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    Explaining atomic motion

    By laser-cooling atoms and studying their movements, a Missouri S&T physicist hopes to better understand how environmental factors affect atoms and their components.

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    Built for speed

    Most high school guidance counselors encourage prospective college students to apply to as many as eight schools — from dream destinations to likely matches to safe selections where the odds of acceptance are sky-high.

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Above and beyond

If influence is about shaping outcomes, the 10 alumni spotlighted on these pages have achieved remarkable results. Across diverse fields and demanding challenges, they have made a difference through the power of technology, the sure footing of national security, the engine of job creation, the exploration of outer space and earth’s resources — and as […]

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Joe Ballard: Chief and commander

Joe Ballard, MS EMgt’72, says it was Chicago winters, the Army — and Bernard Sarchet — that brought him to Rolla.

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Bob Brackbill: Petroleum pioneer

Bob Brackbill, MinE’42, remembers the day he put his career plans on hold to serve his country. It was a December afternoon in 1941, and he was hanging out with the guys at the Sigma Nu house in Rolla.

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Bob Brinkmann: Builder and big thinker

Bob Brinkmann, CE’71, credits a mindset he calls looking for “the second right answer” with growing the company he founded more than 30 years ago.

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Matt Coco: True and tireless believer

Matt Coco, CE’66, was a student the first time he served on the Phi Kappa Theta building committee after a fire destroyed his fraternity house in 1964. “I wanted the new house to have a red brick exterior and a fireplace,” he says. “I didn’t get either.”

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Roger Dorf: Communications pioneer

As a commuter student, Roger Dorf, ME’65, carpooled to Rolla to earn his degree. On days when he finished classes before the others riding with him, he’d head to the student union to study. But what Dorf remembers most about those afternoons is the magical hour when studying succumbed to slapstick.

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Bipin Doshi: Industry champion

Nearly 30 years ago, Bipin Doshi, ChE’62, MS ChE’63, left corporate America to buy a struggling gear manufacturing company. As a chemical engineer, his expertise did not encompass gears, axles or transmissions, but he believed he could turn the company around.

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Don Gunther: Global ground-breaker

In a construction career that took him from Iowa to Abu Dhabi, Don Gunther, CE’60, says that the toughest challenge he ever faced was in Canada, building the colossal Syncrude refinery in northern Alberta.

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Sandra Magnus: Space sojourner and super role model

For a woman who flew three space missions, including a four-month stint aboard the International Space Station conducting experiments, installing structural upgrades and blogging about it with children, Sandra Magnus, Phys’86, MS EE’90, is low-key about her legacy.

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Dick Vitek: Chemist, entrepreneur and crusader

Dick Vitek, MS Chem’58, started his career as a research chemist — an archetypal scientist in a white lab coat mixing substances and studying the results. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission producing uranium from ore. Then, as a scientist with Allied Chemical Co., he developed solid oxidizers for rockets and missiles for the […]

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Roy Wilkens: Fiber optic frontiersman

As the CEO of a major pipeline company, Roy Wilkens, EE’66, never expected to take an entrepreneurial risk midway through his career. But he had an idea that catapulted him from a corporate office suite to a basement startup operation with six employees.

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The infinity of influence unveiled

Dozens of Miner alumni, friends and guests from the Rolla community gathered outside Hasselmann Alumni House on Saturday, Nov. 5, for the unveiling and dedication of The Infinity of Influence.

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Influence in motion: A new sculpture honors S&T alumni

Mark White’s kinetic art starts with something familiar to every Rolla grad: problem-solving. The movement of his large-scale metal sculptures is often described as mesmerizing and meditative.

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2016 Alumni of Influence Gala

Missouri S&T rolled out the red carpet at Hasselmann Alumni House on Nov. 5 to commemorate the university’s second Alumni of Influence Gala. Ten remarkable Miners were honored for their leadership and accomplishments. The following pages feature scenes from the evening.

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Cocktail reception

Before the Alumni of Influence gala, the honorees gather for a group photo and a cocktail reception in the Black Box Theatre in Castleman Hall. Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader, with Joan Nesbitt, vice chancellor for University Advancement, gave a toast to honor the 2016 Alumni of Influence.

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Our Alumni of Influence

Missouri S&T launched a new tradition in 2011 when we honored our first Alumni of Influence. That initiative was a combined effort by the alumni, faculty, staff and students who selected our inaugural honorees. For this year’s celebration, we asked a committee made up of our 2011 honorees to review nominations and make recommendations. We […]

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Profiles

Rocking the Rollamo

As a child, geology and geophysics senior Tegan Brand would often make the trek through the rolling Ozark hills to visit the banks of the Meramec River as it flowed through her grandparents’ farm in … [Continue Reading]

David and Lynda Malone: giving thanks for a full life as first-time donors

Nearly 50 years after graduating from Rolla, David Malone, CE’69, still recalls how hard he had to work — even on Saturdays. “I remember staying up all night Friday studying for the dreaded Saturday … [Continue Reading]

Rolla Miner, Redux: Braden Lusk returns to S&T to lead his home department

Braden Lusk first came to Rolla in 1996 as a walk-on wide receiver from central Kansas who excelled at math and science in high school but admittedly “had no idea what an engineer was.” … [Continue Reading]

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