Wanda Pratt (left), aka “Mama Durant,” the mother of Thunder basketball star Kevin Durant, and Linda K. Neal (right), president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, present an Outstanding Mentor Award to Steve Rogers (second from left) during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. Rogers was recognized as the outstanding mentor for OU’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Leadership Program. He is joined by mentees Jimmy Higa (center) and Benjamin Acker, both students in OU’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Industrial and Systems Engineering Leadership Program, OU College of Engineering
Steve Rogers, sales manager for Richards Industries, was selected for the outstanding mentor recognition by the Industrial and Systems Engineering Leadership Program at the OU College of Engineering
Through its mentoring focus, the program matches junior and senior students with ISE alumni, who meet monthly to discuss life goals, strategies, decision-making and other professional issues.
Since 2011, Rogers has mentored four students and has gone above and beyond in sharing his time and guidance, said program coordinator Kim Wolfinbarger.
“Every meeting includes a discussion of goals. He encourages his students to record their goals, timelines and progress in a journal,” Wolfinbarger said. “Steve believes that review and self-measurement are important habits. He also encourages his students to read extensively.”
Cole Jackson, a 2013 OU graduate, said he could not ask for more in a mentor, describing Rogers as “accomplished, kind, genuine, honest and fundamentally the most selfless person I have ever met.”
Jackson said Rogers was a sounding board for all his ideas in college and has continued to be a source of advice and inspiration after graduation. “He is still one of my biggest supporters.”