Academy inductions

In October, 14 alumni and friends 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. Induction ceremonies are held in April and October.


  • Travis L. Durand, MS ME’85, of St. Louis, director of engineering, Boeing Military Aircraft, The Boeing Co.
  • Andrew P. Johnston, AE’91, MS ME’93, of Huntsville, Ala., director of the space systems department of Jacobs Engineering
  • John Pierre Powell, AE’87, of Denver, president and general manager of PAMCO Investments Corp.
  • Jeff Simmons, ME’82, of Houston, president and general manager of Oxy Permian CO2, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
  • Thomas Wham, ME’88, of St. Louis, senior vice president of enterprise process and data governance for MasterCard Worldwide


  • Arthur H. Bell, ChE’72, baseball team, a Cincinnati physician and former engineer for DuPont, Monsanto and Exxon
  • Sidney E. Duerr, MinE’50, PetE’50, football team, of Corpus Christi, Texas, co-owner of Duerr Consulting
  • Michael Fridley, CE’69, MS EMgt’70, football team, of St. Louis, vice president and sales manager for Chem-Soly Inc.
  • Randy Hauser, MetE’83, football team, of Chicago, CEO of Chicago Metal Fabricators
  • Lt. Col. Ken Jobe, GGph’60, MinE’60, football and basketball teams, of Virginia Beach, Va., retired deputy team chief for the Chief of Engineers Inspector General in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • John Peter Legsdin, Econ’70, golf team, of Springfield, Mo., retired from General Electric
  • Gregory D. McClain, EMgt’72, ME’72, football team, of Waterloo, Iowa, CEO and president of RYM Global LLC
  • Michael Vancil, CerE’60, cross country team, of Morgan Hill, Calif., director of amateur sports for the American Motorcyclist Association and director of dealer membership for the Motorcycle Industry Council
  • Steve Young, GGph’95, track and cross country teams, of New Orleans, senior production geologist for Shell Exploration and Production Co.

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Generous partners complete ACML fundraising

Thanks to an investment from the University of Missouri System, major gifts from industry partners and alumni support, S&T will break ground on the Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML) on Oct. 12, during Homecoming weekend.

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Alumni help with sesquicentennial planning

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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

Missouri State Capitol muralist Thomas Hart Benton wrote in his memoir about being called into then-Gov. Guy Park’s office and told that a prominent St. Louis politician objected to Benton’s portrayal of black people, especially depictions of slavery.

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Breaking bias

According to Jessica Cundiff, assistant professor of psychological science at S&T, women who consider careers in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are deterred by stereotypes that impose barriers on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM.

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