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.

ACADEMY OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

  • 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

ACADEMY OF MINER ATHLETICS

  • 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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