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John A. Mann, BS EE ’48, and Paul I. Wells, BS EE ’49, recently met in Manhattan, Kan. to reminisce. The two hadn’t seen each other for 60 years. Both are WWII veterans and attended Mizzou Engineering on the G.I. Bill. Mann worked in industry and Wells pursued a career in naval research. Mann’s sister Ruth arranged the meeting after learning of their school ties. The pair shared fond memories, including recollections of former professors, Clifford M. Wallis, John F. Lamb, Donald Waidleich, and Mendel P. Weinbach.

John Warfield, BA ’48, BS EE ’48, MS EE ’49, was honored by professional engineering societies for his work on two occasions in 2007. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society awarded him its highest award, the Joseph G. Wohl Award for lifetime achievement. He also received the Pioneer Award from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) for his unique contributions to major products or outcomes enhancing the society or meeting its needs, noting that he is widely recognized as the father of systems science and stating, “His rich body of work embodies analytical methods and frameworks, behavioral science and philosophies that formalize our understanding of complexity in our world.”


James E. “Bud” Moulder, BS CiE ’53, MS CiE ’55, was selected as a 2007 Fellow by the National Society of Professional Engineers Board of Directors for his exemplary service to the profession, the Society, and the community.

John M. Laflen, BS AgE ’59, MS AgE ’60, received the 2007 John Deere Gold Medal award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in recognition of his work on the development of a new generation of erosion prediction technologies that have advanced soil and water conservation. Laflen, a retired USDA-ARS agricultural engineer, acts as a consultant and is an adjunct professor at Iowa State University. He was laboratory director and research leader at the USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory at Purdue University; a research leader in soil erosion, water quality and conservation tillage at Iowa State University; and a research agricultural engineer in surface drainage at Louisiana State University.

Ernest T. Smerdon, BS AgE ’51, MS ’56, Ph.D. ’59, received the OPAL Award in Education from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of five-lifetime achievement awards presented annually by the association. Smerdon is currently dean emeritus at the University of Arizona.


Roger C. Allen, BS CE ’61, wrote to say that he and his wife, Kay E. Allen, BS HE ’71, had recently moved to Reading, Penn. “Forty-six years, six engineering/construction companies, as many countries, and still working: Mizzou worked for me,” Allen noted.

John D. Reece, BS CiE ’63, was awarded the Schroepfer Medal at the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Technical Exhibition and Conference last October. The award recognizes excellence in conceiving and directing the design of a project to achieve substantial cost savings or economic benefit while achieving environmental objectives. Reece, the Executive Director of the Little Blue Valley Sewer District in Independence, Mo., received the award in recognition of a $72 million wastewater treatment plant improvement project.

Robert A. Burgess, BS ME ’64, wrote to update Mizzou Engineering on his career. Burgess was commissioned and went into active duty in the U.S. Air Force as an engineer and aviator from 1964 to 1970. He served as an engineer for GE electric power plant in 1971 and as a government civil service engineer from 1971 to 1977. From 1975 through 1979, he was an aviator with the Illinois Air National Guard. He retired in 2003.


Larry Frevert, BS CEE ’70, the National Program Director of Public Works for HDR, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., was named 2007-2008 President of the American Public Works Association during the 2007 International Public Works Congress and Exposition. Before joining HDR, Frevert worked for 19 years in various positions in Kansas City, including Assistant Director for Engineering in the Parks and Recreation Department. He also served 17 years with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Peggy (Tsaing) Cherng MS ’71, Ph.D. ’74, and her husband Jin-Chan “Andrew” Cherng, MS ’72, of Los Angeles, Calif., in February received both the 2008 City of Angels Award and the 2008 Businesspersons of the Year Award. The first is in recognition of the contributions to the greater Los Angeles area by the Cherng’s Panda Restaurant Group, and the second is an annual designation by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The Panda Restaurant Group operates more than 1,000 Panda Express outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Japan, with sales of $1.1 billion last year.

John G. Nackel, MS IE ’75, Ph.D. ’77, has founded Three-Sixty Advisory Group, LLC, a new firm to accelerate the growth and profitability of emerging health care and life sciences companies.

Albert Garcia, III, BS CEE ’77, Ph.D. ’84, a Rear Admiral with the U.S. Navy Reserve, was selected by the President to receive a second star. Admiral Garcia was a tenured professor at Texas A&M University and in 1992 founded MRV Engineers and Constructors, a multi-disciplinary company based in Georgetown, Tex. The company’s services include heavy construction, equipment installation, manufacturing systems, and wastewater processes. He is currently assigned as the Deputy Commander of the First Naval Construction Division.


Matt Bond BS CEE ’83, MS ’89, a nationally known leader in the wastewater industry, has been named by Black & Veatch as associate vice president and wastewater practice leader for the central region of its Americas water business. He will oversee project management and serve as a liaison for clients within the region. His 24 years of experience include 20 with Black & Veatch. His areas of expertise include nutrient removal, biosolids management, sludge dewatering, odor control and infrastructure asset management.

Michael Pishko, BS ChE ’86, MS ’87, has been named the Unocal Professor and Department Head of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research involves investigation of the synthesis, micro-fabrication, and clinical application of biosensors and biomaterials. He is a past recipient of a NSF CAREER award, was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and from 2001 to 2007, he held the rank of Distinguished Professor at Penn State University. He is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Sensors Journal.


Daniel Runyan, BS MAE ’96, has accepted a position with BP Alternative Energy as a senior business developer in wind energy in Houston, Tex. He previously worked in development with Duke Energy North America, and for energy companies in day-ahead trading with Power Costs, Inc. as a consultant.

James A. Rosick, BS MAE ’99, has gone to work for Burns & McDonnell in St. Louis where he will put his seven years of experience in HVAC to use designing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for projects in the firm’s Aviation and Facilities Global Practice.


Bryan Phillips, BS MAE ’02, working in the design and development of HVAC, piping and plumbing plans for commercial facilities with Coffman Engineers in Anchorage, Ala., has earned his Professional Engineering License.

Brett M. Huhman, BS EE ’03, .MS ’06, has joined the Pulsed Power Physics Branch of the Plasma Physics Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D. C., as a pulsed power engineer for the NEMESYS electromagnetic launcher facility.

Angela M. Ladwig, ChE ‘03, has completed an MS in chemical engineering at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her work as an engineer at Honeywell is focused on plasma processing and thin film deposition.

Matt Koepke MAE ’05, has accepted a position as an assistant engineer in Burns & McDonnell’s Energy Division in St. Louis. He previously served as a senior associate engineer for hydraulics and hydraulic systems at Caterpillar, Inc.


Tricia (Riek) Dunning, BS ME ‘95, and her husband Jon of Olathe, Kan., celebrated the birth of their second child, John Charles “Jack” on July 31, 2007. The Dunnings also have a three-year-old daughter, Lucy.

In Memoriam

Abner Gwinn BS CiE ’25, died Sept. 6, 2007, at the age of 104. He worked for the Missouri State Highway Department from 1923 until his retirement in 1970. During a two-year leave of absence during WWII, he worked as resident engineer for the St. Louis firm of Horner and Shifrin for all improvements and additions at Ft. Leonard Wood. He was appointed Director of the State Park System in 1946 and served in that capacity until 1954.

R. Lloyd Ketcham, BS ME ’34, died March 8, 2008, in Lee’s Summit, Mo. In 1950, he and his wife, Margaret Hoover Ketcham, started Ketcham Oldsmobile in Liberty, Mo., and moved the business to Independence, Mo., in 1958 where he worked until his retirement in 1993. The Ketchams established a scholarship program for undergraduate engineers that has benefited over 500 students, and the Lloyd and Margaret Ketcham Auditorium, located in Mizzou Engineering’s Lafferre Hall, is a lasting symbol of their generosity. Ketcham served on the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council at the time of his death. A memorial service is planned for April 18th.

John Landfried, BS ChE ’38, died Feb. 4, 2008. He worked for Proctor and Gamble for almost 40 years, retiring in 1977 in Rockwell, Texas. His wife, Marybelle survives.

Joseph Reitzes, BS ChE ’39, died June 25, 2007. He worked as a materials engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. After he retired, he worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. His wife, Sonia Bornstein Rietzes survives in Lake Worth, Fl.

Wade Horn, BS ME ’43, died Oct. 27, 2007. After graduating he joined Pratt & Whitney and worked in aircraft manufacturing until 1945 when he enrolled in Officers Candidate School and service in the Navy, and continued in the Reserves for 35 years after the war. In 1948, he joined Amoco Oil and served in various capacities for the company for 35 years and worked in the Middle East as an advisor in the petroleum industry after his retirement. He was a member of the America Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of Pi Tau Sigma Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society. He was a lifetime member of the Missouri University Alumni Association, MU’s Jefferson Club, and served on the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council.

Charles H. Zurheide, BS EE ’44, died Jan. 12, 2007. He was the founder of Zurheide-Hermann, Inc. Consulting Engineers in St. Louis, and was active in the firm for more than 50 years. As an alumnus, he was an active supporter of Mizzou Engineering and served on the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council, the Engineering Public Policy Board, and was active in the MU Engineering Alumni Organization (MUEAO) as a member and a board member. Zurheide was recognized by the College of Engineering with a Missouri Honor Award in 1976, and received a Citation of Merit from MUEAO in 1994.

Cecil LeRoy Day, BS AgE ’45, MS ’48, died Oct. 29, 2007. From 1945 to 1985, he worked in the MU Agricultural Engineering Dept., serving as department chair from 1969 to 1982. He was President of Agricultural Engineers of Missouri for 12 years and an elected fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE). In 1982, he was named the ASAE Missouri section’s outstanding member, and in 1999, he received MU College of Engineering Alumni Organization’s Citation of Merit. He also served as president of the MU Faculty/Staff Golf League and was a member of the Mizzou Engineering Alumni Organization and served on its board.

Robert Victor Frank, BS IMSE ’68, died Nov. 11, 2007.

Margaret “Meggie” A. Malm, BS IMSE ’07, died Sept. 20, 2007, in a traffic accident in Davis County, Iowa. In 2003, she graduated as the valedictorian of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, and in May 2007, she graduated summa cum laude from Mizzou Engineering. She was enrolled in the Gordon E. Crosby, Jr. MBA program at MU at the time of her death. Malm was named the Outstanding Industrial Engineering Senior. She was consistently on the College of Engineering Dean’s List, on the Big Twelve Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and a member of the Mystical 7 Honor Society. She was named to the ESPN Magazine College Sports Information Directors of America All-District team in 2005 and 2006, and was also named to the Academic All-District Soccer First Team. In addition, Malm was active in her church and Athletes in Action.

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