Class Notes

See what our Michigan Tech alumni are doing.


Richard JobRichard Job PE ’63 (Mechanical Engineering) is the recipient of the 2016 Evelyn E. Rosentreter Standards Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions in the development and harmonization of national and international agricultural equipment and tractor standards.


James Mitchell ’65 (Chemistry) has again been chosen by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for his high caliber of work in the practice areas of litigation, intellectual property law, patent law, and trademark law. Mitchell says he is humbled by this honor and thanks his clients for giving us the opportunity to make this possible.

Nancy Mitchell ’65 (Business Administration) had the honor of planting the tree of her choice in the Salt Lake City International Peace Gardens when she retired as president of the Salt Lake Council of Women in May. Mitchell has lived in Canada, Switzerland, and the US and traveled to Greece, Israel, England, Russia, and China. She spends her summers on Wolseley Bay on the French River in Northern Ontario. She is president-elect of the Salt Lake Branch of the American Association of University Women and serves on the Executive Board of the Utah Health Policy Project. Her career included executive director of the Women’s Business Center for 11 years, certified financial planner with Utah Retirement Systems for four years, and 11 years in journalism.


Robert Harsel ’70 ’77 (Forestry, Business Administration) recently retired from the North Dakota Forest Service (a department of North Dakota State University) after more than 38 years of service (October 1, 1978–December 31, 2016). Since 2011, Harsel served as forest stewardship manager. He lives in Lisbon, North Dakota with his wife Nancy and his adopted grandson. He follows Michigan Tech hockey even though his son is a University of North Dakota graduate and a fan of the Fighting Hawks.

Kerry Irons ’72 ’73 (Chemical Engineering, Business Administration) is retired and lives in Holland, Michigan. He enjoys being close to his two granddaughters and living near Lake Michigan. Irons volunteers for the Adventure Cycling Association and enjoys skiing and road biking.

Robert Eastley ’73 ’74 ’84 (Civil Engineering) is an associate professor of construction technology and management at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and was elected as director of the School of the Built Environment at Ferris. He published a book of general humor called The Daily Gripe and has been a high school tennis coach for more than 20 years.

Peter Volk ’74 (Mechanical Engineering) is retired from the Dow Chemical Company/Dow AgroSciences after a 40-year career. He and his wife Barbara live in Carmel, Indiana.


Paul Juodawlkis ’86 (Electrical Engineering) has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow for his contributions to optically sampled converters and waveguide amplifiers.


Lisa Fernstrum ’91 (Biological Sciences) is the current board president of the Menominee Marinette Area Community Foundation.

Jeffrey Blank ’97 (Computer Science) is a site reliability engineer at New Relic, Inc. and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Todd Hahn next to a glider.Todd Hahn ’97 (Computer Science) was awarded a Private Pilot Certificate with the glider rating in August 2016. In February 2017, Hahn was elected president of the board of directors of the Greater Houston Soaring Association, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and its members about aviation and the sport of soaring.


Edward SpicerEdward Spicer ’97 (Chemical Engineering) was named chief operating officer of Continuum Services, a single-source, full-service building maintenance and facility services company, headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. He and his family reside in Livonia, Michigan.


Shannon and Scott Knight in a motor boat.Shannon Knight ’99 (Mechanical Engineering) was elected to the International Board of Directors of the Antique and Classic Boat Society ( for a three-year term. She also is a director for the Michigan Chapter of ACBS, where she is responsible for the website and sits on the long-range planning committee. She and Scott ’93 (Mechanical Engineering) enjoy two classic boats, a 1972 Chris-Craft XK-19 and a 1977 Glastron CVX-16 complete with its original Mercury 115 “tower of power.”



Andrew Walz ’00 (Mechanical Engineering) and Stephanie (Criss) Walz welcomed their third little Husky, Benjamin Matthew, who was born July 2016.

Conor Kendrick MathiasJody (Kositzky) Mathias ’01 (Chemical Engineering) and Frank Mathias ’05 proudly announce the birth of their son, Conor Kendrick on July 6, 2016.


Julie Marinucci ’02 (Mining Engineering) has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to be on the state’s higher education committee.

Dario Patrick OcchipintiAriana (Jeske) Occhipinti ’05 (Civil Engineering) and Christopher Occhipinti ’04 (Physics), and their daughter Aurora announce the newest addition to their family, Dario Patrick who was born on October 25, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The family lives in Sparta, Michigan. Christopher is employed by NTH Consultants, Inc. and Ariana is employed by Prein & Newhof, both located in Grand Rapids.


Jennifer (Bzura) Lanzafame ’05 (Chemical Engineering) married Jeff Lanzafame in August 2015 at Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe. The couple met playing kickball in the San Francisco Bay Area and reside there today. Lanzafame received her PMP certification and started a new job as a senior project manager for process improvement in the Development Sciences group of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

Derek Botero ’07 (Mechanical Engineering) and Alexis Mizrahi-Botero welcomed their son, Eli Joseph, on September 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Proud aunt, A. Tara Botero ’05 (Business Administration), also lives in Charlotte and is excited to share in their joy.

Michael Truskoski ’07 (Civil Engineering) and wife Hannah welcomed a baby girl.

Nathan Adam UmbargerAdam Umbarger ’09 (Software Engineering) and Alison (Springer-Wilson) Umbarger ’11 (Chemical Engineering) announce the birth of their son, Nathan Adam, born on October 31, 2016.


Cassandra ThielCassandra Thiel ’09 (Civil Engineering) joined the faculty of New York University as assistant professor in the Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center, with a joint appointment in the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and an affiliated appointment in the Tandon School of Engineering. Her research utilizes sustainable engineering tools such as environmental life cycle assessment and industrial ecology to improve hospitals, health care delivery, and medical waste streams.



Callahan Grey TangneySteven Tangney ’10 (Mechanical Engineering Technology), his wife Alyssa Tangney, and their three-year-old daughter Addison Avarie welcomed a new baby boy, Callahan Grey, to their family July 7, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Jacob Heck ’10 (Surveying Engineering) and Amanda Kelmer ’10 (Chemical Engineering) were married November 25, 2016 in Monroe, Michigan. Amanda spent six years working for BASF. Jacob is a geodesist for the National Geodetic Survey and a PhD candidate at Ohio State. The couple resides in Germantown, Maryland.

Kristine Guzak and Nick Johnson wedding partyKristine Guzak ’10 ’12 (Environmental Engineering) and Nick Johnson ’10 ’11 (Materials Science and Engineering) had a flannel-themed wedding on November 14, 2015 at the Frankenmuth Brewery complete with KBC beer. “We didn’t realize it at the time, but about a third of the attendees were from Michigan Tech,” the couple says. “It was so great to have a part of our Husky family there to help us celebrate.”


Tyler Leroy at the Ironman race.Tyler Leroy ’10 ‘11 (Mechanical Engineering) won the Ironman Louisville—one of only 10 Ironman races in the US—with an overall time of nine hours and one minute. He is believed to be one of only nine Americans to win an Ironman this year (also the youngest to win an Ironman this year). The Ironman is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run. Leroy graduated with his master’s in noise and vibration as a mechanical engineer and is working at Kohler.


Esrey Marlin JulienJennifer Julien ’12 ’15 (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering) and Jonathan welcome Esrey Marlin, who was born on January 24, 2017. Thank you for the thoughtful gift, Blizzard. I have a feeling we are going to be friends for a very long time!


Alyssa Smith and Dylan Bender wedding.Alyssa (Smith) Bender ’14 ’15 (Civil Engineering) and Dylan Bender ’16 (Environmental Engineering) were married September 10, 2016 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. They celebrated their wedding day with their favorite beer, KBC Widowmaker, and were surrounded by friends, family, and fellow Techies. The couple lives at the base of the Rockies in Great Falls, Montana, with their dog, Curly.

In Memoriam



John N. Harris
Harold B. Vincent


Guy W. Caspary


Ruth V. Krupp


Richard W. Henes
Tauno B. Kilpela
John J. Lewis


Robert B. Botsford
Oiva F. Hedberg
Joan C. Holland
Arthur E. Lewandowski
James E. Muschell


Dr. Norman G. Ainslie
James I. Barbier
Ronald R. Bekkala
Raymond Hosking
John H. McRae
Glenn R. Yeakey


Richard J. Heynen
David R. Vaughn
Larry G. Watson


Richard B. Chappell
Donald J. Smith
John B. Tornberg


Robert H. Destrampe
George L. Schutte
Robert W. Zeindler


Lennis G. Byers
Harry L. Taylor Jr.
Wallace A. Techentien


Harold J. Nyquist


Max A. Beach
Merrill K. Colby
Prof. Wesley S. Harjala
Joseph J. Koteles
Gerald E. Kotila
Rollo J. Krueger
Myrna S. Marseille Cfp
Bland H. Reynolds
Stanley P. Shezko
Jerome J. Sibrt


Donald L. Decker
Raymond J. Hendrikse
Raymond L. Roe Jr. PE
Thomas D. Shaffner
Hubert K. Tossava


G. Robert Adams
Bayrd B. Berger
Donald C. Johnson
John F. Mueller
John G. Winquist
Donald J. Zelenka


Hubert L. Bartol
Norman J. Beauchamp
Eugene A. Lilley
Chalmers A. McGreaham PE
James A. Mulka
Grant Nuttall
Sven E. Ostlund
Arthur F. Pearce


Dr. Theodore A. Grzelak PE
Robert W. Kirkpatrick
William B. Larson
James A. Larson


C. Theodore Amelse
George D. White


Peter H. Hruska
Robert B. Rafferty
Harbans Singh


Richard A. Currier PE
Michael M. Dyer
William G. Rowe
Paul R. Swanson


Frank A. Wythe


Anthony W. DeGroot
Peter R. Hampton
Albert G. Hicks
James S. Jazdzyk
Michel S. Le Duc
Dale A. Zaug


Edward A. Crawford
Barbara A. Truax


Leon E. Brown
Kenneth G. Buchanan
Mary K. Kent
David M. Ng
Ronald A. Rees
Leroy O. Sterbenz


Joseph B. Schomer
David E. Toolanen


Paul D. Horn


Rosemary Gembolis
Ronald J. Putala
Gary L. Stanley


David E. Wellman


Glen A. Edgar
Thomas W. Edinborough
Carol A. Svisco
Robert J. Waltanen


Andrew C. DePuydt


Norman K. Dollhopf PE
James R. Freundl
Ross S. Hill


Brian K. Lindquist
Herold R. Oelke


Jane L. Jordon
Michael J. Jutila
Robin S. Swartz


Clifford D. Nelson Jr.


Gordon W. Danke Jr.
Gerald J. Jalkanen
David P. Sinclair


Paul J. Cramer Jr.
Merlin R. Jacobs


Stephen J. Feldpausch
Douglas A. Rajala


Donald J. Holso
David M. Lampinen


Donna L. Jaaskelainen


John J. Pastore


Jaysen D. Salo


Marc Colvin


James E. Shilling


John C. Crump


David J. Schneider


Stephen M. McCormick


Kevin J. Herrera


Timothy W. Dohrenwend


Danielle S. Jones


Steven H. Hafer


Chris A. Anderson


Nick C. Fenner


John H. F. Wheeler


Hali Burchfield


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