Homecoming 2018: Mizzou Engineering’s past and present come together

Alumni Ron Wood, Jim Fitterling and Ray Kowalik pose with Truman the Tiger at a Homecoming event.

Homecoming 2018 was full of excellent events in the College of Engineering, including a variety of formal events, meetings and celebrations. Here are some of Mizzou Engineering’s Homecoming Week highlights!

IAB/SAB meeting

The College’s Industrial and Strategic Advisory Boards met in person on Friday to discuss ways to help the College continue its growth, and they toured the College’s recently updated facilities. Members of both boards had productive discussions about the direction of Mizzou Engineering and how best to shape the College going forward to maximize its potential.

IMSE turns 60

The Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department celebrated its 60th anniversary and inducted its 10th-anniversary class into its Hall of Fame during homecoming week.

The IMSE Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to honor distinguished industrial engineering graduates from the University of Missouri whose careers have made a significant impact within their field; and to recognize those persons who have made outstanding contributions to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

Hall of Fame inductees were honored at a reception on Friday. The alumni recipients were:

  • Vorapoch Angkasith: dean, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Graduate School of Management and Innovation
  • Nick Bova: principal of management consulting, RSM US LLP
  • Andre Logan: chief operating officer, Portals Luxury Hardware and Accessories
  • Adriana Ocampo: business integrator to the Vice President, Boeing Global Services Engineering, Modifications & Maintenance
  • Roland Schach: managing partner, Meister Consulting, LLC
  • Brian Worley: founder and chief executive officer, Paytient

IMSE alumni, friends, faculty and students participated in a wide variety of events commemorating the department’s founding, including a welcome reception, facility tours, anniversary banquet, the Homecoming parade, a tailgate before the Mizzou football game and the game itself.

Black & Veatch research roundtable

Black & Veatch sponsored a research networking event for Mizzou Engineering faculty last Friday. The goal of the roundtable discussions was for faculty to share their research and focus areas with representatives from Black & Veatch in the hope of sparking potential collaborative research in the future. The event was well attended and helped facilitate several productive discussions about areas for future research.

Buckle Up Phone Down Day

Mizzou Engineering hosted the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Buckle Up Phone Down Day event on Friday, Oct. 19 in Lafferre Hall. The event showcased the importance both entities place on saving lives by promoting traffic safety. Read more about this great event here.

United Way fundraiser

The College of Engineering’s Staff Advisory Council organized a series of events to help raise funds as part of MU’s partnership with the Heart of Missouri United Way. The ESAC hosted a movie day, raffle, bake sale, penny wars, barbecue lunch and more in an attempt to raise $20,000 for the local United Way chapter.

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