Wlezien named CEC dean

Richard Wlezien

Richard W. Wlezien, former Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University and a former researcher and program director at NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), became vice provost and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing on Aug. 1.

He succeeds Richard Brow, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering, who had served in an interim role since July 2016.

Leaving a legacy in metallurgical engineering

The steel industry career Lindell R. “Bob” Hurst expected when he majored in metallurgical engineering never materialized.

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Space case

Otto Schnarr, CSci’09 , Math’10 (right), is a principal investigator for NASA’s Advanced Data Acquisition and Telemetry System in the Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. His work was recently highlighted in a feature story. Schnarr is helping develop a communication system that could be used to assist aircraft with super-fast data transmission while using half the bandwidth of traditional methods. The new system can move 40 megabits per second, which is the equivalent of streaming eight high-definition movies from an online service each second, says Schnarr.

Lifesaving flood relief

At one point during the heavy rain that fell across southern Missouri this past April, the only thing volunteer first responder Dan Israel, CE’83, could see from his back porch was the swollen North Fork River — a river that usually flows 100 yards from his house.

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A collection of green

What began as Michael Greenway’s dream to own a St. Pat’s sweatshirt from every year they were produced ended this past summer when his father-in-law, Larry Stratman, Econ’78, found a 1964 sweatshirt — the only one missing from the collection — for sale in Sun City, Ariz. Greenway, NDD, had hoped to complete the collection by the 100th Best Ever, but some of the shirts were a challenge to locate. [Read more…]

A day in the life of a woman in STEM

Lisa Stine, CE’10, a transmission engineer with Mesa Associates in Denver, was featured in a June 15 interview at Career Contessa, a career website for women. The question-and-answer-style interview focused on Stine’s ability to forge successful relationships with clients in engineering despite the challenges associated with being a woman in STEM.

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Alumna selected to lead engineering management, systems engineering

Suzanna Long

Suzanna Long, Hist’84, Phys’84, MS EMgt’04, PhD EMgt’07, was named chair of engineering management and systems engineering at Missouri S&T. Long, a professor in the department, had served as interim chair since July 2015. She has been a member of the S&T faculty since 2008. [Read more…]

Borrok chosen to chair S&T department

David Borrok

David Borrok, GGph’95, began work as chair of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri S&T on Aug. 1. Before returning to his alma mater, Borrok served as a professor of geosciences and director of the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Fore!

Twenty-six alumni members of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity met at the Lake of the Ozarks in May 2017 for their annual golf outing in the Ozarks. This is the 18th year for the annual golf outing.

Spence elected national KD president

Patricia (Ruma) Spence, EMgt’94, MS IST’05, vice president of enterprise planning and PMO at Prudential, was elected national president of Kappa Delta Sorority. She also serves as a director on the Kappa Delta Foundation board. She has served Kappa Delta both regionally and nationally in collegiate and alumnae sectors, previously serving as national vice president-alumnae. She is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh and a former member of the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees.