Five alumni of the University of Missouri-Rolla were inducted into the UMR Academy of Mines and Metallurgy on April 21.
The academy is an advisory group to programs in the UMR School of Materials, Energy and Earth Resources. Founded in 1995, the group includes alumni and others who have made outstanding contributions to their profession.
– David C. Grimm of Clinton, Conn. Grimm earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering at UMR in 1950. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University in 1953. Grimm was president of Arco Transdata Corp. upon his retirement in 1980. In 2004, the David C. Grimm Scholarship was established at UMR in his name.
– Wayne Huebner of Rolla. Huebner is vice provost for research and sponsored programs at UMR. Huebner earned bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic engineering at UMR in 1982 and 1987, respectively. Since he assumed the vice provost position, UMR has nearly doubled its amount of externally-funded research.
– Dennis N. Kostic of Downers Grove, Ill. Kostic is president and chief executive officer of Weir International Mining Consultants. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering at UMR in 1970. Kostic was awarded a professional degree at UMR in 1996.
– W. Keith Wedge of Rolla. Wedge was appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army’s 420th Engineer Brigade in 1998. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 2002 with the rank of brigadier general. Wedge earned three degrees in geology and geophysics at UMR: a bachelor’s degree in 1970, a master’s degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. in 1973. He was also awarded a professional degree at UMR in 2003.
– Richard Y. Chao of Huntington Beach, Calif. Chao is a senior technical specialist at Boeing Co. He earned a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering at UMR in 1971. In 1975, he earned another master’s degree, this one in engineering management, at UMR. The Richard Y. and June T. Chao Scholarship/Fellowship Fund was established at UMR in 1999. Chao was honored with a professional degree at UMR in 2002.