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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri – Rolla, 1966
Master of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1975

Webb City High School, 1962 (Valedictorian)
Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame, 2017

Mr. James D. Steele

Eagle Scout, Troop 29, Webb City, Missouri

USAF Logistics Command Civil Engineer Intern, Tinker Air Force Base, OK, 1967-1968

Commissioned Service with United States Air Force, 1968-1972

Officer Training School, Class 68-H, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas

6100 Civil Engineering Squadron, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan 1968-1970

366th Civil Engineering Squadron, Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, 1970-1971

27th Civil Engineering Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico 1971-1972

Received Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service, Air Force Commendation Medal

Honorable Discharge in Grade of Captain, United States Air Force

Following military service in 1972, began a career as Project Engineer for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Kansas City

In 1976, following graduation with M.S., returned to Burns & McDonnell serving as Marketing for Civil Engineering Specialties; Corporate Marketing Manager; Project Manager Solid and Hazardous Waste Management; Corporate Administrator of Specifications

Young Engineer of the Year 1978 – Western Chapter, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers

Construction Documents Technologist Certification, Construction Specifications Institute, 1996

Samuel Greely Award 2005 – Kansas City Metro Chapter,

American Public Works Association

American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009

Past President and Life Member of Heart of America Japan-America Society

Served as Chairman of Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

International Committee, 1986-1988

 Received Civil Engineer/Citizen Engineer Award, Kansas City Section,

American Society of Civil Engineers, 1990, for sister city activities (Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan)

Retired 2008 from Burns & McDonnell, serving 34 years

Society Life Memberships to American Society of Civil Engineers; Missouri Society of Professional Engineers; American Public Works Association; American Water Works Association; Society of American Military Engineers; and, Far East Society of Architects and Engineers - Tokyo