Two professionals with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were recently inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers.
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:
- Edward H. Gerding of Saint Charles, Mo., director of engineering for the global services and support division of The Boeing Company in St. Louis. Gerding earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1984. He also holds an MBA from Maryville University in St. Louis and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing as a design engineer, working on a variety of programs and assignments of increasing responsibility, including long-term assignments onsite at Israel Aircraft Industries and McDonnell Douglas-Tulsa in support of F-15 co-production. Gerding served as chief engineer for the C-17 program in St. Louis and in aircraft sustainment and maintenance programs. His current position focuses on maximizing the readiness and effectiveness of the fielded systems of the warfighter in an international market.
- Charles P. Ketterer of Saint Charles, Mo., vice president of information technology and supply chain for Emerson Hermetic Motors in St. Louis. Ketterer earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1989. He also holds an MBA from Webster University. He began his career with General Motors as a design and test engineer concentrating on electrifying vehicle chassis systems. In 1993, he moved to Emerson, holding roles of increasing responsibility, including senior development engineer, engineering manager and chief engineer at the Motor Technology Center. He joined Emerson’s automotive and precision motor division to continue engineering design and utilize his MBA as automotive program manager. This led to an opportunity in Nove Mesto, Slovakia, as director of business development in a start-up joint venture. Upon his return to the states, Ketterer became director of business development and strategic planning. In 2008, he was named vice president of engineering and technology development and continued his global focus, coordinating engineering in India and developing a presence in Xian, China. He served as vice president of information technology prior to his current role. He holds nine U.S. patents.