Alumni recognized for distinguished careers and service
Each year the College of Engineering presents alumni selected from a pool of nominees with its highest honor, the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service. In 2010, three were so honored.
Ward A. Chambers
Ward A. Chambers is a practicing cardiologist and directs the international health and medical education efforts for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). In this position, he develops and oversees student and resident exchange programs with international medical education institutions. Each year more than 500 UNMC students attend an international experience in Guatemala, China, India and Russia among other countries, with as many foreign students coming to UNMC for an international experience.
Chambers earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Missouri in 1967 and master’s degrees in both electrical engineering and physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970 and 1973, respectively. In 1973, he received a doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a specialization in cardiology from Baylor University in Houston in 1977.
Chambers is a member of Tigers of the Corn and the Institute of Electrical Engineers and Electronics. He additionally serves as the president of the MU College of Engineering Foundation. He is a consultant for the FAA Cardiology Panel on Aviation Medicine, and also volunteers his time helping inner city youth as a dedicated mentor to underprivileged teenagers.
Donald L. Flora
Donald L. Flora is the president of Flora & Associates, Inc., specializing in consulting and management in the field of health care, and also serves as general manager for the Mid America Kidney Stone Association Partnership’s (MAKSA) mobile lithotripsy service.
Flora earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1966 and master’s degrees in industrial engineering and public health — health services management — in 1968 and 1971, respectively.
In addition to being inducted into the 2008 inaugural class of Mizzou Engineering’s IMSE Hall of Fame, Flora serves on the Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Committee, chairs the college’s Public Policy Advisory Council and has served in various capacities for the Mizzou Alumni Association, the Kansas Chapter Mizzou Alumni Association and the Kansas City Tiger Club. He is currently a member of the Jefferson Club Board of Trustees and the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence.
Albert Garcia III
Albert Garcia III is a program manager for AMEC Earth and Environmental Services, an engineering consulting firm. He also is a Rear Admiral in the Civil Engineer Corps of the United States Navy Reserve. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers, Deputy Commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Missouri in 1977 in the Naval ROTC program, he went on to receive his master’s degree from San Jose State University in 1981. Following a period of active duty in the Navy, he returned to the University of Missouri to earn a doctorate in environmental engineering in 1984.
Throughout his career, Garcia has answered several recalls to duty with the Seabees. In 2003, he commanded Task Force Charlie of the Marine Expeditionary Force Engineering Group as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A registered engineer in 18 states, Garcia is a member of the Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Committee.