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Michael Whitens


An automotive industry veteran with over 29 years of experience Mike has spent the majority of his career at Ford Motor Company in various Body Engineering disciplines. On July 1, 2014, Mike was named Global Director for Ford’s Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences, Ford’s Research and Innovation Center.  Previously, Mike served as Engineering Director responsible for leading Global Ford Body Interior Engineering.  . . .

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Thomas Simonen


Following graduation Tom Simonen went on to receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After appointments at Hughes Aircraft, Max Planck Institute in Munich, and Princeton University, he joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 18 years as a physicist and became program leader for magnetic fusion experiments. For the past 12 years he has been Director of the DIII-D National Fusion . . .

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Frederick Bieti


Frederick Bieti spent several years with General Motors in various engineering and supervisory positions in the Warren, Michigan, area before returning to the Upper Peninsula to join Systems Control Corp., a division of M.J. Electric in Iron Mountain. In 1972, he started the consulting firm of F.G. Bieti & Associates and in 1976 purchased Z&R Electric Service. In 1981, Fred was recognized by Michigan Governor . . .


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Robert Wojcik


Why did you choose Michigan Tech? I was looking for a small school with a great reputation to study electrical engineering and Michigan Tech was the best fit! Tell us about a memorable experience you had with a class or about a favorite professor? Dr. Warren Perger in my Antenna Theory and Design class. We were to design, build, and test an antenna for a specific frequency. Much to our surprise, Dr. Perger announced . . .

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Lisa Peterson-Nelson

'84, '87

Lisa received a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1984. Following graduation, she accepted a position as Design Engineer for Boeing Aerospace Company. She left Boeing the next year and returned to Michigan Tech to pursue a master’s degree. While working on her master’s, she accepted an intern position with Ford Motor Company.  In 1987, she received her Michigan Tech master’s . . .

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Timothy Havens

'99, '00

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, commonly called drones) are all over the news, from conflict overseas to future plans for delivering parcels. ECE’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory—directed by Tim Havens—is aiming high in this field by giving a bird’s-eye view to bridge inspectors and keeping soldiers safe from the threat of explosive hazards. Havens joined Michigan Tech in Fall 2012 as the William . . .

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