2016 Inductees of the Academy of Chemical Engineers

Arthur Bell

Urgent Care Medicine
BS ChE, University of Missouri - Rolla
DO, Kansas City University of Medicine, Kansas City, MO
Art started his career with E.I. DuPont in 1973 as a plant engineer at the Old Hickory, TN textile fibers plant. In 1974, he moved to Monsanto Industrial Chemical Company in the St. Louis headquarter's corporate engineering department as a proces design engineer. In 1978, he transferred to Monsanto Chemical Company/Plasticizer Division as a national account manager located in Cincinnati. In 1981, Art joined Exxon Chemicals/Plastics Group as a national account manager covering the U.S., out of Cincinnati. Art finished his enginnering career as a Technical Support Manager with Exxon from 1989 to 1993 working out of the Lake Zurich, IL film plant. In 1993, Art started Medical school and graduated in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he completed his residency in Family medicine at the University of Illinois/Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was Board Certified in Family Medicine in 2001 by the American Board of Family Medicine. For the last 16 years, he has worked as a physcian in Urgent Care. Art officially retired January 1, 2016.

David Sextro

Vice President of Engineering
MYNAH Technologies, LLC
BS ChE 1982, University of Missouri - Rolla
Dave is the Vice President of Engineering for MYNAH Technologies, LLC. His areas of expertise include dynamic process control, project management, and services management. Dave has worked in the process automation industry for over 27 years in the positions of Lead Systems Engineer, Senior Technical Manager, Director of Engineering, and Director of Sales and Operations Planning. Previous employers include The Dow Chemical Company, The Dial Corporation, Munger Company, and Emerson Process Management.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri - Rolla. Dave has been very proactive with Missouri S&T through the recruiting and hiring of full-time, co-op, and intern candidates at MYNAH, as well as involvement with campus organizations such as Omega Chi Epsilon, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Student Advisory Board, and Alpha Chi Sigma.

Linda Wright

Manager - Strategy and Planning
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
BS ChE 1988, University of Missouri - Rolla
Professional Degree ChE 2009, Missouri S&T
As Strategy and Planning Manager, Linda's responsibilities include overall coordination of strategy and competitive intelligence, program analysis and reporting, research guidence and valuation, and technology acquisition for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
Linda has held a wide range of positions during her 27 years with ExxonMobil, including business planning, supply, technology, marketing, business development and operations. Prior to her current appointment, Linda was the Specialties Elastomers Global Vice President in Houston, Texas. She has also served as the Adhesion Industry Global Vice President, the Global Director of the Marine Fuels business in Leatherhead, U.K. and a Senior Advisor supporting two of the Corporation's Senior Vice President in Dallas, Texas.

Martin Berutti

President and COO
MYNAH Technologies, LLC
BS ChE 1984, University of Missouri - Rolla
Mart started work with Munger Company, Inc. as a director in Performance Technology in November of 1990 where he was responsible for system sales, new product introduction and technology adaption for the entire Munger Company (Emerson Local Business Partner) territory. In 2002, MYNAH Technologies was formed as a division of Munger Company (later names Experitec). As a business director of MYNAH, he wrote the business plan and managed the division as an independent software company. In 2010, Mart became the President and COO of MYNAH Technologies, LLC. MYNAH Technologies is the strategic simulation partner for several major automation suppliers and has prodects installed in 68 countries worldwide. Under Mart's leadership as business director and president, MYNAH has experienced revenue growth of 20x. He has driven successful marketing campaigns that allowed MYNAH to receive international recognition from the readers of Control Magazine and Automation World. MYNAH's Mimic Simulation Software is a next-generation dynamic process simulation software and is used in the Virtual Unit Ops and Process Control Lab at Missouri University of Science & Technology's Chemical Engineering Department.

Rick Eklund

Director - Strategic Supply Chain
Flextronics, Austin, Texas
BS ChE 1986, University of Missouri - Rolla
After graduating with a BS degree, Rick started his career with IBM Systems Technology Division in Austin, Texas as a process & technology development engineer. In 1998, Rick started with Dell Worldwide Procurement as a senior manager in supplier quality engineering where he focused on key areas of new product introduction, supplier development and operational quality. Developed infrastructure and systematically implemented strategic initiatives impacting performance, resources, process, and tools. In 2010, Rick moved to Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. where he was Director of Supply Chain. He implemented a business continuity management system and created cross-functional supplier management teams to drive strategic alignment between supply chain, engineering, and quality, improving organizational effectiveness of supplier management activities. At present, Rick is employed at Flextronics in Austic, Texas as Director of Strategic Supply Chain where he leads a team of supply chain mangement professionals to develop and implement world class supply chain strategies that provide Flextronics and end customers with a strategic market advantage.

Steve Block

Global Business Development Manager
Elevance Renewable Sciences
BS ChE 1982, Unversity of Missouri - Rolla
MS Eng Man. 1985, Wichita State University
In 1982, Steve began his career working for Vulcan Chemicals (Witchita, KS) as a process engineer where he was responsibile for chlor-alkali process design supporting capital expansion. In 1985, his career transitioned to Dow Corning (Elizabethtown, KY and Midland, MI) holding positions as production supervisor, quality engineer, and associate scientist. During his nearly 30 year tenure at Dow Corning, Steve was involved with technology development in sealants, adhesives, coatings, and optical materials. As Global Technology Manager for Sealants and Adhesives, his team, located on 3 continents, was responsible for product and process devleopment of a $300M product line. Steve is currently the Global Business Development Manager for the Household, Institutional, Industrial Cleaning and Personal Care Industries at Elevance Renewable Sciences, a high-growth specialty chemical company that creates novel specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. He is responsible for leading business development and creating strategic relationships across the value chain in North America, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and Japan.