Seven former student-athletes from Missouri University of Science and Technology and two honorary members were inducted into the Academy of Miner Athletics during the group’s annual induction ceremony on Oct. 27.
The academy recognizes alumni who have brought honor to the university’s athletic department through their accomplishments on the playing field, in their careers and through community leadership. Academy members support the department through coordinated gifts of time, experience and money. The Academy of Miner Athletics was founded in October 2011 with its first induction class of 33 individuals.
New members are:
David Belleville of Chesterfield, Missouri, earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 2003. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. Belleville earned All-America honors all four years on the Miner swimming team. He set numerous school records, won multiple conference titles, was captain his junior and senior years, and ultimately led relay teams to capture the first three NCAA championship titles in school history in 2001 and 2002. A four-year letter winner, Belleville was inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 as an individual and as a member of the 2001-02 Swimming Team. Leveraging his engineering background and leadership experience, Belleville has held positions of increasing influence in the consumer-packaged goods industry, specializing in supply chain and logistics management.
Daniel Forbes of Parkville, Missouri, earned a bachelor’s degree in business and management systems from Missouri S&T in 2011. A member of the cross country and track and field teams 2007-11 Forbes was a four-year letter winner and was inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020 as a member of the 2009 Outdoor Track & Field Championship team. In 2023, Forbes joined Commerce Healthcare as assistant vice president. Previously, he oversaw Oracle Health’s revenue cycle sales strategy and execution, led business development and business development initiatives resulting revenue growth attainment. Forbes volunteers with the Liberty Hospital Foundation. During his term as executive board president, Forbes played a crucial role in achieving the Foundation’s success in its most extensive capital campaign, raising $2.5M in funds to renovate the Foundation’s hospitality house, The Treehouse.
Dr. Brian Gorman of Golden, Colorado, earned bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic engineering from Missouri S&T in 1996, 1999 and 2003, respectively. A member of the track and field team from 1993-97, Gorman was a three-year letter winner, the 1996 men’s outdoor team most valuable player, and qualified for national meets in both the hammer and weight throws. He has worked in a variety of roles at Texas Instruments, the University of North Texas, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Aerospace Corp., Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, and the University of Sydney. A professor for the past 15 years at the Colorado School of Mines, Gorman won the 2023 American Ceramic Society’s Outstanding Educator Award. Gorman and his wife, Alison (Hanson), EE’99, and a dual sport student-athlete, are co-owners of Minima Scientific, a company that develops carbon capture technologies in ceramic building materials.
Julia (Orlich) Hawkins of Springfield, Missouri, earned bachelor’s degrees in architectural engineering and civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 2006. A letter winner and four-year member of the cross country and track and field teams, she was co-captain of the cross country team her senior year. A professional engineer in the environmental services department for the city of Springfield, Hawkins is vice president of the Ozark Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and serves on the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers board as the professional engineers in government representative. A member of several campus organizations including Chi Omega, M Club, and Omega Sigma, Hawkins served as Architectural Engineering Institute president, American Society of Civil Engineers secretary, Blue Key president, and was a candidate for Homecoming Queen and St. Pat’s Queen of Love and Beauty.
Rodrick McDonald of St. Louis, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2007. A four-year letter winner in both football and track and field, McDonald was a four-year starter at safety on the football team and won several conference honors in the MIAA and GLVC. He was selected to play in the 2006 Whataburger Senior Cactus Bowl, which then represented the best senior players in NCAA Division II. McDonald set multiple school records in track and field, including the 100-meter, 200-meter, 4×100-meter relay, and he won the 100-meter conference champion his senior season – a record that still stands. McDonald was team captain for three seasons, and was named the men’s outdoor team most valuable player in 2005 and 2006. McDonald is a section manager in the construction division of Burns & McDonnell where he leads projects in multiple markets.
James Stanfield of Columbus, Ohio, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1996. He was a three-year letter winner as member of the cross country team, and a two-year letterman as member of the track and field team. He was an active member of M Club and a member of the Missouri S&T Rollamo yearbook staff. Stanfield joined Accenture in 1996 as a technology consultant. He has supported business and technology modernization programs for several fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies and currently is a managing director with Accenture Federal Services, where he supports business and technology transformation with a focus on the nation’s defense.
Michael Moore of Springfield, Missouri, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1971 and a master’s degree in engineering management in 1994, both from Missouri S&T. Moore was a member of the football team 1967-70 and was a starting member of the Golden Horde defense at nose tackle and middle linebacker. A three-year letter winner, he was selected to the MIAA All-Conference second team and is a member of the 1969 football team inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. A registered professional engineer, Moore retired in 2010 after a 39-year career with St. Joe Minerals Corp., Finley Engineering Co. and city utilities of Springfield.