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Alumni, faculty, staff recognized at awards banquet

Two civil engineering alumni and an electrical engineering alumnus were honored with Missouri Honor Awards or the Citation of Merit at the 2014 Engineering Award Dinner.

Missouri Honor Award recipient Steven L. Edwards poses with his MOHA medal.

Missouri Honor Award recipient Steven L. Edwards poses with his MOHA medal.

Steven L. Edwards, a 1979 electrical engineering alumnus, was presented with a Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering. He is the chairman, president and CEO for Black & Veatch. He has been with the company since 1978 and took over as chairman, president and CEO in November 2013.

He worked on a wide variety of different projects, holding various positions with projects for entities such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Bangladesh Power Development Board, Campbell Soup and Australia’s Power & Water Authority.

Working his way up through the ranks, Edwards aided in complex engineering, procurement and construction jobs becoming senior vice president, then executive vice president, en route to achieving the title of Chief Operating Officer in March 2013.

Missouri Honor Award recipient James W. O'Neill poses with his MOHA medal.

Missouri Honor Award recipient James W. O’Neill poses with his MOHA medal.

Also receiving a Missouri Honor Award, James W. O’Neill the president of the Boeing Co.’s Global Services and Support (GS&S). He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 1981 and 1982, respectively, and began his career with Boeing in 1982.

O’Neill worked with the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet program before going on to serve as deputy program manager, and later, vice president and program manager of Boeing Tanker Programs. He also has served as general manager of Naval Weapons, chief engineer and air vehicle director for the Joint Strike Fighter program, vice president and deputy director of the Comanche helicopter program and vice president and general manager of the GS&S Integrated Logistics Division.

Citation of Merit Award recipient Linda L. Moen poses for a photo before the awards banquet.

Citation of Merit Award recipient Linda L. Moen poses for a photo before the awards banquet.

Linda L. Moen received the MU Engineering Alumni Organization’s Citation of Merit Award. A 1984 civil engineering graduate, she is the co-founder, company manager and president of EFK Moen, LLC, a St. Louis-based civil engineering design consultation company.

Moen worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation for 13 years following graduation. She focused on highway design and maintenance and was the first MoDOT area engineer for north St. Louis County.

She and three partners started ERK Moen, LLC, in 1998. The company has gone on to design highway and interchange projects in Missouri and Illinois, including one of the nation’s first diverging diamond intersections in Springfield, Mo., and the Interstate 70 and Third Street interchange in downtown St. Louis, which is part of the CityArchRiver 2015 project.

Faculty and staff awards

The annual staff and faculty recognition awards also were given at the banquet.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Joseph Guilliams for his special academic appointment award.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Joseph Guilliams for his special academic appointment award.

Joseph Guilliams is an instructor in the Computer Science Department and received a special academic appointment award for his teaching efforts in computer science courses. His students’ reviews on his mentoring efforts reflect an excellent experience working with Guilliams.

He is the faculty adviser for the Mizzou chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Alina Zare for her junior faculty research award.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Alina Zare for her junior faculty research award.

Assistant Professor Alina Zare received the junior faculty research award.  Zare, with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), has brought about $1.8 million in research to the department. She runs TigerSense: The Machine Learning and Sensing Laboratory and in 2011, was named the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society’s best reviewer of its peer-reviewed journal that year.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Dominic Ho for his senior faculty research award.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Dominic Ho for his senior faculty research award.

ECE Professor Dominic Ho received the senior faculty research award. Ho has published 20 journal papers and 31 conference papers since 2009. Since 2008, his work has been cited nearly 3,000 times.

Ho’s grant awards total more than $8 million, $3.7 million as principal investigator. As an adviser, he’s graduated five doctoral and two master’s students since 2009, and currently is advising five more doctoral and five master’s students. He is an IEEE Fellow and has been editor of several International Telecommunications Union standards and journals.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Bob O'Connell for his senior faculty excellence in teaching award.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Bob O’Connell for his senior faculty excellence in teaching award.

Robert O’Connell, also a professor in the ECE Department, received the senior faculty excellence in teaching award. O’Connell’s embrace of a team-based learning approach to teaching has improved students’ performance in the circuits sequence and has added quality depth to the training provided to ECE students.

O’Connell founded the MU Faculty Creativity Workshops Committee and has been a session chair at the American Society for Engineering Education/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He chaired the ASEE Midwest Section Conference in 2012.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Jill Ford for her staff award.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Jill Ford for her staff award.

Jill Ford, executive director of student programs received one of two staff awards presented at the dinner. Ford is responsible for overseeing student recruitment, diversity and retention, as well as the college’s Career Services, International Student and pre-engineering programs. She’s also had a hand in Freshman Interest Group coordination and the scholarship and convocation ceremonies. Among Ford’s greatest accomplishments for the college are her work building the Freshman Enrichment Program and the International Student Program.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Shelley Hilton for her staff award.

College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson congratulates Shelley Hilton for her staff award.

Senior grant writer Shelly Hilton also was a staff award recipient. She has been with the College since 2005 and facilitates sizeable proposals, including those that involve multiple investigators. She has assisted with 424 proposals, representing 13 percent of all submissions from the college since 2006. Those proposals represent 41 percent of all the dollars requested by the college in the same time period.