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

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