Bipin N. Doshi of Mishawaka, Indiana, a retired chemical engineering executive, and Kathy Walker of Olathe, Kansas, executive director of a venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology, recently joined the board of directors of the Kummer Institute Foundation. The board is responsible for the stewardship of a $300 million gift made by Fred and June Kummer to the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2020. The members oversee the investments of the funds from the gift and set budget policies and guidelines. They serve a four-year term, renewable once.
“The expertise and insights of Bipin Doshi and Kathy Walker will help this already dynamic board continue to bring to life the vision laid out by June and Fred Kummer,” said Dr. Stephen Roberts, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief operating officer of the Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development at Missouri S&T. “I am grateful for the passion and expertise that Bipin and Kathy will bring to our mission on behalf of our students, the university, our region and our partners.”
Doshi retired in 2017 as Chairman, President and CEO of Schafer Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of high precision, custom gears and machined parts based in South Bend, Indiana. Before joining Schafer, he was Vice President and General Manager of Uniroyal’s Graphic Arts Division, joining in 1963 as Project Manager.
Doshi is a member and past president of the Academy of Chemical Engineers at Missouri S&T. Doshi has served on the University Board of Trustees since 2013 and was honored as a 2016 Missouri S&T Alumni of Influence. In 2020, Doshi and his wife Linda established a foundation for Missouri S&T’s chemical and biochemical engineering division. A first of its kind at Missouri S&T, the gift gave the department a new name and a lasting foundation for growth through faculty, scholarship and equipment endowments.
Doshi earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1962 and 1963, respectively. He received a chemical engineering honors degree in 2001 and received an honorary doctorate from Missouri S&T in 2019.
Walker is Managing Director of OpenAir Equity Partners, a venture capital firm focused on investments in early-stage technologies. Previously, Walker spent more than 24 years at Sprint Nextel, where she was Chief Network and Information Officer, responsible for the planning, design and operations of the company’s IT and network organizations.
At Missouri S&T, Walker is a member of the Academy of Engineering Management. She has served on the Engineering Advisory Board and the Career Development Council and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2008, where she served as Board President from 2018 to 2020. Walker is a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award and has been inducted into S&T’s Women in Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. She and her husband, Mark, also an S&T graduate from Missouri, established the Kathy & Mark Walker Foundation Scholarship.
Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in 1981. In 1982 she received a master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T and in 1999 received an award for professional distinction in engineering management.
“Bipin and Kathy are joining a board that is fully committed to the vision that inspired Fred and June Kummer’s transformative gift,” says Roberts. “Your commitment to preparing S&T students to be leaders in a future where the ability to innovate is more important than ever is a gift to all of us.”
About the Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university with over 7,000 students. Part of the University of Missouri’s four-campus system and based in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri, S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is ranked among the top 10 universities in the nation for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T is also home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million donation from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.