Nearly 300 undergraduates celebrated their graduation from the University of Missouri College of Engineering at Saturday’s Commencement Ceremony at the Hearnes Center, taking their place as the next generation of Mizzou Made engineering leaders.
A total of 283 students earned undergraduate degrees, to go with 101 students who earned master’s or doctorate degrees after completing their work this semester.
“The more advanced our planet becomes, the more advanced our problems become,” Mizzou Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said. “Tomorrow’s concerns will be kinds of problems we cannot fathom today, and engineers who can adapt to address those problems will be in high demand. You are those engineers.”
The keynote speaker was Mike Brown, the chairman, chief executive officer and president of Euronet Worldwide and a 1979 graduate of Mizzou Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Since Brown and Daniel Henry founded the company in 1994, Euronet Worldwide has become a leader in the area of digital payments, serving as a critical facilitator between financial institutions, retailers, service providers and their consumers.
In 2014 alone, the company saw its revenues increase by $250 million. Brown has been recognized as the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Regional Entrepreneur of the Year, a member of the KC 100, a member of the UMKC Bloch School’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, and many, many other accolades. His achievements served as a wonderful example of the capabilities of Mizzou Engineering alumni, a group that increased its numbers on Sunday.
“We engineers are knowledgeable and creative and know how to solve — or attempt to solve — unsolvable problems. We do not live in fear. … We are dreamers, and that will carry us on,” Brown said.
Loboa further pointed out the strengths of graduates of MU Engineering, which has produced nearly 500 current presidents or CEOs of companies worldwide.
“The future is now yours to shape,” she said. “You are its caretakers, and I am excited to see the ways you will impact the world in the years to come. I am confident in the ability of each and every one of our soon-to-be alumni to achieve results and create technologies previously thought impossible, to break new ground and to lead the world into a new era of innovation.”