Helene Hardy Pierce
Through her leadership and generosity as a proud alumna, Helene Hardy-Pierce (EMgt’83, Professional EMgt’07) has contributed to the advancement of Missouri University of Science and Technology in a profound and lasting way, supporting faculty excellence, providing academic opportunity for talented students, and raising the profile of the university as one of the nation’s top technological research institutions.
As president of the Academy of Engineering Management, Helene has worked with faculty, alumni and industry partners to strengthen the department. As a director at large for the Miner Alumni Association, she has helped to increase alumni involvement and giving. As a member of the Missouri S&T Women’s Hall of Fame, she has advanced the role of women on campus, in her profession and in the wider world.
Helene has also been a generous financial contributor through her gift establishing the Eileen W. Hardy Scholarship Endowment, as well as her support of programs and projects including: the Academy of Engineering Management Merit Scholarship Fund, the Miner Alumni Association Annual Fund, the Bernard R. Sarchet Distinguished Professorship, the Undergraduate Research Development Fund and Hasselmann Alumni House.
With this gift, Helene has stepped forward again in support of Missouri S&T, generously choosing to establish the Riley and Helene Pierce Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Management, a permanent source of financial support for undergraduate students majoring in engineering management.
As a vice president for GAF Materials Corporation, Helene leads the Technical Services, Codes and Industrial Relations division of North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing. She has also held executive leadership positions in many professional organizations include ASTM International, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing. She is a Fellow of the Roof Consultants Institute and the recipient of the James Q. McCawley Award from the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and an Award of Merit from ASTM International.
Helene and her husband, Riley, are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, Missouri S&T’s most influential giving circle. They live in Wayne, New Jersey, where they serve as house captains for the national nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together.
Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Riley and Helene Pierce Endowed Scholarship for Engineering Management, talented students for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue their professional goals as engineers and leaders in their fields.