Seven graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the university’s Academy of Mines and Metallurgy on April 18.The academy is an advisory group that was founded in 1954. The group includes graduates and others who have made outstanding contributions to their professions.
The 2013 inductees are as follows:
- R. Tim Bradley of Houston, president of carbon dioxide for Kinder Morgan, earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Missouri S&T in 1977. He served as president of Shell CO2 Co. Ltd. prior to joining Kinder Morgan in 2000, where he is responsible for the company’s carbon dioxide source, pipeline and enhanced oil recovery assets. Bradley has more than 35 years of experience in oil and gas field development and operations throughout the U.S. and offshore Gulf of Mexico.
- Larry Britt of Grove, Okla., consulting engineer with NSI Fracturing, earned a bachelor of science degree in geological engineering from S&T in 1979. He worked for Amoco Production Co. for nearly 20 years prior to joining NSI in 1999. Britt specializes in the development and application of tools for the post-appraisal of hydraulic fracturing stimulations and owns and operates Britt Rock Mechanics Laboratory at the University of Tulsa. He has authored more than 30 technical papers and co-authored a Society of Professional Engineers primer on hydraulic fractures. He was the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Distinguished Lecturer for two seasons and was awarded a professional degree in petroleum engineering from S&T in 2007.
- Erik Erbe of San Diego, vice president of research and development in the Biologics group at Nuvasive Inc., earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees and a doctorate degree in ceramic engineering from S&T in 1987, 1988 and 1991, respectively. Prior to joining Nuvasive in 2009, Erbe played a key role in the founding and growth of Orthovita Inc., where he developed medical products used for bone repair and served as vice president of research and development and chief science officer. He holds 20 U.S. patents and has 13 pending applications. His technical contributions in ceramic biomaterials are described in 47 technical and scientific publications.
- Kenneth Gielow of Festus, Mo., president of Imrie-Gielow Inc., earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in metallurgical engineering from S&T in 1970 and 1971, respectively. Following graduation, he spent nine years with the St. Joe Minerals Corp. as blast furnace superintendent, refinery superintendent and project manager for the construction of a lead strip caster and rolling mill. In 1980, Gielow joined J. Imrie Sales Co. where he became a full partner in the refractory and corrosion resistant materials distribution business and the company name was changed to Imrie-Gielow. He served as president of the St. Louis section of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and on the boards of various organizations.
- Harvey Goodman of Houston, research consultant with Chevron Energy Technology Co.’s Rock Mechanics Analysis Team and adjunct professor at S&T, earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in geological engineering at S&T in 1977 and 1987, respectively. He has been with Chevron for more than 30 years and received the company’s Chairman Award for his work in geomechanics. Goodman conceived and led the development of Chevron’s 3-D Mechanical Earth Model-building capability. He was the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Distinguished Lecturer for two seasons and received a professional degree in petroleum engineering from S&T in 2007.
- Dan Scott of Montgomery, Texas, senior technical advisor with Baker Hughes Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from S&T in 1970. He has been with Baker Hughes/Hughes Tool Co. for more than 40 years. Scott holds 74 U.S. patents, with 54 pending applications, the most of any active employee in the Hughes Christensen division of the company. He has published 43 papers, has won numerous awards, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Silver Patent Award in 2006, and was named an ASM International Fellow in 1999.
- Tom Wetteroth of Chandler, Ariz., vice president of operations for Applied Microarrays Inc., earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in ceramic engineering from S&T in 1979 and 1982, respectively. His research significantly advanced semi-conductor technology during his nearly 20 years with Motorola. In 2007, Wetteroth co-founded Applied Microarrays, which manufactures microscopic glass slides that are used for DNA sequencing and are the basis for the expanding field of bioinformatics. He holds seven U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications. He was awarded a professional degree in ceramic engineering from S&T in 2010.
Two current faculty members received awards during the academy induction ceremony:
- Dr. Arvind S. Kumar, associate chair and professor of mining and nuclear engineering, received the senior faculty award.
- Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei, assistant professor of mining and nuclear engineering, received the junior faculty award.
In addition, seven students received scholarship awards from the academy:
- Jonathan Cordz, a senior in nuclear engineering from Rolla, Mo.
- Jennifer Dehaven, a senior in metallurgical engineering from Higginsville, Mo.
- Rachel Feist, a senior in geological engineering from Tulsa, Okla.
- Hannah McNally, a senior in mining engineering from Rolla, Mo.
- Kyle Schutte, a senior in petroleum engineering from Cape Girardeau, Mo.
- Marissa Spencer, a senior in geology and geophysics from Maryland Heights, Mo.
- Ryan Wilkerson, a senior in ceramic engineering from Rolla, Mo.