I’d like to thank the academy

This year, 39 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

  • Christopher R. Isom, ChE’85, vice president of thermal oxidizer systems for John Zink Co. LLC
  • A. Kent Peccola, ChE’82, process engineering manager and lead architect for ConocoPhillips’ Wood River Refinery
  • Edward P. Schneider Jr., ChE’42, founder and former president of Lark Engineering Corp.

Academy of Civil Engineering

  • Tom L. Cadwell, CE’68, president and chief executive officer of Confluence Solar Inc.
  • Jeffrey L. Feaster, CE’77, vice president of engineering for NCI Building Systems
  • Emmett Hahn, CE’64, retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Thomas M. Hayden, CE’71, president and chair, Shive-Hattery Group Inc.
  • Donald L. Hey, CE’63, co-founder and director of Wetlands Research Inc. and the Wetlands Initiative
  • Richard Laughlin, CE’75, president of Midwest Testing
  • Larry Oliver, CE’70, MS CE’76, MS EMgt’83, assistant project manager for design for Jacobs Project Management Co. for the Ina Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility
  • George Stock, CE’85, president of Stock and Associates Consulting Engineers Inc.
  • James A. Volker, CE’80, MS CE’82, manager of project management and execution for ExxonMobil Development Co.
  • David Winter, CE’78, senior principalengineer for Hart Crowser Inc.

Academy of Computer Science

  • Thomas J. DePauw, CSci’73, marketing services manager for Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.
  • Dick Lenz, CSci’74, information technology strategist for Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.
  • Michael Vahle, Math’71, MS Math’73, director of the Systems Mission Engineering Center at Sandia National Laboratories

Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Eric Aschinger, EE’70, chair and CEO of Aschinger Electric Co.
  • Michael J. Emanuel, EE’87, manager for Interface Systems Group
  • Paul J. Nauert, EE’78, consulting engineer in system protection for Ameren Services
  • John Skain, EE’73, MS EE’85, owner and CEO of 802 Networks
  • Jon Vaninger, EE’63, system sales for Advanced Packaging Integration

Academy of Engineering Management

  • Randy Buschling, EMgt’83, chief operating officer at LaBarge Inc.
  • Terry Buzbee, EMgt’77, president of the Fisher Division of Emerson Electric
  • Hugh Cole, EMgt’72, vice president of solutions development and partner of AGI – the Goldratt Institute
  • Kraig Gordon, EMgt’76, CE’76, MS EMgt’97, president of Gordon Construction Inc.

Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Michael A. Haas, AE’87, CEO of Orion Energy Group and managing director of Renewable Development Co.
  • Robert J. Hoffman, ME’81, vice president and co-owner of Hoffman Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Darrell W. Pepper, ME’68, MS AE’70, PhD AE’73, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Fred “Art” Simmons, ME’66, president of Eleison Composites
  • Thomas J. Spiegel, ME’73, director of integration and support engineering at Boeing
  • Chris A. Thomason, ME’85, senior manager of advanced vehicle architecture at General Motors
  • Donald J. Matthews, ME’48, retired sales and sales management from Jefferson Smurfit Corp., inducted posthumously

Academy of Mines and Metallurgy

  • Curt Elmore, GeoE’86, associate professor of geological engineering at Missouri S&T
  • Ryan Howell, ME’97, PhD MetE’09, survivability materials branch military deputy for the Army Research Lab
  • Paul Lang, MinE’83, president of western operations for ARCH Coal Inc.
  • Stephen Lang, MinE’79, vice president and CEO of Centerra Gold
  • Greg Lang, MinE’78, regional president for North America of Barrick Gold
  • Michael McCall, MinE’80, chair and CEO of Luminant Energy
  • Fred Niemeier, MetE’95, vice president of portfolio management for Baird Capital Partners

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