Six engineering management professionals were honored by the University of Missouri-Rolla when they were inducted in UMR’s Academy of Engineering Management Thursday, April 20, at the Havener Center on campus. One member was inducted posthumously.
The academy, established at UMR in 2004, is an advisory group to the UMR engineering management department. The six members were selected based on input from a faculty committee and a group of four founding members.
“We wanted our members to be strongly committed to the department and good representatives of the type of people we want in our academy,” says Dr. William Daughton, chair of the engineering management department at UMR.
- Dan M. Amsden of Ballwin, Mo., president and board member of Automation Alliance Group. Amsden received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1970 and a master’s degree in engineering management from UMR in 1975.
- Robert “Bob” Bruce of St. Louis, affiliated with Droms Strauss Advisors, Inc. Bruce received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering management from UMR in 1969 and 1970, respectively.
- Bernard “Bernie” R. Sarchet (posthumously) of Rolla, Mo., who died Feb. 26, 2000. Sarchet joined the UMR faculty in 1967 as professor and founding chair of the engineering management department until his retirement in 1981.
- Barry W. Schaffter of Silvis, Ill., senior vice president of engineering and manufacturing for the John Deere Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division. Schaffter received a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from UMR in 1973, joining John Deere at the Waterloo Works the same year.
- Ronald W. Schuster of Winfield, Ill., president and chief executive officer of the Ceco Construction Group in Kansas City, Mo., and president of Ceco Concrete Construction LLC. Schuster received a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from UMR in 1971 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1979.
- Dr. Henry A. Wiebe of Rolla, Mo., dean of the UMR School of Extended Learning. Prior to his current position, Wiebe served as vice provost for UMR Global, and professor and chair of the engineering management department at UMR.