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BS ChE 1984, University of Missour - Rolla
Mike & his wife Ellen (Westerman ChE1985) have been strong supporters of Missouri S&T over the years. Mike was the core recruiter for Cargill Incorporated at Missouri S&T for over 20 years hiring numerous S&T Engineers. Mike currently leads the global engineering organization, as Vice President-Engineering, for Crown Iron Works, a supplier of solid-liquid separation equipment to the Food Vegetable Oil, Bio Fuel, Industrial, and Oleo Chemical Industries.
Mike graduated from Missouri S&T in 1984 and joined Cargill Incorporated as a production management trainee at Cargill’s Memphis Tennessee Vegetable Oil facility on January 2, 1985. In 1990, Mike became the youngest Plant Manager in Cargill history (at that time) in Iowa Falls, Iowa and the Acquisition Leader of the largest acquisition (at that time in 1995) in Cargill history. Over a 32 year career at Cargill, Mike held a variety of Engineering, Operations, and Management roles in Tennessee, Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, Florida, Germany, England and Minnesota in the Vegetable Oil, Corn Milling, Fertilizer, Salt, Deicing, and Health & Nutrition Industries. Prior to retiring from Cargill, Mike was the business leader for Cargill Optimizing Services – a consulting engineering organization designed to support Cargill customers by improving the Customer’s manufacturing capabilities. Mike is an inventor awarded 6 patents.
Mike was born in Frankfurt Germany, and as an Army brat moved around the world finally graduating High School in Wiesbaden Germany, He is fluent in German. In his current role, Mike manages teams in North and South America, Germany, England, and China. Throughout his life and career he has enjoyed living and working in diverse cultures.
Mike and Ellen have generously supported the University and Chemical Engineering department thru phone-a-thons and annual donations. Mike has helped hire over 50 Missouri S&T graduates over the years.
Mike & Ellen call Missouri their home away from home. Mike & Ellen have two children (Tess-25 and Reece-22). Ellen was born and raised in Kansas City and Mike’s family is from Lebanon, Missouri. Mike is a proud alumni actively participating in the Twin Cities Minnesota Alumni Section.