Steve Richey, BS '80, MS ’87, Agricultural Engineering, was awarded the 2012 College of Engineering BAE Distinguished Alumni Award.
Upon graduation in 1980, Steve took a position as a design engineer with Bolens Outdoor Power Equipment in Port Washington, Wisconsin, designing and testing walk-behind mowers and snowblowers. He returned to MSU in 1982 to begin work on his master's program under Dr. Ajit Srivastava on a project funded by John Deere Harvester Works to simulate the performance of small grain combines.
In 1984, Steve began his career at Kellogg Company in the Advanced Technology Group and progressed through Engineering and Research Groups over the next 20 years. Responsibilities he had on some recognizable new products included project manager and process engineer on the first Rice Krispies Treats Squares®; and process engineer on the first multi-colored, flavored Mini-Wheats® (Maple & Brown Sugar MiniWheats®) and Fruit Twistables®. He has received three patents for equipment, products, and processes; has been recognized with multiple internal awards; and was inducted into the Kellogg 25-Year Club in 2009.
In 2005, Steve became a director in Morning Foods Process Engineering at Kellogg's. This group provides process engineering for cereal projects in the United States and Canada, as well as technical expertise to North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America business units. He provides engineering expertise for cereal manufacturing network strategies and has made significant contributions to training programs for cereal process engineering and development of engineering managers.
Steve maintains a connection with MSU's Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) by volunteering to promote food engineering to freshman classes, speaking to the engineering student clubs, and helping to organize Kellogg participation in MSU Engineering Week activities. He has been a member of the BAE Department Industry Advisory Board since 2007 and chaired the board in 2010.