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Glen A. Barton, BS CiE ’61, DHL ’04, of Peoria, Ill., received the 2012 SAE Subir Chowdhury Medal of Quality Leadership at the SAE 2012 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress in Rosemont, Ill. The Chowdhury medal honors innovators of the mobility industry who have made an impact in mobility engineering, design and manufacturing. Barton is retired from Caterpillar, Inc., where he served as chairman from 1999-2004. He joined Caterpillar in 1961 as a college graduate trainee.
Larry Frevert, BS CiE ’70, of Kansas City, Mo., was hired as a senior consultant with Trekk Design Group, LLC, in Kansas City. Frevert most recently retired from HDR Engineering, Inc., as the director of the National Public Works Program. He is a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni, received a 2009 Missouri Honor Award and was the 2002 Citation of Merit honoree.
Len Rodman, BS CiE ’71, MS ’78, of Olathe, Kan., will retire as chairman, president and CEO of Black & Veatch at the end of 2013. Fellow MU Engineering alumnus Steve Edwards (see below) will assume his position after Rodman’s retirement. Rodman has worked for Black & Veatch for 42 years. He also sits on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Thomas C. Young, MS CiE ’72, of Potsdam, N.Y., was honored for his 36-year career with Clarkson University in Potsdam and named provost emeritus at the university’s 120th commencement. Young began teaching at Clarkson University in 1977, serving as chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1999-2004, associate dean of the Coulter School of Engineering in 2005 and provost and chief academic officer from 2005-2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology/fisheries biology and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from MU and his doctorate in limnology from Michigan State University.
Ray Hutsel, BS CiE ’76, MS ’78, of St. Louis, joined Paric Corporation as a senior project manager. He previously was senior project manager for the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America project in Wichita, Kan.
Steven L. Edwards, BS EE ’78, of Parkville, Mo., will take over as chairman, president and CEO of Black & Veatch in 2014, following the retirement of current CEO Len Rodman (see above). Edwards has worked for the company since 1978 and currently serves as its chief operating officer. Previously, he was Black & Veatch’s executive vice president.
Terry L. Maddox, BS EE ’78, of Bakersfield, Calif., was named plant manager of Mount Poso Cogeneration Company, LLC. Maddox has more than 30 years of experience in the electric power generation business. He previously served as business manager for the Indianapolis Power & Light Company Generation Fleet Asset Management Group. Mount Poso is a 50/50 partnership between Macpherson Energy Company of Santa Monica, California and DTE Energy Services, Inc. (DTEES) of Ann Arbor, Mich., with DTEES designated as the operating partner. It was recently converted from a coal-fired power plant to 100 percent biomass.
Bob Youness, MS ’80, of Lenexa, Kan., was hired as a senior engineer with the civil services division at Ulteig’s Bismarck office. He was previously owner and project manager of Land Partners One LLC, in Kansas. Youness holds an associate’s degree in civil engineering from Bismarck State College and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University.
Dave Nichols, BS CiE ’82, of Jefferson City, was named director of the Missouri Department of Transportation. He served as interim director since March 21, taking over from fellow MU Engineering alumnus Kevin Keith, who departed on a medical leave of absence. Nichols has worked for MoDOT for more than 29 years, serving in leadership positions including chief engineer, director of program delivery and as district engineer for MoDOT’s Northwest District in St. Joseph.
Steven Roberts, BS EE ’82, of Leawood, Kan., was elected to the Kansas State Board of Education, District 2, and assumed office in January. In addition to his MU Engineering degree, Roberts also earned a Master of Education from Grand Canyon University in 2007. Roberts built a math tutoring business as “Mr. X, Mentor of Mathematics” and taught in public, private and parochial schools. He also teaches via math tutoring videos on the Internet. Roberts is a licensed teacher in Arizona, Kansas and Missouri.
Ed Hassinger, BS CiE ’83, of Ballwin, Mo., was named the Missouri Department of Transportation’s chief engineer. Hassinger has worked for MoDOT in a variety of roles and was most recently the St. Louis district engineer. In St. Louis, he oversaw more than $1 billion worth of projects, including several improvements to Interstate 64. He fills a position that has been vacant since March.
Sen. Martin T. Heinrich, BS ME ’95, of Albuquerque, N.M., was elected to the U.S. Senate in the November 2012 general election. He previously served as the U.S. Representative from New Mexico’s 1st district. As a member of the House, Heinrich served on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Natural Resources, on which he still serves. He also currently serves on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Economic Committee.
Benjamin Tietgen, BS CS ’02, of Phoenix, Ariz., joined the law firm Quarles & Brady LLP as an attorney in the Intellectual Property Group. He previously worked at Etherton Law Group, LLC, in Tempe, Ariz. Tietgen received his law degree from Arizona State University College of Law.
Derek Vap, BS CiE ’06, MS ’07, of Kansas City, was awarded Young Engineer of the Year for the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers in February at the 62nd annual luncheon for Engineers Week in Kansas City. Vap is an engineer for HNTB, a Kansas City-based infrastructure solutions firm, where he has worked since 2008. He is a registered professional engineer and serves on the board of directors for the Western Chapter of MSPE.
Edwin H. Morris, BS EE ’50, died Oct. 8, 2012. He was born Oct. 31, 1926.
Walter “Tom” Buchanan, BS CiE ’55, MS CiE ’57, Ph.D. ED ’84, of Columbia, died Feb. 12, 2013. He was born Oct. 27, 1932, in Moberly. After graduation, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Buchanan’s career took him to New York and Iowa before returning to Missouri to work for the University of Missouri Extension in St. Joseph, were he stayed for 24 years, earning a Meritorious Service Award from the MU Extension Association in 1970. He finished his career with the University of Illinois Extension. He also was involved in the St. Joseph Rotary Club and the Moila Shrine Temple in St. Joseph. He is survived by his wife, Pat, and three daughters.
Roy Lawrence Reed Jr., BS EE ’57, of Bath, Maine, died Dec. 10, 2012. He was born May 14, 1934, in St. Louis. Reed grew up in Columbia and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956. He moved northeast later that year, where he remained the rest of his life. He worked briefly as an electrical engineer for DuPont before working for the Bath Iron Works from 1965-1990, retiring as vice president of marketing. He is survived by a son and a daughter.
Donald L. Hiatte, BS CiE ’58, of New Bloomfield, Mo., died March 21, 2013. He was born Dec. 4, 1932, in Marion, Mo. Hiatte worked for the Missouri Department for Transportation for more than 30 years, including four as the Northwest District Chief Engineer, and retired in 1989. Following graduation from MU, he served with the U.S. Army and the occupying forces in Germany during the Korean War and, after discharge, served more than 30 years with the U.S. Army Reserve and the Missouri National Guard, rising to the rank of colonel. He also was a lifelong member of the MU Alumni Association, as well as involved with many professional and service organizations. He was also active at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, a son and two daughters.
Basil C. Fassoulis, BS ME ’63, of Athens, Greece, died March 21, 2013. He was born July 7, 1939.
Hsien Tang Hwang, MS Nuc ’79, died Nov. 25, 2012. He was born Aug. 25, 1953, in Taiwan.
Steven Schilke, BS CEE ’02, of Algonquin, Ill., and his wife Deb, welcomed a son, Erich Thomas Vader Schilke, on Nov. 14, 2012. The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
Jason Gruender, BS EE ’03, of Columbia, Mo., and his wife Bridget, BS AF&NR ’02, MS MED ’07, MD ’13, welcomed a daughter, Lydia Daisy Gruender, on July 23, 2012. Jason is a project manager for Meyer Electric Company in Jefferson City. Bridget recently earned her doctorate from MU.
Matthias Young, BS ChE ’10, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Shannon Felker, BS CEE ’11, of Jackson, Mo., will be married in September. Young is pursing his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Felker is a traffic engineer in Jefferson County, Colo. They will be married in Jackson, Mo.
Danielle Smith, BS ChE ’03, of Bartlesville, Okla., married Ryan Fitzpatrick on Oct. 13, 2013, in Springfield, Mo. Both are currently associate engineers for Phillips 66 R&D in Bartlesville. The couple met as graduate students in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where both obtained their doctorates in chemical engineering in 2009.