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Lewis Walker, BS EE ’67, MS ’68, Ph.D ’70, of Plymouth, Mich., was awarded the annual Gold Award by the Affiliate Council of the Engineering Society of Detroit. Walker is the current president of Lawrence Technological University, located in Southfield, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. The Detroit chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers nominated Walker. He has served in his current position since 2006. Walker joined the university in 1994 and will step down as president on June 30.

William Thompson, Jr., BS CiE ’68, of Irvine, Calif., was one of six honorees recognized at the 17th Annual Director of the Year Awards and dinner in March. Thompson and his wife founded the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He was honored in the category of Corporate Leadership and Service. Thompson is the retired managing director, co-chief executive officer and member of the board of PIMCO. He also serves on the boards of Citigroup, Inc., and Pacific Life Insurance Company. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1970, and received an honorary doctorate from MU in 2005.

Larry Frevert, BS CiE ’70, of Kansas City, was recently designated a Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) by the American Public Works Association (APWA). In this role, Frevert will serve as a mentor to public works professionals enrolled in the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence throughout 2012. He is among 96 public works professionals recently inducted as a fellow. Frevert is the vice president of HDR Engineering.

Stephen W. Searcy, BS AGR ’74, BS AGE ’76, MS ’76, of College Station, Texas, was named the head of the biological and agricultural engineering department in the College of Agriculture and Life Science at Texas A&M University. Searcy served as the interim department head since September 2010; prior to that time, he was the associate department head. Searcy has been on the Texas A&M faculty since 1980. He earned his doctorate in agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State University.

John T. Lindsay, BS ChE ’75, MS ’78, Ph.D ’83, of Pinckney, Mich., was recently named a member with Stanford Who’s Who, a social and networking organization that connects professionals and executives from all industries. Lindsay, who serves as president and CEO of Guardian Food Services, LLC, was recognized for his efforts in the food production industry. Lindsay also has served as the president and vice-president of the International Society of Neutron Radiographers (ISNR).

Loyd Wright, BS EE ’76, MS ’77, of Encinitas, Calif., gave a presentation titled “Reliable Power for America: Challenges and Future Plans for Nuclear Power,” at the University of Texas San Antonio for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute. Wright is the manager of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California. A 34-year veteran of the energy industry, he is an active member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and also has served on the national board of directors as the national treasurer and chair of the Operations and Power Division.

John Pullen, BS ME ’78, of Austin, Texas, opened CMIT Solutions of West Austin, a branch of CMIT Solutions, an Austin-based, information technology support company that offers computer consulting, professional and product services to small business owners across the U.S. Since graduating from MU, Pullen has worked for other IT companies, including IBM and Houston-based BMC Software.

Joseph E. Payne, BS EE ’83, of Bremerton, Wash., joined Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. as the electrical department manager and chief electrical engineer. Payne is responsible for the design and integration of all the main and emergency power, lighting, HVAC controls, hazardous area classification, interior communications and alarm systems. He is a former U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer, a graduate of the Naval War College and a retired engineering duty officer.

Andrew J. Rapoff, BS ME ’83, of Niskauuna, N.Y., was recently named the director of engineering at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. Rapoff is also an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he teaches courses in mechanics, design and biomechanics. His research areas are in physical anthropology, orthopedic biomechanics and biomimetics.

Jesse Sherwood, MS EE ’85, of Stilwell, Kan., earned his doctorate in electrical engineering and is now an instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has owned Executive Helicopter Solutions, in Olathe, Kan., since 2003 and is on the board of directors of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter, a member of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Capt. Brian C. “Nick” Nickerson, BS EE ’86, U.S. Navy, completed a deployment as the commander of Destroyer Squadron 40 (CDS 40, DESRON 40). Nickerson spent the last 19 months in this position, supporting and leading the mission of DESRON 40 with forward, sea-based command and control. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Nickerson also holds a Master of Science in telecommunications systems management from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Michael Pishko, BS ChE ’86, MS ’87, of College Station, Texas, joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in January as professor and holder of the Stewart & Stevenson Professorship II at Texas A&M University. He previously served as department head and Charles D. Holland Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and proceedings and is a co-inventor of more than 22 U.S. patents. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

James Edwards, BS ME ’89, of Eldon, Mo., won a seat on the School of the Osage Board of Education, located in the Lake of the Ozarks, in the April 3 election. Edwards, who graduated from the School of the Osage school district in 1984, had previously served on the board, and was one of three candidates vying for two non-incumbent seats. He has been employed by the Missouri Department of Corrections since 1992, and is currently the general services manager for the department.

Jody L. Carlson, BS CiE ’92, of St. Joseph, Mo., has been named the new director of public works and transportation for the city of St. Joseph. He received this appointment in November 2011. As public works director, Carlson will oversee administration of aviation, engineering, landfill, street and sewer maintenance repair, water protection and transit divisions. With nearly 20 years of experience in the public sector, he previously worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation, overseeing operations in northwest Missouri.

Brad Scrivner, BS EE ’92, of Tulsa, Okla., was named the president and CEO of Valley National Bank in March. He earned a Master of Business Administration from William Wood University in 1998. He previously worked for UMB’s Tulsa Market, Merrill Lunch and Xerox Corp.

Rick Kaufmann, BS CiE ’94, of Columbia, Mo., at right, and Wes Bolton, BS CiE ’02, MS ’07, of Mexico, Mo., at left, accepted the 2010 Project of the Year award from the St. Louis section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award was given for the City of Columbia’s Vandiver Drive Extension Project. Kaufmann works with the City of Columbia Public Works. Bolton works with Allstate Consultants LLC.

Joseph Langle, BS ME ’95, of Kansas City, Mo., was named one of Ingram Magazine’s 40 Under Forty honorees. Langle, 38, leads the Engineering Section of MRIGlobal’s Kansas City headquarters. His staff includes employees from multiple disciplines of engineering, including civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. He also received a master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Kevin James, BS CiE ’96, of Kirksville, Mo., was appointed assistant district engineer for the Northeast District of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). He will assist the district engineer, providing leadership and management expertise in MoDOT’s operations in the district and the 17 counties it encompasses. He has been with MoDOT for the last 15 years.

Joshua D. Summers, BS ME ’96, MS ’98, of Clemson, S.C., received the 2012 Clemson University Governor’s Award for Excellence in scientific awareness from the South Carolina governor’s office and the South Carolina Academy of Science. Summers, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MU Engineering and his doctorate from Arizona State University in 2004. Summers’ award recognizes his efforts to bring science and engineering learning opportunities to the community.

Brian Faros, BS EE ’97, BS CS ’97, of Leawood, Kan., was promoted to vice president in the Technology Solutions Delivery Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In this capacity, he will be responsible for payments-related development initiatives. Faros joined the company in 2009 as a technology manager. He was appointed to assistant vice president in 2010.

Sherri McIntyre, MS ’97, of Kansas City, Mo., was appointed as the director of the Kansas City Public Works Department effective Jan. 1. She had served as the interim public works director since August 2011. She will continue fulfilling the duties of the assistant city manager for infrastructure. McIntyre earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa. She has been a registered professional engineer in Missouri since 1991.

David White, BS CiE ’97, of Boone, Iowa, received a medallion commemorating the namesake of his professorship at Iowa State University. White holds the Richard L. Handy Professorship, which was created by former students of Handy, an emeritus professor of the university. White teaches civil engineering at Iowa State, where he received his master’s degree and doctorate.


Amy Crawford, BS CiE ’00, of La Plata, Mo., was named as the new area engineer for the Northeast District of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). In this capacity, she will serve six counties in northeast Missouri as part of an extension office to the district headquarters in Hannibal, Mo. She will also work directly with the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission, MoDOT’s planning partner. Crawford has worked for MoDOT for 11 years, previously as a traffic studies specialist.

Anthony DeJohn, BS EE ’03, of Alexandria, Va., was appointed director of managed review services at LDiscovery, LLC, an international leader in “end-to-end” E-Discovery solutions. In this position, DeJohn will oversee the company’s document review solutions. He received his juris doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. He previously worked as the director of options and vice president of Intellectual Property of an international legal process outsourcer.

Brett Huhman, BS EE ’03, MS EE ’06, of Derwood, Md., received the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Award of Merit for Group Achievement for his contributions leading up to the 1,000th shot of the NRL Electromagnetic Railgun Facility. The 25-member group received the award, which was established in 1996 to promote the spirit of teamwork among employees by recognizing group efforts that result in a contribution comparable to one for which individuals would receive a Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

R. Cody Stringer, BS BE ’06, MS ’07, Ph.D ’10, at left, of Columbia, and Craig Weilbaecher, BS BE ’05, Ph.D ’10, at right, of St. Charles, Mo., accepted an award on behalf of their company, Emergent Sensor Technologies LLC at the 2012 Stars of Innovation and Entrepreneurship banquet in Jefferson City in January. The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers recognized their company for its contribution to the state’s economy through creating jobs and tax revenue.

Anthony J. Gambaro, BS CiE ’07, of Florissant, Mo., was named the 2011 Construction Volunteer of the year by the St. Charles Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Gambaro is a construction inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation.


Charles L. Shackelford, MS EE ’42, of Pennsburg, Pa., died Feb. 6, 2012. He was born Oct. 19, 1918. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University, in 1941. He retired in 1994 as a senior engineer from ITT Electron Tube Division after a 25-year career with the company. He is survived by his son, Charles Jr.

Charles William Morris, BS ME ’49, MS ME ’62, of Jefferson City, died Feb. 10, 2012. He was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Clifton Hill, Mo. Charles was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry in May 1941. During World War II, he flew the CBI HUMP in the China-Burma-India theatre. After the war, he attended MU and followed graduation with a move to Jefferson City where he became a material and research engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation from 1949-1951. He was called back to active military service and served in the Korean Conflict, and retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. He taught at MU while earning his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for the Missouri Division of Health from 1963 to 1967 and the Public Service Commission from 1967 to his retirement in 1977. He is survived by his wife, Martha, five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

G. Franklin Rothwell IV, BS ME ’49, of Naples, Fla., died Dec. 25, 2011. He was born March 30, 1928, in Moberly. After graduating from MU, Rothwell earned his juris doctorate from George Washington University in 1956. Between MU and law school, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean Conflict. Rothwell founded two IP specialty firms: a Washington D.C.-based firm known today as Sughrue Mion PLLC and Washington’s Rothwell Figg Ernst and Manbeck PC, which he served as a partner for since its establishment in 1981. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.

Jerry Epple Jr., BS CiE ’50, of Kansas City, died May 1, 2012. He was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Fayette and moved to Columbia in 1927. After graduating from MU in 1950, he worked in his family’s business, John A. Epple Construction Co., with his father and brother. They built several well-known buildings in mid-Missouri, including Boone Hospital Center and Missouri United Methodist Church, and on the MU campus, including the south wing of Memorial Union, and the renovations of Jesse Hall and University Hospital. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II and a member of several civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, four children and eight grandchildren.

John L. Evans, BS ME ’51, of Kansas City, died Oct. 31, 2009. He was born April 9, 1928.

Ted Albrecht, BS CiE ’52, of San Ramon, Calif., died Feb. 12, 2012. He was born March 24, 1929 and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict.

Ned Hendrix, BS EE ’54, BS BA ’50, of St. Louis, died March 8, 2012. He was born Sept. 24, 1924. In addition to his two degrees in business and electrical engineering, Ned was a World War II and Korean Conflict veteran, earning a purple heart and bronze star for the former. He worked for Emerson Electric and spent more than 30 years with McDonnell Douglas. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children and five grandchildren.

Alvin M. Frager, BS EE ’56, of Leesberg, Va., died Sept. 3, 2011. He was born Sept. 11, 1933 and is survived by his wife, Sandra.

Charles Hooper, BS ChE ’57, of Clarinda, Iowa, died March 2. He was born Sept. 26, 1935, in Maitland, Mo., and grew up in the Maryville, Mo., area. He earned his master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University. He taught chemistry, science and math at Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda for several years, later working as a chemist for Nature’s Plant Food, Inc., and then the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 23 years. He is survived by four sons.

John “Jack” Madden Jr., BS ChE ’59, of Owasso, Okla., died Jan. 21, 2012. Originally from Moberly, he followed graduation serving in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1968. His career as a chemical engineer took him across the U.S. and world, with jobs in the Philippines, Japan and Tennessee. After retirement, he prepared taxes with H&R Block.  He is survived by his wife, Irene.

Jack D. Potts, BS MAE ’60, of Overland Park, Kan., died March 16, 2012. He was born April 23, 1930, in Mexico, Mo., and served eight years in the U.S. Army before graduating from MU, where he was a member of Pi Tau Sigma. He worked for Hallmark and also during tax season for H&R Block. He volunteered with the Heartland Presbyterian Center and, with his wife, was active in Mariners in Mission. He was survived by his wife, Hazel, two daughters and five grandchildren.

Robert “Bob” Scott James, MS ’68, of Westwood Hills, Kan., died Jan. 30, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 14, 1936, and grew up in Topeka and Leavenworth, Kan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kansas in 1958. Following his graduation from Mizzou, Bob worked as a civil engineer for the next 47 years, at various organizations and companies, including the Federal Aviation Administration and Kivett and Myers architectural firm. He was a co-founder and partner of Devine James Labinski Myers architectural firm and last worked at BNIM Architects before retiring in 2006. He is survived by his companion, Patricia L. Hogan, two sons, two stepsons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Scott Johnson, BS ME ’09, of Columbia, died Feb. 29, 2012, in Columbia. He was born April 14, 1970, in Elmhurst, Ill. He was a teaching assistant in the MU Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is survived by his wife, Jun Ma, and a daughter.


Stephen Finkbiner, BS MAE ’08, of the Kansas City area, will marry Emily Lay, BS BA ’09, on Sept. 22, in Columbia, Mo. Finkbiner is an engineer for Enercon Services in Overland Park, Kan. Lay is a financial analyst for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City.

Christopher M. McCrate, BS MAE ’08, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will marry Rachel K. Riley, BS BJ ’07, JD ’10, at the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville, Mo., June 23. Christopher received his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University in 2010 and is currently working as a systems engineer at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. Rachel is a family law attorney with Gray, Stefani and Mitvalski, P.L.C., also in Cedar Rapids.

Christopher Adrian, BS CiE ’12, of DeWitt, Mich., will marry Amanda Bradley in the fall 2013. Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree this spring. Amanda earned her degree in international business and marketing from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., in 2011. She is a marketing specialist with the Missouri Department of Economic Development in Jefferson City.

Joseph G. Stone, BS CiE ’12, of Jackson, Mo., will marry Melanie H. Loehndorf, BS HES ’12, on July 14, in Germantown, Wis. Joseph and Melanie earned their bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and nutritional science, respectively, last spring.


Kate Snider, BS MAE ’03, and Jeff Thrailkill, of Kansas City, were married Feb. 11, in St. Louis, Mo. Kate is currently employed as a consulting engineer for Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City. Jeff earned his degree from Northern Kentucky Technical College and is currently a field service engineer for R.A. Jones, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kellen Burkett, BS ChE ’06, and Craig David, BS BA ’93, BS Acc ’95, of Columbia, were married Feb. 11, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Kellen is a production team leaser at Schreiber Foods Inc., in Clinton. Craig is a lead accountant in the Office of Research at MU.

Michael Lupardus, BS MAE ’06, and Anne Bernreuter, of North Carolina, were married May 5, in Bradenton, Fla. Michael is employed as a product manager for Honeywell in Raleigh, N.C. Anne earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University in 2006. She is employed as a pediatric RN at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jacob J. Wildt, BS EE ’09, and Jamie L. Overschmidt, of Washington, Mo., were married March 17, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Washington. Jacob is an electrical engineer at Monsanto. Jamie earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Missouri State University and teaches art at Marquette High School.

Paul Varner, BS ME ’11, and Brittney Jacaway, BS BA ’10, of Seattle, Wash., were married Dec. 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. Paul is an equipment engineer at Boeing, and Brittney works as a Key Center Manager at Key Bank N.A.  The couple will reside in Washington.


Alan, BS MAE ’91, and Gina Canfield, of Panama City, Fla., welcomed a new daughter, Gabriella Marie, on June 15, 2011. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces. Alan also obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. Gina earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1995 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her master’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1997 and her doctorate from Florida State University in 2010.

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