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, which was held at the Comfort Suites Conference Center in Rolla, Missouri, on April 16.
The academy is an advisory group to the Missouri S&T electrical and computer engineering department. Founded in 1980, the academy is composed of alumni and other electrical and computer engineers who have made outstanding contributions to their profession.
New members are listed below:
- Raymond E. Catlett of Collinsville, Illinois, senior technical consultant for ABB Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1977. He also holds a master of science degree in engineering management from Washington University in St. Louis. Catlett began his career as a design engineer with Brown and Root in Houston, then held positions with M.D. Anderson Hospital, Shell Oil Co. and PC&E Inc. before joining ABB Inc. in 2000. A registered professional engineer in Texas and Missouri, he is an IEEE life senior member and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
- Michael R. Matthew of Agoura Hills, California, an aerospace and defense business solutions specialist for IBM, earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1983. He also holds a master of science degree in electrical engineering and master of business administration degree from the University of Southern California. He began his career with Rockwell International in 1984 and held positions at Ernst & Young, IBM, CSC Consulting and Hitachi Consulting before taking his current position in 2011. He is a member of the board of the National Defense Industry Association and is the IBM representative on the AIA Supplier Council.
- Brent McKinney of Springfield, Missouri, director of electric transmission and distribution for the Springfield City Utilities, earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering in 1986 and 1987, respectively, and a master of science degree in engineering management in 1996, all from Missouri S&T. He began his career with Laclede Electric Coop. and then joined the Springfield City Utilities in 1991 as a senior engineer. He held positions of increasing responsibility and was named to his current position in 2014. He is active in the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, the American Public Power Association and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.
- Mark J. Nealon of Ballwin, Missouri, director of engineering design and project management for Ameren Missouri, earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1981. He also holds a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and master of business administration degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Nealon began his career as an engineer in system planning for Arizona Public Service, then joined Union Electric, where he held a variety of positions before joining AmerenUE in 1996. He has held several positions of increasing responsibility with AmerenUE and Ameren Missouri. A licensed professional engineer in Missouri and Illinois, Nealon is active in IEEE, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois.
- Kenneth R. Owens Jr. of St. Louis, chief technical officer for Cisco Systems Cloud Services in San Jose, California, earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1994 and 2001, respectively. He began his career as a network design engineer with WorldCom, then held positions with Tellabs, Erlang Technology, Edward D. Jones, AE Edwards & Sons and Savvis Communications before joining Cisco Systems in 2014. He serves on technical advisory boards for Cisco UCS, Cisco Security, ITEN and Reflex Systems and is chair of the St. Louis Section Communications Society of IEEE. He is active in IEEE, the International Society for Optical Engineering and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society.