Obituary: Missouri S&T faculty member Kent Peaslee
Dr Kent D. Peaslee, the F. Kenneth Iverson Chair of Steelmaking Technology and Curators' Teaching Professor of metallurgical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, died today (May 17, 2013) at age 56.
Funeral arrangements, which are pending at this time, will be under the direction of Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla.
Peaslee joined the Missouri S&T faculty as an assistant professor in 1994. He was promoted to associate professor in 2000 and professor in 2005. He was named a Curators' Teaching Professor in 2006 and became the university's first Iverson Chair in 2007. The chair was established through a $2 million gift from Nucor.
In 2007, Peaslee received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt. At Missouri S&T, he received numerous Faculty Excellence Awards and Outstanding Teaching Awards, as well as the Dean's Teaching Scholar Award. He also received the Class of 1942 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Miner Alumni Association.
Prior to joining the university, Peaslee worked in the steel industry for 13 years and was general manager of technical services for Bayou Steel (now ArcelorMittal LaPlace).
Peaslee served as president of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology. He also served as associate chair of undergraduate studies in the Missouri S&T materials science and engineering department.
Peaslee was a manufacturing and process metallurgist with research interests in waste and metals recycling, steelmaking, inclusion engineering, continuous casting, steel manufacturing energy optimization, metal-refractory interactions and environmental aspects of metals manufacturing.
He was a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators, American Foundry Society, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Kappa Mu Epsilon.
Peaslee earned a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1994. He earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1978.
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Kent was also a member of the organising committee of the David Robertson Smelting Symposium, part of the TMS 2014 annual meeting.