Six University of Missouri-Rolla graduates were inducted into the Academy of
Mechanical Aerospace Engineers during the group’s banquet and induction
ceremony in Rolla on Thursday, Oct. 19.
The academy honors mechanical and aerospace engineers for their professional
accomplishments and outstanding leadership. The academy serves as an advisory
group to the UMR department of mechanical and aerospace and engineering.
Inducted into the UMR Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers
- Raymond Bucy Jr of Vashon Islanad, Wash., retired general manager of
Military Product Engineers of GE Aircraft Engines. Bucy earned a bachelor’s
degree in mechanical engineering from UMR in 1958. Bucy is a member of the
Order of the Golden Shillelagh.
- Russell Flye of Pasco, Wash., deputy engineering manager for the K-Basin
Closure Project at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. Flye
earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UMR in 1971. He is a
member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and currently serves as the chair of
the ritual and ceremonies committee and chapter advisor at Washington State
University-Pullman. Flye is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning
Engineers Inc., and the National Society of Black Engineers.
- Jada Reese of Florissant, Mo., director of human resources for Express
Scripts of St. Louis. Reese earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical
engineering from UMR in 1984. Reese is a board member of the Professional
Organization of Women and serves as on an advisory board for the National
Association of African American Human Resource Professionals.
- Jon Schneider of St. Louis, director of technical and professional
development for The Boeing Co. Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in
aerospace engineering from UMR in 1987. Schneider serves as a trustee for his
homeowners association and on the executive board for the Order of the Golden
- Lisa Sombart of Webster Groves, Mo., senior vice president and a director
of William Tao & Associates Inc. in St. Louis. Sombart earned a bachelor’s
degree in mechanical engineering from UMR in 1984. She is a member of the
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and
the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Gregory Williams of Grapevine, Texas, executive vice president of corporate
development and marketing for Wayport Inc. in Irving, Texas. Williams earned a
bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UMR in 1976. Williams is a
member of the Austin Wi-Fi Alliance Advisory Board and a member of Beta Gamma