Six inducted into UMR Academy of Engineering Management

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On April 20, 2007

Six engineering management professionals were honored by the University of Missouri-Rolla when they were inducted into UMR’s Academy of Engineering Management Thursday, April 19.

The academy, established at UMR in 2004, is an advisory group to the UMR engineering management and systems engineering department. The six members were selected based on input from a faculty committee and a group of four founding members.

“We are honored to be able to induct such outstanding individuals into our Academy,” says Dr. William Daughton, chair of the engineering management and systems engineering department at UMR. “They are very representative of the excellent quality of the graduates from our department.”

Inducted were:

Greg Daily of Danville, Calif., president of Alvarion, Inc. Daily earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in engineering management from UMR in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He is a graduate of the executive development program at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Daily brings to Alvarion an 18-year track record, leading venture-backed private companies in general management and executive sales roles. Daily was most recently president and chief executive officer of Pedestal Networks, a developer of innovative universal broadband solutions. Prior to Pedestal, he worked for 10 years at ADC Telecommunications, serving in various positions including general manager of their $200 million Loop Transport Products division, general manager of its Optical Networking Group, group vice president of North American Sales and other sales management positions.

Gary Frossard of St. Louis, president of Kadean Construction Co. Frossard earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from UMR in 1973.

Frossard began his career with McCarthy Brothers Co. in St. Louis and was there until 1984 when he joined Paric Co. as a vice president. In 1990, he started his own construction company, eventually buying the assets and name of Kadean Construction Co. in 1996.

Dr. Lisa Baganoff Gaynor of New Hope, Penn., vice president of global marketing and business analytics at Johnson and Johnson. Gaynor holds a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering, a master of science degree in engineering management, and a Ph.D. in engineering management from UMR in 1983, 1985 and 1991, respective.

Gaynor started her career with Roche Diagnostics, formerly Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics. She then moved to Bayer Corp., where she held positions of increasing responsibility within U.S. marketing research and portfolio management and decision support. In 1997, she joined Bristol Myers Squibb, where her last position was senior director of global marketing research. Gaynor joined Johnson and Johnson in 2003.

Frederick L. Kocher of Indianapolis, president and general manager of AAR Corp.’s maintenance, repair and overhaul business in Indianapolis. Kocher earned a master of science degree in engineering management from UMR in 1972 and received another engineering degree and professional engineering certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.

After graduating from UMR, Kocher returned to his prior employer, Allegheny Airlines in Pittsburgh, Penn. During the next 24 years, he became a member of the executive management team that successfully grew Allegheny from a small regional carrier with route structure predominantly in the northeastern United States, to an international carrier known today as USAirways. Kocher then joined Rolls-Royce, as senior executive in charge of customer support and aftermarket development for the Americas, before accepting a position with United Air Lines in Chicago.

Phillip G. Ostapowicz of St. Louis, president of the Technology Group of Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from UMR in 1978 and a master of science degree in engineering management from UMR in 1979.

Ostapowicz began his career with Anheuser-Busch Co. as a manager trainee in an elite senior management trainee program, eventually landing in Los Angeles, where he worked on what was then the largest brewery expansion in the history of the industry. He then joined Coca-Cola Enterprises as director of engineering. Ostapowicz then briefly joined Coca-Cola St. Louis as vice president of manufacturing before joining Barry-Wehmiller in 1986 as vice president of sales, marketing and engineering. He accepted his current position in 1994.

Dr. Henry Sineath of Rolla, Mo., founder of B&H Enterprises and Consultants. Sineath received bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School.

After 25 years in industry, Sineath joined the University of Missouri-Rolla as a visiting professor for the engineering management department. During his time at UMR, he established the packaging program, served as its director and endowed a fund to provide continued support for the program; became professor and chair of the engineering management department; and then retired as professor emeritus in 1986. Sineath and his wife, Betty, founded their consultant firm after his retirement from UMR.

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