CEC Leadership

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David Borrok, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean

Dr. David Borrok came to Missouri S&T in 2017 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was inaugural director of the school of geosciences. He also served as interim director of the Institute for Coastal Ecology and Water Research at Louisiana-Lafayette. Borrok earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from Missouri S&T, a master’s degree in economic geology from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering and geological sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe
Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe is a professor and past interim chair in Missouri S&T’s department of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Geological Society of America (GSA). Dr. Oboh-Ikuenobe is an African Scientific Institute Fellow and member of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Scientific Board (Global Change Group) of UNESCO/International Union of Geological Sciences. She obtained a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cambridge through a Commonwealth Scholarship, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Oboh-Ikuenobe joined the faculty at Missouri S&T in 1991.

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Mehdi Ferdowsi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research

Mehdi joined S&T in 2004. Since then, he has won an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a Missouri S&T Faculty Excellence Award and several outstanding teaching commendations from S&T for his work in the classroom. He also served as associate chair for electrical engineering undergraduate studies and power area coordinator for electrical and computer engineering.

Islam H. El-adaway, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships

Dr. El-adaway is the Hurst-McCarthy Endowed Professor specializing in construction engineering and management, and the Founding Director of the Missouri Consortium for Construction Innovation (MO-CCI). He worked on around 30 externally funded research projects that resulted in over 220 peer-reviewed publications. He received more than 30 awards for research, teaching, and service at the national, regional, and institutional levels. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Construction Engineering from the American University in Cairo.

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Guirong (Grace) Yan, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow

Grace joined our faculty in 2014 and has established herself as a national leader in hazard mitigation, community risk awareness and resilience, and structural health monitoring. She was recently elected chair of the North American Alliance for Hazards and Disaster Research Board of Directors. Grace has worked alongside colleagues from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Colorado State University to study and mitigate the effects of devastating tornadoes in Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Stephen Raper, Ph.D.

ABET Coordinator

Dr. Stephen Raper is an associate professor of engineering management and also the associate chair of undergraduate studies in engineering management. Dr. Raper is involved in campus-wide initiatives in student success, recruitment and retention. He is also the longest-standing faculty member in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at the university. As CEC ABET Coordinator, Dr. Raper is responsible for overseeing the accreditation activities for the college; preparing the college for the accreditation visit; ensuring proper documentation is developed and preserved in each department; organizing training activities to ensure everyone is knowledgeable about the process; and all other accreditation processes. Dr. Raper has been a faculty member at Missouri S&T since 1990. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in engineering management at S&T.

CEC Staff

Ean Buffington
Ean Buffington

Program/Project Support Coordinator

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Amy Gillman

Sr. Director, Program/Project Operations

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Stephanie Lewis

Executive Assistant

Ashley Newton

Senior Business Support Specialist

Latesha Zach

Fiscal Manager

CEC Fiscal Service Center

Mary Counsil

Finance and Accounting Specialist II

Joni Matlock

Finance and Accounting Specialist


Works with ECE and CS

Patricia Lungstrum

Finance and Accounting Specialist


Works with Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Leadership and Staff
Tammy Mace

Business Support Specialist I

Leadership and Staff

Finance and Accounting Specialist

CEC Business Support Service Center

Rhonda Sherman

Business Support Specialist II


Works with MAE, ChBE, CArEE, and NERS

Matthew Southard

Business Support Specialist II


Works with ECE, CS, GGPE, MSE, and MEE