Six electrical and computer engineers were inducted into the Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla during the academy’s annual meeting Thursday, April 19.
The academy is an advisory group to the UMR electrical and computer engineering department. Founded in 1980, it is composed of electrical and computer engineering alumni and other electrical and computer engineers who have made outstanding contributions to their profession.
- Jonas “Jon” Bereisa Jr. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., director of the General Motors Automotive Competitive Fuel Cell Programs. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from UMR in 1967 and 1970, respectively. Bereisa joined General Motors in 1974.
- Thomas J. Dalton of Indialantic, Fla., vice president of global sales for Honeywell. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from UMR in 1984 and a master of business administration degree from the University of Southern California in 1989.
- Dr. D. Ronald Fannin of Rolla, Mo., chair and professor emeritus of interdisciplinary engineering at UMR. Fannin received a bachelor of science degree in engineering physics from Texas Tech University in 1965, a master of science degree in engineering science from Florida State University in 1966, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University in 1970.
- James R. Fricke of Overland Park, Kan., secretary, treasurer and chief information officer for Data Freight Inc. Fricke earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from UMR in 1975.
- Daniel G. Smith of Imperial, Mo., vice president of the Product Technology Center for Nestle Purina PetCare. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from UMR in 1985 and an executive master of business administration degree from Washington University in 2003.
- Thomas E. Sweeney of Jacksonville, Fla., technical director of the Trident Refit Facility for the U.S. Navy. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from UMR in 1969.