Category: Alumni

The Heavy Bridge

Three Michigan Tech alumni were on the engineering team that helped build the Portage Lake (don’t say “lift”) Bridge, which marked its fiftieth anniversary in June. John Michels ’51 of Ontonagon was a project engineer and remembers it as “quite a stressful engineering feat, especially erecting the steel.”

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Hajj E. Flemings Presents “Personal Brand Management”

Hajj E. Flemings presented “Personal Brand Management” on March 25 in Fisher 138. Hajj is a dynamic, energetic speaker that connects with his audience to inspire and challenge them to reach their hidden potential. Hajj, a former collegiate basketball player, accomplished his lifelong dream of designing footwear with his design of the equator cross-trainer sneaker for Mavada Footwear. He is a Michigan Tech Mechanical Engineering grad.


Entrepreneurship: the Successful Share Their Secrets

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

Dave House ’65 opened Thursday’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Symposium with a parable drawn from real life.

About 50 years after Leland Stanford built a small, coeducational college in the Valley of Heart’s Delight, there were a couple of young graduates who wanted to stay in the community, but unfortunately, all the good jobs were elsewhere. Their professor encouraged them to start their own company nearby and capitalize on the resources of the school. So William Hewlett and David Packard started a little electronics business in their garage, beginning the transformation of the agrarian Valley of Heart’s Delight into Silicon Valley, with Stanford University at its core.