John M. Berra
Alumni Achievement Award
A native of St. Louis, John M. Berra received a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science and Engineering degree in 1969. Berra joined Monsanto Company as a control systems engineer at Monsanto's Corporate Engineering Department in St. Louis that same year. In 1972 Berra joined J.F. Pritchard & Company in Kansas City as a senior engineer. In 1974 he joined Beckman Instruments in Houston as a control system specialist, and in 1976 joined Rosemount Inc. in Minneapolis as an industry marketing manager. Emerson Electric acquired Rosemount that same year.
Berra rose steadily through the ranks at Rosemount, becoming vice president of marketing in 1982, general manager in 1984, and president in 1989. In 1993 Berra was asked to move to Austin, Texas, to be president of Emerson's newly formed Control Systems division. In 1999 he was promoted to executive vice president of Emerson and business leader for Emerson's Process Management Group.
Currently, Berra is responsible for $3.5 billion in annual sales and 20,000 employees. He is credited with leading the transformation of Emerson's Process Management Group into the world's largest supplier of process control products and services. Berra's group launched an innovative process control architecture, which delivers dramatically improved results for process manufacturers. Key customers include Shell, ExxonMobil, Bayer, Pfizer, and Monsanto/Solutia.
In addition to the time he spends making Emerson a global leader, Berra serves as chairman of the board of Fieldbus Foundation, a group dedicated to driving global standards for communication protocols. He also is an active supporter of the Children's Hospital of Austin.
Berra is married to Charlotte King Berra, also a graduate of Washington University. The Berras have three grown children, a son, James, who lives in New York; a son, Daniel, who lives in Austin; and a daughter, Jennifer, who lives in Brighton, England.
Ramon A. Von Drehle
Alumni Achievement Award
After graduating from Washington University with a degree in industrial engineering in 1952, Ramon A. Von Drehle went into the Army as a newly commissioned ROTC officer, in time for the Korean War. As an engineer, he was spared service in Korea and, instead, taught radar, computers, and electronics. During this time, he reconsidered his career goals and decided to go to law school after service.
The law suited Von Drehle, and he graduated first in his class from the University of Texas Law School in 1957. His objective was to be on the inside of a large, international company. This goal led him to Ford Motor Company's office of the general counsel, where he served as senior attorney. In time, Von Drehle specialized in international and financial transactions. When Ford decided to form a European headquarters, he moved to the United Kingdom for the launch. This transfer overseas in 1967 led to over 12 exciting years of living and working in Europe, where Von Drehle's three children grew up. He worked in every European capital and became vice president and general counsel for Ford's activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
In 1979 Von Drehle was reassigned to Ford headquarters in Detroit and became chief legal officer for Ford's financial services activities around the world. These new responsibilities, in turn, heavily involved Von Drehle in Washington, D.C., affairs, where he became chairman of the American Financial Services Association. He now lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
After retiring from Ford, Von Drehle continued to live an active international professional life with government- sponsored projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. He now accepts consulting projects and enjoys life with his wife, Gillian, among homes in Washington, D.C., London, and France.
Alumni Achievement Award
After a career spanning 23 years, Lois Hedg-peth retired from AT&T in November 2001. She held the position of president of fixed wireless operations immediately prior to her retirement. Hedg-peth joined AT&T in 1978 as an operations supervisor in Phoenix. She spent the next 12 years working in various assignments in the company. One of her earlier assignments was being in charge of the AT&T infrastructure and facilities for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1990 Hedg-peth was promoted to access vice president, West. Based in California, she was responsible for access purchases in excess of $5 billion from Pacific Bell, US West, and GTE. Hedg-peth moved to New Jersey in 1992 to become general manager of domestic consumer communications services.
With her return to California in 1994, Hedg-peth became director of regulatory support. She was named regional vice president in Consumer Communications Services in 1995. In 1996 Hedg-peth began to lead AT&T's efforts to enter the local market in California, Hawaii, and Nevada. In 1997 Hedg-peth was named AT&T president, Pacific and Western states. In 1998, while serving in that same capacity, Hedg-peth was named the lead AT&T executive responsible for ensuring the efficient and timely implementation of the company's merger with Teleport Communications Group. In April 2000 she joined the wireless group of AT&T as president of fixed wireless operations.
Hedg-peth received a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science and Engineering degree from Washington University in 1978 and a master's of business administration from Pepperdine University in 1984. She attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard University in 1987.
Hedg-peth has served on the board of the USC Center for Telecommunications Management, the California Cable Television Board, the California Symphony Board, and the Women's Leadership Board for the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She currently serves on the board of the Puente Learning Center in Los Angeles. Hedg-peth lives in Moraga, California, with her husband, Scott, and her two stepsons, Justin and Steve.
Donald R. Kozlowski
Alumni Achievement Award
St. Louis native Donald R. Kozlowski received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Saint Louis University in 1959 and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Washington University in 1968. Kozlowski started his career in communications and worked on the Mercury/Gemini spacecraft, advanced aircraft, and the introduction of the F-4 Phantom II into the Navy fleet. He spent nearly 10 years in reconnaissance and electronic warfare/electronic intelligence in a variety of assignments. In 1972 he transitioned from the world of avionics to aircraft design and eventually to the field of program management.
In 1982 Kozlowski was named McDonnell Douglas's chief program engineer for the advanced F-15, which led to the development of the F-15E. From 1987 to 1993, he led several McDonnell Douglas programs in St. Louis as vice president and general manager. Among his projects were the high-speed civil transport, the F/A 18-C/D, and the YF-23 advanced tactical fighter prototype.
Kozlowski retired in September 1997 as senior vice president of Boeing military transport aircraft in Long Beach, California, where he was responsible for the C-17 Globemaster III and other military transport programs. During Kozlowski's assignment there, the C-17 program made a drastic turnaround and became a model for Department of Defense programs. The program received the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 1998.
Kozlowski currently is a consultant for aerospace management. Kozlowski is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and other professional organizations. He is one of three principals who started the city of Wildwood, a suburb of St. Louis. Kozlowski and his wife, Pat, live in Wildwood. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren.
Glen E. Stuckel
Alumni Achievement Award
After two years of service as an Army guided missile specialist, Glen E. Stuckel entered Washington University in 1956. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree in 1960. Upon graduation, Stuckel joined Laclede Steel Company as a salesman in industrial and construction products, eventually moving to Kentucky to become sales manager of the Louisville office. In 1977 he left Laclede Steel to start his construction business, Glen E. Stuckel Builder Inc., specializing in home building and remodeling construction. Stuckel also is managing broker of Glen E. Stuckel Real Estate, Realtors. Since 1978 his company and related companies have built hundreds of homes and completed over a thousand remodeling projects.
He has built a reputation for professionalism, construction knowledge, honesty, and integrity. Stuckel's homes and remodeling have won every award the housing industry has to offer on a local, state, and national level. He has been honored as Builder of the Year and Remodeler of the Year in Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Stuckel has served as president of the Louisville Home Builders Association and the Kentucky Home Builders Association, and as a vice president of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He holds the coveted Master Builder designation from the Home Builders Institute of NAHB.
Stuckel serves on several charitable boards and is an active Rotarian. As a hobby, he entertains at churches, hospitals, and nursing homes as Rags a clown-magician. He has supervised the construction of 10 Habitat for Humanity homes. The Louisville Board of Realtors has honored Stuckel with its highest award, the John R. Carpenter Humanitarian Award.
Stuckel is married to Joy Loft and has three grown children, Glen, Jr., who is a partner in the construction business; Kristina Joy, a minister in Danville, Kentucky; and Susan Loft, a fourth-grade teacher in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Young Alumni Award
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986, Peter J. Hanratty came to Washington University, where he continued his chemical engineering studies. He earned a Master of Science degree in 1988 and a doctorate in 1991.
Hanratty currently is a director in global solutions at Massachusetts-based Aspen Technology, a leading supplier of integrated software and solutions to the process industries. He and his group focus on advanced process control, optimization, and integration in the chemical industry. Hanratty has a broad range of experience in advanced process control, optimization, modeling, and reaction kinetics. Since the early 1990s, he has played an integral role in the development of real-time optimization (RTO) as a technically and commercially viable field of endeavor. Hanratty has made significant contributions in the development of the earliest commercially available software for RTO. He also expanded the application domain of RTO to new processes and with development of novel techniques. Hanratty has led many first-time applications of this technology in both petroleum and chemical processes. He continues to help shape the development of software and methodology for real-time optimization and related modeling technologies. He has written and presented numerous papers in these fields.
While working in the RTO field, Hanratty also has developed a significant reputation in process modeling, reactor modeling, and catalyst deactivation. He has leveraged his expertise in process modeling and RTO to help bridge the gaps between a number of different modeling application domains process control, operator training, planning, scheduling, and business supply chain. His work has led to a number of new cross-domain developments and applications in model consistency, data integration, and business process design.
Hanratty is married to Frieda Wang Hanratty, who received her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Washington University. The Hanrattys have a daughter, Monica.
John K. Russell
For more than 30 years, John K. Russell has been a familiar name and face at the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Joining the staff in 1969 as assistant dean and registrar, he subsequently served as associate dean, and, currently, vice dean of academic affairs. Russell's path to the engineering school began at Carnegie Institute of Technology where, as a senior in physics, he took a part-time job as a resident-hall assistant.
After graduation in 1957, Russell worked for nine months as a Naval Research Laboratory engineer and six months as an Army officer to fulfill ROTC requirements. He then started graduate studies at the University of Illinois as an electrical engineering teaching assistant. One semester into the program, Russell again sought a resident assistant position in the university residence halls. However, by misreading the university's phone book, he went to the office for nonuniversity-owned residence halls. There he was referred to a couple who ran a private dorm.
He worked for the couple for eight and a half of his 10 years at the University of Illinois. Several years into the doctoral program, Russell realized that, although he enjoyed teaching and research, he also liked working with students in the residence halls. On the advice of a friend, he didn't change his educational path, but finished his PhD. He then began looking for a job.
Washington University offered Russell a position that seemed a perfect fit networking with engineering students and their academic (and occasionally nonacademic) problems. In addition to his other responsibilities, Russell also has served as dean of the University of Missouri-St. Louis/ Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. Russell is active in his church. Other interests include railroads (traveling on and modeling), reading, and home remodeling.