Category: Alumni Recognition

In Memoriam

October 1 – December 31, 2022

Class Full Name Degrees
1899 Arthur E. Maas BS Mining, EM Mining
1936 Oscar G. Hane BS Electrical Engineering
1940 Charles E. Tackels Jr BS Chemical Engineering
1942 Walfred S Werner BS Electrical Engineering
1943 John C. Feldscher BS Mechanical Engineering
1946 H. Bradley Johnson BS Mining Engineering
1946 Robert L. Smith BS Mining Engineering
1948 Louis P. Clark BS Metallurgical Engineering
1949 Russell W. Burman BS Metallurgical Engineering
1949 Angelo C. Coste BS Chemical Engineering
1949 Gale E. Dickinson ’49 BS Chemical Engineering
1949 Thomas C. Gebhard BS Electrical Engineering
1949 Oiva W. Hakala BS Mining Engineering
1949 Douglas A. Kuhna BS Mechanical Engineering
1949 Robert P. Matson ’49 BS Mining Engineering
1949 Thomas Z. Pinder BS Metallurgical Engineering
1949 Donald J. Schwalm BS Metallurgical Engineering
1949 Vincent J. Zanella BS Electrical Engineering
1950 James S. Apostolina BS Metallurgical Engineering
1950 William L. Barke BS Civil Engineering, BS Mining Engineering
1950 Philip C. Ellsworth ’50 BS Geological Engineering
1950 Carl F. Hoehner ’50 BS Mechanical Engineering
1950 Hoobert Huhta BS Electrical Engineering
1950 Dean R. Kelly BS Civil Engineering
1950 Wayne L. Sullivan BS Chemical Engineering
1950 Earl C Sutherland ’50 BS Metallurgical Engineering, ’50 MS Metallurgical Engineering
1950 Clarence P. Ulstad BS Civil Engineering
1950 Alan F. Walter BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1951 David S. Hackley ’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951 Gerald W. Heppler BS Civil Engineering
1951 Robert H. LeGault BS Electrical Engineering
1951 Irving B. Perala BS Electrical Engineering
1951 Donald I. Severson BS Civil Engineering
1951 Arthur B. Shurtleff, Sr BS Civil Engineering
1952 Richard J. Annesser BS Mechanical Engineering
1952 Norbert R. Grant BS Chemical Engineering
1952 James F. Harlin BS Civil Engineering
1952 Jack P. Johnson BS Civil Engineering
1952 Raymond E. Johnson BS Mining Engineering
1952 Howard C. LaTourneau BS Mechanical Engineering
1952 Kenneth J. Moody BS Mechanical Engineering
1953 Frederick C. Hallgren BS Metallurgical Engineering
1953 Ronald L. Mathwich BS Civil Engineering
1953 Robert J. McCormick BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Chemical Engineering
1955 Gilbert J. Mroz BS Civil Engineering
1955 David F. Pagel ’55 BS Business Administration, ’55 BS Chemical Engineering
1956 Arnell L. Engstrom BS Geological Engineering
1956 Samuel T. Wineman P.E. BS Mechanical Engineering
1957 Dr. Donald L. Bullock ’57 BS Physics
1957 Loren D. Carlson ’57 BS Electrical Engineering
1957 Dr. James I. Tanis ’57 BS Geological Engineering, ’58 MS Geophysics
1958 Stuart J. Durkee BS Civil Engineering
1959 Louis M. MacDougall BS Metallurgical Engineering
1959 Fred G. Nardi Jr ’59 BS Electrical Engineering
1959 George E. Winn BS Civil Engineering
1961 William C. Mitchell BS Electrical Engineering
1961 Florian J. Mohar BS Business Administration
1961 Loren S. Woerpel BS Forestry
1963 Robert M. Ball BS Civil Engineering
1963 Walter A. Grundman P.E. BS Mechanical Engineering
1965 Roland J. McDonald Jr BS Business Administration
1966 Dr Gary M Wenberg BS Biological Sciences, MS Biological Sciences, PHD Biological Sciences
1967 Gian C. Taneja BS Civil Engineering
1968 John R. Aho ’68 BS Mechanical Engineering
1968 Kenneth W. Brayman BS Mechanical Engineering
1968 Bruce G. Douglas BS Mathematics
1968 John L. Fisher BS Metallurgical Engineering
1968 William H. Granger BS Business Administration
1968 Dr. Robert B. Harper BS Biological Sciences
1968 Robert M. Kubicki BS Metallurgical Engineering
1968 Dennis M. Lamb BS Forestry
1968 Robert S. Middleton P.E. BS Applied Geophysics, MS Geophysics
1968 Jon E. Myers BS Forestry
1968 George W. Schemm BS Mathematics
1968 John F. Stafford BS Applied Geophysics
1968 James S. Tulloch BS Business Administration
1969 Gail L. Luttinen BS Civil Engineering, MS Business Administration
1969 Michael L. Priest ’69 BS Civil Engineering
1971 Gilbert W. Cross BS Forestry
1971 John H. Lewis BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Business Administration
1972 Timothy Carpenter PE ’72 BS Civil Engineering, ’82 MS Civil Engineering
1972 Francis J. Gagnon BS Electrical Engineering
1972 John C. Houston ’72 BS Applied Physics
1972 Dennis A. Leith BS Forestry
1972 Dennis G. McGrath BS Business Administration
1972 William C. Saad BS Mathematics
1973 Andrew J. Grgurich BA Liberal Arts with History Opt
1973 Lawrence C. Joiner BS Civil Engineering
1973 David P. Zielinski BS Mechanical Engineering
1974 George M. Hnatiuk BS Electrical Engineering, ’77 MS Mathematics, ’78 MS Electrical Engineering
1975 Patrick Parker ’75 BS Mechanical Engineering
1978 Robin F. Righettini ’78 BS Chemistry
1983 Mary J. Connors ’83 BS Biological Sciences
1983 Nicholas J. Leiterman ’83 BS Mechanical Engineering
1983 Mark S. Pirlot ’83 BS Mining Engineering, ’83 BS Business Engineering Admin
1990 Jennifer L. Barhorst ’90 BS Business Administration
1990 Melanie R. Harmala ’90 BS Mathematics
1993 Timothy D. Gard ’93 BS Electrical Engineering
1996 Keith J. Latendresse ’96 BS Environmental Engineering
1998 Shelley B. Mois ’98 BS Mechanical Engineering
2000 Richard J. McKay ’00 BS Mechanical Engineering

In Memoriam for July 1 – September 30, 2022

Barr Hires Michigan Tech Grads to Solve Problems and Restore Natural Resources

L-R: Diane Biehl, Michael Spenle, Katy Lindstrom, Chris Miron

Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Barr is an engineering and environmental consulting firm that has been serving clients across North America and beyond since the 1900s. The engineers, scientists, and technical specialists at Barr work together to help clients develop, manage, process, and restore natural resources. Among those employees who are making an impact on the world are Michigan Tech graduates who have found their careers at Barr.

Diane Biehl, Environmental Scientist
Diane Biehl is an environmental scientist and Barr, where her project work is both exciting and technically challenging. “Michigan Tech prepared me for Barr by encouraging and growing my love for science, by developing my work ethic, and providing numerous opportunities for me to grow as a person outside of school,” she said. “My favorite graduate experience was working under Dr. Nancy Auer, who supported me with guidance and patience.” Diane received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2011 and her Master’s in Biology in 2016.

Katy Lindstrom, Senior Environmental Engineer
Katy Lindstrom graduated from Michigan Tech in 2006 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering where she discovered her passion for hydrogeology and groundwater modeling in her geohydrology class with Dr. John Gierke. In her current role, Katy enjoys the combination of technical problem-solving and building relationships with her colleagues and clients. “Michigan Tech is phenomenal at preparing students for “real-world” application of science and engineering,” she said. “Most, if not all, of my classes included presenting technical work in presentations and/or technical writing. Both of these aspects of my job at Barr cannot be overstated.”

Chris Miron, Vice President and Senior Chemical Engineer
Chris Miron is the vice president and senior chemical engineer at Barr. He says the most rewarding part of his job has been the opportunity to successfully remediate and redevelop many complex sites of environmental contamination in Michigan. Earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1988, Chris learned how to effectively work with teams of professionals to complete projects. “Michigan Tech provided me with a strong understanding of fundamental principles of chemical and environmental separation processes.”

Michael Spenle, Electrical Engineer
As an electrical engineer, Michael works on substation and renewable energy design projects which help to improve and sustain the electrical grid. “Michigan Tech prepared me for working at Barr in ways I didn’t realize,” he said. “Not only did Tech provide me with a uniquely challenging education, but I would say it’s mainly what Tech offered outside of the classroom that has helped me the most in my career such as student organizations, on-campus jobs, and career-focused opportunities like enterprise.” Michael graduated from Michigan Tech in 2016 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Electrical Power Engineering.

In Memoriam

July 1 – September 30, 2022

Class Full Name Degrees
1929 Cmdr. Edwin C. Davis, U.S.N. (Ret) BS Mining, MS Metallurgy
1938 Edward A. Maki BS Mechanical Engineering
1940 George B. Darling BS Mining Engineering
1942 Robert J. Racine BS Chemical Engineering
1943 Edgar W. LeBoeuf BS Chemical Engineering
1947 William C. Bleimeister BS Civil Engineering
1947 Arthur A. Dorffi BS Mechanical Engineering
1948 Charles J. Haslam Jr BS Mining Engineering
1949 Dee L. Dibble BS Chemical Engineering
1949 Arthur R. Tinetti BS Metallurgical Engineering
1950 Grant K. Cornell, P.E., USAFR L/C BS Mechanical Engineering
1951 Fransis J. Siller BS Civil Engineering
1952 John B. Eisenlord P.E. BS Engineering Physics
1953 J. James Brozzo BS Chemical Engineering
1953 LtCol Kenneth B. Dungey Ret. BS Forestry
1953 Norman E. Pietsch BS Civil Engineering
1953 Erich B. Rabe BS Mechanical Engineering
1953 William A. Richards BS Mechanical Engineering
1953 Donald I. Rohrbach BS Mechanical Engineering
1953 Garland J. Tartaron BS Chemical Engineering
1954 Frank J. Klima BS Mining Engineering
1954 Jacqueline A. Rabe BS General Science
1954 Capt. Albert R. Socha USN (Ret) BS Civil Engineering
1954 Ronald W. Whiton BS Mining Engineering
1955 William C. Schwarting BS Forestry
1958 Claire R. Enerson BS Forestry
1958 Robert E. Wiele BS Mechanical Engineering
1959 John F. Lundberg BS Forestry
1959 Daniel L. Rivard BS Mechanical Engineering, HON Hon Doctor of Engineering
1959 Col. Thomas K. Sheldon (Ret) BS Metallurgical Engineering
1959 Robert P. Youngquist BS Electrical Engineering
1960 Galen H. Harrison BS Electrical Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering
1960 Dr. Lee P. Hunt, Deacon BS Chemistry, MS Chemistry
1961 Ronald E. Evans BS Mechanical Engineering
1964 George A. Mackey P.E. BS Civil Engineering, MS Business Administration
1965 John C. Garland BS Civil Engineering
1967 Richard J. Kirkbride BS Metallurgical Engineering
1970 Walter J. Justice Jr. BS Mechanical Engineering
1970 Michael F. Wilmers AAS Civil Engineering Technology, BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Civil Engineering
1973 Wayne H. Neumann BS Chemical Engineering
1977 David R. Puvogel BS Mechanical Engineering
1979 Eric J. Vial BS Electrical Engineering
1980 Charles L. Joffee BS Business Administration
1984 David C. Aittama AAS Civil Engineering Technology
1988 Thomas N. Lamb BS Civil Engineering
1989 Mark R. Caron BS Electrical Engineering
2008 Jed E. Hammond BS Business Administration
2019 Collin J. Hagan BS Forestry

In Memoriam for April 1 – June 30, 2022

Scholarship In Memory of Rachel Wussow

On May 27, 2021, Michigan Tech’s beloved Student Affairs colleague, mentor, and friend of so many, Rachel Wussow, passed away after spending over half her life fighting the effects of cancer. Rachel worked at Michigan Tech from 2006-2014 in housing and student activities. For all that knew Rachel, she was a bright light who loved the students she worked with and supervised.

Jen Julien from Houghton, MI, wrote on May 28, 2021
Rachel touched so many lives during her leadership roles at Michigan Tech. Many of us were influenced so heavily by her spunky personality, “get it done” attitude, and genuine care for student success. So many lives are better served by having been influenced by her.

A scholarship fund has been set up for students who best demonstrate their ability to participate in leadership development programs and community service, two areas of campus that Rachel cared deeply about. This is just one more way for the legacy of Rachel Wussow to continue to support the students she loved.

To make a gift to The Rachel Wussow Memorial Scholarship, please make a gift to fund 5619, or use the pre-populated giving form here.

In Memoriam

April 1 – June 30, 2022

Class Full Name Degrees
1950 James A. Johnson P.E. BS Civil Engineering
1950 Gordon J. Voelz BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1951 Robert L. Knutilla BS Civil Engineering
1951 John C. Linton P.E. BS Mechanical Engineering
1952 Marshall G. Pierotti BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1954 Felix Mickus BS Mechanical Engineering
1955 Charles D. Knauer Jr, PE BS Mechanical Engineering
1955 John F. MacDonald BS Civil Engineering
1956 Charles L. Lamoreaux BS Mechanical Engineering
1957 Dr. Richard J. Arsenault BS Metallurgical Engineering
1957 Raymond L. Merrifield BS Metallurgical Engineering
1958 Janet A. Locatelli BS Medical Technology
1959 James R. Falge BS Forestry
1960 Theodore M. Kero BS Mechanical Engineering
1960 William J. Lubitz BS Electrical Engineering
1960 Bruce P. Mitchell BS Chemistry, MS Chemistry
1960 George W. Phillion BS Geological Engineering, MS Geological Engineering
1960 Raymond A. Reynolds BS Business Administration
1961 Rodney L. Hartung BS Mechanical Engineering
1961 Allan A. Johnson BS Civil Engineering, MS Business Administration
1962 Alan R. Besola BS Electrical Engineering
1963 David C. Anderson BS Business Administration
1963 Maj. Gary C. Atkins BS Business Administration
1963 Paul F. Haertel BS Forestry
1964 John P. Goudreau BS Civil Engineering
1964 Dr. Wayne Holbrook BS Electrical Engineering
1964 Norman P. Wimmer BS Business Administration
1965 James A. Pietila BS Forestry
1965 George M. Pintar BS Business Administration
1965 David W. Stallard BS Electrical Engineering
1966 Robert E. Brooks BS Business Administration
1966 David E. Brusseau BS Business Administration
1966 Thomas W. Immonen BS Forestry
1966 Edward J. Strong BS Metallurgical Engineering
1970 Samuel A. Leonard BS Electrical Engineering
1972 Thomas M. Neuville BS Chemical Engineering
1972 Gerald F. Riutta BS Mechanical Engineering
1974 Dr. Jeffrey G. Ronn BS Biological Sciences
1976 Karen B. Hawke BS Mathematics
1977 L/Col.Kenneth R. Moser  MS Business Administration
1978 Lawrence W. Albaugh BS Forestry
1978 Edward M. Mills BS General Engineering
1979 John M. Kelly BS Business Administration
1981 Terrance L. Horvath BS Electrical Engineering
1983 Prakash K. Mirchandani MS Metallurgical Engineering, PHD Metallurgical Engineering
1984 Jody A. Miller BS Electrical Engineering
1987 Todd R. Rose BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mathematics
1989 Robert M. Bouwma BS Mechanical Engineering
1989 Charles J. Christy BS Civil Engineering
1990 Dianne Maynard BS Metallurgical Engineering
1998 Donald D. Arnold BS Mechanical Engineering
2008 Thomas W. Ernst MS Electrical Engineering

In Memoriam for January 1 – March 30, 2022

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.

Lucas Appointed to AVP of Alumni Engagement Position

Michigan Technological University announces the appointment of Jennifer (Jung) Lucas ’09 as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement, effective November 15. Lucas joins Michigan Tech after an extensive national search.

Jen Lucas ’09

“I appreciate and thank the campus community, members of the Alumni Board, and the Advancement and Alumni Engagement team for their efforts in selecting Jen to lead our alumni engagement activities,” said Bill Roberts, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement. “Jen has a depth of experience in fundraising and alumni relations and an exciting vision for engaging Michigan Tech Alumni. I am so pleased to welcome her to the team.” 

Lucas brings nearly 10 years of leadership and management experience in alumni engagement and annual giving to Michigan Tech. She got her start in Advancement working as a student caller for the Michigan Tech Telefund, eventually moving into the call center manager role following her graduation. She went on to work in alumni engagement and annual giving roles at several educational institutions before spending the last two years in industry relations at 3M.

“I am both honored and excited to come back and work for an institution whose mission I truly believe in,” said Lucas. “The Tech alumni community is a special one, and I hope to build on the foundation and traditions already in place while engaging in new ways with my fellow Huskies.”

Lucas will lead the University’s alumni engagement efforts including strategic planning, alumni reunion, academic affairs partnerships, and administrative oversight of the Alumni Board of Directors and regional alumni chapters.   

Examples of Lucas’s career accomplishments include maintaining an annual giving pace of over $1 million, volunteer and cross-functional team management, and extensive large-scale coordination and execution of both in-person and virtual events.

A Minnesota native, Lucas earned her B.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication graduating magna cum laude.  Jen was also a standout on the volleyball team earning many honors including all-America honorable mention and all-region. She received Michigan Tech’s Raymond L. Smith Award as the outstanding female senior student-athlete in 2009.

“Michigan Tech quite literally changed my life. My experiences as a student-athlete, Blue Key Honor Society member, and employee all are treasured memories,” said Lucas.

Lucas begins her duties on Monday, November 15. Roberts thanked Brenda Rudiger, Vice President for Advancement Services, for graciously agreeing to assist in the transition following Paula Nutini’s recent retirement.  

Class of ’65 Gift Effort

Michigan Tech campus from the air

It is a long-standing Michigan Tech tradition for the honored Reunion classes to have a friendly gift competition. Help show everyone that your class cares the most. Members of the Class of 1965 are invited to make a contribution in support of the reunion gift program and to honor all that we have achieved.

  • Class donations to date: $201,275.20
  • Members donating: 59 (12.6%)

Honor Roll

All Class of 1965 members who give toward the Class Reunion Gift effort will be included on the class honor roll, but there will be a special emphasis placed on the Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

New gifts made between July 1, 2019, and the end of reunion (August 8, 2020)—no matter the size or designation—are counted in the reunion gift total.

Gifts can be made by mail, by phone, or online. Multiyear pledges (up to five years) are also encouraged, as the entire pledge amount will be included in the project total.

The honor roll is updated periodically. If you have made a gift and your name is not yet on the list, please email us or call 906-487-2400.

Dan M. Ala
Alfred H. Alatalo
James M. Allen
Joseph S. Bartus
Gerald R. Benedict
James C. Bolthouse
James A. Brosio, P.E.
Royce G. Bunce
Wayne A. Camilli
Walter S. Cebulak
Richard L. Contardi
Stephen C. Cook
Elaine F. Crouter
Robert B. Cummings
Bruce G. Davey
Michael K. DeJonge
Dale W. Dietz
Herbert L. Eldredge
Paul W. Fernstrum
Robert J. Fitzgibbon
Jeffrey L. Floria
Robert J. Frank
John C. Garland
Charles W. Gaskill
Krishan D. Gupta
David E. Hackett
Richard H. Hammar
Thomas M. Healy
Paul R. Heintz
Richard C. Honkonen
June M. Hoogenboom

David L. House
Robert J. Hughes
Dean H. Hyrkas
Dr. Allan M. Johnson
William A. Jones Jr
Oliver O. Kingsbury
David Y. Kokko
Denis M. Labelle P.E.
Dr. Roger W. Liska
Terrence C. Maki
George F. Manninen
John W. McCombs
Gary F. Millsaps
James A. Mitchell
Clay D. Reno
William C. Riegel
Neil E. Robb
Dr. Joseph L. Roti Roti
Dr. Michael M. Shea
Robert E. Sloat
Sharon L. Suppelsa
Dale A. Van Wulfen
Franklin V. Vresk
Larry B. White
Helmuth Wilden, P.E., FPCI
Robert J. Wise
Wade D. Wood
Michael C. Young

Updated August 4, 2020


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Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) Inducts 20th Class of Leaders

PCA Group Photo 2018Michigan Tech’s Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) honors some of Tech’s most successful women alumnae and recognizes them for their personal and professional achievements.

In September, 13 new members were inducted into the Council. They are: