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The United Arab Emirates where Klein was invited to address a majlis about nuclear energy issues.

Former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Dale Klein, BS ME ’70, MS ’71, PhD ’77, lectured on nuclear safety at the majlis of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this year.

Majlis is an Arabic term meaning “to sit.” Today, it is a term used when referring to a council-like meeting, often bringing together authority figures with everyday citizens. Klein’s lecture was meant to better educate members of the Emirati community about the issues surrounding peaceful nuclear energy, a resource that has been newly-embraced in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. In the audience were members of the royal family, local leaders and interested citizens, including representatives from the UAE’s nuclear energy sector: the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FNAR) and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).

Klein explained that in tribal times, the Sheikh, or leader, of a tribe would hold a routine sit-down with tribal members where he would hear petitions, discuss tribal affairs, dispense justice and seek counsel from his advisors. All tribe members had the right to attend these majlis, building a strong tradition of informal concensus-driven decision-making in Arab tribal cultures.

Former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dale Klein, speaks with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

“Interestingly,” wrote Klein, “although the majlis system remains pervasive in nations such as the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, both its informality and its usual conduct in local dialects have made it somewhat invisible to many western observers, robbing them of an appreciation of the nuanced and highly participative decision-making structures that sit just below the surface of Gulf monarchies.”

Attendees at the majlis where Klein lectured included a cross section of members of the ruling family, important decision-makers and average, but interested citizens.

More recently, Klein was asked to serve on a supervisory panel to oversee the reform of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (Tepco) nuclear division. The Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee also is tasked with improving technologies for decommissioning the crippled reactors and decontaminating Japan’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. In the face of strong opposition to nuclear power among Japanese citizens, the efforts are intended to help the company regain public trust.

Flora presented with 2012 Moulder Award

Left to right, MU College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson, Don Flora and Bud Moulder, BS CiE ‘53, MS CiE ‘55, pose for a photo on the occasion of Flora’s acceptance of the college’s 2012 Bud Moulder Distinguished Alumni Award.

Donald L. Flora, BS IE ’66, MS ’68, MS PH ’71, of Kansas City, Mo., was the 2012 recipient of the James E. “Bud” Moulder Distinguished Alumni Award, presented to him at the fall 2012 Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council (DEAC) meeting, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center in Columbia.

Flora recently retired from Flora & Associates, a firm he launched in 1982 that specializes in health care consultation and management. In 1989, he worked with a group of physicians to launch the Mid America Kidney Stone Association, LLC (MAKSA) mobile lithotripsy service.

Don was inducted into the inaugural class of Mizzou Engineering’s IMSE Hall of Fame in 2008, and he was given a Missouri Honor Award in 2010 and a Faculty-Alumni Award in 2011. In 2009, Don was presented with a U.S. Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which honors employers for supporting their staff members during deployment. One of only 15 employers nationally recognized, he was personally congratulated by President Barack Obama.

Don, a Knight of St. Patrick, Magna Cum Laude, is married to Janet M. Stallmeyer. Their family includes a daughter, Tracy Flora Burgess, her husband, Larry Burgess, and two grandsons, Caeleb and James Burgess.

The James E. “Bud” Moulder award is given to a College of Engineering alumnus who gives back to the college in the way of helping to educate and develop future engineers and who helps by contributing resources to the college in the means of service, financial support and professional expertise. The individual must also have exceptional skills with planning and the direction of projects consistent with the mission of the college.

Class notes


James E. Fell Sr., BS BA ’55, of Destin, Fla., and his firm, Building Engineering Consultants, Inc., (BE-CI) were honored by the International Concrete Repair Institute at their 2011 convention for the firm’s work along the Gulf Coast following the 2011 hurricane season. Fell is the retired founder and former CEO of BE-CI and currently serves on its board of directors. He attended MU for the ROTC program, wishing to study engineering management. After two years of engineering classes and two years of business classes, Fell earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Glen Barton, BS CiE ’61, of Peoria, Ill., was honored by SAE International for his leadership while serving as Caterpillar Inc.’s chairman and CEO from 1999 to 2004. His efforts leading the deployment of Six Sigma across the Caterpillar enterprise were recognized at SAE International’s COMVEC Industry Keynote and Awards Banquet in Rosemont, Ill. Barton also served as a founder of Peoria NEXT, and a member of Bradley University’s Board of Trustees. He currently is a member of the MU Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council.

Dennis Walker, BS CiE ’69, of Fulton, Mo., was named to the 2012 North Central Missouri College/ Trenton Junior College 2012 Class of Distinguished Alumni. Walker attended TJC in 1964 and 1965 before transferring to Mizzou. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and upon completion of his service, began a longtime career with N&W Railway, working his way up to president and general manager of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Beltline in 1989. He retired in 2005.


Robert Low, of Springfield, Mo., was named the Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 in the Central Midwest by Ernst & Young. Low is the president and founder of Prime Inc., a company specializing in product transportation, and the chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association. Low studied engineering at MU until 1970 when he founded Prime Inc. Today, the company has more than 4,300 trucks and 7,500 employees.

Fred Byron Parks, PhD ’73, of Tucson, Ariz., received an honorary professional degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology at last spring’s commencement ceremonies. Prior to earning his doctorate in mechanical engineering at MU, Parks earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri S&T in 1969 and his master’s degree from the University of Arizona, also in mechanical engineering. He served until August 2011 as the chairman of the board and CEO of Urologix Inc. Before that, he held positions as president and CEO of Marconi Medical Systems, and president, chief operating officer and board member of St. Jude Medical Inc. and EG&G, now known as PerkinElmer.

David E. Roth, BS CiE ’79, of Tulsa, Okla., retired from ONEOK, Inc., as the company’s senior vice president of administrative services on Sept. 30. He was with the company for 33 years.


John M. Steitz, BS ChE ’80, of Baton Rouge, La., was named president and CEO of Avantor Performance Materials in August. Steitz has more than 30 years of experience in chemical manufacturing. He previously served as the president and chief operating officer at Albemarle Corp. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from MU, Steitz holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University.

Mohsen Sohi, BS ME ’82, of Commerce Township, Mich., was named the speaker of the management board and general partner of The Freudenberg Group. Born in Iran, Sohi first came to the U.S. to attend college at Mizzou, and is the first U.S. citizen to be appointed to his position. Sohi also earned his doctorate from Washington University and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

James R. Fitterling, BS ME ’83, of Midland, Mich., was appointed to Dow Chemical Company’s newly formed Executive Committee. Fitterling is one of Dow’s executive vice presidents and will have executive oversight of feedstocks, performance plastics in Asia and Latin America. He joins four other committee members to direct and strategize for Dow, monitor and deliver results and optimize resource deployment across the businesses.

Peter Esparrago, BS ChE ’84, of St. Louis, joined aisle411 — a consumer service that allows shoppers to locate merchandise in stores via a cell phone — as the chief operating officer in September. Esparrago is a general partner at Cultivation Capital, an early- stage technology VC firm. He was the CEO of IntralSP, as well as the past president of two information security companies, Cigital and Mycroft. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Esparrago has an MBA from Rockhurst University.

Robert Treece, BS CiE ’85, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was promoted to principal in the Kansas City office of Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering design and solutions firm. Treece has more than 25 years of experience in structural design and is a licensed professional engineer in California, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin, and a licensed structural engineer in California and Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Texas.


Craig Buescher, BS ME ’91, of Creve Coeur, Mo., joined Burns & McDonnell’s Process and Industrial Group in the St. Louis area. In addition to his degree from MU, Buescher also has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University. He previously worked for Lockwood Greene Engineering.

Nicholas Wegman, BS CoE ’04, BS A&S ’04, MS A&S ’06, of West Lafayette, Ind., received his doctorate in mathematics from Purdue University. In addition to his degree in computer engineering in 2004, Wegman also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in math from Mizzou.

Sarah Beckman, BS CiE ’05, of Denver, joined Ulteig as a lead engineer for the Transmission and Distribution group in the energy sector in the company’s Denver office. Her duties include transmission line design, rating and rehabilitation, as well as quality control. She previously worked for Burns & McDonnell as a lead structural engineer.

Ashley Reinkemeyer, BS CiE ’06, of St. Elizabeth, Mo., was awarded the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. Since graduation in 2006, she has worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation. She currently works for the Central Office Traffic and Highway Safety Division as a senior traffic studies specialist. She also was named winner of MSPE’s Extra Mile, a resolution from the society’s president honoring exceptional performance on behalf of the society.


Scott Thompson, BS ME ’12, Ph.D. ’12, of Starkville, Miss., was named assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Mississippi State University. Thompson received an award for the outstanding mechanical engineering doctoral student at the 2012 Missouri Honor Awards. He is the son of MU Engineering Dean James E. and Elizabeth Thompson. His research interests include thermal/fluid design for optimizing energy systems and components.



Bernard Daniel “B.D.” Simon Jr., BS CiE ’37, of Columbia, Mo., died Sept. 26, 2012. A lifelong Columbian, while at Mizzou, Simon played football as a member of head coach Don Faurot’s inaugural team, lettering each year from 1935 to 1937. Following graduation, he worked briefly in the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army. He rose to the rank of Major in World War II before returning to Columbia and joining his father in the construction business. B.D. Simon Construction Co. built many structures in Columbia, including the University of Missouri Research Reactor. Simon retired from the company as CEO in 1991. He was a past member of the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council, named a Knight of St. Patrick in 1972, and received a Citation of Merit and MU Distinguished Service Award.


Norman J. Linstromberg, BS ME ’41, of Tulsa, Okla., died Sept. 9, 2012. He was born Aug. 18, 1919. During his time at MU, Norman earned his officer’s commission with the U.S. Army. Upon graduation, he began what would become a 43-year career with the Ethyl Corporation. He spent four years away from his job during World War II with the 640th Tank Destroyer Battalion in the Southwest Pacific, after which he returned to Ethyl Corporation, and in 1968, moved to Tulsa to become the manager of the company’s mid-continental region. He retired in 1984.

Dale E. Steffey, BS CiE ’44, of La Mesa, Calif., died Oct. 29, 2011. Steffey served in the Naval Reserves during World War II. His career as a civil engi- neer led him to a job in San Diego County. Following his retirement, he earned his master’s degree in education.

Robert W. Bosworth, BS EE ’49, of St. Louis, died June 9, 2012. He was born February 19, 1923. An avid sportsman, he ran track at MU, holding the record for the mile, at 4:16, for many years. While in college, Bosworth began his service in the U.S. Navy World War II Pacific Theater, surviving the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He returned to Mizzou following the war, and after graduating, worked as a sales manager for Honeywell.

William “Bill” David Crim, BS EE ’49, MS ’68, of Kansas City, died Aug. 7. 2012. He was born July 26, 1922. In additions to his degrees from MU, he attended Central Seminary and received a master’s degree in mathematics from New Mexico Highlands University. Bill served during World War II in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1946 in the European and Pacific theatres. He later taught engineering at Finley Engineering College, the University of Missouri and Metropolitan Community Colleges and served as pastor at several rural churches in northern Missouri.

Leslie “Les” Lamar Fowler, Jr., BS ChE ’49, of Keokuk, Iowa, died Aug. 28, 2012. He was born May 25, 1924. Fowler served in the U.S. Army’s 104th Infantry Division during World War II. After finishing college, he worked for Gulf Oil in Port Arthur, Texas. He moved back to the Midwest and worked as a chemical engineer for the Hubinger Company, retiring in 1980 as vice president of manufacturing after 27 years with the company. He was president of the Standard Printing Company in Hannibal, Mo., until 1982.

Alan K. Kindle, BS ChE ’49, of Carlsbad, Calif., died Oct. 2, 2012. He was born May 7, 1927. Kindle enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. After graduation from MU, he began a 35-year career with the United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh. He retired to Carlsbad in 1985, where he and his wife became involved in the restoration of the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park and founded the “Friends of Carrillo Ranch,” for which Kindle served as president for 20 years.

Vernon Alfred Quarstein, of Winter Park, Fla., died Jan. 3, 2012. He was born on Dec. 31, 1926. Vernon studied engineering at MU in 1944 through the U.S. Army’s Specialized Training Reserve Program, later studying at the University of Wyoming and the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at Amherst College. He entered West Point in 1946. A decorated veteran, he earned an MBA and doctorate and served on the faculties at Hampton University, Old Dominion University and Saint Leo University. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Ann Hill, two daughters, a son and one grandson.


Paul W. Plattner, BS EE ’50, of Kansas City, Mo., died Aug. 12, 2012. He was born April 25, 1925. Paul was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He retired as an electrical engineer for the City of Kansas City.

Walter B. Thee, BS ME ’52, of Murrysville, Pa., died Aug. 22, 2012. He was born Aug. 22, 1925. Thee served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, and after college, worked for Babcock & Wilcox where he was among the first group of professionals to be trained as nuclear engineers. Years later, he worked for Westinghouse in the Pittsburgh area, overseeing the construction of nuclear power plants.

Donald Waite Braidwood, MS EE ’55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Oct. 8, 2012. He was born March 31, 1927. Braidwood attended Kansas City Junior College and later earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to earning his master’s degree at MU, he served as an instructor of electrical engineering. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict while stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. In 1963, he was the first engineer employed at the Colorado Springs division of Hewlett Packard, retiring in 1990. He was also a member of Delta Tau Delta at Georgia Tech, Eta Kappa Nu, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers.


Alan I-lin Chow, MS ’60, of Apple Valley, Calif., died Oct. 17, 2011. He was born July 26, 1919. Chow majored in mechanical engineering at Wuhan University and later served as an instructor at Sichuan University. He moved to the U.S. in 1958 and earned his master’s degree from Mizzou two years later. Chow worked as a mechanical engineer over the next 20 years at companies such as Remington Rand, Blackstone, General Electric, Singer, Sylvania and Westinghouse Hanford.

David Saferstein, BS EE ’62, of Los Angeles, died Aug. 2012. Saferstein began his career in electrical engineering with General Electric in Rochester, N.Y. He moved to California to work in the space and technology division of TRW.

Jerry Lee Harper, BS CiE ’67, MS ’68, of Houston, Texas, died May 6, 2012. He was born February 6, 1944. After graduation, he moved to Everett, Wash., where he worked on the Boeing 747. He later lived in Oklahoma, Mississippi and finally Texas, working as a stress load engineer for metal buildings.


John E. Aylard, BS EE ’71, of Farmington, N.H., died May 21, 2012. He was a retired nuclear engineer, Air Force lieutenant colonel and teacher. Aylard was active in his community, serving on the board of trustees of the Trust Fund for the town of Farmington. He also worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and taught accounting at Southern New Hampshire University.

Mark Woodrow Williams, BS CiE ’72, MS ’74, of Kansas City, died July 28, 2012. He was born July 8, 1948. Prior to college, Mark joined the Naval Air Reserve and earned a private pilot’s license. Throughout his career, he worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago, and later, Black and Veatch and Butler Manufacturing. Williams is survived by two sisters, Valerie Goodin and Pamela Springsteel, and their families.

Norman F. Hopkins, BS ChE ’75, of Greer, S.C., died July 16, 2012. He was born March 25, 1948. Hopkins retired from Mitsubishi Polyester as a chemical engineer.

Alan “A.J.” Worsfold, BS EE ’78, of Overland Park, Kan., died Sept. 12, 2012. He was born March 3, 1954. Worsfold spent his entire 36- year career with Black and Veatch, finally serving as project procurement manager, working in locations including Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh.


Daniel L. Brown, BS CiE ’96, of Overland Park, Kan., and Kay Hallowell were married July 14 in Kansas City, Mo. Dan is a principal in the civil engineering group of Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc., in Kansas City. Kay earned her degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and is a dental hygienist in Overland Park.

Michael Bruce Athman, BS ChE ’00, and Laura Sue Ritchey, BS ChE ’02, of Columbia, Md., were married June 2, 2012, at the Milton Ridge Chapel near Frederick, Md. The groom works for the federal government, and the bride is in brand management for Procter & Gamble, Cover Girl Cosmetics Division, in Baltimore.

Rachel Anne Burnham, BS CiE ’09, of St. Louis, married Timothy James Holdener, BS BioSc ’06, of Sun Prairie, Wis., Sept. 8, 2012 in Madison, Wis. Burnham also earned a degree in fine arts from Drury University in Springfield, Mo., and is currently working for SFR Consulting in Madison. Holdener earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Mizzou, and is currently a manager of Interstate Blood and Plasma in Madison.

Michael Shoemake, BS IE ’09, and Hilary Frank, BS HES ’09, of Overland Park, Kan., were married Sept. 1, 2012. Michael is a process engineer at Rehrig Pacific Co. in Desoto, Kan. Hilary earned her bachelor’s degree in nutritional science and is the health market manager for Hy-Vee Grocery Stores in Independence.

Trenisha T. Ford, BS ME ’12, and Christopher Tait, of Painted Post, N.Y., were married Aug. 11, 2012, in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The bride works as a flight test engineer for Sikorsky Aircraft near Elmira, N.Y.

Emily Reinbott, BS ChE ’12, and Tyler Horne, of Madison, Wis., were married June 30, 2012, in Columbia. Reinbott graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and works for Epic Systems Corporation. Horne is an alumnus of Hallsville High School, and is an electrician with Tradesmen International.


Julie Fitzler, BS BE ’09, of Chicago, and Brian Archibald, of Fayetteville, Ark., will be married Oct. 19, 2013. Fitzler is currently attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where she is pursing a master’s degree in physician assistant studies and plans to graduate in June. Archibald received his degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign. He is a manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Fayetteville.

Timothy Kemp, BS ME ’10, and Megan Deppermann, BS A&S ’09, BS HES ’12, of Columbia, Mo., will be married May 11, 2013. Kemp is employed as a new products engineer for Hubbell Power Systems in Centralia. Megan is a registered and licensed dietician for Cynergy Health and the Central Missouri Community Action Head Starts in Columbia.

Corbin Reagan, BS BE ’12, and Erin Richmond will be married June 1, 2013, in Marion, Kan. Reagan is currently pursing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Kansas. Richmond received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Pittsburgh State University and is now attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s dental hygiene program.


Josh Sebolt, BS CiE ’04, and Allyson (Fitzgerald), BSW ’04, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., welcomed a daughter, Joanna Kay Sebolt, on Nov. 29, 2011. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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