. Zandi Jr.


William D. Carmody
Carl E. DeWald
Lee A. Kinney, PE
James R. Pruner
Donald E. Randall
David H. Sawyer
Raynold A. Svenson


Donald P. Kesti
George A. Mitchell
Michael C. Trebilcock
Albert J. Veteri, PE
Eugene M Weitz


Peter K. Caylor
Thomas A. Weir


George J. Diem
Harry E. Hardy
Patricia A. O'Hagan
William W. Torrey, PE


Robert O. Hopkins
Terry M. Johnson


Albert E. Fountain
J. Frederick Ian Murray
William P. Oswald
Ernest L. Spear


Bienvenido T. Capul Jr.
Michael P. Healy


Roger H. Cope
Dale J. Roberto


David A. Switzer


Dr. David F. Bergman
David S. Kemmer
Michael R. Morin


Charles H. Austin


David E. Siirtola
Mark A. Wooster


Dennis P. Massoglia
Bruce E. Michaelson
Karen P. Mitchell


Gary W. Bopra
Gary H. Brusso
Greg P. Doucette
Stephen W. Nicholls


David M. Korhonen
Douglas E. LeClaire
Keith J. Lewis
Russell A. Napp
Lyle D. Wheelock


Patricia J. Dalessandro


Kathryn L. Brown
Dr. David J. Lucas


Kenneth A. Maki
Robert J. Olszewski


David H. Cook


Stephen J. Frankovich
Richard D. Scherer


Arthur P. Judnich
Ronald F. Simonick


Nicholas Geiermann


Timothy S. Etelamaki
William A. Schoneman


Eugene F. Hammond


Charles W. Frederick III


Michael G. Chronowski


Clarence J. Puska Jr.


Cheryl L. Johnson


Christopher R. Sullivan


Renee G. Marion


Beth A. Blumhardt


John D. Kinney


Benjamin C. Kobane


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