O. Morris Sievert
Throughout his distinguished career as an engineer, corporate executive and pioneering leader in gas turbine engine design and manufacturing, O. Morris Sievert, BSME’44, PDME’70, contributed to the development of technological advancements in the aerospace and oil and gas industries.
After graduating in 1944 from the Missouri School of Mines (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), Morris served in the U.S. Navy for two years in the Pacific. He joined The Elliott Company, a power plant equipment manufacturer, in 1946 and worked in Cincinnati and Kansas City as a field engineer for a decade, ultimately serving as manager of the Kansas City Region. Morris joined Solar Aircraft Company, an aerospace manufacturer based in San Diego, California, in 1957. The company was purchased by International Harvester two years later.
For the next 25 years, Morris led Solar Aircraft Company’s strategic growth from an aerospace subcontractor to one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbine engines, serving as president of Solar Aircraft and vice president of International Harvester. In 1974 Solar Aircraft changed its name to Solar Turbines International. Today the company is a subsidiary of Caterpillar with revenues of more than $3 billion annually.
After retiring as president of Solar Turbines International, Morris continued his executive career, first with Nucorp Energy and then with Deposition Technology, where he served as chairman of the board, CEO and president. He credits La Wanda Hughe Sievert, whom he married before he went to war in 1944, with a great deal of his professional success over their 60 years of marriage.
A well-known San Diego community leader and philanthropist, Morris twice served as president of the United Way of San Diego County. He was a member of many boards including Scripps Memorial Hospital, San Diego Gas and Electric Co., the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and California Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a trustee of the University of San Diego and National University.
Morris is a member of Missouri S&T’s Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers and the Order of the Golden Shillelagh. He has given back to the university in many ways, including his support of the Alumni Annual Fund and Mechanical Engineering Development Fund, as well as his pledged gift establishing the O. Morris Sievert Endowed Fund for Engineering Education.
Now he has stepped forward again with a generous contribution to the O. Morris Sievert Endowed Fund for Engineering Education. Through this permanent source of scholarship support, aspiring engineers for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue their professional goals at Missouri S&T.