Former Ferris employee authors essential manufacturing handbook

HANDBOOK: Dr. Mark A. Curtis, a former Ferris faculty member, stands next to his new book, the fifth edition of Handbook of Dimensional Measurement. Currently serving as the president of Great Basin College in Elko, Nev., Curtis' experience and dedication has allowed him to inspire and educate many students. (Courtesy photo)

HANDBOOK: Dr. Mark A. Curtis, a former Ferris faculty member, stands next to his new book, the fifth edition of Handbook of Dimensional Measurement. Currently serving as the president of Great Basin College in Elko, Nev., Curtis’ experience and dedication has allowed him to inspire and educate many students. (Courtesy photo)

ELKO, NEV. — Dr. Mark A. Curtis, former Ferris State University faculty member and appointed president of Great Basin College in Elko, Nev., recently authored the fifth edition of the Handbook of Dimensional Measurement.

Curtis first earned an associate degree in Drafting and Design from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek. He continued studies in drafting, metal working, industrial education and leadership at Western Michigan University where he earned his other degrees.

Serving a decade of employment with the Eaton Coporation, Curtis gained experience in tool design, inspection, manufacturing engineering, supervision and product design.

At Ferris, Curtis was honored as a full professor in 1992 and was named a Distinguished Faculty in both 1989 and 1993, appointments made by the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities. His career continued to thrive in 2004, when appointed as the Director of Purdue University’s College of Technology in South Bend and Elkhart, Ind.

In 2012, he was appointed as GBC’s president after serving as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Alpena Community College through a term beginning in 2007.

First published in 1967, the text has undergone numerous revisions in order to remain the “go to” book on instruction for manufacturing. It was originally written by Francis Farago, Ph.D., who served for many years as the Senior Research Engineer for General Motors.

Curtis was asked to take the book revision over after Farago’s death. He has revised the last three editions.

The book has long been considered the prime source for dimensional measurement, and correlates well with Curtis’ position as an academic president, inspiring students to continue their field of work through example and experience.

He dedicated the latest edition of the book to his wife, Margaret.

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