Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Michigan Technological University
Location: Toivola, Michigan, United States
Donald Emil Mikkola, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Michigan Technological University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in metallurgical and materials engineering.
Dr. Mikkola is a dedicated and versatile engineering educator who has amassed more than four decades of professional experience. Most recently serving as a professor in the department of metallurgical and materials engineering at Michigan Technological University from 1972 until reaching emeritus status in 2000, he formerly served the university as an associate professor and assistant professor between 1964 and 1972. He commenced his career as an engineering trainee with J&L Steel in Negaunee, MI, in 1959.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Mikkola served on the board of directors of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology in New York City from 1986 to 1992, having previously been a member of the engineering accreditation commission from 1981 to 1986. He has contributed myriad articles to professional journals throughout his career, and he holds multiple patents in the field. In an effort to remain aware of recent developments within the industry, he maintained affiliation with the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, the American Crystallographic Association, and Sigma Xi, among several other fraternities and honor societies. Notably, he was a fellow of ASM International.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to engineering and education, Dr. Mikkola was the recipient of the Faculty Research Award from Michigan Technological University in 1972, having previously been a Copper Range Company Scholar from 1955 to 1959. In addition, he was a W.P. Murphy Fellow of Northwestern University from 1961 to 1964 and a Fulbright Research Scholar of Helsinki University of Technology from 1973 to 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in materials science from Northwestern University.
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