Six chemical engineers with ties to Missouri University of Science and
Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Chemical
Engineers during the academy’s induction ceremony April 17.
The academy honors chemical engineers for their contributions to the
profession, leadership and involvement with Missouri S&T. The academy also
serves as an advisory group to the Missouri S&T chemical engineering
New members are:
— Joel A. Brand of Austin, Texas, general partner and owner of Brand-Gaus
LLC. Brand received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1986, a
master’s degree in physics in 1988, a master’s degree in applied mathematics in
1994, and a Ph.D. in experimental physics in 1994. All four degrees were from
Brand began his career with Ophir Corp. in Littleton, Colo., performing
research and feasibility studies for optical remote sensing instrumentation as
an optical physicist. He later joined Monitor Labs Inc. as a new products
scientist, advancing to director of engineering and led the effort to
assimilate sensor technology from acquisitions and partnerships, including
extensive customer and applications support of deployed units. Brand assumed
his current position in 1999. He is responsible for research and new product
development, and has shared responsibilities in marketing, engineering, sales,
product support, manufacturing, and other operations and business
— Brian Donley of St. Louis, manager of operational excellence at Coviden
Healthcare. Donley received a bachelor of science degree in chemical
engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987. He also earned a master of business
administration degree from Washington University in 2000.
Donley worked for Ethyl Corp. and then Afton Chemical before joining Coviden
Healthcare in 2002 as a director of health, safety and environmental programs.
In 2007, Donley accepted his current position with the company, where he
directs design for Six Sigma implementation at the global business unit level
for imaging solutions research and development.
— William R. Jones Jr. of Marana, Ariz., and North Olmsted, Ohio, a space
tribology consultant for ATK/Swales Aerospace. Jones received a bachelor of
science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1962. He
received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Kyushu University in 1989.
After working for the Peace Corps in west Africa, Jones began a 37-year
career with NASA Glenn (Lewis) Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. As a senior
research engineer, Jones developed a total hip simulator, designed and operated
a high-temperature vane pump loop to test liquid lubricants for the supersonic
transport, developed a number of advanced additives for use in space liquid
lubricants and oversaw 20 different programs involving lubricant synthesis. He
is also president of Spiralab LLC, formed to design and market the Spiral Orbit
— Donald E. Puyear of Goodyear, Ariz., president of Puyear Consulting LLC.
Puyear received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from
Missouri S&T in 1954 and 1958, respectively. He later obtained a Ph.D. in
chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
After teaching chemical engineering at Virginia Tech, Puyear became the
director of a new branch college of Virginia Polytechnic Institute called
Clifton Forge-Covington Community College. Puyear later became founding
president of the college, named the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. He
then became the founding president for the Virginia Highlands Community College
before becoming president of Central Virginia Community College in 1974. In
1983, Puyear accepted a vice chancellor position with the Virginia Community
College System. In 1992, he became executive director of the State Board of
Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona, a position he held until 2001. In
July 2002, Donald became president of Puyear Consulting LLC.
— Keith G. Tomazi of Florissant, Mo., technical fellow of Mallinckrodt
Specialty Chemicals. Tomazi bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in
chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1981, 1991 and 1993,
After earning his bachelor’s degree, Tomazi joined Mallinckrodt Specialty
Chemicals Co. He returned to the company in 1994, after earning his graduate
degrees, and was promoted in 1996 to principal process development engineer. In
2007, Tomazi accepted his current position, where he serves as core team leader
for site Chemical Reactivity Hazards Team and helps develop site policies on
hazardous reactions, including emergency relief sizing.
— Robert “Bob” M. Wellek of Rockville, Md., deputy director of the National
Science Foundation. Wellek received a bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in chemical
engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1957 and 1963,
After graduation, Wellek joined Missouri S&T as an academic researcher
and educator as well as the university research coordinator. He joined the
Department of Energy in 1977, serving as head of several research sections and
divisions in the fossil energy program. He was the primary developer of the
management and review process for the pioneering DOE University Coal Research
program which continues to this day. In 1987, he accepted a position as deputy
division director of the CTS Division at NSF. In addition to his current
duties, Wellek serves as NSF program officer for interfacial transport and