Wm. Terry Fuldner
Alumni Achievement Award
Wm. Terry Fuldner is the chairman of EFCO Corporation, a company that designs and manufactures windows for industrial, commercial and institutional buildings. After its start in St. Louis, EFCO moved to its current location in Monett, Missouri, and has grown from three to 950 employees. The company is consistently ahead of market need, utilizing its talents for an energy-efficient as well as aesthetic product.
Mr. Fuldner earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Washington University in 1949. Immediately following graduation, he went to work for Air Therm Manufacturing Corporation, leaving a year later to join Truscon Steel Company, a division of Republic Steel Corporation. It was as a sales engineer at Truscon that Mr. Fuldner first became involved with the manufacture and sale of windows. In 1953 he left to co-found EFCO with fellow alumnus George F. Eberle, BSIE'50, where he combined entrepreneurial, engineering and business skills in one effort.
An active member of numerous organizations, both professional and civic, Mr. Fuldner has served as chairman of the Technical Committee for the Architectural Aluminum Manufacturers Association. He is a member of the board of directors of Southwester Missouri State University Foundation. He was the 1984 recipient of the National Small Business Person of the Year Award, receiving the award from President Ronald Reagan, and last fall he was named a Greater Ozark Business Hall of Fame Laureate. He and his wife, Evelyn, are parents of four grown children and live in Monett, Missouri.
Ellen L. Lee
MSSanE '66, DScSanE '69
Alumni Achievement Award
Ellen L. Lee is the president of Lee Engineering Enterprises, a firm she co-founded over 16 years ago in Sunnyvale, California. During those years, her firm has provided municipal, state and federal agencies with study, engineering design, construction and construction management services for projects that include several major water, wastewater and sewer system facilities in the Bay Area.
Dr. Lee graduated from Washington University with two degrees, a Master of Science (1966) and a Doctorate (1969), both in Sanitary Engineering. After graduation, Dr. Lee pursued her interests in environmental awareness as a staff consultant for the County of Sacramento, where she worked on operations of the County's 12 sewage treatment facilities. She took this experience with plant operations to a national consulting firm in San Jose for a short period before establishing her current firm, where her technological advances have taken on an international scope, with 15 projects in Taiwan.
An active member of the professional community, Dr. Lee is currently on the board of REACT Environmental Engineers, and she is involved with the American Water Works Association and the Water Pollution Control Federation. She and her husband, Clement, are the parents of one son and reside in Cupertino, California.
Peter A. Puleo
Alumni Achievement Award
Peter A. Puleo is the retired president and chairman of the board of Industrial Process Equipment Company located in St. Louis, Missouri. Established by Mr. Puleo in 1952 as a manufacturing agency, the company today has 45 employees and is a local and national distributor and manufacturer of process fluid flow equipment.
Mr. Puleo earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in 1949. Prior to attending the School of Engineering, he spent two years studying business, then three serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. After graduation in 1949, Mr. Puleo worked as a sales engineer with both the Crane and the Fischer & Porter Companies before leaving to begin Industrial Process Equipment Company.
Actively involved with community educational and cultural institutions, Mr. Puleo is a board member of Vianney High School and a past board member of Fontbonne College. He is a member of t he Rotary Club and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He and his wife, Evelyn, reside in St. Louis and are the parents of four grown children.
Donald K. Ross
Alumni Achievement Award
Donald K. Ross is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the firm of Ross & Baruzzini, Inc., Consulting Engineers. A mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering and architectural design firm in St. Louis, Ross & Baruzzini provides services for industrial, commercial and government organizations. The firm specializes in building renovations, airport design and conservation.
Dr. Ross earned his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in 1960, after which he began work with Ross & Baruzzini. He has been engaged in the field of energy conservation for many years, with his firm being among the leading engineering design groups for "on-site" energy generation, with recapture of waste-heat. His expertise has benefited the State of Missouri and the nation through his participation on select committees and commissions. Dr. Ross has also served on the faculties of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington University in electrical and industrial engineering.
Active in a number of professional engineering organizations, Dr. Ross is a fellow of the American Consulting Engineers Council, the American Institute of Consulting Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He holds three patents and has authored over 30 papers and articles as well as several books. He is involved in community affairs, most currently with the Eagle Scout Association. Dr. Ross and his wife, Peggy, live in St. Louis and are the parents of one daughter.
Andrew Mayer Bursky
ABEcon '78, BSChE '78, MSChE '78
Young Alumni Award
Andrew Mayer Bursky is the managing director of Interlaken Capital, Inc., a diversified investment company which was recently ranked by Forbes magazine as the 35th largest private business in the United States. With interests ranging from health care operations to processed food, the company is located in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Mr. Bursky graduated from Washington University in 1978 with three degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. After graduation he went on to earn the MBA from Harvard University in 1980. Known to his professors as a dynamic student, he was a Presidential Scholar, a National Merit Scholar, and a Langsdorf Fellow. While at Washington University, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Engineer's Council and served as President of the Student Union.
Mr. Bursky has brought the same energy and enthusiasm to his work, having served as a director for Dellwood Foods, Inc. and as the president and founder of National Guardian Corporation. Apart from his current duties at Interlaken, Mr. Bursky concurrently serves as chairman of the board for both Strategic Distribution, Inc. and Blue Lustre Products, Inc. as well as a director of numerous privately owned manufacturing and service businesses.
In addition to his corporate affiliations, Mr. Bursky also participates in the community as a trustee of the Skin Cancer Foundation and Temple Sholom. He continues involvement in Washington University affairs as a participant on the Student Affairs National Council. He especially enjoys his time coaching Little League. The parents of two young children, Mr. Bursky and his wife, Jane, live in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Elvera Stuckenberg has been strongly committed to education and interested in lifelong learning. Her late brother, William Stuckenberg, was a graduate of the School of Engineering, and it was through him that she was introduced to our efforts here at the University. She has helped many young women by funding much-needed scholarships for outstanding female engineering students. She has remained close to many of her scholarship recipients, as well as to the memory of her brother.
In 1987, the Elvera and William Stuckenberg Professorship of Technology and Human Affairs was established for Dr. Robert Morgan, who today still holds this professorship in the School of Engineering. Ms. Stuckenberg and her late brother shared interest in the impact of technology on the individual and society, and in the words of Dr. Morgan, they hoped for "a new kind of engineer who goes beyond the traditional confines of his or her discipline to acquire an understanding of the ethical, social and political implications of technology."
This is the spirit of a woman who has consistently seen far into the future needs of the programs here at the School of Engineering, and who has had the determination and loyalty to see them through. Her resolve in preparing our students for the challenge of a new age is a fine example of inspiration for our graduates as they go forth to meet this challenge.