Family and Friends of Kent Peaslee
In recognition of the life and legacy of Dr. Kent D. Peaslee, Ph.D. MetE’94, and his many contributions as a scholar, teacher and industry leader, his wife Mary, children Michael, Sarah and Matthew, and parents Don and Verla Peaslee, along with other family members, friends, colleagues and students, have established the Dr. Kent Peaslee Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Metallurgical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
This scholarship endowment in memory of Dr. Peaslee, who passed away on May 17, 2013, honors his distinguished career, his exemplary service to his profession, his commitment to his community, and his influential role in advancing knowledge in steelmaking and metals manufacturing.
Dr. Peaslee joined the Missouri S&T faculty as an assistant professor in 1994 and 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 F. Kenneth Iverson Chair of Steelmaking Technology in 2007.
A manufacturing and process metallurgist and one of the nation’s leading authorities on steelmaking, Dr. Peaslee pursued a wide range of research interests including waste and metals recycling, steelmaking, inclusion engineering, continuous casting, steel manufacturing energy optimization, metal-refractory interactions and environmental aspects of metals manufacturing.
In 2007, Dr. 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.
Dr. Peaslee was instrumental in laying the groundwork and raising industry funding for Missouri S&T’s first steel manufacturing research center. In June 2013, the facility was renamed the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center by a vote of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
Prior to joining Missouri S&T, Dr. Peaslee worked in the steel industry for 13 years and was general manager of technical services for Bayou Steel (now ArcelorMittal LaPlace). He served as president of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology and was a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators, American Foundry Society, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Kappa Mu Epsilon.
Dr. 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.