S&T awards honorary professional degrees

Eleven Missouri S&T alumni received honorary professional degrees during Spring Commencement. The degrees recognize these graduates for professional achievement:

  • Kim Colter, ChE’73, a physician in Washington, Mo.
  • J. Daniel Jones, MS Phys’71, PhD Phys’74, executive vice president of Radiance Technologies in Huntsville, Ala.
  • E. Louis Kapernaros, MetE’50, of Longboat Key, Fla., retired CEO of General Electric’s Industrial Diamond Operations
  • Wayne Laufer, CE’67, of Sanibel, Fla., retired founding CEO of Bois d’Arc Resources Ltd. and Bois d’Arc Offshore Ltd.
  • John Moritz, EMgt’76, MS EMgt’82, of Chesterfield, Mo., vice president of business planning and international for Olin Brass, a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Inc.
  • Franklin Schowengerdt, Phys’66, MS Phys’67, PhD Phys’69, of Alexandria, Va., part-time professor of physics at the University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • F. Arthur Simmons, ME’66, of Atlanta, president of Eleison Composites LLC
  • James Steibel, CerE’88, MS CerE’91, of Mason, Ohio, manager of advanced ceramics technology with GE Aviation.
  • James O. Stoffer Jr., PetE’83, MS Chem’88, of Henryville, Ind., technical manager of North America for Becker Acroma Coatings
  • Steve Sullivan, EE’89, of San Francisco, Calif., senior technology officer for Lucasfilm
  • David Wang, MS EE’77, of Langley, Wash., vice president for The Boeing Co. and president of Boeing China.

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