Meara Cole - 1980 - Engineering
(Maggie) Meara Cole graduated from IWA in 1980 and earned her BS in chemical
engineering at the University of Missouri in 1984.
She was readily employed by Monsanto where she has spent most of her
professional career. She currently
holds the position of Director of
Environmental, Safety & Health. Maggie is responsible for Monsanto’s
Global Vehicle Safety and Global Off-the-Job-Safety
Program as well as U.S. Commercial Environmental Safety and Health. Maggie
earned her Master Black Belt in Six Sigma in
2003. Six Sigma is a set of tools, techniques and strategies for process
improvement used in different sectors of industry. Six Sigma seeks to
improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes
of defects and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.
Maggie is a member of the Board of Directors of Network of Employers for
Traffic Safety. In 2012, she was named Fleet
Financials Magazine’s 2012 "Fleet Executive of the Year.” In recognition of her
amazing talent, Maggie was selected to be a member of the 2012-13 Focus
on St. Louis Leadership Class.
her career, Maggie has been heavily involved in science education outreach
within the St. Louis community. She serves on the Board of Area Resources for
Community and Human Services where she is involved with bringing hands-on
science education and experiments to the St. Louis Public School District After
School Programs. Maggie considers her family to be her greatest accomplishment.
Maggie and her husband
Jeff will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in November 2013. They are
the proud parents of Jimmy, a pre-med student at Mizzou,
and Colleen, a biomedical engineering major and women’s soccer champion at St.