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Materials and Metallurgical Alumni to be Recognized at Reunion Dinner

Alumni Reunion 2016

Outstanding alumni and friends will be recognized at the Alumni Reunion Awards Dinner on August 5, 2016. Among those with degrees related to materials science and engineering or metallurgy are:

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

Benjamin Almquist ’04 Materials Science and Engineering, London, England

Presented to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Almquist examines life at nano-scale, but thinks big. Currently a Lecturer at Imperial College in London where he leads his own research team. At Michigan Tech the award-winning researcher developed and refined an admirable life philosophy: “Leave the world a better place than when you arrived and find a way to enjoy making it happen.”

After earning a PhD from Standford, Almquist eventually moved on to MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Department of Chemical Engineering and Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies where he was awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship. “My research at MIT focused on new self-assembled biomaterials for treating non-healing diabetic foot ulcers, one of the most devastating complications of diabetes that actually carry a lower 5-year survival rate than breast and prostate cancer,” he explains.

Outstanding Service Award

Joshua ’03 and Jana Fogarty ’05 Materials Science and Engineering, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Presented to alumni and friends making significant contributions to the success of the Association and/or the University.

The Fogarty’s love story is Pure Michigan Tech. They met during Resident Assistant orientation in McNair Hall. In addition to the same college major, materials science, they found common ground in their passion for the outdoors. Josh graduated in spring 2003 and proposed to Jana at the 2004 Winter Carnival All Nighter.

In Winter 2007, they decided it would be fun to gather a few Michigan Tech alumni together for broomball, a tradition that continues. By 2013 more than 100 Michigan Tech Huskies and friends were arriving from seven states to enjoy broomball, chili and each other’s company.

Distinguished Alumni Award

William Bernard, Jr. ’69 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Perrysburg, Ohio

This award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions both in their careers and to Michigan Tech over a number of years.

Bernard is tenacity personified. A local boy without resources to afford schooling and living expenses elsewhere, he stayed close to home and worked nearly 40 hours a week while completing his studies. He’s been with the same company for more than 40 years, ascending to sole owner and CEO of Surface Combustions, Inc in 1997.

His first job after graduation was field engineer in the Surface Combustion division of Midland and he progressed into engineering design, contract engineering, marketing, chief engineer and business unit manager roles.

When his division was threatened with closure, Bernard spearheaded a successful buyout, creating Surface Combustion, Inc. and in 1997 became the sole owner.

The 2000 Michigan Tech Academy of Material Science and Engineering Inductee and 2011 ASM International Fellow has earned numerous honors, including the 2009 Center for Heat Treating Excellence Distinguished Service Award and the 2013 ASM International Distinguished Life Membership Award.

Read more at Tech Today, by Brenda Rudiger.

Updates from Tech Today.

ArcelorMittal Sponsoring 7th Man Hockey T-shirts

IMG_0768Michigan Tech hockey is pleased to announce a partnership with ArcelorMittal in the 7th Man T-shirt Project. ArcelorMittal has purchased 850 T-shirts for Michigan Tech students to wear at the home-opening series against the University of Michigan on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

“I would like to thank ArcelorMittal and Joe Nowosad (MSE ’87) for sponsoring our 7th Man T-shirts,” Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson said. “Any time you host a team like the University of Michigan, it’s a big deal. It’s going to be an exciting weekend of hockey here at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, and we’re happy our student section will be covered in gold.”

One hundred of the ArcelorMittal 7th Man T-shirts will be handed out at a live radio remote in the Van Pelt and Opie Library on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The hockey team and coaching staff will be on campus promoting the series against Michigan.

The remaining 750 7th Man T-shirts will be handed out at the Experience Tech student entrance at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena before Friday night’s game.

“We are honored with this opportunity to be the first company to sponsor the 7th Man at Michigan Tech,” Jake Haelfrisch, an engineer at ArcelorMittal said. “ArcelorMittal is very proud to work with such a great partner over the past eight years. The engineers that we’ve hired from Michigan Tech are at all levels of our corporation and this sponsorship is the least we could do to recognize this partnership. We hope that we see an arena filled with Husky Gold. Go Huskies.”

ArcelorMittal employs more than 60 Michigan Tech graduates, and is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with around 232,000 employees in more than 60 countries. They are the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging. Underpinning all their operations is a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel. See the ArcelorMittal website for more information.

“It’s great to see all the Michigan Tech graduates that ArcelorMittal employs,” added Pearson. “They obviously see a value in our students, and we’re thankful that they’re now going to partner our department and team.”

Alumni on Cold Campuses

Snowiest Campus/One ID in 2007 Carny Photo

Bruce Kettunen, Metallurgy ’76, commented on comparisons between Michigan Tech, Minnesota and North Dakota cold college rankings in the February 11, 2014, issue of TechAlum Newsletter.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, From the Email Bag.

Alumni Comment on Slide Rules

“From the Email Bag” in TechAlum Newsletter for December 17, 2013, features a lively discussion by alumni on their memories of using slide rules at Michigan Tech. Among the commenters is Bruce Kettunen, Metallurgy ’76, who talks about the transition from slide rules to early calculators.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter.

Alum Sanchai Kuboon Assists with Recruitment Abroad

Graduate School Recruits in Thailand

It’s become a popular and successful strategy. Graduate School staff venture to Thailand to recruit, and they get a lot of help from alumni over there.

Helping tell the Tech story were a few generations worth of alumni. Recently graduated Sanchai Kuboon ’13 was there. He’s a Royal Thai Scholar and materials science graduate who is now a researcher developing new biofuels.

Read more at Tech Today, by Dennis Walikainen.

MSE Major Suki Miftah Makes a Difference

Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Phi Epsilon

M-Making a D-Difference

It was a tradition for the DZs, according to Suki Miftah, a third-year materials science and engineering major from Baltimore.

“Last year, we raked on Agate Street, we did the Chassell cemetery and the playground at Daniell Heights the year before that,” she said.

They all planned on attending the Northern hockey name that night, and some had been in Marquette the night before. “We played well,” Miftah said. “It was fun.”

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.

MSE Alumni August 2013

Raymond Smith Article
Raymond Smith Article

MSE alumni (and future alumni) are mentioned in this week’s TechAlum Newsletter.

Welcome Home

Students this year also had new ID cards, HuskyCards, that they were getting at the library. It was there that I ran into Violet Thole, a materials science and engineering major, and her dad, Richard ’70, an ME. They were hoofing it, for the most part, because their car had broken down. She had her essential items with her, enough to move into her new home in Wads. Brother Craig was a fourth-year EE at Tech.

From The Email Bag

Steve Kampe submitted a blurb about Ray Smith in “Ray Smith Makes ASM News.”

Jack Simon, ’63, talks about his career as a metallurgical engineering major in “Class of ’63 Member Checks In.”

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 26.

3D Printers in August News

Associate Professor Joshua Pearce’s (MSE/ECE) efforts on 3D printing have been picked up both locally and nationally. His economic analysis was picked up by CNN blogger Heather Kelly in her “What’s Next” column entitled “At Home Printing Could Save Consumers Thousands.” The story also made the UPI wire and Business News Daily. His workshops that teach area teachers how to use 3D printers were covered by WLUC TV6ABC 5&10 and Second Wave.

From Tech Today.

Research by MSE students Ben Wittbrodt, Alexandra Glover and John Loreto and Gerald Anzalone (MSE), and Douglas Oppliger (EF), John Irwin (MET) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) on distributed manufacturing and 3-D printing has made both the popular technical press nationally including Popular Science, Computer World, Tech Crunch, Slash Dot, Kurzweil and Gizmodo and the international news including major newspapers ABC, and El Correo in Spain and the Krone, which is Austria’s largest newspaper with an average daily readership of 2,970,000.

From Tech Today.

The story about Associate Professor Joshua Pearce’s (MSE, ECE) economic analysis of the value of 3D printing was featured on Gizmodo, a leading technology website. See online.

From Tech Today.

Master’s student Ben Wittbrodt ’13 (MSE) is featured in this ABC News technology feature on 3D printing, “Printing Keychains and Shower Heads: 3-D Printing Goes Beyond the Lab.” Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (ECE/MSE) is quoted in the story, which resulted from his study on the economics of 3D printing.

From Tech Today.

Ben Wittbrodt
Ben Wittbrodt

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for the show Science, Health and Technology for NTN24 International News Channel, which airs in all Latin America, the Caribbean and in Europe through different cable systems and DirectTV in the US. The interview in Spanish covered Michigan Tech’s efforts in distributed production using low-cost open-source 3-D printers.

From Tech Today.

Read more and watch the video (in Spanish) at NTN24.

NTN24 Interview of Joshua Pearce
NTN24 Interview of Joshua Pearce

Michigan Tech’s research in distributed manufacturing with 3-D printing continues to be covered abroad, including an article in La Nacion of Costa Rica. Closer to home “Click, print, fire: Grand Rapids startup hits accelerating 3D printed weapons market” extensively quoted Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE).

From Tech Today.

Alum Paul Jablonski Revolutionizes Stent Technology

Paul Jablonski
Paul Jablonski

The Washington Post published a profile of Michigan Tech alumnus Paul Jablonski ’87, a metallurgist with the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. His profile was part of a series on little-known federal workers whose work has a significant impact on society.

From Tech Today.

DOE metallurgist revolutionized coronary stent technology

The tiny scaffolding had to be strong, long-lasting and visible to an X-ray. It had to be able to hold open a human artery for extended periods of time to keep blood flowing. It had to be able to keep people alive.

That was the task put before Paul Jablonski, a metallurgist in the Process Development Division of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Albany, Ore.

Jablonski brought to bear his own metallurgical expertise as well as his creativity and innovation to make unusual prototypes of the material. There was some skepticism about the potential of these alloys, since their creation in some cases went against metallurgical theory.

Read more at the Washington Post.

Carnahan Challenges Alumni

Robert Carnahan
Robert Carnahan

Class of 1953 Reunion Announcement and Challenge!

“Earlier this year, the plan was announced to convert the campus corridor to a mall, beginning to end West to East, the Alumni Way. It’s a splendid idea with a West End Gateway celebrating the history of the college and mining industry of the Keweenaw Peninsula.”

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, Alumni Around the World, by Bob Carnahan, ’53.