S&T academy honors two outstanding engineering management professionals

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On April 22, 2016

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 21.

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:

Dale Spence of West Hartford, Connecticut, marketing director of global automatic tank gauge platform at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1997 and 2005, respectively. Spence serves as the business unit leader of a six-person team responsible for the platform’s strategic direction, growth and profitability. In his leadership role, Spence identifies global market opportunities, competitor movement and acquisition targets, and establishes metrics and strategies supported by sales management and marketing campaigns. Prior to his current position, Spence was a team lead at Caterpillar and served in various management roles with Federal Mogul and Gilbarco Veeder-Root. He has co-authored seven patents and has earned the Veeder-Root President’s Award and the Miner Alumni Association’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Patricia “Tricia” Spence of West Hartford, Connecticut, vice president of enterprise planning and project management at Prudential Retirement, earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management and a master of science degree in information science and technology from Missouri S&T in 1994 and 2005, respectively. She earned a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. She also earned a graduate certificate in information science and technology from Missouri S&T in 2005. As vice president, Spence is responsible for leading the business planning and project management functions of the group. She also serves as the national vice president of the Kappa Delta Sorority, overseeing more than 225 alumnae chapters and supervising 24 alumnae national leadership team members. Prior to joining Prudential Retirement, Spence worked as a graduate student researcher at Pennsylvania State University and Missouri S&T and as a senior consultant with Accenture and Extraprise. She is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, American Medical Informatics Association, American Society for Information Science and Technology, Academy of Management, and the Association for Information Systems.

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