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Dennis Grumm

Dennis Grumm


"A well-respected education in engineering and the unique location made Michigan Tech an easy choice. The UP has always been a place I considered special." In his Dynamic Controls class, Dennis Grumm ’05 was given the opportunity for extra credit by solving a calculus problem based on the origins of Bode plots. "I learned a lot about problem solving with that assignment; somewhere in the middle of a couple pages . . .

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Diana Brehob

Diana Brehob


Diana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1978. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1982 and her PhD in 1985, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She conducted research in internal combustion engines as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota and at Ford Motor Company before transitioning to patent law in 2000. She . . .

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Jack Real

Jack Real


Jack Real began his aviation career two years after graduating from Michigan Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1937. He joined Lockheed Aircraft as a design engineer in 1939, flew for Pan Am during World War II, then worked as a test pilot and flight test engineer for Lockheed until 1965, when he became vice president and general manager of the Lockheed Rotary Wing Division. He became Howard Hughes chief . . .

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Nancy Cragel

Nancy Cragel '86

Nancy graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She also attended the Ford College Graduate Program. After this, she worked as a Product Design Engineer for over three years and was responsible for design and development of an all-new power tilt, power-telescoping column at Ford Motor Company. She was awarded US Patent No. 5,520,416 Power Tilt, Telescoping . . .

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“He had a finite elements program. I was helping him debug his program, and I didn't really know what I was doing. I kept telling him that. But he would teach me.”Marty Lagina '77 on Bill Predebon, past chair of the ME-EM department