Engineering school alumni to be honored at banquet

The School of Engineering & Applied Science will present five Alumni Achievement Awards at its annual Engineering Alumni Awards banquet April 15 at The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis.

The school will also present its Dean’s Award to Allen R. Atkins in recognition of his professional achievements in the aerospace industry, and especially for his pivotal role in the Boeing/Washington University Graduate Engineering Education and Research Partnership.

Atkins is executive general manager for technology acquisition and university relations at Boeing’s St. Louis-based Phantom Works. He also chairs Boeing’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutes Committee, and is a member of the engineering school’s national council.

Atkins has been instrumental in bringing together Boeing engineers and engineering school professors and graduate students to collaborate on research projects since the partnership’s inception in 1998.

Alumni Achievement Award recipients

Joseph F. Boston, a 1959 chemical engineering alumnus, will be honored for his wide-ranging accomplishments in computer-aided chemical engineering and the role he played in making Aspen Technology Inc. the success it is today.

In 1977, he joined the Advanced System for Processing Engineering (ASPEN) Project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as associate project manager. The ASPEN Project’s charter was to develop the next-generation software system for computer-aided process engineering.

When the ASPEN Project was completed in 1981, Boston helped found Aspen Technology Inc. to commercialize ASPEN software. The company has grown from an eight-person startup to a successful public company with nearly 2,000 employees.

Joseph C. Moquin, a 1949 industrial engineering alumnus, will be honored for his 30 years of service to Teledyne Brown and his leadership in bringing his company’s engineering and manufacturing expertise to our country’s defense and space programs.

In 1952, Moquin joined the Army’s Ordnance Management Engineering Program at Rock Island Arsenal and later became chief civilian in the control office.

In 1959, Moquin joined Brown Engineering (later Teledyne). During this time, Teledyne Brown performed systems engineering and advanced technology studies for the Strategic Defense Initiative; designed and manufactured flight hardware for NASA; and designed and manufactured electronic systems and developed software for the military.

Robert L. Mullenger, a 1989 electrical engineering graduate, will be honored with the Young Alumni Award for advancements he has brought to the technical workplace, particularly methodologies he has developed for Internet-based procurement and collaboration processes.

In 1999, Mullenger left Exxon-Mobil and joined an Internet company founded by two of his ExxonMobil colleagues as a product manager. In June 2000, he led the release of the first Web-based equipment marketplace for the petrochemical industry.

He now is a senior product-marketing manager for San Jose-based Neoforma Inc., a leading provider of supply-chain management solutions to the health care industry.

David J. Rossetti, a 1974 applied mathematics and computer science alumnus, will be honored for his pioneering work in computer architecture and software development for Geographic Information Systems and Internet Operating Systems, and for his extensive community service.

At Amdahl Corp., Rossetti was the architect of performance-evaluation components for the first Amdahl mainframe. At the IBM San Jose Research Lab, he demonstrated that relational databases could perform at least as well as hierarchical databases.

He now leads Cisco Systems’ Technology Center, fostering new technologies such as airliner and vehicle Internet connectivity, and is working to move the company toward new areas such as solutions to the Internet spam problem.

Anthony Thompson, a 1999 construction management graduate, will be honored for his achievement in construction and project management, his advocacy of minority-and female-owned businesses, and the leadership and service he gives to St. Louis.

In 1994, Thompson formed Kwame Building Group Inc., which provides services such as budgeting, scheduling, cost control, construction and project management, contract and claims administration, estimating, project planning and value engineering.

With headquarters in Clayton and offices in Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla., Kwame now has 80 employees.

Thompson is active in his community and has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Spirit of St. Louis Award.

The awards banquet will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call Charla Bruce at 935-4894.

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