Notable Alumni

John Fairbanks

EE'71

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John created both the TI-30 calculator and the Poquet computer — two inventions at the vanguard of personal computing. He began his career at General Motors, moved to Texas Instruments, and went on to become vice president of engineering for Mattel Electronics before founding the company that built the first sub-notebook-style computer using what is now known as voltage and frequency scaling.

Mervin Kelly

BS Phy'14

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Mervin graduated in 1914 and went on to become the president of Bell Telephone Laboratories, leading the lab during the invention of the transistor.

Robert (Bob) Kruse

BSEE'81

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Bob is at the forefront of the electric car revolution. As the Global Executive Director for General Motor’s Hybrid, Electric Vehicles and Advanced Technology Batteries division from 2008-2009, Kruse was responsible for all hybrid and electric vehicle components and integration for GM, including the development of the first plug-in hybrid offered by a major car manufacturer, the Chevrolet Volt. During his 31-years at GM, he also played a major role in the development of the Cadillac CTS, Buick Enclave, Chevy Malibu, the Saturn, among several other vehicles, and set up GM’s world-class battery laboratory. After GM, Kruse became COO of Sakti3, where he helped develop and commercialize an advanced, solid-state, rechargeable, lithium ion battery. He is now Chief Technology Officer for Karma Automotive, maker of the $130,000 Karma Revero luxury super car.

Sandra Magnus

Phy'86, MSEE'90

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Sandra is a former NASA astronaut now serving as executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She flew four missions aboard the International Space Station, logging 133 days in orbit.

George Mueller

EE'39

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George was associate administrator of NASA’s Office of Manned Space Flight from 1963-69, a major force in the Apollo mission to the moon, and in the planning for Skylab.

Steve Sullivan

EE'89

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Steve is a principal engineer at Industrial Light and Magic, filmmaker George Lucas’ visual effects company. Sullivan won an Academy Award for technical achievement in 2001.

Cindy Tang

Econ'85

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While not a graduate from ECE, Cindy Tang has been a significant force in the computing industry, and a major supporter of the S&T computer engineering program. Tang is founder and former chair of Insight Industries Inc. in Platteville, Wis. Now known as Avista, Insight was started as an entrepreneurial software engineering consulting firm in 1987. Tang sold and left the company, which is now one of the largest software engineering businesses in Wisconsin. A former president of Missouri S&T’s Board of Trustees, she endowed the Cynthia Tang Missouri Professorship of Computer Engineering in the electrical engineering department, which established the department’s computer engineering discipline. She is also the architect and founder of S&T’s Women of the Year award, funded the Jean Walker Memorial Scholarship in English and technical communication, and was instrumental in creating the Daniel St. Clair Chair in the computer science department.

Thomas Voss

BSEE'69

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Thomas (Tom) Voss started his career at Union Electric, and over a 45-year career at the company worked his way to become the President and CEO of what is now Ameren Corp. He held numerous positions at Ameren, including distribution operating manager, vice president for AmerenCIPS, senior vice president for energy delivery and customer services, senior vice president for generation, executive vice president, and chief operating officer before landing the role as chairman, president and chief executive officer in 2009. He was elected to serve as the Executive Chairman of Smart Wires in 2014. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2011, and serves on the S&T Board of Trustees and the College of Engineering and Computing Advisory Board.

Ted Wiese

EE'67

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Ted is a retired president and chief executive officer of Federal Express Corp. He worked as a pilot while a student in Rolla, and went on to serve as assistant vice president of operations for Sun Airlines and a flight test engineer for the U.S. Air Force F-111 plane with General Dynamics Corp. at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Missouri S&T recognized him with an Award of Professional Distinction in 1994 and an honorary doctorate in 2000.

Roy Wilkens

EE'66

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Roy launched and served as president of Williams Telecommunications Group, one of the nation’s first optical communications companies and later a foundational block of MCI WorldCom. He is also a retired chief executive officer of networks for McLeod USA. Wilkens has endowed a named professorship in the department.