Seven professionals with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers at a dinner and induction ceremony held at the Havener Center on the Missouri S&T campus on Oct. 26.
The academy recognizes outstanding alumni for their professional achievement and success, and provides organized assistance to the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Missouri S&T.
New members are:
— John M. Berger of Fishers, Indiana, owner of Energy Efficient Environmental Solutions. Berger earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1968. He also holds a master of science degree in industrial operations from Purdue University. During his career, Berger has worked as a project engineer, chief engineer and director of engineering in the design and application of Industrial combustion and environmental control equipment and systems. His technical specialty is in air pollution control and energy recovery. In 2003 he semi-retired from full-time corporate life as vice president of MPM Technologies and general manager of Huntington Environmental Systems. He is currently working with companies with emerging energy efficient environmental technologies in the areas of product and business development. Berger and his wife, Susan, are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh.
— Vinisha Clark of Wesbster Groves, Missouri, vice president of global solutions in the client services and operations division of AT&T. Clark earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1991 and a master of science degree in engineering management in 1993, both from Missouri S&T. Clark began her telecommunications career in 1993 with Southwestern Bell Telephone as a special services manager. Since then, she has held a variety of assignments in sales, customer service, network operations, regulatory and marketing. Prior to her last assignment, Clark was the managed services and sourcing vice president responsible for providing an integrated service experience to retail outsourced customers interacting with AT&T. Prior to joining Southwestern Bell Telephone, she was a manufacturing engineer for Oscar Mayer. At Missouri S&T, Clark has served on the Corporate Development Council and the Business and Information Technology Advisory Board.
— Daniel Jaspering of St. Charles, Missouri, retired director of airborne surveillance programs for Boeing Defense Space and Security. He earned a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1984. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Saint Louis University. Jaspering began his career as a propulsion engineer at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. During his 36-year career, he held a variety of engineering and program management positions focused on the development of weapons and defense systems. His assignments included working with a variety of domestic and international customers and suppliers. He retired in 2015.
— Nick C. Mehta of Fort Wayne, Indiana, retired vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Zenith Electronics. Mehta earned a master of science degree in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1967, both in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T. Mehta began his career as a research engineer with Shell Research and Development. He taught at Tri-State College and then joined International Harvester (now Navistar International Corp.) as a senior development engineer, progressing to senior director of engineering before taking a position as director of product development and construction equipment engineering for Case Corp. He then joined Zenith electronics, where he retired as vice president and chief technology officer for consumer electronics. He has taught at Purdue University, Fort Wayne since 2011.
— Dr. Robert B. Oetting of Rolla, professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, was inducted as an honorary member of the academy. Oetting earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1955. He also holds a master of science degree from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, both in aeronautical engineering. Oetting spent time as a test stand engineer at the Allison Division of GMC and served in active duty with the U.S. Navy before joining the University of Maryland as an instructor of mechanical engineering and then joined the S&T faculty in 1964 and stayed 31 years, retiring in 1995. For 30 years, Oetting, a pilot and FAA-licensed advanced ground school instructor, taught the Private Pilot Ground School each year.
— Ronald A Rosner of St. Charles, Missouri, senior managing consultant at Ramboll, earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Missouri S&T in 1989. He also holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, where he served as a research assistant. Since 1991, Ron has provided air quality engineering, chemical process safety and environmental compliance support to clients in the aerospace, chemical, energy and general manufacturing sectors. He is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. At Missouri S&T, he is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh and is a charter member of the Academy of Miner Athletics.
— Bradley W. Sexton of St. Louis, principal engineer for Boeing Research and Technology, earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987. He also holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, Sexton began his career at McDonnell Douglas working with structural dynamics on the F/A-18. He continued working in aeroelasticity when the company became part of Boeing. He is the special projects committee lead for the AIAA St. Louis Section.