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John Brown, BS ME ’73, of Kansas City, Mo., was named a 2014 Southeastern Conference Basketball Legend in January and was honored at the SEC Tournament in March in Atlanta. Brown led MU in scoring in rebounding the last two years of his career and averaged nearly 20 points per game. He currently is 16th in career scoring at Missouri with 1,421 points and is fourth in career rebounding average at 10.0 per game.

Gary Terschluse, BS CIE ’74, and Ron Unnerstall, BS CIE ’79, both of Washington, Mo., recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their company, Washington Engineering & Architecture, P.C. The company offers architectural engineering services, particularly in the areas of structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as plumbing and fire protection.


Harold Sprague, BS CIE ’80, of Kansas City, Mo., recently was awarded a National Engineers Week Award of Excellence. Sprague is a principal technical consultant with Parsons, an engineering, construction, technical and management services firm. The blast and seismic design expert was honored for his “37 years of experience in design criteria development, structural design, seismic blast research and development, construction materials, and assessment of existing facilities-critical military facilities, data processing facilities, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, schools, and cable-supported structures.”

Paul Adam, BS IE ‘81, of Wexford, Penn., recently was named vice president, operational excellence, for NGA Human Resources, a global human resources outsourcing company based out of the United Kingdom.

Elsa Hennings, BS ME ‘83, of Ridgecrest, Calif., recently accepted a NASA Silver Achievement Medal for standout engineering expertise in the testing and design of the Capsule Parachute Assembly for Orion, a multi-purpose crew vehicle for NASA. The award is given to individuals or teams by NASA center directors for achievement in support of one or more of NASA’s core values. Hennings is a senior systems engineer with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Escape, Parachute and Crashworthy Division.

Susan Burkett, BS EE ‘85, MS EE ’87, Ph.D. EE ’92, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., recently was named the 2014 T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Award recipient by the University of Alabama College of Engineering. Burkett is the Alabama Foundation Endowed Professor in Alabama’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Michael Pishko, BS CHE ’86, MS CHE ’87, of College Station, Texas, was named Regents Fellow by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Jan. 29. Pishko is holder of the Stewart & Stewart Professorship II and director of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing at Texas A&M. He’s also a recent inductee of the University of Missouri Chemical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Jacqueline Johnson El-Sayed, MS MAE  89, Ph.D. MAE ’97, of Bloomfield, Mich., recently accepted the position of vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Marygrove College in Detroit. She also recently was appointed as a national co-chair of the Undergraduate Experience Committee for the American Society of Engineering Education. El-Sayed previously was the associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1986.


Chao-Ton Su, Ph.D. IE ’93, of Columbia, Mo., was awarded the Walter E. Masing Book Prize for 2013 from the International Academy for Quality for his book, Quality Engineering: Off-Line Methods and Applications. The award is annually given to “recognize excellence in a published book that has significantly increased the world’s quality knowledge.”

Andrew Fondaw, BS CHE ’94, of Germantown, Tenn., recently was promoted to vice president of health, environment, safety and sustainability for KIK Custom Products, a manufacturer and manufacturing partner of consumer bleach and household cleaners.


Jalil Kianfar, Ph.D. CEE ‘13, of Maryland Heights, Mo., recently started in his new position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department of Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.



Frank G. Weis, BS ME ’42, of Kansas City, Mo., died Jan. 19, 2014. Weis served as an engineering officer in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He returned to work briefly for the City of Kansas City before beginning a more than 60-year career with Smith & Loveless Inc. in 1951. Hired as the company’s chief engineer, he was most recently a senior engineering consultant. He was honored with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Henry R. Worthington Medal and is a Missouri Honor Award recipient.

Raymond G. Rohlfing, BS CHE ‘49, of Bartlesville, Okla., died June 20, 2013. Rohlfing served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945, controlling a dog sled team in outposts in Kokrines and Kaltag in the Yukon Territory during World War II. He worked for MoDOT as a materials inspector after graduating from MU. He then worked for Monsanto Chemical Company in St. Louis from 1951 to 1957, when he took a job with the research center of Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville. Rohlfing served a stint with Phillips in Antwerp, Belgium from 1973 to 1976, before retiring from the company in 1985 after 28 years of service.


John D. Tice, BS CHE ‘50, MS ‘51, of Sciota, Penn., died Dec. 24, 2013. He was a research engineer for Sonoco, Inc., prior to his retirement. At the University of Missouri, he was an Alpha Chi Sigma member and a member of the Lloyd Thomas Chemistry Students.

Thomas E. Deckman, BS ME ‘51, of Mason, Ohio, died Aug. 9, 2013. Following graduation, Deckman served as an ensign in the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War. He earned a master’s degree in business from St. Louis University in 1970. Deckman worked for Westinghouse Electric for 35 years and retired in 1989.

Bill Albers, BS EE ‘51, of Lakewood, Colo., died Oct. 10, 2013. Albers worked for Martin Marietta Materials, a producer of construction aggregates such as stone, sand and gravel, prior to his retirement. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha during his time at the University of Missouri.

James Murch, BS CIE ’53, of Lexington, Ky., died Dec. 29, 2013. Murch was a veteran of the United States Army and worked for PPG Industries and Chemical Waste Management after his graduation from the University of Missouri.


James Shreckengaust, BS ME ’60, of St. Joseph, Mo., died Feb. 26, 2014. After earning his bachelor’s degree from MU, he earned his master’s in computer systems management from the Naval Post Graduate School. Shreckengaust went on to a 34-year career in the Navy, serving in the Vietnam War and retiring as a captain. During his career, he was the Executive Officer of the USS Oklahoma City, Seventh Fleet Flagship.


Steven Gegg, BS ME ’82, of Mooresville, Mo., died Jan. 16, 2014. Gegg worked for 30 years as a mechanical engineer and chief of turbine aerodynamics at Rolls Royce, where he also was an associate fellow. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Andrew Stillwell, BS COE ’05, BS EE ’05, and Ashlynn Stillwell, BS CHE ’06, of Champaign, Ill., welcomed a son, Anderson Paul Stillwell on July 14, 2013. Ashlynn holds her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Andrew is pursing a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Ashlynn recently joined the faculty as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.

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