Seven graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the university’s Academy of Mines and Metallurgy on April 16.
The academy is an advisory group that was founded in 1954. The group includes graduates and others who have made outstanding contributions to their professions.
The 2015 inductees are as follows:
— Rick Booth of St. Charles, Mo., principal and former member of the board of directors for Golder Associates. Booth earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in geological engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He joined Golder Associates in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988 and served as project geological engineer. In 1995, he moved to the St. Louis office where he has served as senior geological engineer, operations manager and principal.
— Jose J. Donoso of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Schlumberger SIS reservoir and production engineering domain for South America. Donoso earned bachelor of science degrees in geology and geophysics and petroleum engineering in 1980 and 1981, respectively, and a master of science degree in petroleum engineering in 1986, all from Missouri S&T. He joined Schlumberger in 1987 as a reservoir engineer in Brazil and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. He has been in his current position since 2013.
— William M. Martin of Broken Arrow, Okla., vice president of reservoir engineering and owner’s group member for Panther Energy I and II. Martin earned a bachelor of science degree in geological engineering from Missouri S&T in 1997. He joined Oryx/Kerr McGee as a staff reservoir engineer in 1998. He held positions in the Landmark Graphics Division of Halliburton, at Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent and a Cimarex Energy before joining Panther Energy in 2012.
— Terry Palisch of Richardson, Texas, global engineering advisor for CARBO Ceramics. Palisch earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986. He joined ARCO Alaska Inc. in 1986 as a reservoir engineer and was named senior stimulation engineer in 1994. From 1996-2000, he worked for ARCO El-Djazair in Algeria. He taught math at Wylie High School for four years and then joined CARBO Ceramics in 2004 as a staff petroleum engineer. He has held his current position since 2013.
— Kevin Renfro of Spring, Texas, manager of Gulf of Mexico compliance and regulatory affairs for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Renfro earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985. He joined Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in 1993 as a senior operations engineer and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. He has held his current title since 2010. Before joining Anadarko, he held positions at ARCO Oil and Gas Co. and ARCO Alaska Inc.
— William A. Tedesco of Magnolia, Texas, vice president of Gulf of Mexico exploration for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Tedesco earned a bachelor of science degree in geology and geophysics from Missouri S&T in 1997. In 2001, he joined Kerr-McGee, where he served as a geologist for both U.S. and international exploration projects until the acquisition of Kerr-McGee by Anadarko. He has held several positions of increasing responsibility at Anadarko, most recently as exploration manager of Eastern Gulf of Mexico and regional studies.
— Chris J. Upp of Springfield, Mo., vice president and general manager of Conco Quarries Inc. Upp earned a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering from Missouri S&T in 1996. He joined Conco Quarries Inc. in 1996 as a project engineer and has served as environment, safety and health manager, quality control technician, production manager, project manager and associate director of quarry operations.
Two current faculty members received awards during the academy induction ceremony:
— Dr. Gary E. Mueller, associate professor of mining and nuclear engineering, received the Senior Faculty Award.
— Dr. Mohsen Asle Zaeem, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, received the Junior Faculty Award.
In addition, seven students received scholarship awards from the academy:
— Benjamin Michael Herries, a senior in geological engineering from St. Louis
— Deanna Elizabeth Millard, a senior in mining engineering from Peculiar, Missouri
— Landon S. Kelsey, a senior in petroleum engineering from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
— Calum Seth Learn, a senior in metallurgical engineering from Doylestown, Pennsylvania
— Justin Harrison Levy, a senior in geology and geophysics from Bridgeton, Missouri
— John G. Schreiner, a senior in nuclear engineering from Columbia, Missouri
— Cora B. Weidhas, a senior in ceramic engineering from Ballwin, Missouri.
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