Kent D. Peaslee
Professor Peaslee joined the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri–Rolla, UMR) faculty in 1994 and was named a Curators’ Teaching Professor of Metallurgical Engineering in 2006 and the F. Kenneth Iverson Chair of Steelmaking Technologies in 2007. He was also the associate chair of undergraduate studies in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. He received several teaching awards, including seven UMR Faculty Excellence Awards for research and teaching, 10 UMR Outstanding Teaching Awards, the Class of 1942 Excellence in Teaching Award from the MSM-UMR Alumni Association, the School of Mines and Metallurgy Dean’s Teaching Scholar Award, and in 2007 the Governor of Missouri’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Peaslee was a manufacturing and process metallurgist with research interests in waste and metals recycling, steelmaking, continuous casting, foundry optimization, metal-refractory interactions and environmental aspects of metal manufacturing. He earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1978 and worked for 13 years in a variety of technical and management positions in the steel industry, including Bayou Steel in La Place, La.; Border Steel Mills in El Paso, Texas; Raritan River Steel in Perth Amboy, N.J.; and CF&I Steel in Pueblo, Colo. He attended graduate school at UMR, where he earned a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering in 1994. He published more than 120 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings, mostly in the area of steelmaking and casting technology.