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Growing up in Concordia, MO, Robert Ohrenberg found a college education and a career not far down the road. The professor emeritus of manufacturing management retired this year after approximately 40 years of service.
Beginning his education career in Kansas City, Ohrenberg joined the university in 1968 as an instructor and supervising industrial arts teacher for the former School of Education. He served in that capacity through 1976, giving him the opportunity to touch the lives of many College High and University High students. At the same time he was serving the lab schools, he also climbed the faculty ranks. He became an assistant professor of industrial technology in 1971, an associate professor in 1976, the same year the lab school closed, and a full professor in 1984.
Classes taught over the years include titles such as Seminar in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Manufacturing Planning and Control, Manufacturing Economy, Inspection and Quality Control, Industrial Productions, Industrial Problem Solving, and more.
While serving the institution he taught graduate faculty classes for students enrolled in the cooperative Ph.D. in Technology Management program with Indiana State University. He coordinated the Industrial Technology-Manufacturing Management and Industrial Technology (2+2) Program at UCM, and spent four years coordinating technology internships in the former College of Applied Sciences and Technology.
During his career as an educator, Ohrenberg made presentations before a number of professional groups such as the National Association of Industrial Technology and to high school groups locally and across the state.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCM and received a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.