Hall of Fame inducts three new members
Three MU Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering alumni who’ve had successful careers in government, industrial and academic fields were honored in October at the IMSE Department’s Hall of Fame banquet and recognition ceremony.
C. Vance Kauzlarich, K. Jamie Rogers and Richard J. Wilding were honored as the fifth class of inductees to the IMSE Hall of Fame.
Kauzlarich, of Germantown, Md., is the executive director of the Center for Connected Government Technical Center within the MITRE Corporation. Its operations include six, federally-funded research and development centers that support six U.S. cabinet departments and the Federal Aviation Administration. Kauzlarich earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from MU in 1967 and 1968, respectively. He also earned a master’s degree in health services management from MU in 1968. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as a medical services corps officer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
Over the next three decades, his career with the federal government included management and purview of various military and defense medical and health care systems. He retired from federal service in December 2000 and joined MITRE in 2001.
Rogers, of Arlington, Texas, is a professor and associate chair of the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she has served on the faculty since 1994. She has received more than $3.6 million for research as principle investigator or co-principle investigator and is the recipient of numerous teaching accolades, including the UTA Chancellor’s Council Award for Teaching Excellence and the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teacher. She is the president-elect of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and has served on the ABET Board of Directors since 2008. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from MU in 1979 and her master’s degree and doctorate from UT Arlington in 1981 and 1985, respectively.
Wilding, of Canton, Ga., retired as director of the Mid-Continent Public Library System, which serves suburban Kansas City, in 2010. He joined the Mid-Continent Public Library in 1991 after 11 years with Eastern Air Lines. Prior to that, he worked for Laclede Steel for nine years. During his career with the library, Wilding introduced new library services, updated policies, created new layouts and interiors for existing library branches and built the Midwest Genealogy Center.
Under his direction, Mid-Continent began work on a new concept in library service known as a destination library. He laid the groundwork for this project, known as “Woodneath,” and continued to support the project, which was completed in June. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from MU in 1968 and returned to earn a master’s degree in library science, which he completed in 2001.
The IMSE Department Hall of Fame began in 2008 and annually inducts alumni and honorary members. For more information on nominating a candidate for the 2014 class, contact current president Jeff Haferkamp.