Five professionals with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers during an induction ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 26 on the S&T campus.
The academy recognizes outstanding alumni for their professional achievement and success. It also provides support and experience to help the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Missouri S&T reach its collective mission and values.
New members are:
Darryl Brinkmann of St. Louis, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1978. He began work Caterpillar Inc. as a student and held various manufacturing, planning, purchasing, human resources, engineering, and information technology roles, retiring in 2010 after a 36-year career. After retiring, Brinkmann moved to Rolla, Missouri, and in 2011, joined S&T as an adjunct instructor in business and management systems. He has been chapter advisor to Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and volunteered his time with the Community Partnership, Phelps County Food Distribution and mentoring students at the Rolla Junior High School. Brinkmann and his wife, Robin, have four children and six grandchildren.
Jacopo Frigerio of Denver, earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1993 and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1995, both from Missouri S&T. Frigerio began his career at Lockheed Martin Space, where he designed, developed, tested, qualified and deployed space-flight hardware. His career highlights include supporting the Atlas and Titan Centaur upper-stage propulsion program. He specialized on the RL-10 engine, led the design and development of the Hubble Space Telescope Soft Capture Mechanism, developed and managed the Common Products Program and served as the Orion European Service Module main engine certified principal engineer. He is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s selective Advanced Leadership Program. Frigerio and his wife, Jennifer, a human resources manager at Lockheed Martin, retired in 2020.
Jeffrey Seaman of Petersburg, Michigan, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2000. Seaman, began his career in powertrain engineering at Ford Motor Co. He served as lead calibrator on the Coyote engine and Boss 302 Program. He led the innovation of the industry’s first TracKey and Aggressive Decel Fuel Shut-off. In 2017 he moved to Melbourne, Australia, to become program manager for the Ranger and Everest programs, which launched in six plants across the globe, including the return of the Ranger product in the U.S. Market. In the U.S., Seaman was responsible for the Ford Bronco and led development of the “modularity” function, which was an industry first that allowed significant advancements in customization. He has received multiple patents for this concept and the development of accessories built upon this strategy. Seaman was appointed Icons Regional Product Line manager, leading Mustang, Bronco, Bronco Sport Raptor, and the Ford GT programs. Currently, Seaman is chief program engineer for the T3 “Trust The Truck” program, the next generation Ford Electric Truck program to be built in Tennessee.
Michael Shin of Dallas, vice president of supply chain for Trinity Rail Industries, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987. He began his career with GE, and progressed from manufacturing engineer to director of supply chain. Since 2001, Shin served as vice president and global head of supply chain Stanley Tools, Remington Firearms and Ammo, Gibson Guitars and FLIR Systems. He is now with Trinity Rail Industries and has started a software company, serving as founder and chair. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Shin immigrated to Rolla with his mother and sister in 1972. He plans to support Missouri S&T, Rolla High School and the Newburg, Missouri, school district. His goal is to create manufacturing and technology jobs in Phelps County by leveraging the talent and intellectual strength of S&T.
Talion Edwards of St. Louis, senior technical fellow in 3D measurement for Boeing Research and Technology and chief engineer for the Boeing Teardown Team, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1997. He also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Edwards is a member of the Coordinate Metrology Society board of directors, where he founded effort to establish a central industry certification for measurement practitioners. Edwards holds 25 U.S. patents on topics that include 3D imaging, X-ray backscatter, non-destructive evaluation, foreign-object debris detection and feature recognition.