Haferkamp honored with James E. 'Bud' Moulder Distinguished Alumni Award

March 18, 2024

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Jeff Haferkamp receives the James E. “Bud” Moulder Distinguished Alumni Award with Interim Dean Praveen Edara and President Choi.

Jeff Haferkamp, B.S. ISE ’76, was honored with a James E. “Bud” Moulder Distinguished Alumni Award at Mizzou Engineering’s 2024 Awards Banquet on March 15.

The award recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves in service to the College.

Haferkamp has been a longtime supporter of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He was inducted into the ISE Hall of Fame in 2010 and joined the group’s board two years later. As an officer, he chaired the development and nominations subcommittees before being elected president of the board in 2014. He then became and still serves as treasurer, successfully advocating for support of undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Haferkamp also serves as a mentor to industrial engineering students.

“The ISE Hall of Fame organization has given me and many others a terrific platform, to be tangibly part of the journey of UMC engineering students,” he said. “To those students, your determination and drive are inspiring, and it’s been a privilege to support you in reaching your future goals.”  

“Jeff’s service to our department, the ISE Hall of Fame and our students has been invaluable,” said Jim Noble, chair of the department. “This award is truly a fitting tribute to his commitment and dedication to engineering education.”

In a semi-retired role, Haferkamp is currently Senior Vice President of UnCommon Farms LLC, where he previously served as COO and CEO. The company develops and implements state-of-the-art management techniques and consulting services for agricultural businesses. Previously, Haferkamp was president of Olin Brass, a $1.2 billion copper alloy manufacturing company.

As a strategic leader and senior operations executive, he has a track record of success and is skilled in all facets of management including revenue enhancement, operations restructuring, efficient working capital deployment and portfolio enrichment and streamlining. He also has extensive international experience with developing and managing successful joint ventures in China and Japan and a technical alliance in Germany.

His daughter, Lisa, is also a Mizzou alumni, having earned her bachelor’s in industrial engineering in 2009. She serves on the department’s Industrial Advisory Board.