Michael W. Bytnar
Through his leadership and generosity as a proud alumnus, Michael W. Bytnar (BSME’68, MS EMgt ’73, Professional ME, ’96) 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 a member of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Michael has strengthened excellence in the department through his vision, leadership and financial support. At the same time, as members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, the university’s most influential giving circle, Michael and his wife, Joyce, have created an indelible legacy of giving, most especially through their generosity in establishing the Michael and Joyce Bytnar Product Innovation and Creativity Center Professorship.
With this gift, the Bytnars have stepped forward again in support of Missouri S&T, generously choosing to establish the Michael W. Bytnar Endowed Scholarship for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a permanent source of scholarship support for undergraduate students majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Michael’s distinguished career with the Nooter Corporation began in 1968, following his graduation from Missouri S&T (then the University of Missouri-Rolla) with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps (also followed by eight years of service in the Reserves), Michael held a number of management-level positions with Nooter and was named president in 2002. Under his leadership, the manufacturing company grew from a custom steel plate fabricator into a holding company of diversified industrial subsidiaries including Nooter Construction Company, RMF Nooter, Wyatt Field Services and St. Louis Metallizing. In addition to his leadership as president, Michael also served as a director of the holding company.
Michael retired from Nooter Corporation in 2008 after 40 years of distinguished service. He and Joyce live in St. Louis, Missouri, and have three grown children, Jim, Katie and Molly.
Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Michael W. Bytnar Endowed Scholarship for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, deserving students for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue their professional goals as engineers.