S&T Academy of Mines and Metallurgy inducts new members

Eleven graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Mines and Metallurgy on April 20.

The academy is an advisory group that was founded in 1954. The group includes graduates and others who have made outstanding contributions to their professions.

The 2017 inductees are as follows:

Dane L. Cantwell of The Woodlands, Texas, CEO of KA Energy Partners LLC, earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985. He began his career as a production foreman with ARCO Oil and Gas Co., then moved to operations engineer and senior O/A engineer before transitioning to staff reservoir engineer with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Over the next 17 years, he moved his way up through various positions to become the Deepwater general manager in 2007. Cantwell is a licensed professional engineer and a Master Peace Officer, serving over 25 years in Missouri, Alaska and Texas. He currently serves over 50 hours a month as a captain with the Montgomery County Texas Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Duenckel of Duncan, Oklahoma, earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Missouri S&T in 1974. He began his career as a reservoir engineer with Marathon Oil Co. and held various positions, eventually becoming the southern region manager. Transitioning to Carbo Ceramics Inc., Duenckel served as director of technical development from 2001-15. He has co-authored 15 technical papers covering hydraulic fracture optimization, proppant, proppant technologies, and proppant detection. He is also the co-inventor on 10 issued U.S. patents, with four more pending.

Matt Hinson of Claremore, Oklahoma, earned a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering from Missouri S&T in 2001. He began his career as a drilling engineer with ExxonMobil in Houston and Equatorial Guinea, Africa. In 2008 he moved to Newfield and held various positions, including drilling engineer, reservoir engineer, asset team lead and asset manager. In 2015, he was named vice president of WPX Energy in Tulsa. Hinson played Division II football at Missouri S&T for four years. He was honored in July 2016 by the Oil & Gas Investor Magazine as a rising star, as one of “Thirty under Forty” energy leaders in the oil and gas industry.

Braden Lusk of Rolla, Missouri, earned bachelor of science and Ph.D. degrees in mining engineering with an emphasis in explosives engineering from Missouri S&T in 2000 and 2006, respectively. Between degrees, Lusk worked with Cargill Salt in various positions including mine engineer and mine supervisor. He completed his dissertation titled “An Analysis and Policy Implications of Comfort Levels of Diverse Constituents with Reported Units for Blast Vibrations and Limits: Closing the Communication Gap.” Then helped develop the explosives emphasis and the nation’s first minor in explosives engineering at Missouri S&T. Lusk worked for the University of Kentucky for 10 years…

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