Academy honors outstanding engineering management professionals

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On April 24, 2012

Three engineering management professionals with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Engineering Management on Thursday, April 19, at Matt’s Steakhouse in Rolla.

The academy, established at Missouri S&T in 2004, is an advisory group to the university’s engineering management department. The two members were selected based on input from department faculty and development officers and voted on by the academy membership.

Inductees are listed below:

Wendell L. “Buddy” Barnes of The Woodlands, Texas, client services manager for MWH Americas in the municipal water and wastewater division in Southeast Texas, earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1973. He also holds an MBA from Mississippi College and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Barnes served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1967-88, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He earned two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Purple Heart and the Wheeler Award for his leadership at area engineer during the cleanup from Hurricane Fredric. He then worked 10 years in various positions with the city of Houston. He was selected Public Works Leader of the Year in Texas in 2003 and was awarded the George W. Goethals Medal by the Society of American Military Engineers. Barnes then spent nearly 10 years as vice president of Carter & Burge/Jacobs. In 2009, he joined Montgomery and Barnes as partner and president and held that position until 2011, when he took his current position. He is a Fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers, serving on its national board of directors. He is also a member of the American Public Works Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Water Works Association and is on multiple committees in the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Bill Daughton of Rolla, Mo., professor of engineering management and special assistant to the provost for eLearning at Missouri S&T, just finished an eight-year tenure as department chair in December 2011. Prior to coming to Rolla, he was the Lockheed Martin Professor and Program Director for the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also taught physics at Jefferson College and Chadron State College. Daughton also spent time working in industry. His positions included serving as a member of the technical staff for Texas Instruments Semiconductor Group, working for Mead Office Systems Inkjet Products Division as a principal project engineer, and serving as an assistant vice president of technical services at AT&T Global Information Solutions/NCR Corp., NCR Microelectronic Products Division. Daughton Bill earned a bachelor of arts degree in physics and mathematics at Illinois College in 1967, a master of science degree at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1969 and a Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1976. He completed a certificate in nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T, an Executive Management Program through NCR Corp. and the Leadership Development Program through the University of Missouri Systems Office. In 2008, he was recognized by the Engineering Management Division of the American Society for Engineering Education with the Bernard R. Sarchet Award for Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Management Education. Also in 2008, Bill became the executive director of the American Society for Engineering Management, a position he still holds.

Dan Hinkle of Sugar Land, Texas, owner of a contract-lobbying firm that represents clients before the Texas Legislature and Regulatory Agencies, earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1973. In 1977, he earned a juris doctorate degree from Oklahoma City University. Hinkle has lobbied on a broad array of issues and has taken key leadership roles on legislation addressing energy, electricity, environmental, indemnity and tax issues. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to individuals. He is a member of the Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas Bar Associations. In 1992, he started his own lobby firm in Texas. Prior to that he worked for BP, Marathon Oil and in private practice. He has served as president of the Houston Alumni Section and as a vice president of the Miner Alumni Association. Hinkle has taken an active role in working with the St. Pat’s Board and in the development of the St. Pat’s Fund over the last few years.

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