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John Calder

'67, '76

John F. Calder earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1967 at Michigan Tech and went on to earn an MS degree from Michigan Tech in Business Administration in 1976. After graduating from Michigan Tech he started his career as a Design Engineer with Digital Integrated Circuit Systems in 1967. From 1968-1975 he rose from Application and Field Service Engineer for the east coast to Regional Sales Manager for the . . .

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Mike Milosh


As a farm boy growing up in northern Michigan, Mike Milosh dreamed of the sea and the adventures of Captain Nemo and Mike Nelson of the TV show Sea Hunt. He even worked on plans for a one-man submarine.  So when a real-life adventure presented itself, he didn’t have to think twice. The  Michigan Tech mechanical engineering alumnus never thought that adventure would involve searching for gold coins and . . .

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Charles Cretors


Charlie Cretors earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1963 and began his career with Commonwealth Edison of Chicago. In 1967 he joined his father and brother at C. Cretors and Company, a family business specializing in commercial popcorn machines since 1885. In 1980 he was named President and in 1991 he became sole owner of C. Cretors and Company. Charlie is responsible for the successful expansion . . .

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Thomas K. Walker

Thomas K. Walker


Tom Walker earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1968. He spent eight years with General Motors, then joined Volkswagen of America in 1976 as general superintendent of the assembly plant in New Stanton, Pennsylvania. From 1979-1985, he was general manager of a Volkswagen subsidiary producing air conditioning evaporator and condenser coils in Ft. Worth, Texas.

From 1985-1992, he was president and general manager of Allied-Signal Automotive Catalyst Co., a $250 million

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Ray H. Herner

Ray H. Herner


Ray H. Herner earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1953 and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in1954.  Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, Ray attended Lake Superior State University (“Soo Tech”) for two years.  At Tech, Ray received a Teaching Fellowship for Mechanical Engineering.  After graduation he lived and worked in Alpena for 22 years.  His career included working at Abitibi, a wood product plant, where he held

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Vijay K. Sazawal

Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal


After completing his doctoral degree in structural mechanics at Michigan Tech, Vijay K. Sazawal (PhD ’75) joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Advanced Reactors Division as part of the design and technology team working on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project. His tenure at Westinghouse lasted twenty years during which time he rose through successive management positions with responsibility for fast reactors, advanced terrestrial and space reactors, nuclear defense programs, and US

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John T. Eastman

John T. Eastman Sr.


John Eastman graduated from Michigan Tech in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He went on to earn an MBA from Ohio State University in 1980. 

After graduation, John went to work for General Motors Corp in the Buick Automobile Engineering Section where he was assigned to the Experimental Noise and Vibration Engineering Section.  While at Buick he introduced the new dynamic rubber testing machine and procedures that

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Robert Thresher

Robert Thresher

'67, '62

Bob Thresher earned a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1962. He returned to Michigan Tech after working for the Boeing Company to receive a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1967, followed by a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1970. After completing his doctorate, he worked as a Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. He then spent four years as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at