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Donald Martin

Donald Dewayne Martin, BS IE ’67, BS IM ’67, MS IE ’68, Ph.D. ’72, of Independence, Mo., was re-elected the chairperson of the 11-member board of trustees for the Missouri State Employees Retirement System. This board oversees the investment of more than $8 billion for current and future general Missouri state employees. He has served as a participant-elected trustee for 12 years and was recently re-elected for an additional 4-year term. Martin is professor emeritus from Central Missouri State University.


Hari H. Nath, a.k.a. Harish Mathur, MS IE ’71, of Cary, N.C., was elected to the University of North Carolina system Board of Governors. Nath, a current member of the board of advisers to NC-INPAC, was sworn in Aug. 11. He is the first Indian-American elected to this board. Nath was the founder and CEO of TPMC, an IT management consulting firm, from 1987 to 2001. Since then, he has been active in community and political causes in North Carolina. Nath lives with his wife, Kalpana, daughter, Juhi Kachalia, and son, Neilesh Nath.

Keith Fischer

Keith E. Fischer, BS CiE ’77, of Tomball, Texas, recently joined SouthWest Water Company of Houston, Texas, as its managing director, contract operations. Fischer will oversee operations in the company’s Texas Services and O&M Services business divisions with water and wastewater operations in California, Alabama and Texas. Previously, Fischer served as president of RCC Buildings Group, where he oversaw a group of North American companies that designed and manufactured custom steel structures for private, government and energy sectors.

Terry L. Maddox, BS EE ’78, of Indianapolis, Ind., has been named assistant plant manager at Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL). He will oversee production activities at the Georgetown and Harding Street stations, including operation and maintenance of all coal, gas and oil-fired assets. Maddox previously held the same position at GenOn Engery, Inc. Morgantown Generating Station, in Newburg, Md., where he was credited with the implementation of continuous improvement initiatives that ultimately resulted in Morgantown being named as the fleet-wide “Plant of the Year” in 2009.

Terry Maddox


Kevin Keith, BS CiE ’82, of New Bloomfield, Mo., was elected president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials. Keith, who is the director for the Missouri Department of Transportation, has served in his current position since November 2010, after serving a year as MoDOT’s interim director. He has been with MoDOT for about 25 years, serving as the department’s chief engineer, transportation planning director and district engineer for the Northwest district. During his tenure as president of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials, he will oversee a division that serves the transportation needs of 10 member states. Keith is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Chris Cox, BS ChE ’83, MS ’84, of Knoxville, Tenn., was named the new director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE). Cox also is a professor and associate head in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His expertise involves the fields of bioenergy production, mathematical modeling of metabolic and genetic regulatory systems and engineering pollution control and remediation system modeling. The ISSE’s mission is to reach out across UT research faculty and staff to develop policies, technologies and education programs in response to environmental issues.

Kevin Keith

Fengshan Frank Chen, MS IE ’85, Ph.D. ’88, of San Antonio, Texas, was named to this year’s Society of Manufacturing Engineers College of Fellows. Chen is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He is one of 10 honorees this year, bringing the total number of fellows in this organization to 268. Chen has authored close to 200 publications.


Moutasem Ghaleb “Sam” Abu-Hamdan, Ph.D. MAE ’93, of Oxford, Mich., has been appointed as the new president of Alcove9 LLC, a Michigan-based company whose tools help engineering and manufacturing companies in all industry verticals search for and find related products. Abu-Hamdan came to Alcove9 from Tata Technologies, where he led the aerospace and defense team. Prior to that, he worked in engineering design and consulting in the automotive industry. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University.

Chris Cox

Clifford Jarvis, BS CiE ’95, of Sedalia, accepted the professional development award on behalf of Engineering Surveys and Services, from the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. Jarvis is the president of Engineering Surveys and Services. He accepted the award at a July 25 ceremony. This is the highest honor given to a firm involved in engineering consulting. Engineering Surveys and Services specializes in civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering. It has offices in Columbia, Jefferson City and Sedalia.

Ron Hefley, BS EE ’98, was named a partner for Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, a St. Louis-based engineering consulting firm. Hefley’s work with the company began in 1997 when he joined the firm as an electrical engineer following his graduation from Mizzou. Over the next 10 years, he worked as a project engineer and a project manager in the firm’s St. Louis office. In 2008, Hefley relocated to Chicago to expand the firm’s Chicago regional office. He is currently leading design group efforts with several major client accounts.


Felicity Pino

Felicity Pino, BS BE ’04, of Minneapolis, Minn., has joined the University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program. Pino received her bachelor’s degree in biological engineering, specializing in biomedical engineering. As an undergraduate, she researched neurological-locomotor behavior. She also conducted research with NASA on the human vestibular performance in microgravity. She went on to receive a master’s degree in biomechanical engineering from Stanford University. She has spent the past five years at NASA, serving as a Space Station Support and Emergency-Response instructor, developing training for astronauts and flight controllers.

Bradley Carnegie, BS IE ’05, of Glen Mills, Pa., has successfully passed the American Society for Quality Certification exams for the Certified Quality Engineer and the Certified Quality Auditor. He was also awarded the employee of the quarter award for Boeing (Defense Space and Security Division) Supplier Quality — East Region for First Quarter 2011.




Willis L. Shumaker, BS CiE ’42, of Independence, Mo., died June 7, 2011. For three years, during World War II, he was a stress analyst for Curtis Wright/McDonald Aircraft in St. Louis. After the war, he moved to Independence, Mo., where he began a 32-year career with Amoco Oil Company. He continued to work for the company after retirement, working on projects in Calgary and Trinidad. He continued his consulting work until age 80. He also made house plans and built several homes in the Independence area. Willis became a registered engineer in 1948 and was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also has been a lifetime supporter as an alumnus of Mizzou Engineering. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Josephine, three children, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Paul Schumaker, BS EE ’67, MS ’68, one of the founders of Garmin International, Inc. In 2006, Paul and his former wife, Diane, established a $1 million endowment at MU to support the bioinformatics program in gratitude for his education and the success he achieved because of the education he received at Mizzou. Paul died in 2009.

Claude Funkhouser Jr., BS ME ’44, died June 30, 2011. He was a patent lawyer for the U.S. Navy Department for more than 25 years before his retirement in 1976. Claude served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. In addition to his degree from Mizzou, he was also a 1953 graduate of George Washington University Law School. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathryn, two children, a grandson and two great-granddaughters.


William Henry Posladek, BS ChE ’51, of Leawood, Kan., died April 9, 2011, after a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma. Posladek founded A.B. May Company in 1959 and never retired. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, three sons, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Robert A. Graham, BS ME ’51, of St. Charles, Mo., died Aug. 21, 2011. Bob worked for McDonnell Douglas on several of the earlier manned spacecraft programs, including Mercury and Gemini, serving as a manager in the launch operations organization and a spacecraft manager on Mercury and Gemini spacecraft. He is survived by his wife, Corrine; three children and seven grandchildren.

Beryl D. Bergschneider, BS ME ’52, of Austin, Texas, died Aug. 20, 2011. Beryl was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945 following high school graduation. He was born March 5, 1927, and started college at the University of Missouri after the Army. He graduated in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, after which he went to work for IBM and spent the next 54 years with the company. He was an active member of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church and active in the Garden Club of Austin, Texas, Austin Genealogical Society and was the program chair for the Austin Computer Club for many years. His wife of 60 years, Leanna, three children and seven grandchildren survive him.

Sam Lillard Garnett, BS ME ’58, of La Belle, Mo.

Harold C. Voepel, BS ME ’59, of Page, Ariz., died May 30, 2011. Harold served in the U.S. Army from October 1953 to August 1955. He worked at United Electric Company in St. Louis, after which he transferred to the Keokuk Hydropower Plant, in Keokuk, Iowa. He then moved his family to Phoenix to work for the Salt River Project. Harold accepted a job in 1972 as the assistant manager of the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Ariz., later serving as plant manager from 1977 until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, fishing, camping and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Verla, three children and three grandchildren.

Melvin J. Sims, BS BE ’04 ME ’09, and Atreyee Das, MS AF&NR ’08, of St. Louis, were married May 29, 2011, in Columbia.


Larry Gale Edwards, BS CiE ’67, of Columbia, Mo., died Sept. 19, 2011, after a battle with cancer. Before retirement, he was the assistant vice chancellor facilities/director of Campus Facilities. After he retired, he served on the MU Botanical Garden Advisory Committee, combining his love of flowers and the university. He also volunteered in the Reynolds Alumni Center. Larry’s family nicknamed him “Tinker” to describe his various interests. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith, a daughter and two grandsons.


David A. Schulz, BS EE ’73, of St. Louis, Mo., died April 18, 2011, after a difficult battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.


Meridee C. Brown Christian, BS EE ’86, of Kansas City, Mo., died Dec. 29, 2010.



Brian Orf, BS ME ’10, and Jamie Schneider, BS BA ’10, of St. Charles, were married March 5, 2011, in St. Charles.


Grant Wiegmann, BS ME ’07, and Kate McHugh, BJ ’07 of Greenville, S.C., were married Aug. 20, 2011, at Messiah Lutheran Church, in St. Charles, Mo. Grant is a commercial sales engineer at Trane in Greenville. Kate is a public relations account executive at Erwin-Penland Advertising, also in Greenville.

Melvin J. Sims, BS BE ’04 ME ’09, and Atreyee Das, MS AF&NR ’08, of St. Louis, were married May 29, 2011, in Columbia. Melvin is pursing a law degree at Washington University, and hopes to graduate in 2013 and work as a patent lawyer. Atreyee is a doctoral student in environmental engineering at Mizzou, and she plans on graduating in 2012. The couple met while both were graduate students at Mizzou, and plan on living in St. Louis after they both graduate.

Brian Orf, BS ME ’10, and Jamie Schneider, BS BA ’10, of St. Charles, were married March 5, 2011, in St. Charles. Both Brian and Jamie graduated from Mizzou in 2010. Brian works at Craftsmen Industries, Inc., and Jamie works at Midwest Research Group.



Andrew Stillwell, BS ECE ’05, and Ashlynn (Holman) Stillwell, BS ChE ’06, announce the birth of their son, Alton Michael Stillwell, on April 20, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.



Patrick Hanna, BS CIE ‘04, and Jill (Boehmer ) Hanna, BJ ‘04, of Kirkwood, Mo., announce the birth of their son, Carson Matthew,  on Sept. 12, 2011. Pat works as a structural engineer designing high-voltage power lines for Power Engineers. Jill is the director of the Academic Success Center at Missouri Baptist University.

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