Sparks fly at Mizzou Engineering

They say if you walk across the Engineering Shamrock between Lafferre and Switzler halls near the Francis Quadrangle, you are destined to marry an engineer. Only a legend? Not for these couples …

The Hyde family, from L to R: Lauren, Clinton, Nathan, Lori and Erin.

The Hyde family, from L to R: Lauren, Clinton, Nathan, Lori and Erin. Note: This photo was taken prior to COVID-19.

Feb. 11, 2021

You never know where you’ll find love. For University of Missouri College of Engineering alumni Clinton and Lori Hyde, sparks flew in their Circuit Theory course at Mizzou. The Hydes met while undergrads studying engineering. Although they were just friends in college, they married years later and now have three kids following in their footsteps to become engineers.

Lori and Clinton bonded over the challenging engineering courses and college life. They had a group of friends that studied together and after Mizzou, stayed close with, even going on ski trips and other adventures. Eventually, the two realized their friendship had transformed into a much stronger bond. They married in 1996.

Lori and Clinton passed their love for Mizzou on to their children through attending sporting events and of course, donning Tiger gear.

Their eldest child, Lauren, is a senior at Mizzou studying industrial engineering. Their second child, Erin, is a senior in high school planning on majoring in industrial engineering at Mizzou. Their youngest, Nathan, who is a junior in high school, is interested in mechanical engineering.

Sweetheart science
Christine and Steve Pierson at a Zeta Tau Alpha dance in 1983.

Christine and Steve Pierson at a Zeta Tau Alpha dance in 1983.

Christine and Steve Pierson’s journey began in Professor Larry David’s Fortran class in what is now Naka Hall in the fall of 1981. It was a gradual process for Steve, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Christine, from Kirksville, Missouri, to start dating.

Eventually, the study groups they had formed with their friends dwindled down to just the two of them. They became “study buddies,” started dating in the summer of 1982 and then dated through the rest of their time at Mizzou. Both graduated in 1985 from their respective programs and married in 1986.

As active alumni of the college, Christine and Steve give back to Mizzou Engineering community with their time and resources. Steve is the current chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB). Christine is on the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems IAB, the Dean’s Advisory Council, is past-president of the IMSE Hall of Fame and is currently the president of the Mizzou Letterwinners Board and Club.

The Piersons have two children, one of whom is a Mizzou Engineering alumnus. Their son, Andrew, also graduated in industrial engineering, just like mom.

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