Rocket Engineer, McDonald Mentor, & NASA Chief Keynote (October 2016)

Avionics hardware subsystem manager of space launch system stages at NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center, Markeeva A. Morgan, MS B ’01, was recently profiled for overseeing “a team developing the critical avionics components of the new Space Launch System’s core stage.” Morgan is a rocket engineer who has been at NASA since 2007. Before that he worked at the U.S. Navy (NAVSEA) providing support for the nuclear fleet of submarines in the Atlantic.

The article from also highlights Morgan’s journey from a 13-acre farm in rural Strayhorn, Mississippi. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in engineering management from The Catholic University of America. Read the article for more on Morgan and his work at NASA to get us to Mars.


Antonette “Toni” M. Logar, Ph.D. (SD A ’78), was profiled by the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for receiving the 2016 Tau Beta Pi McDonald Mentor Award. Dr. Logar is a computer science professor at SD Mines and was recognized with her award, an engraved medallion, a pin, a $1,000 honorarium at the recent 2016 Tau Beta Pi Convention in San Diego, California. In addition, a $1,000 award was given to the nominating collegiate chapter, South Dakota Alpha, at SD Mines.

“Toni Logar is the kind of professor-mentor who makes a difference in every life she touches. She richly deserves this recognition,” said South Dakota Mines President Heather Wilson. Click here to read the article and for an image of Dr. Logar with her medallion.


The MacTech Conference 2016 will take place November 16-18 in Los Angeles, California. The event is a “3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple IT professionals, enterprise techs, and consultants. According to an article from TidBITS, this year’s keynote speaker at the conference will be NASA engineer R. Marshall Smith, TN A ’87.

Smith is the chief of system engineering and integration office for the Ares 1-X mission and works at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Smith’s talk will focus on explaining NASA’s “general roadmap and specific overall goal of sending people to Mars and use that as a launchpad for sharing his insights, ideas, and personal perspectives on the collaborative efforts that are necessary for NASA’s human exploration objectives to succeed.” He has degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tennessee and a master’s from Virginia Tech.


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