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Sheryl Sorby

'91, '85

Sheryl came to MTU in the late 1970’s and decided to make the Copper Country her home. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from MTU in 1982. She remained at Tech, earning her Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics in 1985 and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering- Engineering Mechanics in 1991. Sheryl has been teaching at MTU since 1984, and in 1996 she became a associate professor in civil . . .

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Douglas Parks

'84

Changing fuel consumption, monitoring energy usage, and enhancing safety are the focus of hybrid vehicle manufacturers around the world. Doug Parks ('84) achieved those goals while working on the Chevy Volt at General Motors as the Global Vehicle Line Executive and Chief Engineer for Global Electric Vehicles. For the Chevy Volt, Parks was responsible for maintaining product quality and remaining on budget in both the . . .

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Daniel Kapp

'76

Daniel R. Kapp (BSME '76) is Director, Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company. He is also a graduate of the Ford College Graduate Program (FCG). After graduation from Michigan Tech, Dan went to work at Ford Motor Company as an engineer in the Car Product Development Group and has spent his entire career at Ford in positions of increasing responsibility in the area of engine and Powertrain . . .

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Richard Henes

'48

Richard Henes fashioned considerable success from diligence and opportunity. A native of Menominee, Henes earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948, followed by a law degree from the University of Michigan. In 1958, after working as an engineer and lawyer, he moved to Arizona and established what was to become the Henes Manufacturing Company, Henes Products and Henes Stamping. He . . .

Charles Laurila

'59

Chuck Laurila earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 and began his career as a field engineer with Boeing Company's Aerospace Division. He spent seven years with Boeing, becoming a senior engineer working on the Minuteman missiles at Air Force bases in the Western states. Chuck then worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company and was responsible for the maintenance program in the crushing . . .

Harold Wiens

'68

Harold Wiens graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1968 and started work at the 3M Company, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wiens took on managerial responsibilities in 1980, which included six years with 3M Europe and three years as head of 3M's largest international company in Japan.

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