Two 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 24.
The academy, established at Missouri S&T in 2004, is an advisory group to the university’s engineering management department. The two new members were selected based on input from department faculty and development officers and voted on by the academy membership. Inductees are listed below:
Ron Jones of Chesterfield, Mo., a principal at Burns & McDonnell’s Global Facilities Group, earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1981. He also holds an MBA and a graduate certificate in international affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed the University of Michigan-Ross School of Business Foundations in Leadership program. Jones worked in industry at Phillips Petroleum and AMOCO Chemicals, where he served as project engineer, project manager and product manager. He has worked in the international market as general manager of Fru-Con Construction’s Asia Pacific Operations, based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Burns & McDonnell in 2009, Jones held senior positions with Skanska USA and CH2MHILL/Lockwood Greene. He is active in numerous civic operations and volunteer efforts, including Meds and Food for Kids, COCA, the Center for Entrepreneurship at St. Louis University and Inner City Slickers.
Kathy Walker of Kansas City, Mo., managing director at OPENAIR Equity Partners, earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University and a master of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1982. She was awarded a professional degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1999. Walker serves on the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees and is an emeritus member of the Engineering Advisory Board. Prior to joining OPENAIR, she served as chief network officer for Sprint Nextel. Her accomplishments include leading the development and deployment of the first U.S. nationwide 3G network and being named to the first-ever Fierce Wireless “Top Women in Wireless” list. In 2013, Walker received the Alumni Merit Award from the Miner Alumni Association.