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Robert Berry, DE
BS, civil engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology (University of Missouri, Rolla), 1972
MS, engineering management, Boston University, 1975
MS, environmental health engineering, University of Kansas, 1979
Doctor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering, University of Kansas, 1980
Professional Degree, civil engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology (University of Missouri, Rolla), 2003
Honorary Doctorate, Missouri University of Science and Technology (University of Missouri, Rolla), 2005
Graduate, US Army, Command General Staff College, 1988
2008 – Present Adjunct professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology; engineering management consultant.
Currently teaching Project Management, Case Studies in Project Management, Advanced Financial
Management, Business Negotiations and Advanced Business Negotiations as well as short courses on
Professional Ethics, Professional Services Marketing, Effective Presentations and Contract Negotiations. Also
providing training and short courses for several business courses. On-going consulting with Brewer Science.
1976 – 2007 Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company (Retired, December 31, 2007)
During 32-year career, served as design engineer, project manager, business development manager, director
and vice president of business development, and vice president and general manager of the St. Louis Region
for this engineering firm that provides study, design and construction services in the areas of electric power,
health care facilities, environmental facilities, refineries, manufacturing plants, public works facilities, airports
and aviation facilities, buildings, hazardous waste management, research laboratories, electrical transmission
and security facilities.
During the last 18 years, moved to St. Louis from Kansas City and opened Burns & McDonnell’s St. Louis
Regional Offices, leading the growth of the firm’s local presence from zero to the second largest firm in St.
Louis, with over 130 people. Revenues from St. Louis operations exceed $40 million. Some clients include:
Ameren, Mallinckrodt, Sigma-Aldrich, MSD, BJC Healthcare, MoDOT, Centocor, Monsanto, Boeing, Quest
Diagnostics, St. Louis County, Purina PetCare, Purina Mills, Pfizer, Dial, St. Louis City, Lambert Airport,
Peabody Energy, BASF, Conoco-Philips, Scott Air Force Base, American Airlines, and many others.
While general manager of St. Louis operations, from 1989 to 2007, had overall responsibility for engineering
production, construction, sales and marketing, financial planning, profit accountability, human resources
management and, essentially, all aspects of the firm’s success in St. Louis. Retired as general manager of St.
Louis operations on June 1, 2007.
1972 – 1993 US Army
Completed over twenty years of service, including 4 years on active duty as a company grade officer,
commanding engineering and nuclear-capable units in Germany, 1973 – 1976. After completion of active
service, remained on active status in the US Army Reserves and obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Served in engineering facilities units in Missouri and Kansas until retiring in 1994.
National Society of Professional Engineers, 1972 – Present; past national director.
Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, 1972 – Present; past State President and director.
Missouri Professional Engineers in Private Practice, 1972 – present; past chapter president.
Engineer’s Club of St. Louis, 1989 – Present.
American Society of Civil Engineers, 1972 – Present; past chapter director. Life Member
Water Environment Federation, 1978 – 2012. Past national committee member.
American Public Works Association, Missouri chapter, Life Member, 1980 – Present.
Reserve Officer’s Association, 1975 - Present
Society of American Military Engineers, St. Louis Post, 1984 - 2008
Engineers Without Borders, St. Louis Chapter, 2007 – Present; past program committee chairman
MS&T/UMR Alumni Association, 1972 – Present
National President, 1992-94
Board of Directors, Member, 1983 – Present
President and Co-Founder, Kansas City Section, 1986
Member, Executive Committee, 1988 – Present (many committees and task forces)
Past Chair of numerous committees.
MS&T/UMR Academy of Civil Engineers, 1993 – Present
President (1995) and Board of Directors Member, 1992-1996
MS&T/UMR Academy of Miner Athletics, Founder, Charter Member and Past President
MS&T/UMR Board of Trustees, member, 1992-94
MS&T/UMR Order of the Golden Shillelagh, Member, 1988 – Present
Board of Directors, member, 1993-94
University of Kansas, School of Engineering Advisory Council, 1984-1986
Crossroads College Prep School, Board of Directors, 1999 – 2002
Other Current Affiliations and Activities
Board of Trustees, Metro St. Louis Sewer District, 2008 – present
Chairman (March 2011-March 2013)
Chair, Program Management Committee (2008 – 2011)
Chair, Audit Committee (2008)
Chair, Finance Committee (2012-13)
Chair, Stakeholders Committee (2014 – Present)
Member, Pension Committee (2008 -- Present)
City of Town and Country Infrastructure Task Force, 2012 - 2013
Member, Masonic Lodge, AF & AM, Rolla Lodge #213, Rolla, Missouri
Member, Scottish Rite Bodies, Kansas City Valley
Member, Moolah Shrine Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S, (Shriners), St. Louis
Moolah Hospital Committee, Past-President; currently, Treasurer
Chair, Hospital Barbeque and Out-Trip committees
Chair, Hospital Strategic Planning Committee
Member, Moolah Ambassadors
Member, Royal Order of Jesters
Volunteer, Shriners Hospital for Children - St. Louis, 2007 - Present
Volunteer, Recreational Therapy (present)
Volunteer, Hospital Concierge Desk (2008-present)
Chairman, Racquet Ruckus Foundation (non-profit foundation to raise funds for Shriners Hospital for Children
Member, Missouri Botanical Garden
Member, Missouri Athletic Club, 1991-Present; member, Military History Club
Member, Charitable Society for Children - St. Louis
Member, Sunset Country Club
Member, Manchester United Methodist Church
Board of Trustees, past Chairman
Member, Facilities Management Committee
Usher and Communion Server
Member, Building Committee
Volunteer, Volunteers In Mission (Nicaragua)
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer and Food Coordinator, Room at the Inn Ministry
Member, Circle Club of St. Louis
St. Louis Area United Way Campaign, Engineering Profession Chairman, 1994-95
Member, Rotary International, 1990 – 1994 (St. Louis Club #11)
Member, National Association of Antique Clock and Watch Collectors
Member, Kansas City Barbecue Society, Certified Barbecue Judge
Honors and Awards:
State of Missouri, Young Engineer of the Year, 1981 (MSPE)
National Young Engineer of the Year, 1982 (NSPE)
Honorary Knight of St. Patrick, MS&T/UMR, 1983
Honor Member, Chi Epsilon (national civil engineering honor fraternity), MS&T, 1985
Missouri S&T/UMR Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted 1989
CECMo, New Principal of the Year, 1992
St. Louis, Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice, 1993 (MSPE)
St. Louis Engineer of the Year, 1994 (MSPE)
Alumni of the Year, MS&T/UMR Athletic Dept, 1996
University of Missouri System, Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, 2001
Professional Degree, MS&T/UMR, 2003
Honorary Doctorate, MS&T/UMR, 2005
Life Achievement Award, Engineer’s Club of St. Louis, 2010
Life Member, APWA, 2012
Life Member, ASCE, 2014
Clinton S. Burns Award, Burns & McDonnell, 2015
Registration: Registered Professional Engineer, Missouri
“Crossings: War Memories of Major Jerome T. Berry”, The Allied Campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, 1942
“Mud, Blood and Strawberries, The World War I Diary of Private Walter L. Strawhun”
“The Album of My Life”
“Family Favorites, The Recipes of the Berry and Schlanker Families and Friends”
“Design and Construction of an Underwater Interceptor Sewer”
Married with twin daughters, two sons-in-law and one grandson. Live in Town and Country, Missouri with wife of 32 years,
June, two dogs, a cat and a fish. Enjoy military history, racquetball, domestic and international travel, golf, jazz, writing,
teaching, lecturing, cooking, stock analyses, antique clocks, yard work (not really), volunteer service and continuing education.
After four years as an officer on active duty with the US Army in Europe, Bob joined Burns & McDonnell’s Kansas City office
as an environmental engineer in January 1976. He worked there as a project engineer, project manager, director of business
development and as a vice president before opening the St. Louis Office of Burns & Mac in 1989. He retired from Burns & Mac
after 32 years, at the end of 2007 after growing the office to over 130 people. Since retiring, Bob has worked as an adjunct
professor for Missouri S&T as well as conducting training courses geared to professional engineers. He works as a volunteer for
various organizations, including Shriners Hospital for Children.
For Missouri S&T, Bob teaches courses in Project Management, Contract Negotiations and Corporate Finance, among others.
He also teaches short courses in Engineering Ethics, Marketing, Contract Negotiations, Effective Presentations and Strategic
Bob has been a member of MSPE since the early 1970’s. He is past president of Western Chapter and served as President of
MSPE in 1992-93. He is also past president of the Western Chapter of PEPP. He currently is a member of the MSPE St. Louis
Chapter. He has a BS in civil engineering from Rolla, a masters in engineering management from Boston University, a masters
in environmental engineering and a doctor of engineering from the University of Kansas.
Bob lives in St. Louis with his wife, June. They enjoy golf, travel, jazz, gardening and babysitting.