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James Vorhes

James Vorhes


Jim Vorhes earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1947 and immediately began a 39 year career with General Motors. Following a series of sales and service assignments in the Pontiac field organization, he served as a zone manager in a number of locations. He became assistant general sales manager of western area field operations . . .

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John Beattie

John Beattie


 John M. Beattie earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1963.  Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, John attended Central Michigan University for a year.  After graduation from Michigan Tech, John’s initial employment was with the Louis Allis Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was a design engineer on a variety of commercial, . . .

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Kathleen Grisdela

Kathleen Grisdela


Kathy received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1984. After graduation she went to work for General Motors Corporation as a Reliability Engineer at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Four years after leaving GM and accepting a Quality Engineer position with Kelsey-Hayes- a Tier 1 supplier of anti lock braking systems. During . . .

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Timothy Coffield

Timothy Coffield '84

Timothy P. Coffield earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, with high honors, from Michigan Technological University in 1984. He has also completed a business degree from University of Colorado.  After graduating from Michigan Tech, Tim went to work as a research engineer for 5 years at IBM Research in Rochester, MN.  Following that he was the principal engineer . . .

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