Diana Newman

EMgt'84, 2012 Inductee

About Diana Newman

Diana L Newman is a 1984 graduate from UMR with a Bachelor of Science in engineering management and metallurgy.  Diana has maintained her diverse professional career in Kansas City and is currently the Vice President of Business Processes for Perfect Output of Kansas City.  Diana joined Perfect Output in 2009. Prior to joining Perfect Output, Diana served as the corporate records officer, senior business analyst, environmental manager and information technology operations manager in her 11-year Aquila, Inc., career. She started her environmental career at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an environmental engineer in the Superfund Program and was primarily responsible for the oversight of federal facilities environmental cleanups.  Her environmental career was preceded by a seven-year engineering career with AT&T Technologies as a diffusion, plasma, and product engineer for the manufacturing of transistors, diodes and memory devices.  In 1985, Diana married Jeff Newman, also a UMR graduate in electrical engineering in 1985.  Diana and Jeff have four daughters: Ally, Abby, Andrya, and Alyx.  Andrya is currently a student in the S&T Environmental Department. Diana was a scholarship basketball and softball player at UMR.  She was the 1983 softball most valuable player and ranked in among the conference leaders in hits, runs scored and stolen bases. In 1984, Diana served a scholarship softball student-coach for the Lady Miners.  Diana was active in sports, a full-time student and also employed by United Parcel Service in 1983 and 1984.  Diana continued to be an avid sports enthusiast after graduation through corporate teams participating in the KC Corporate Challenge, with Kansas City’s Bud Light traveling softball team, and the AT&T men’s softball league.  She continued as a leader in youth development programs.  She coached girls basketball teams for more than 10 years and as many as three teams at once while working full-time at home and her career. She assisted in fundraising programs for YES (Youth Excited about Sports).  Diana’s successes are attributed to her participation in athletics, past coaches, educators and counselors that provided opportunities and instilled teamwork and hard work towards goals.