CEC Leadership

Richard Wlezien, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean

Dr. Wlezien, who joined Missouri S&T in August 2017, leads efforts to achieve the college’s mission through the promotion of excellence in teaching, research and service. He is responsible for CEC’s external affairs, interacting with key constituencies including research sponsors and alumni. He was previously aerospace engineering chair at Iowa State University, a former researcher and program director at NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and chair of mechanical engineering at Tufts University. Wlezien earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, Ph.D.

Interim 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.

Angela Lueking, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Lueking works to enhance research productivity and academic programs AND engage stakeholders in service to the College of Engineering and Computing's mission. She joined S&T in August 2018 from the National Science Foundation, where she oversaw the molecular separations program on a two-year appointment. Dr. Lueking was previously a professor of energy and mineral engineering and chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and master of science degrees in chemical engineering and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Development

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, who joined Missouri S&T in September 2017, develops and directs resourcing strategies that advance engineering and computing academic excellence. Rebecca comes to us from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where she recently retired as the Senior Executive, responsible for developing comprehensive programmatic strategies, transforming educational programs, and prioritizing research and development initiatives. Rebecca is a graduate of Missouri S&T where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Management; and is also a graduate of the U. S. Army War College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, earning a Master of Strategic Studies degree.

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

Andrea Harris

Office Support Assistant

Ashley Newton

Office Support Assistant

Allison Osbirn

Office Support Assistant

Latesha Zach

Fiscal Manager