Category: Alumni News

Changes Coming to Google Drive for MTU Alumni

Due to a policy shift by Google, changes are coming that will affect Michigan Tech Alumni. Starting January 1, 2023, Michigan Tech alumni will no longer have access to Google Drive and Google Photos. On that date, any files stored in Drive or Photos under an alumni @mtu.edu account will be marked for deletion.

Between now and January 1, 2023, there are several options for moving content, whether it’s by downloading or transferring to another Google account.

This does not affect @mtu.edu email addresses. Email accounts will continue to work as they do today.

If you have any questions about these changes or need assistance, we can help. Contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or call 906-487-1111.


Michigan Tech is ‘Michigan’s Flagship Technological University’

An Update from President Koubek

One of Michigan Tech’s special elements is our spirit of teamwork. This was particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout, the Michigan Tech community sacrificed to uphold the values and mission of our institution. And on April 30, we celebrated together when over 1,200 students received their degrees. Congratulations to the Class of 2022! They join an esteemed group of alumni from around the world. 

President Rick Koubek
President Rick Koubek

Also, thanks to the hard work of our faculty and staff, Michigan Tech emerged from the pandemic in a positive position, enabling us to press forward with several new initiatives supporting the excellence that resides in this great University. I outlined these themes at a recent campuswide leadership meeting and am pleased to share them now more broadly with our alumni, donors, and friends. 

First, we continue to advance the Tech Forward areas identified by our faculty and staff in 2018-19.

Second, this fall we will begin a faculty hiring initiative with a goal of employing 400 tenure-track and nontenure-track faculty by 2035, provided enrollment grows as well.

Third, with the new campus master plan completed, we will invest in our campus footprint through renovations, student housing, academic space, and student space.

Fourth, we are working to establish a larger and more diverse student body from across the country, with a goal of 10,000 students by 2035. Progress is being made thanks to the work of our faculty and staff.

Fifth, we will continue to vigorously promote Michigan Tech’s excellence on the national level.

And finally, this fall we will initiate a University fundraising campaign to provide support for scholarships, professorships, facilities, academic programs, and athletics.  

As these plans become reality, the world will benefit from the innovations springing from our Tech Forward initiatives. Our campus will boast contemporary facilities, classrooms, and technologies to promote learning and research. Our students and faculty will benefit from donor support through scholarships, professorships, endowed chairs, and other forms of philanthropy. And finally, we will all be part of a growing, more diverse community of students, staff, and faculty.  

Thank you again for your support of Michigan’s flagship technological university. I am excited to move forward into a future focused on excellence and growth for our University.


Chernosky’s Legacy in Sustainable Practices Lives On Through Award/Scholarship

Former Michigan Tech professor and advisor Frank Chernosky ‘55 was an early advocate for sustainability principles. His leadership and mentorship of students during his tenure starting the 1960s until his untimely death in 1971 had a great impact on many. 

Frank Chernosky
Frank Chernosky ’55

In memory of Chernosky, Mike ‘69 and Karen Gregory established the Frank Chernosky Award in Climate Leadership in 2021.

“When I was a student in the 60’s, the concept of sustainability was championed by Frank Chernosky and Duane Thayer,” said Gregory. “That was before the EPA existed. What better way to remember Frank and help solve the planet’s climate issues than to support a scholarship in his name to assist students studying and researching ways to achieve sustainability.”

Marc Levier ‘71 ‘77 joins Gregory underscoring the impact Chernosky had on his life.

“Frank Chernosky was the professor I admired most. He was the person I looked to for guidance as a student and as a young man who was finding his way in life,” said LeVier. “A field trip to nearby Empire and Republic iron ore mines in my first class with Frank opened my eyes to the mining industry, and I was hooked.”

LeVier also recalled Chernosky as a practitioner of his craft, working in the summer months doing test work for mining companies or in the field working on assigned projects. “Frank brought his students current knowledge and problem-solving skills for real issues. His lectures kept you engaged and wanting more.”

Chernosky’s widow Fay is happy to see Frank’s connection to Michigan Tech continue. “Frank was all about his alma mater. He worked diligently to provide his students with the best education possible to succeed in their profession of metallurgical engineering specializing in mineral processing. His industrial experiences provided him the knowledge to convey the skills he knew they would need.”

The first award will be granted for the 2022-23 academic year. Clare Fidler has been named the first recipient. “I’m honored and thrilled to have been chosen for the Frank Chernosky Award in Climate Leadership,” she said. “I feel I could make a positive impact on the world by focusing on a career in sustainability. Addressing climate issues involves not only environmental questions, but a human, social, and economic ones as well. I feel passionate about tackling problems in all of those aspects of life in order to ensure a sustainable world and future.

Clare Fidler

“I’m thankful especially for the professional development opportunities that this award will help guide me through. I feel that learning from experts in a real-world setting will aid my understanding of current strategies in addressing climate issues and help me start applying those tactics in my own career much faster.”

Fidler will not only receive $6,400 in scholarship assistance for the upcoming year, but she’ll also receive a professional development and applied work fund of $1,600.

For more details on how to support this scholarship or students like Clare, contact Bryant Weathers.


Four Generation Michigan Tech Legacy Family

“Ryan told me when he was five years old he was going to Michigan Tech,” said Jim Cote ‘62, Ryan’s grandfather. He was right.

Jim ’62, Ryan ’22, and Rob ’85 Cote.

Ryan Cote walked across the stage at Michigan Tech’s Spring Commencement on Saturday (April 30) having earned a Bachelor of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication with a minor in cybersecurity. In doing so, he added to the family legacy and became a fourth-generation Tech graduate. 

“Michigan Tech’s a place I’ve always been interested in,” said Ryan. “I came up for Summer Youth Programs, and fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere.”

Jim ‘62 and Ryan ‘22 graduated 60 years apart. The other members of the four generation legacy are Ryan’s father, Rob Cote ‘85 (Scientific and Technical Communication) and his great-grandfather Robert DeGhetto ‘49 (Mechanical Engineering).

As for his future, Ryan has a job lined up with a small tech firm in lower Michigan, where he will do technical writing and cybersecurity work.


Tell us about your family legacy at Michigan Tech! Comment below.


In Memoriam

January 1 – March 31, 2022

ClassFull NameDegrees
1947Duane W. WestBS Mechanical Engineering
1948Robert A. FrickeBS Electrical Engineering, ’48 BS Mechanical Engineering
1948Donald C. HampsonBS Chemical Engineering, MS Chemical Engineering
1949Richard A. DerbyBS Metallurgical Engineering
1949Mitchell S. SiepakBS Electrical Engineering
1950Paul J. GoodeBS Physics
1950James M. JabaraBS Civil Engineering
1950Mario D. ZadraBS Chemistry
1951Harry D. BennettsBS Civil Engineering
1951Allen J. BentleyBS Mechanical Engineering
1951Ernest W. KitznerBS Mechanical Engineering
1952Robert A. BorakBS Forestry
1952Donald C. ViolettaBS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgical Engineering
1954Barth R. SchlupBS Civil Engineering
1956Tai Y. LeeBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1957Christy T. HaugeBS Forestry
1958Glenn R. BrownBS Civil Engineering
1958Raymond J. SlatteryBS Business Administration
1958Gerald L. Vande HeiBS Forestry
1959Clifford E. FaucherBS Civil Engineering
1959Monte J. HandBS Chemical Engineering
1959Jack E. PiersonBS Civil Engineering
1960Roger G. GratesBS Applied Physics, BS Metallurgical Engineering
1960Raymond G. LatvalaBS Business Administration
1960William J. LubitzBS Electrical Engineering
1960Richard G. MeeseBS Chemical Engineering
1961Edmond P. FridayBS Civil Engineering
1962William T. Dodson P.E.BS Mechanical Engineering
1962Russell P. PaquetteBS Electrical Engineering
1962Donald C. TrimbleBS Mechanical Engineering
1963Rodger A. ArolaBS Civil Engineering, MS Engineering Mechanics
1963Robert G. CarlsonBS Mechanical Engineering
1963Barry C. DaveyBS Electrical Engineering
1963Alfred A. PorkkaBS Mechanical Engineering
1966Erwin T. SimiBS Biological Sciences
1967Douglas A. Grisham P.E.BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1967L. Howard RichardsBS Mechanical Engineering
1967Dilip K. Shaw P.E.MS Chemical Engineering
1968Frederick K. GeisslerBS Electrical Engineering
1968James C. LamerandBS Mathematics, MS Mathematics
1969Robert J. GainesBS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1970Jimmy A. FinleyBS Geology
1972Frederick R. AndersonAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1972Ralph W. KleinBS Chemistry
1972David F. SzykownyBS Forestry
1973Dr. James E. KitznerBS Biological Sciences
1973Curtis R. PaulsonAAS Forest Technology
1974Dr. Robert A. AyresPHD Metallurgical Engineering
1974Walter J. CaspersBS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1974Daniel W. JunttilaBA Liberal Arts
1974Ronald W. PaynterBS Civil Engineering
1975Fred William R. FassBS Geology
1975Charles D. KramerBS Chemistry, MS Chemical Engineering
1978Daniel A. O’BrienBS Forestry
1979Warren R. BrownBS Chemical Engineering
1979Sheryl P. LepistoBS Biological Sciences
1979Paul J. McHoneBS Forestry
1979Dr. Darwin G. MoonBS Mechanical Engineering
1981Carol A. DeBackerBS Wood Science
1982Robert E. CassBS Mechanical Engineering
1984John J. GagnonAAS Civil Engineering Technology
1985James L. HollenbeckBS Geology
1988Dr. Douglas E. WilkenMS Physics, PHD Applied Physics
1989Jeffrey S. ArchBS Civil Engineering
1989Dr. M. Sean ClanceyMS Rhetoric & Tech Communication, PHD Rhetoric & Tech Communication
1991Thomas M. DemenyBS Electrical Engineering
1993Eric M. FredricksonBS Environmental Engineering, MS Operations Management
1993Heather C. SchultzBS Mechanical Engineering
1997Ryan T. AdragnaBS Mechanical Engineering
2003Frank A. WhitonBS Engineering
2009Mark D. MiljevichBS Civil Engineering
2011Breanna L. CronkBS Mechanical Engineering
2012James E. BrandtBS Accounting
2019Anthony J. RettigBS Mechanical Engineering

In Memoriam for October 1 – December 31, 2021


Michigan Tech Mourns Loss of Darwin Moon ’79

Michigan Tech’s Department of Advancement and Alumni Engagement is sad to announce the passing of Darwin Moon ‘79, a member of Michigan Tech’s Alumni Board of Directors. Darwin was engaged in numerous ways with Michigan Tech, serving not only on the Alumni Board but also as a member of the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) External Advisory Board.

Darwin and his wife, Margarita, also supported the research of Professor L. Brad King, the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Endowed Professor (Space Systems) in ME-EM.

“Darwin was a very special Alumni Board member whose passion for Michigan Tech could not be contained. He has left his Husky paw print on our hearts, as well as on the University” says Kristin Kolodge, President of the Alumni Board of Directors.

The full obituary for Darwin follows.

Darwin G. Moon was born to Leslie C. and Betty Lou Moon on May 28, 1957, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  In his youth, Darwin was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Scouting.

Darwin obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Applied Mechanics from California State University at Northridge, and a Doctoral of Philosophy Degree in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University.  He was a member of Michigan Tech’s Alumni Board, the Recognition & Recruitment Committee and the ME-EM External Advisory Board.

Darwin started working at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards AFB, California in 1980. He went on to work at McDonnell Douglas in Southern California and The Boeing Company for 27 years, most recently in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was a project manager on the Space Launch System.

After a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, Darwin passed away on March 16, 2022.  He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margarita; sister, Karen (Mark) Vylonis; niece, Megan (Sean) Vylonis-Nelson; two nephews, Derrek Vylonis and Corey Vylonis; and numerous cousins.  Darwin is predeceased by his parents.


2022 Alumni “Snow” Statue Results

Thanks to all the Michigan Tech alumni and friends who participated in our second annual contest. Congratulations to our winners!

Multi-Day Snow Statue

Multi-Day Snow Statue – Winner

Title: Freezy’s Skeeball
Participants: Max Dehtiar ’06
Story: Childhood memories of carnivals aren’t about what you got to see, but about the things you got to do! This year’s theme was perfect for an interactive statue that is a fully playable version of the most classic midway game of all – Skeeball! The perfect thing to beat cabin fever and the social distance blues. A fun front yard game for neighbors, friends, and classmates to come play and be kids, or for grown-ups to feel like one again. 

The skeeball game has three scoring zones, and an internal tunnel that returns the balls to the tray in front. The scoreboard detail documents the statue’s year. The game is hosted by an adorable carnival barker penguin named Freezy. With him cheering you on, no one can resist giving this game a try!


Multi-Day Snow Statue – 2nd Place

Title: Snowy Circus
Caption: Baby animals in training for the big top bring our snowy circus to life/Through the years, times may have changed, but the spirit of winter carnival has stayed the same. Baby animals join us so we can cheer, to help us ring in the next 100 years!
Participants: Laurie Stark (’08/current employee), Susan Mattila (’08), Ryan Ploetz (’08), Ashley Ploetz (’08)
Story: Come one, come all to our 100th Carnival! Watch as our baby tiger jumps through a ring of fire and our sweet baby bear finishes up her hula-hooping dance! As our baby circus animals finish up their greatest big top acts, we take a look back to the first Michigan Tech carnival. 

A glimpse into this first carnival would show us circus-style acts, people dressed up as circus animals, bands, and contests. Over the years, the themes have changed from circus to heroes to cartoons, and more, but the spirit of that first winter carnival is still alive today as we celebrate with snow statues, broomball, and comedians. As we ring in the next 100 years, the future possibilities are endless!


24-Hour Snow Statue

24-Hour Snow Statue – Winner

Title: Come One, Come All! Keep your Eye on the Ice Ball.
Caption: Step right up and enjoy the show!  You’ll forget all about your frozen fingers and toes as Patty the Snowbank Elephant deftly contact juggles her pyramid of ice spheres for your amusement.
Participants: Drew Vettel ’05 ’06, Maeda Vetta (4 years old), Ben Thompson ’09, Aspen Thompson (10 months old)
Story: We took a family vacation with friends to Bessemer, MI and stayed at an airbnb near the base of Big Powderhorn. The statue was built in the front yard (out of the plow paths) so everyone in the neighborhood could enjoy it. We harvested icicles from the roofline for tusks and froze clear ice spheres using balloons. Patty’s curved trunk dips into the snowbank before curving up to reveal the 1st ice sphere for her contact juggling routine. There is a snow bench facing Patty so we could take refreshment breaks and relax when needed. The statue was mostly built by Ben and Drew, but our daughters helped a bit and we had some playtime in the snow with them too (sledding, making snow angels, etc.). We spent some time skiing, snowshoeing, and relaxing with our families while introducing our children to the beauty of the UP and the variety of fun outdoor winter activities.


24-Hour Snow Statue – 2nd Place

Title: Minecraft-Go-Round
Caption: Rising from the frozen ground, Our very own Minecraft-Go-Round
Participants: Michelle BalkLudwig ’08, Adam BalkLudwig, Tim Pongratz, Ken Lewis, Jenny Lewis, Olivia Lewis
Story: The statue shows three Minecraft animals saddled and ready to ride in a merry-go-round. It is located in the BalkLudwig front yard in Spooner, Wisconsin. We knew right away that we wanted to do a merry-go round to allow for multiple design ideas within a cohesive overall plan, but were struggling a bit to figure out the animals. Then our resident creative planner Olivia (age 14), suggested rideable Minecraft animals. Thus the pig, horse, and llama were selected. The base is 8 feet in diameter. We used storage tubs to form the general shapes of the animals, and then carved and added as needed. Olivia headed up the pig design, Tim handled the horse, and Adam carved the llama.


Other Material “Snow” Statue

Other Material “Snow” Statue – Winner

Title: 100 years of circus crowds enjoyed by one and all at frigid carnival
Participants: Jim Cesarz ’94, Diane Cesarz ’94, Ken Stevens ’93, Tim Storey ’93
Story: 100 years ago MTU students enjoyed the 1st carnival dressed up as circus animals. Today they continued the tradition, dressing up, dancing and balancing on circus balls while enjoying a heavy snowfall. A simple brick house welcomes everyone home with a warm cup of hot chocolate. While Tech provides many traditions, memories and a wonderful education, the deep and life-long friendships are priceless. Mi Casa es su casa! Welcome home, my friend.

Reminiscent of times past, this black and white photo, captures the MTU pep band enjoying the various statues. True to their fun nature they cannot resist adding a little song to gear up the circus acts and serenade their Winter Carnival Queen.


Other Material “Snow” Statue – 2nd Place

Title: There’s no Fun Like Snow Fun
Participants: Katie Kioski ’09 and Kristie Kioski
Story: Step right up and have a ball as we celebrate Michigan Tech’s 100th winter carnival. Inspired by the classic circus games, we have a duck pond, bowling, skee ball, and high striker. We hope you bring along your appetite. This sweet scene is made out of marshmallows.


In Memoriam

October 1 – December 31, 2021

Pref ClassFull NameDegrees
1936Esther R. BrodeurBS General Science
1942Henry J. Hansen JrBS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgy
1946John V. BerghBS Civil Engineering
1947John G. LiadisBS Electrical Engineering
1947William I. PentinBS Electrical Engineering
1947Oliver R. SimiBS Chemical Engineering
1948Alice C. CrowellBS General Science
1948Kenneth W. HarderBS Mechanical Engineering
1948Henry G. PiperBS Mechanical Engineering
1949William S. AudayBS Electrical Engineering
1949Paul K. GoetheBS Electrical Engineering
1949Melvin E. Orchard P.E.BS Civil Engineering
1950Arne L. AndersonBS General Science
1950Kenneth F. NackeBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Charles D. PutnamBS Electrical Engineering
1951Dolores M. AdamsBS General Science
1951Mark W. CrossBS Mechanical Engineering
1951George D. EcksteinBS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1951Andrew GroeneveldBS Metallurgical Engineering
1951John J. LoughrayBS Forestry
1952Cletus L. Courchaine PEBS Civil Engineering
1956Sonny G. EdwardsBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1956Thomas B. SullivanBS Metallurgical Engineering
1957Donald L. GoochBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Chemical Engineering
1958Roland A. MariucciBS Civil Engineering
1958Dr. Robert J. SpahnBS Engineering Physics
1958Dr. Laurence G. StevensMS Chemistry
1959Bruce M. BertramBS Geological Engineering, MS Business Administration
1959Gerald J. FitzgeraldBS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1959Ernest W. LehtolaBS Business Administration
1959Stanley R. MichaelsonBS Civil Engineering
1959Robert B. PlaterBS Civil Engineering
1959Peter M. RankinBS Electrical Engineering
1960Donald N. GibsonBS Metallurgical Engineering
1960Col. George T. LaBlonde Jr (Ret)BS Mining Engineering
1960Robert H. WieberBS Engineering Physics
1961Thomas J. BourkeBS Business Administration
1962Robert S. EiferdBS Mathematics
1962David Alexander McLachlanBS Business Administration
1963William B. WoodBS Forestry
1964John D. TruaxBS Applied Physics
1965Kenneth C. ChermakBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Paul A. PolusBS Physics, MS Nuclear Engineering
1965Franklin V. VreskBS Electrical Engineering
1966Allan R. KnivilaBS Applied Physics, ’88 MS Physics
1966Joanne E. PotterBS Business Administration
1966Donald R. WickBS Civil Engineering
1968Dr. Ronald L. HeningerBS Forestry, ’69 MS Forestry
1970Ronald N. BuswellBS Electrical Engineering
1970Dr. Timothy R. PinchbackBS Metallurgical Engineering, ’74 MS Metallurgical Engineering, ’77 PHD Metallurgical Engineering
1971David B. KremhellerBS Geology
1971Bruce M. LahtiBS Business Administration
1971Casann E. RayBS Biological Sciences
1971Gary R. ScriverBS Business Administration
1972George E. BienBS Chemical Engineering
1972Fouad BsatBS Mechanical Engineering
1972Robert A. DeLoskeyBS Mechanical Engineering
1972James T. GourdBS Business Administration
1972Raymond W. GroneveltBS Business Administration
1972Terry L. HortonBS Civil Engineering
1972Andrew IskraAAS Civil Engineering Technology
1972Bruce A. JonesBS Electrical Engineering
1972Ronald J. KadelsikBS Civil Engineering
1972James E. KattelusBS Mechanical Engineering
1972William L. KennedyBS Business Administration
1972Herman K. KinnieBS Civil Engineering
1972George B. MackeyBS Mechanical Engineering
1972Larry D. MustamaaBS Biological Sciences
1972Peter R. NardiBS Electrical Engineering
1972William P. QuinnBS Business Administration
1972Michael L. SchoenherrBS Civil Engineering
1972Paul M. SchuerAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1972Gregory C. VopalBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Electrical Engineering
1972William W. WillisBS Mechanical Engineering
1972Dr. Charles A. WilsonMS Chemistry, PHD Chemistry
1972Thomas N. ZatkovicBS Civil Engineering
1973Marvin F. HerstromBS Business Administration
1974Bela T. Lanczy D.O.BS Biological Sciences, ’80 MS Biological Sciences
1974Cynthia S. StockBS Medical Technology
1975Roger A. BriggsBS Chemical Engineering
1975Richard C. DoverAAS Forest Technology
1975William J. MerrillMS Business Administration
1976Michael W. HoeftBS Chemistry
1977Marvin R. BablerBS Wood Science
1978Kurt D. FriesthBS Forestry
1978David A. ParkerBS Electrical Engineering
1979Denise Ann OsterholmAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1979Susan B SinclairBS Chemical Engineering
1981Judith M. HaatajaAAS Nursing Technology
1983David J. StanleyBS Mechanical Engineering
1985Nena M. Evans, P.E.BS Electrical Engineering
1985Richard D. StrieterAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS), ’87 AAS Civil Engineering Technology
1989David L. HekkerBS Electrical Engineering, ’91 MS Operations Management
1995Paulette T. NobleBS Business Administration

In Memoriam July 1 – September 30, 2021


Innovators in Industry Aims to Connect Students to Alumni

On October 25, Michigan Technological University launched Innovators in Industry, a project connecting students with MTU alumni in industry. The aim is to give students direct access to industry experts, leaders, and influencers to help shape students’ paths.

The initial three-part series consisted of virtual sessions where featured alumni gave short presentations with Q&A from students and others in the audience.

Recordings of each of the first three sessions are available below.

Future plans for the Innovators in Industry series include in-person sessions and on-location visits for students to industry hubs.


October 25 • The Future of Autonomous Vehicles & Mobility
Co-hosts: Janet Callahan, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Jeremy Bos ’00 ’12, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Featured alumni: Sean Kelley ‘86 of the Mannik & Smith Group, Inc., an engineering and environmental sciences consulting firm; Mark Rakoski ‘95, of Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc.; and Birgit Sorgenfrei ’91 of Ford Motor Company.


November 1 • The Computing Revolution
Host: Dennis Livesay, Dean of the College of Computing

Featured alumni: Dianne Marsh ’86, director of device and content security, Netflix; Austin J. Noronha ’87, managing director, Sony Innovation Fund; Stuart Pann ’81, senior vice president at Intel Corporation; Christine Roberts ’91, senior vice president and general manager, software and services solutions, Poly.


November 8 • Entrepreneurship, Startups, and Venture Capital
Host: Dean Johnson, Dean of the College of Business

Featured alumni: Kanwal Rekhi ’69, managing director of Inventus Capital Partners; John Rockwell ’79, president, CEO, and director of Accelergy Corp.; Chang Park ’73, president, CEO, and founder of Universal Remote Control, Inc.; and Rebecca Ufkes ’87, president of Ufkes Holdings.