Seven electrical and computer engineers with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineers during the academy’s induction ceremony held April 16.
The academy is an advisory group to the Missouri S&T electrical and computer engineering department. Founded in 1980, the academy is a departmental advisory group composed of alumni and other electrical and computer engineers who have made outstanding contributions to their profession.
New members are:
- Max D. Anderson of Rolla, Mo., professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Missouri S&T. Anderson earned a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1958 and 1959, respectively. After post-graduate work at Northwestern University, Anderson earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in 1967. Prior to joining Missouri S&T in 1975, his career path had included working for Ontario Hydro, Rockwell Information Systems and Autonetics. In addition, he has served as a consultant for the Leonard Wood Institute and Sandia National Laboratories. He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri, Oklahoma and Ontario, Canada.
- Maurice Brubaker of Chesterfield, Mo., president of Brubaker & Associates Inc. Brubaker earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1965. He also earned a master of business administration degree and a master of science degree in control systems from Washington University in 1967 and 1970, respectively. After graduation from Missouri S&T, he worked as a control systems engineer for Emerson before joining Orazen Associates Inc. as a consultant. In 1981, Brubaker became vice president of Drazen-Brubaker & Associates, accepting his current position in 1995. He is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh at Missouri S&T.
- Duane Highley of Springfield, Mo., director of power production for Associated Electric Cooperative. Highley earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a master of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1983 and 1991, respectively. He joined Associated Electric Cooperative in 1982 and has served as senior planning engineer, supervisor of resource planning and plant manager. He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and chair of the Southwest Missouri Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies Power Generating Committee, International POWER Conference Program Committee. A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Highley serves as a board member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Cooperative Research Council, Ozarks Regional Science and Engineer Fair. He is a past board member of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center, Lutheran Student Center at Missouri State University and Sikeston Missouri Arts Council. In addition, he is founder and past president of the Sikeston Junior High School Parent-Teacher Association.
- David McNabb of Clever, Mo., chief financial officer for Associated Electric Cooperative. McNabb earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986. After graduation, he joined TU Electric as a staff engineer for transmission planning. He then joined Central and Southwest Services, where he worked as a senior engineer for transmission planning, manager of technology transfer and manager of technology development. In 1997, he joined Associated Electric Cooperative as manager for resource planning and operations. He is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma and coaches cross country at a local school.
- Russell D. Monie Jr. of Grayslake, Ill., consultant for Owl Engineering. Monie earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1974. After graduation, he joined the Federal Communications Commission holding various positions, including engineer in charge of the St. Louis and Chicago offices. In 1989, he joined Digital Radio Networks as regional director of field engineering. He then returned to the FCC as a regional director in 1991, and worked there until his retirement in January 2008. He is a former chair of the U.S. Spectrum Management Monitoring Subcommittee to the International Telecommunications Union and executive committee member of the Chicago Federal Executive Board.
- Neal T. Schaeffer of Chesterfield, Mo., project manager at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1968. After graduation, he joined Monsanto Co. as a project engineer. In 1976, he became the lead project engineer for a Monsanto/Conoco joint venture in Alvin, Texas. In 1981, he joined MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., serving as operations manager for plant services and corporate facilities planning manager. He joined Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. He is a LEED accredited professional as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council, a registered Missouri state soccer referee and a member of the St. Louis High School Referees Association.
- Cheryl D.S. Walker of St. Louis, president and general counsel of Obasi Enterprises LLC. Walker earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986 and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in 1990. She is currently president and general counsel of Obasi Enterprises LLC. She formerly served as a counsel in the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave LLP, an 850-attorney international law firm that provides counsel in various areas of commercial law, and she remains of counsel for the firm. Prior to joining Bryan Cave she served as senior counsel for Deutsche Financial Services Corp., now known as GE Distribution Finance. Walker is a member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators and served as that organization’s chair in 2008. She is a member of the Tower Grove Park Board of Commissioners and a member of the boards of The Newberry Group, St. Louis Social Venture Partners and The United Way of Greater St. Louis.