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Class Notes Spring/Summer 2015

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Class Notes Spring/Summer 2015


George Oelschlaeger, BS AgE ’65, of Rock Island, Ill., recently was named Member of the Year by the Quad-Cities section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at an awards ceremony held March 24. Oelschlaeger retired from John Deere in 2002 after a career that included aiding in design of an assembly line to handle building and shipment of complete planters, as well as designing disc harrows and moldboard plows.


Denis Knock, BS CiE ’70, of Sunset Hills, Mo., retired after 28 years as city engineer and director of public works for the City of Des Peres, Mo., and 13 more with the City of Sunset Hills in the same position. He was Marching Mizzou’s featured baton twirler during his time at MU.


Portrait of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

Chris Cox, BS CiE ’83 and MS CiE ’84, of Knoxville, Tenn., took over as head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee on May 1. Cox also was named the recipient of the Robert M. Condra Professorship, and he will begin his five-year term Aug. 1. Cox has worked for the department for 24 years and has been associate head of the department for six of them. He also has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and has won several research and teaching awards during his time at Tennessee.

Portrait of Michael Pishko

Michael Pishko

Michael Pishko, BS ChE ’86 and MS ChE ’87, of Laramie, Wyo., began his new appointment as Dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science on March 1. Pishko previously was a professor of both chemical and biomedical engineering and department head for the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He also directed the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing at Texas A&M from 2009 until leaving to take the post at Wyoming.

Jon Stokes, BS ChE ’87, of Katy, Tex., is the new Chief Executive Officer of Flexitallic Group. The Houston-based company specializes in manufacturing and supplying industrial static sealing products, including a wide variety of gaskets. Stokes previously worked 13 years at Emerson Electric, where he served as president of Daniel Measurement and Control Business, and 12 years for Shell Oil as a process engineer.


Portrait of Charles R. Beitel

Charles R. Beitel

Charles R. Beitel, BS ME ’94, of Chicago, was appointed vice president of Sargent & Lundy, LLC. He is a project director in Sargent & Lundy’s Fossil Power Technologies group. His responsibilities include the direction of major environmental compliance projects, power plant modifications and upgrades, and new generation. Sargent & Lundy provides comprehensive engineering, energy business consulting, and project services for new and operating power generation assets (fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable energy) and power delivery systems.

Portrait of Matthew Eatherton

Matthew Eatherton

Matthew Eatherton, BS CiE ’97 and MS CiE ’99, of Blacksburg, Va., recently earned a five-year, $500,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Eatherton, who joined the Virginia Tech College of Engineering faculty in 2010, received the funding for his research into how steel plates with voids, or designed geometric patterns, in them are able to better stand up under everyday force and extreme events than standard steel plates.

Sarah Moore, BS ChE ’97, of St. Louis, received the Volunteer Award from Doorways for “her outstanding years of unpaid service to the organization.” Doorways is an interfaith organization that works to provide housing and other support services for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS in Missouri and Illinois. Moore works as a manager at Young Dental.


Portrait of Rachel Shriver

Rachel Shriver

Rachel Shriver, BS CiE ’07, of Ballwin, Mo., was hired as a marketing and proposal specialist by Tarlton Corp., a company specializing in building construction, infrastructure and concrete. Prior to joining Tarlton, Shriver was a marketing coordinator at Horner & Shifrin Inc. in St. Louis.


Kyle Wortmann, BS CiE ’11, of Flint Hill, Mo., was hired as a project engineer for the concrete group of Tarlton Corp., a general contracting and construction management firm in St. Louis. He will provide support and assist the project manager in all areas of construction projects. Wortmann previously worked as project engineer and manager at Millstone Weber and Fred Weber, Inc., in 16 cities and specializes in a wide array of business-related areas of law.


Owen Miller, Mizzou Engineering industrial engineering professor emeritus, of Kansas City, died Nov. 26, 2014.


William Beesley, BS CIE ’44, of Decatur, Ill., died Dec. 22, 2014. He spent 39 years in the railroad industry, most of which were spent with the Wabash Railway and the various railways it merged with during his career. He retired as regional chief engineer of the Norfolk Southern Railway.

Richard Crouch, BS CIE ’49, of San Diego, died Jan. 14, 2015. Crouch served as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War and afterward worked as an aerospace engineer for the federal government.


Thomas M. Campbell, Jr., BS ME ’51, of Fort Mill, S.C., died Sept. 22, 2014. Campbell served in the U.S. Navy and participated in the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy in World War II. He spent the entirety of his 35-year career with Babcock and Wilcox, leading the Propulsion Power Reactors Division for Navy Nuclear Ship Development before becoming president, CEO and chairman for the Babcock and Wilcox International Division.

William A. English, Sr., BS EE and ME ’51, MS ’54, of Export, Pa., died Feb. 15, 2015. English served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and was awarded a United Nations Service Medal and Korean Theater Ribbon for his service. He retired as a senior fellow engineer from the Research and Development Center of Westinghouse, Corp., in 1988.

Houston R. Flournoy, BS ChE ’51, of La Habra, Calif., died Feb. 28, 2015. Flournoy worked for Phillips Petroleum for 38 years, starting in refineries and research facilities before working on the manufacture and development of plastic products. Flournoy was one of the first field application engineers to aid companies in the Western U.S. in applying new plastic technologies in manufacturing. He also worked for Liquibox as a quality manager following his retirement from Phillips. Flournoy graduated from MU with Tau Beta Pi honors.


Loren Bode, BS AgE ’65, MS AgE ’67, Ph.D. ’72, of Urbana, Ill., died Dec. 3, 2014. Bode was a faculty member in the Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Illinois from 1973 until his retirement in 2008, and he also spent seven years with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Bode was head of the U of I’s Agricultural Engineering Department from 1993 to 2004.

Ma’Amun S. Armush, BS CiE ’66, MBA ’71, of Kirkland, Wash., died Sept. 13, 2014. Armush was born in 1941 and was a retired manager and vice president of Proman International.

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