Academy Inductees 2015

The following individuals are outstanding graduates and distinguished friends of Missouri S&T civil, architectural and environmental engineering. Election to the Academy recognizes outstanding achievement, excellence and leadership in engineering and civic affairs.

Randy Dreiling

Randy Dreiling, PE, SE
Vice President and Senior Structural Engineer
Design Nine, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri

Randy Dreiling received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1981 from Missouri S&T and began a career in structural engineering. He worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad in the bridge department, Zurheide Hermann, Booker Associates and Parsons Brinckerhoff, all in St. Louis, before joining Design Nine, Inc., in 2000. Randy currently serves as vice president and senior structural engineer for Design Nine, a firm which specializes in providing engineering services to the railroad industry. He has served as president of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, was a member of the Miner Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2000 through 2012, serving as director, assistant secretary and vice president, and is a member of the American Railway Engineering Association, serving on the committee for seismic design. Randy is also a member of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) and has held many local chapter committee and officer positions, including chair of MSPE’s PEPP Board. Over the past 20 years, he has been a huge supporter of the Miner Alumni Association St. Louis Section, serving on nearly all the committees and holding officer positions, as well as, organizing section activities and events. The annual Section Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament, held every June, routinely has participation exceeding 100 golfers. In 2014, Randy received the Association’s “Frank H. Mackaman Volunteer Service Award.”

Diane Heckemeyer Diane Heckemeyer, PE
Department Chair, Construction and Civil Technology
State Technical College of Missouri
Linn, Missouri

Diane Heckemeyer received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986. After graduation, she worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as area engineer and senior estimating engineer before being named state design engineer in 2001. In 2005, Diane was hired as department chair of construction and civil technology at the State Technical College of Missouri. She was named the Missouri Breaking Traditions Post Secondary Educator of the Year in 2014 and in 2013 was named a Chapter Honor Member of S&T’s Chi Epsilon chapter. She was named the American Public Works Association (APWA) Missouri Chapter’s professional engineer of the year in 2012, and was the 2009 recipient of the National Women in Construction’s Crystal Vision Award.

Diane and her husband, Roger, live in St. Elizabeth, Missouri, with their two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Kelly, is a civil engineering student at S&T and is a catcher on the Lady Miner softball team.

Karin M. Jacoby

Karin M. Jacoby, PE, JD
Senior Counsel
Husch Blackwell
Kansas City, Missouri

Karin M. Jacoby received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985 and joined Booker Associates in St. Louis as a design engineer. In 1995, feeling drawn to public works, she moved across Missouri to Kansas City, where she served as assistant city engineer and manager of waterways for 14 years. Karin earned a master of public administration and a juris doctorate, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1999 and 2006, respectively. She has spent most of her career in water resources, waterways, flooding and levees. She founded SPICA Consulting in 2009 as an engineering firm focused on flood risk management. In 2013, she began practicing law and now provides legal services to clients in the Midwest and South. Karin is involved in development of the nation’s policy on flood protection, serving as a member of the congressionally established National Committee on Levee Safety, and co-authoring with the National Academy of Sciences Levee Committee a report to FEMA with recommendations for the National Flood Insurance Program. Since 2001, Karin has been the executive director of the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition, a non-profit advocating for more beneficial use of water and related land resources. She received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas City Industrial Council’s Progress Award for Improving Waterways. In 2005, the Kansas City Star named Karin “One of Five People to Watch.” She has addressed students in the CArE engineering department and in 2014 was the Chi Epsilon’s Chapter Honor Member. Karin is an avid fisherman and spends her time on Missouri’s spring-fed rivers.

Steve Meyer Steve Meyer, PE
Director of Environmental Services
City of Springfield
Springfield, Missouri

Steve Meyer received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1975 and began his career working for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He has worked as an engineering consultant in Florida before becoming an associate civil engineer for the City of Springfield in 1987. For the City of Springfield, he has served as superintendent of streets and public grounds, assistant director of environmental services, and since 2011, the director of environmental services. In that position, Steve is responsible for leading and managing the city’s sanitary sewer collection system and its two wastewater treatment plants, stormwater management, solid waste collection and disposal, and maintaining compliance with the city’s MS4 permit. His department is also responsible for coordinating citywide sustainability practices and there is an effort to make the city’s southwest plant energy neutral within 10 years.

Steve is a member of the Water Environmental Foundation, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Steve has coached YMCA youth sports, volunteered with Boy Scouts of America and the Salvation Army. He and his wife, Judy, live in Springfield, Missouri. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Allen G. Minks Allen G. Minks, PE
Geotechnical Department Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri

Allen G. Minks received his bachelor and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Since graduation, Allen has spent his career in the geotechnical field with firms such as McClelland Engineers, Shannon & Wilson, Inc. and SCI Engineering. He is currently the geotechnical department manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc. in St. Louis. Active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since his days as a student, he has held every office in the St. Louis Section and served as president in 2007-2008. He is a Fellow of ASCE, is the recipient of the St. Louis Section’s Professional Recognition Award in 2012 and the ASCE National Edmund Friedman Recognition Award in 2013. He has taught a Missouri Society of Professional Engineer-sponsored geotechnical professional engineer refresher course for over 10 years. In addition, he serves on the city of Florissant, Missouri, Planning and Zoning Commission and is a member of SAVE Coalition, which performed building inspections in Joplin, Missouri, after the 2011 tornado.

Allen coached all three of his sons in soccer and baseball from kindergarten to eighth grade — a total of over 30 teams. He and his wife, Connie, live in Florissant, Missouri. They have three sons, and their fifth grandchild is due next month.

Charles E. Powell Charles E. Powell, PE
Ozark, Missouri

Charles E. Powell received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1971. He initially worked for Brown & Root in Houston and London, then returned to the Springfield, Missouri, area where he worked for consulting engineering firms, including Anderson Engineering, ET Archer and Scott Consulting Engineers. In 2006, he formed CEPCO LLC, a consulting firm that does forensic building investigations for insurance companies and attorneys. He also provides structural engineering services for governmental agencies.

Charles has been active at the local and state level of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving as state and chapter president of MSPE and section president of ASCE.

Currently he is chairman of the Christian County Health Department and a member of the City of Ozark Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a SAVE Coalition Structural Inspector 1 and a member of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Task Force.

Charles and his wife, Connie, live in Ozark, Missouri. They have two sons and several grandchildren.

Dr. David Richardson Dr. David Richardson, PE
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Missouri S&T
Rolla, Missouri

Dr. David Richardson received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He owned his own consulting firm for 22 years, working in Texas and Arkansas, before selling it. He then returned to Missouri S&T and earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1984. In that year, Dave became the area head for construction and construction materials and has taught those courses in the S&T civil department. He has received 17 teaching awards plus numerous advising and faculty awards, including the Academy’s Faculty Achievement Award. He has published research papers, conducted 180 short courses and directed 60 asphalt and concrete conferences, and he provides continuing education to engineering professionals and technicians. Dave has been a positive influence on S&T’s civil engineering graduates, as well as the paving industry in Missouri. He is a Fellow in the American Concrete Institute, has chaired national ACI technical committees and has been president of the state ACI chapter.

Dave has been an elder and treasurer at Ozark Highlands Christian Church for over 30 years. He and his wife, Carol, live in Rolla, Missouri, and have three children and six grandchildren.

Dave Wisch, PE
Chevron Corporation
Houston, Texas

Dave Wisch received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He started his career in offshore engineering with Texaco and today is Chevron’s global technical authority in civil, structural and marine engineering. He is the engineer of record for the first U.S. offshore platform to undergo a certified verification agent (CVA) certification and provided engineering oversight for the world’s deepest self-standing structure. Dave has worked for more than 30 years in industry standards development for the API and ISO. He chaired the API Committee on Offshore Structures and led the U.S. delegation to ISO’s Offshore Structures Standards Committee. After hurricanes Ivan, Katrina and Rita, he led an API task force to develop consensus interim industry standards for mooring of floating drilling vessels in less than 90 days.

Dave has chaired the Chevron Fellows program and the company’s Mentoring Excellence in Technology programs. He has chaired many national technical committees and served two terms as a Marine Board Member for the National Academy of Engineering. He has received awards for his work from the API, ISO, Chevron and the National Academy of Engineering.

Dave was a placekicker on the Miner football team and an officer of S&T’s ASCE Student Chapter. Dave and his wife, Leslie, live in Richmond, Texas. They have one daughter, Christine, who is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.