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IMSE Hall of Fame inducts new members

Four men and one woman pose for a group photo at the 2012 IMSE Hall of Fame banquet.

The 2012 Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Hall of Fame inductees include, from left, Justin Myrick, Ph.D. ’74; Larry G. David, IMSE chairman, 1991-2000; Mary Beth Marrs, BS IE ’87, MBA ’95, Ph.D. ’99; George Wootten, BS IE ’65; and Steve Sherman, BS IE ’67.

The Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department inducted four alumni and one retired faculty member to the IMSE Hall of Fame at its annual ceremony in last fall.

Larry G. David spent a total of 35 years on the IMSE faculty and was the department chair from 1991 until his retirement in 2000. He has been a volunteer for Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, representing the Institute of Industrial Engineers for more than 20 years. David earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas. He earned his doctorate from Purdue University. He currently resides in Columbia.

Mary Beth Marrs earned her bachelor’s degree in 1987, her MBA in 1995 and her doctorate in business in 1999. She currently oversees undergraduate programs, business career services, study abroad, the professional development program and strategic initiatives for the Trulaske College of Business. She received the college’s O’Brien Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 and a 2009 Kemper Teaching Fellowship. In 2010, she was honored with the Faculty Alumni Award. In 2007, she was inducted into Mystical Seven, an MU campus honorary society. She currently resides in Ashland, Mo.

Justin A. Myrick earned his doctorate in 1974 and is currently the dean of engineering at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. Before that, he served on the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 27 years. He has also worked for Sikorsky Aircraft and the University of Central Florida. Myrick was named fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Alabama and New York University. He currently resides in Nashville.

Steve Sherman earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967. He owns and has served as the CEO of McLaughlin Boat Works for the last 27 years. After graduation, Sherman worked for Westinghouse Electric Power Transformer Division, Frito Lay, and Murdock Engineering, a division of Lockheed Aircraft. In 1997, Sherman purchased Larsen Marketing, a marine import-export company, which supports sailboat manufacturing and supplies the marine industry with more than 2,000 products. He earned his MBA from Ball State University. He currently resides in Chattanooga, Tenn.

George T. Wootten earned his bachelor’s degree in 1965. He has worked the last 18 years for Engineered Fluid, Inc., as the firm’s executive vice president, chief engineer and director of sales and marketing. He originally started college as a mechanical engineering major at the Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy before transferring to MU and enrolling in the IE program his sophomore year. He has served the past year on the Missouri Advisory Board for the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He currently resides in Town and Country, Mo.

The IMSE Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni and former faculty who’ve reached high achievements in industry, academia and philanthropy.