Dr. Leonard F. Koederitz
The friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Leonard F. Koederitz (“Dr. K.”) have endowed this fund at Missouri S&T in recognition of Dr. Koederitz’s enduring legacy as a teacher, mentor and friend to the hundreds of students who had the good fortune to enter his classroom.
As a member of the Missouri S&T faculty from 1975 until his retirement in 2005 as Curators’ Teaching Professor Emeritus of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Koederitz distinguished himself through his scholarship, his service, and most especially through his teaching to a generation of aspiring petroleum engineers, who came to know their beloved mentor as “Dr. K.”
A Missouri native whose first job was a summer job as a loading dock worker and acetylene and oxygen pumper, Dr. K. holds three degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology): a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering (1968), a master’s of science in petroleum engineering (1969) and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering (1970).
Following active duty in the U.S. Army and industry experience as a research engineer for ARCO Oil and Gas, Dr. K. joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1975 as an associate professor of petroleum engineering. He has been affiliated with the university ever since, teaching seminal courses including Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, Petroleum Valuation and Economics and Well Testing Analysis, advising graduate students in many disciplines, conducting research for industry partners and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, and authoring more than 10 books and 60 papers and presentations.
Over three decades of unwavering commitment to advancing his profession and his alma mater, Dr. K. has also served as a technical editor for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, program evaluator for the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology, and state chairman of the Missouri Oil & Gas Council, in addition to his university service on the Intercampus Faculty Council, President’s Advisory Committee on Teaching Awards and dozens of campus committees.
Above all, Dr. K. is known as an extraordinary teacher whose commitment to preparing young engineers to excel in the field, in the research lab, and in the boardroom has inspired a generation of leaders.
Now, through this scholarship endowment named in his honor, Dr. K’s legacy will live on in the petroleum engineering students at Missouri S&T proudly known as “Dr. K. Scholars.”