Academy inductions

This year 34 Missouri S&T alumni and former faculty were inducted into Missouri S&T academies. Academy membership recognizes a career of distinction and invites members to share their wisdom, influence and resources with faculty and students.


Academy of Chemical Engineers

  • John R. Campbell, ChE’74, principal engineer of instrumentation and control systems with ConocoPhillips Co.
  • John R. Knapp Jr., ChE’58, MS ChE’60, retired senior vice president of operations and site manager for Zinc Corp. of America
  • Jeffrey W. Sheets, ChE’80, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of ConocoPhillips Co.
  • Jerry L. Stone, ChE’60, executive at E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Inc.

Academy of Chemists and Biochemists

  • Bryan E. Breyfogle, PhD Chem’96, associate professor of chemistry at Missouri State University
  • Nuran Ercal, Richard K. Vitek/Foundation for Chemical Research Endowed Chair in biochemistry at Missouri S&T
  • Maciej Gazicki-Lipman, PhD Chem’85, professor and head of the Division of Non-Metallic Materials, Institute for Materials Science and Engineering at the Technical University of Lodz in Poland
  • Janet Lynn Kavandi, MS Chem’82, director of flight crew operations at Johnson Space Center
  • James R. Knox, Chem’63, professor emeritus of molecular and cell biology at the University of Connecticut
  • James Stoffer Jr., PetE’83, MS Chem’88, technical manager of the North America Division of Becker Acroma
  • Glenn E. Stoner, Chem’62, MS Chem’63, teacher of undergraduate courses on corrosion and materials science at the University of Virginia since 1976

Academy of Civil Engineering

  • Wayne Laufer, CE’67, retired CEO and co-founder of Bois d’Arc Energy Inc.
  • Kent Lynn, CE’85, senior sales executive with IBM
  • Michael J. McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81, senior executive vice president of operations for Spitzer Industries Inc.
  • M. Brad Parks, MS CE’83, PhD CE’87, senior manager of the Advanced Threat Technology Development and Response Group for Sandia National Laboratories
  • Brad R. Parrish, CE’77, MS CE’78, president of Palmerton & Parrish Inc.
  • Charles “Chuck” Taylor, CE’83, group manager of aviation services for Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Inc.
  • Jeff Theerman, CE’80, executive director of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District

Academy of Computer Science

  • John M. McNally, CSci’83, director of systems and software for A123 Systems Energy Solutions Group

Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Edward J. Bradley Jr., EE’84, an engineer in the distribution and standards division of Ameren
  • William Michael “Mike” Herron, EE’71, assistant general manager of engineering, systems operations and reliability for Grand River Dam Authority
  • Steven C. McNabb, EE’83, executive vice president of Allgeier, Martin and Associates
  • James B. Rauckman, EE’83, founder and managing member of Rauckman High Voltage Sales LLC
  • Joseph A. Ruder, EE’79, principal control engineer for Nestle Purina Petcare
  • David J. Schepers, EE’75, vice president for energy delivery technical services for Ameren
  • William M. Thompson, EE’70, president of Allgeier, Martin and Associates

Academy of Engineering Management

  • Cary Dunston, EMgt’88, senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chain services and one of three executive officers at American Woodmark Corp.
  • Dan Hinkle, EMgt’73, owner of a contract-lobbying firm that represents clients before the Texas legislature and regulatory agencies
  • Rob Johnson, EMgt’89, vice president of A123 Systems
  • Michael J. McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81, senior executive vice president of operations for Spitzer Industries Inc.
  • Michael Mohan, EMgt’83, an independent technical consultant studying screenwriting at The New School
  • Angela B. Rolufs, EMgt’84, director of the Missouri S&T office of sustainable energy and environmental engagement

Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Randy Foster, ME’80, director of product technology for Dayco Products
  • Paul W. Niewald, AE’85, program manager of F/A-18 A-D International Programs Defense, Space and Security for The Boeing Co.

Academy of Mines and Metallurgy

  • Michael S. Moats, MetE’92, MS MetE’95, associate professor of metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah

Around the Puck

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Using big data to reduce childbirth risks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, complications during pregnancy or childbirth affect more than 50,000 women annually, and about 700 of them die every year. Steve Corns, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, is working with researchers from Phelps County Regional Medical Center through the Ozarks Biomedical Initiative to reduce […]

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Bogan solves Benton mural mystery

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Breaking bias

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