In the spring of 2015 Associate Professor Paul Chan announced his retirement after 35 years on the MU chemical engineering faculty. It wasn’t an easy decision for him. He enjoys what he does, especially his work as the department’s undergraduate advisor as well as his decade-long position as chair of the College of Engineering’s scholarship committee.
The University of Missouri College of Engineering received a generous gift totaling $500,000 from Burns & McDonnell, Inc., and alumnus Ray Kowalik and his wife, Jill, on Friday at a ceremony held at Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall on the MU campus.
Paul Chan, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Chemical Engineering Department, went to start a scholarship of his own, only to find out some of his former students had started one as a surprise in his name.
The Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation was established in the memory of 2001 MU mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate Josh Seidel, who died in 2013 while repairing equipment at his company, Caliber Cast Stone.
Christine Pierson, who currently serves as executive vice president and head of the consumer division at UMB Financial Corporation, is an active fundraiser for the IMSE Hall of Fame’s Development Committee.
Ruth Atkinson, a 1940 graduate of the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, endowed the Donald B. Atkinson Scholarship Fund in memory of her late husband. She kept every letter she received from grateful recipients.
Drew Dusenberry serves as the Recent Alumni Development Board’s fundraising chair, which puts him front and center for the organization’s effort to fund an endowed scholarship. Their goal is to raise $25,000.