Five 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 on campus April 19.
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 listed below:
Barry D. Freiner of St. Louis, president of Rogers-Schmidt Engineering Co., earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985. Freiner began work as a network services supervisor in 1985 and was promoted to manager of engineer design in 1987. In 1988, he became a senior design engineer at McDonnell Douglas Training Systems. He moved to Creative Consulting Engineering Inc. in 1993 as an electrical engineer and in 1996 moved on to Rogers-Schmidt Engineering Co. He has been president of the company since 2001. Freiner is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He serves as president of the Victory Christian Academy school board and is a licensed professional engineer in four states.
Stephen R. Nelson of Gunter, Texas, vice president of IC Design for REMEC Defense and Space (formerly Ascentia), earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1977. He has also completed graduate course work at Missouri S&T and the University of Texas-Dallas. Nelson began his career as an engineer at Texas Instruments Central Research Labs. In 1984, he became engineering and foundry manager for the company’s Microwave Gas Products (MGP) Group and in 1990 he became engineering manager of the Microwave Design Organization. In 1997, he left the company to become engineering manager for IC and radio board development at Spectrapoint and in 2000 he took his current position. Nelson holds 10 U.S. patents and has authored and published more than 50 papers. He was awarded the Sir Alan Cobham Platinum Award for Technical Innovation in 2011 and received the Motorola International Teaming for Excellence Award from Spectrapoint and the DARPA Best Technical Contractor Award from Texas Instruments.
Steven Pflantz of St. Louis, associate and I&C/electrical engineer for CRB Consulting Engineers Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987. Prior to taking his current position in 2001, he was a senior E&I engineer for PC&E at Emerson Solutions, an I&C/electrical engineer for CRB Consulting Engineers Inc., a project engineer for the Celotx Corp., a senior E&I engineer for Air Products Manufacturing Corp., and a project engineer for Tech Systems. He was also part of the cooperative engineering program for Tamko Asphalt Products for three years. Pflantz is a registered professional engineer in 11 states, a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering and a senior member of the International Society of Automation, where he has served as vice president, executive board member and district vice president.
David C. Wang of Langley, Wash., president of Boeing China, earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1977. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Saint Louis University. In 2009, he received an honorary professional degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T. From 1971-1980, Wang held various positions for Emerson Electric Co., then moved to General Electric Co., where he served in various positions, including president of GE Medical Systems China, president of GE Malaysia/Singapore, and chair, president and CEO of GE China. In 2002, he was named vice president of international relations for The Boeing Co. He has served in his current position since 2002. Wang is the founding co-chair of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program, the U.S.-China Energy Cooperative Program and the Export Compliance Working Group for the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China. He also serves on the boards of directors of Terex Corp. and KLA-Tencor Corp.
Kory G. Mathews of Ballwin, Mo., earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1984. He also holds an EMBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Mathews serves as vice president and program manager for Boeing Defense, Space and Security, vice president and program manager of the Phantom Works division and vice president of the F/A-18 and E/A-18 programs for the Global Strike Systems division. He has been with Boeing in various positions of increasing responsibility since 1987. Mathews is former president of Parkway School District Citizen’s Advisory Committee and a member of the board of directors of the Center for Creative Arts and Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.