Mizzou Engineering celebrates graduates at December Commencement

More than 200 students graduated from Mizzou Engineering this past weekend. Interim Dean Praveen Edara joined Curator Robin Wenneker to confer degrees at the Saturday, Dec. 16, Commencement ceremony at the Hearnes Center.

Sergio Pico-Vazquez poses in front of Jesse Hall in graduation gown.

Mizzou Diversity graduate spotlight: Sergio Pico-Vazquez

Sergio Pico-Vazquez, graduating senior studying information technology within the College of Engineering, reflects on his experience with Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (MOCHA), and how the program has instilled confidence in him.  

From top left to bottom right: Jacob Dodge, Sally Chen, Blake Miller, Mary Todd, Jack Shultz, Abigail Penfield, Trent Foster, Frances Swayne and Michelle Atkinson

Mizzou Engineers reflect on college experience ahead of commencement

At Mizzou Engineering, we believe that exploration expands everyone's perspectives. Fearlessly asking questions and finding opportunities for hands-on learning is what we do every day. Now, another class of graduates is ready to use that experience as they begin their careers.


Expanding expertise, Michelle Atkinson earns degree in electrical engineering

Michelle Atkinson decided to become an engineer after beginning her career as a registered nurse. She saw how electricity and technology were affecting the nursing field, and decided to go back to school to continue learning and asking questions about how technology is impacting the world.


Inspired by faculty, Sally Chen earns degree in biological engineering

When finalizing her college choice, Sally Chen combed through two university catalogs and noticed something different about Mizzou Engineering: the bioengineering electives were more robust and flexible. That, and the fact she's lived in Columbia since fifth grade, sealed her decision.


Equipped with leadership skills, Jacob Dodge earns degree in civil engineering

Jacob Dodge grew up in a household full of Tiger Pride. Both his mom and older brother are Mizzou alumni, but he didn't decide to become a Tiger until visiting Mizzou Engineering and learning about the traditions, opportunities and facilities at the College.

Trent Foster

Building connections, Trent Foster earns electrical and computer engineering degree

Trent Foster has always had a passion for tinkering with technology. After graduation, the electrical and computer engineering major will move to Kansas City to start work as a software developer for Garmin.


Beginning a new chapter: Blake Miller earns degree in information technology

Blake Miller, originally from Pana, Illinois, chose to come to Mizzou because of its rich history and diverse opportunities that aligned perfectly with his academic and personal goals. He saw the growth of digital technology and its increasing significance to everyday life and realized that expertise in information technology is not just a career choice, but is a necessary skill set in the modern world.


Experiences pay off as Abigail Penfield earns mechanical engineering degree

Abigail Penfield has spent her time at Mizzou taking advantage of every opportunity she could find. She got involved in undergraduate research and numerous student organizations, including Mizzou Space Program, Mizzou Engineering Student Council, Society of Women Engineers, TEDxMU and Engineers' Club. Her undergraduate experiences have been out-of-this-world.


Ready to forge ahead, Jack Shultz earns degree in chemical engineering

At Mizzou, Jack Shultz has had the opportunity to explore a variety of academic interests including business and athletic training. He ultimately opted to combine his passion for math and chemistry and pursue a degree in chemical engineering.