Alumni, faculty, students, staff honored at Engineering Awards Banquet

The annual Engineering Awards Banquet took place on March 16, honoring outstanding students, faculty, staff and the winners of the Missouri Honor Awards, James E. “Bud” Moulder Award and Citation of Merit, the three most prestigious honors the College bestows upon alumni and supporters.

Borgelt, in a jacket with a shamrock pendant, stands next to the Dean and a podium.

Steve Borgelt accepts his Missouri Honor Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa. Photos by Trevor Liptak.

Steve Borgelt and Dick Warder were the recipients of the Missouri Honor Award, which recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions of alumni and colleagues in engineering for their:

  • Exceptional efforts by an individual or an organization to foster the professional development of young engineering college graduates
  • Exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering
  • Exceptional contribution by an individual to technical engineering knowledge, and/or exceptional contributions by an individual or an organization to ensure and enhance the success of the College and its students.

Borgelt is an associate professor of Bioengineering and Agricultural Systems Management at the University of Missouri and has served on the MU faculty for nearly three decades. He previously served as director of Undergraduate Studies for Bioengineering from 2001 to 2017.

He has taught 16 different undergraduate courses: Eight in engineering, seven in agricultural systems management (similar to engineering technology) and one in environmental studies. Borgelt’s teaching load has included introductory level courses, senior capstone, professional development, energy systems and a variety of mechanical systems engineering and technology courses.

Because of a belief that much life-skill learning occurs outside the classroom, Borgelt has advised seven student organizations and numerous undergraduate independent projects and honors research programs. His work with students has resulted in various teaching and advising awards, including the MU Faculty Award for Student Development, given for extraordinary contributions to students outside the classroom. He has been a faculty advisor for St. Pat’s Board since 2009, has been involved with Engineers’ Week since 1989 and became a Knight of St. Patrick in 1979, among many other professional and service accolades.

Steve Borgelt accepts his Missouri Honor Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

Dick Warder accepts his Missouri Honor Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

Warder is dean emeritus of the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis and professor emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Mizzou. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and his master’s and Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Warder began his teaching career at Northwestern University as an assistant professor after completing his doctorate. He subsequently served as the manager of Energy Processes Research for the Space Sciences Laboratories of Litton Industries in Beverly Hills, Calif. He then joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri in 1968.

From 1974 to 1976 while on leave from Missouri, he served as head of the Resources Section in the Division of Advanced Energy and Resources Research and Technology of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also taught part-time at George Washington University while at the NSF. Prior to joining Memphis as dean of Engineering in 1994, he served for 26 years as a faculty member, James C. Dowell Professor and chairman of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri.

Ward Chambers accepts his Bud Moulder Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

Ward Chambers accepts his Bud Moulder Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

Chambers earned the Bud Moulder Award, given in recognition of individuals and entities who go above and beyond in their service to the College. He is a practicing cardiologist who also directs the international health and medical education efforts for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and he received his bachelor’s of science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri and his master’s of science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. In 1973, he earned his doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a specialization in cardiology from Baylor University in Houston.

Chambers is the chair of the College of Engineering Foundation and previously served on the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council, and he established two scholarships to aid underrepresented minorities seeking a Mizzou Engineering Degree. has traveled extensively to many parts of the world.

He has made 22 trips to Afghanistan since 2002, working exclusively with Kabul Medical University (KMU) to develop an educational partnership for students and faculty. He provided patient care and trained medical staff on current practice methods. He also lectured students and presented at medical seminars sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Luke Manier receives his Citation of Merit award from MU Engineering Alumni Organization president-elect Marty Kehoe.

Luke Manier receives his Citation of Merit award from MU Engineering Alumni Organization president-elect Marty Kehoe.

Manier was selected for the Citation of Merit, which goes to an alumnus or alumna has made a significant impact to the engineering profession and/or MU. He graduated from the College of Engineering in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Since 2001, Luke has served in a variety of capacities for Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company solely focused on industrial automation and information solutions. He is currently serves as a regional manager, Proposals for Rockwell Automation’s Solutions and Services business. Prior to his current role, he spent more than 15 years in sales leadership and strategic business development roles, including industry sales manager and process business development manager.

Manier has been a dedicated supporter of the College of Engineering since his graduation. He has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council, was a founding member of the Recent Alumni Development Board and leads Rockwell Automation’s recruiting efforts within the College. Most recently, he helped to establish the College of Engineering’s Smart Manufacturing IIoT lab. This state-of-the-art lab prepares students to enter the workforce with the industrial automation skills necessary to help manufacturing companies become more productive and competitive.

The banquet also recognized the outstanding contributions of its faculty, staff and students. The award winners were as follows:

Senior Faculty Teaching Award: Maria Fidalgo, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Junior Faculty Teaching Award: Matt Maschmann, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Senior Faculty Research Award: Guoliang Huang, MAE

Junior Faculty Research Award: Ron McGarvey, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Special Appointment Award: Brian Maurer, Information Technology


Outstanding Staff Award: Alysia Beaudoin, Danene Brooks, Ellissa Luksis, Jenne Parker, Tojan Rahhal


Outstanding Student Awards:


  • Junior: Riley Short
  • Senior: Becky Gann
  • Master’s: Ruicheng Shi
  • Ph.D.: Zhu Chen

Civil and Environmental

  • Junior: Breanna Ladd
  • Senior: Gabrial Henks
  • Master’s: Mohammad Hammed
  • Ph.D.: Chiqian Zhang


  • Junior: Phong Nguyen, Erin Newcomer
  • Senior: Jessica Stromsdorfer
  • Master’s: Zhuocen Yang
  • Ph.D.: Soheila Aliakbarighavimi

Computer Science

  • Junior: Luke Guerdan
  • Senior: William Morrison
  • Master’s: Jayanth Kanugo
  • Ph.D.: Truc Le

Electrical and Computer

  • Junior: Shayne M. Waddle
  • Senior: Samantha Warren
  • Master’s: Wenlong Wu
  • Ph.D.: Omar Ibrahim

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems

  • Junior: Benjamin Smith
  • Senior: Stephanie Atkinson
  • Master’s: Sivamanoj Sreeramakavacham
  • Ph.D.: Nasibeh Zanjirani Farahani

Information Technology

  • Junior: Antonio Vasquez
  • Senior: John Conrad

Mechanical and Aerospace

  • Junior: Scott Lyon, Chase Scanlon
  • Senior: Matthew McMahill
  • Master’s: Haolun Xu
  • Ph.D.: Wolfgang Black

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