Donald S. and Rose Marie Bartel

Donald S. and Rose Marie Bartel

Donald S. Bartel (ME’64) has contributed to the advancement of Missouri University of Science and Technology for more than 25 years, bringing honor to the university through his distinguished career and providing academic opportunity for aspiring engineers through his loyal support.

Donald and his wife, Rose Marie, have generously supported the Miner Alumni Association Annual Fund, Mechanical Engineering Department, Kummer Student Design Center, and student design teams including the Human Powered Vehicle Team, Solar Car Team and Steel Bridge Team. They have also supported the Parents’ Brick Campaign and Parents’ Fund as the parents of a second-generation Miner.

A native of Sullivan, Missouri, Donald began his college career as an electrical engineering major and later transferred to mechanical engineering. He was also active in Army ROTC and band. Rose Marie, an alumnus of Southeast Missouri State University, majored in elementary education and was a dedicated classroom teacher for many years. Don went on to a career with Bendix (which later became Allied, Allied Signal and Honeywell). He also served in the U.S. Army as an executive officer stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

Don retired from Honeywell after 35 years of service and soon heard about a two-year position at the Lawrence Livermore Lab in California. Don applied and got the job (out of 179 applicants). He and Rose Marie moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Don worked on the National Ignition Facility – the largest laser in the world.

Don’s two-year contract with the national lab turned into a decade of service, until he retired again, only to be called out of retirement to return part time. After retiring a third time, Don got the offer of a lifetime from Livermore’s public affairs office. For the past four years, he has worked as one of 10 “Mad Scientists” at the national lab, conducting public tours and programs for more than 11,000 students annually.

Don is a retired member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineer in Manufacturing Engineering and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He and Rose Marie live in Pleasanton, California. Their son, Robert Sean Bartel (ChE’96), is an ExxonMobil chemical engineer currently working in Singapore.

In keeping with the wishes of the donors, the Donald S. and Rose Marie Bartel Endowed Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering will provide deserving students for generations to come with the opportunity to pursue their professional goals as engineers.