Missouri University of Science and Technology awarded five honorary professional degrees during winter commencement ceremonies held Dec. 19-20.

Missouri University of Science and Technology awarded five honorary professional degrees during winter commencement ceremonies held Dec. 19-20.
The degrees recognize the outstanding Missouri S&T graduates for professional achievement.
The following S&T alumni received professional degrees:
• Paul Daniel Booher, of Springfield, Missouri, chief operating officer for Enactus, who earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now S&T) in 1980 and 1981, respectively. He is a member of the Missouri S&T Academy of Civil Engineers.
• Gary Joseph Frossard, of St. Louis, president of Kadean Construction Co., who earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from UMR (now S&T) in 1973. At UMR, Frossard was an active member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, where he held the positions of social chair, vice president and student council representative.
• Margaret C. Montana, of Houston, Texas, executive vice president for U.S. Pipeline and special projects in the Americas for Shell Downstream Inc. and chief executive officer, president and board director for Shell Midstream Partners, who earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from UMR (now S&T) in 1976.
• Paul W. Niewald, of Lake Saint Louis, director and chief engineer for the T-X Program in Boeing Military Aircraft, who earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from UMR (now S&T) in 1985. A member of the Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers, Niewald has authored several technical papers, including articles in the Journal of Aircraft.
• Mitchell R. Roper, of Southlake, Texas, president of BOPCO L.P., who earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from UMR (now S&T) in 1982.