Beloved professor honored with new named professorship
Dave Wollersheim was a staple of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty from 1968 to 1998, and remains a key figure in the University of Missouri College of Engineering family. In recognition of his extensive contributions to Mizzou Engineering, several former students, colleagues and friends of Wollersheim’s gave him quite the surprise at an event in April in Columbia.
Dean Elizabeth Loboa announced the formation of the Dave Wollersheim Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, with startup funding coming from generous alumni, colleagues and friends on Wollersheim’s behalf. The goal is to use the professorship upon its full funding to hire a cutting-edge educator and researcher to boost the already stellar efforts of the MAE faculty.
“I want to thank each and every one of you who contributed to making the Dave Wollersheim Professorship in Mechanical Engineering possible. Your support is so, so critical to the growth of this great College,” Loboa said at the event. “I look forward to filling this position with the kind of educator and researcher you can all be proud of.”
Wollersheim’s accomplishments as a member of the MAE faculty were numerous, and he was instrumental in the development of countless future engineering leaders. He was one of the first recipients of a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching from MU, and he used part of the award money to establish the Dave Wollersheim Scholarship in 1991.
He was recognized as an outstanding professor a total of 29 times throughout his career at Mizzou, and the support of friends, colleagues and former students that led to the establishment of a professorship in his name speaks to the respect he continues to have within the MU Engineering family.
“One of the great things that I’ve learned from so many of you as you wrote some comments about how Dave’s advice and mentoring is that it has so positively affected your making it through engineering and moving on to a successful career,” colleague and MAE Professor Emeritus Dick Warder said at the event.
Professorships such as the Dave Wollersheim Professorship in Mechanical Engineering allow the College to attract world-class educators and researchers to help continue Mizzou Engineering’s strong tradition of educating future generations of engineering leaders and much more.
“This endowed professorship will allow our College to attract the highest caliber faculty member to follow in Dave’s sizeable footsteps — a leader who has the skills to prepare our next generation of engineering leaders who can, and will, solve the global challenges facing us today,” Loboa said.