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Joseph D. Rupp, retired chair and CEO of Olin Corp. and a 1972 metallurgical engineering graduate of S&T, will present a lecture in the 11th annual Dr. Thomas J. O’Keefe Lecture Series. Rupp’s presentation, “Science and Technology Careers… a corporate perspective,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Planje Auditorium, Room 204 McNutt Hall.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception honoring Rupp will be held 2:45-3:15 p.m. in the McNutt Hall Commons.
The lecture is hosted by materials science and engineering. Joseph and Sally Rupp founded the lecture series in 2009 in honor of O’Keefe. Joe Rupp was a student of O’Keefe’s.
Rupp’s lecture will reflect on his career as a senior executive and corporate board member. He will also discuss opportunities for careers in the future, and how corporations view the future and importance of talent.
Rupp joined Olin’s brass division in 1972 and held various increasing responsibility positions in the engineering organization. In 1985, he was appointed vice president of manufacturing and engineering for Olin Brass. He was later named president of the division and a corporate vice president in 1996. In 2002, Rupp became chief executive officer, president and member of Olin’s board of directors. He also serves on the board of Dot Foods and Missouri S&T Board of Trustees.
The Dr. Thomas J. O’Keefe Lecture Series at Missouri S&T was created in memory of O’Keefe, Curators’ Professor emeritus of metallurgical engineering. He earned bachelor of science and Ph.D. degrees from the university and taught in the metallurgical engineering department from 1953 until his death in 2008.