Five engineers with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers during an Oct. 16 ceremony on campus.
The academy recognizes outstanding alumni for their professional achievement and success, and provides organized assistance to the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Missouri S&T.
New members are:
– John F. Eash of St. Louis, director of supplier quality for Boeing’s integrated defense systems business unit. Eash received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Missouri S&T in 1979 and a master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1990. Eash began his career at McDonnell Douglas in 1975 as a co-op student, and went to work full time in 1980 as a flight test engineer. He has been involved in leadership positions in manufacturing engineering, production operations, supplier management and quality. Eash is a past president of the Boeing St. Louis Leadership Association, serves on the Board of Directors for Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, and is a member of the American Society for Quality. He is vice president of the Miner Alumni Association, an executive board member of S&T’s Order of the Golden Shillelagh and serves as Boeing’s executive focal for Missouri S&T.
– Richard J. Johnson of St. Louis, enterprise account manager at APC/Schneider Electric. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1983 and a master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1985. Previously, Johnson worked with his brothers and father to build management software that was acquired by APC in 1997. He has been granted two patents related to high density cooling solutions. Johnson served as the alumni scholarship chair for the Pi Kappa Alpha House Corporation and currently serves on the board of directors of the Chesterfield Hockey Association.
– John M. Mills of Crystal City, Mo., plant manager of Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Merrimack, N.H. Mills graduated magna cum laude from Missouri S&T in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He began his career at Anheuser-Busch by serving in various engineering and operations management positions in several breweries around the country. Mills currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Nashua.
– Stephen W. Voss, of Kansas City, Mo., plant services department manager of the energy division at Burns and McDonnell Engineering in Kansas City. Voss earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1982. Voss began his career with Burns and McDonnell Engineering after eight years in the defense industry. He is now responsible for engineering studies, design, installation, construction, start-up, operations, rehabilitation and re-powering of projects for electric generating power plants using fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. Voss served on several committees within the Missouri S&T Corporate Development Council and has helped raise funds within his company for the naming of the Toomey Hall Student Lounge.
– Dr. Harry J. Sauer Jr., a professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Missouri S&T, was named an honorary member. Sauer received a bachelor’s degree from Missouri S&T in 1956 and a master’s degree from Missouri S&T in 1958. He earned his Ph.D. from Kansas State University. Sauer has served as dean of graduate studies and associate chair of mechanical engineering at S&T. He has published more than 150 technical papers and five textbooks. He served on the board of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and on the board of the International Thermal Conductivity Conferences. Sauer was named Most Distinguished Scientist by the Missouri Academy of Sciences in 2003. In 1999, Missouri S&T presented him with the Alumni Merit Award.