Profiles

Michael Haas: Chasing the wind

Posted by on September 13, 2006

Michael Haas, AE’87, has always understood the importance of hard work and doing the best he can at whatever task he’s involved with. These days that task is chasing the wind. Haas, who lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife and three kids, is president and founder of Orion Energy, a wind energy company.

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Ralph Flori: A jack-of-all-trades

Posted by on June 13, 2006

“I didn’t go to college expecting to teach,” says Ralph Flori, PetE’79, MS PetE’81 and PhD PetE’87. “I wanted to be an engineer. My passion growing up was working with tools, building and creating things, and taking things apart.” Flori took his interest in how things work, his experience working in his dad’s heating and […]

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Travis Stensby: Lucky to be swimming

Posted by on June 12, 2006

Travis Stensby was swimming for the University of Minnesota when he discovered a blood clot in his shoulder three years ago. That medical condition forced him to quit the team, and he thought his collegiate swimming career might be over.

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Tuncay Akbas: It’s a small world after all

Posted by on June 12, 2006

In today’s global economy, many companies outsource their service departments to countries where labor is cheap to be more cost-effective.“Since the world is getting smaller with all of the latest high-tech developments in communication technology, it is not hard to have a company work for you a thousand miles away to make you more competitive […]

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Five degrees of Harvest Collier

Posted by on March 20, 2006

UMR titles: Vice provost for undergraduate and graduate studies Professor of chemistry Director of the UMR Institute for Environmental Excellence Former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Former chair of chemistry Unofficial UMR title: Champion of the Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences program

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Rodrick McDonald: The thrill of victory, the big plays, the love of the game

Posted by on March 20, 2006

Rodrick McDonald, a senior in mechanical engineering, has loved the thrill of competition since his Deer Park High School days in Pasadena, Texas, where he competed in multiple sports. Returning to Texas for football’s Whataburger Cactus Bowl in January and the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships last spring only managed to increase his […]

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John Haake: A bright future in diode lasers

Posted by on March 20, 2006

“Entrepreneurs need to stay focused on what is important,” says entrepreneur John Haake, EE’86, MS EE’88, co-founder of Nuvonyx Inc., the United States’ only manufacturer of high-power industrial laser systems. And Haake has stayed focused on his business goals with laser-like precision.

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Jessica (Marshall) Crouch: A passion for organization

Posted by on December 20, 2005

For as long as she can remember, Jessica (Marshall) Crouch, EMgt’99, MS EMgt’00, has been helping other people get organized. In 2003, she decided to put her passion to work and founded Organized for You, which she operates out of her home in Waterloo, Iowa. Her field is a new one, but Crouch is confident […]

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Jeremiah King: It’s good to be King

Posted by on December 20, 2005

The minimum requirement for portraying St. Pat is the ability to grow a beard. But Jeremiah King, UMR’s 2004 St. Pat, has a lot more than facial hair going for him.

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Maggie Thompson: Tackling two varsity sports

Posted by on December 20, 2005

No team is made of one person alone, but junior Maggie Thompson, a pre-medical student from Marshall, Mo., does her fair share of helping UMR athletic teams.

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