Archives for September 2008

Sen. Barack Obama addresses Rolla audience

Sen. Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate, conducted a town hall meeting at Missouri S&T on Wednesday, July 30. Obama spoke to a crowd of more than 1,500 people in the Student Recreation Center about energy, the economy and foreign affairs, then opened the floor to questions from the audience. As with any outside organization, the Obama campaign paid for the use of the facility. 

Student bewitches history scholars

What do religion, witchcraft and New York City have in common? Plenty,
if you ask Amanda Kamps, a junior in history at Missouri S&T.

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Bronzing St. Pat

The old statue of St. Patrick that used to be in the library is gone. It has been shipped to New York, where it will be used as a mold for the creation of a new, bronzed statue.

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Solar road warriors

Long summer trips often take a toll on road warriors. This is especially true when the road trip in question is a 2,400-mile journey through two countries over 10 days — while going an average speed of about 45 mph.

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Virtual team wins international competition

A team of Missouri S&T graduate students – separated geographically
but united via the Internet – matched wits and skills with seven larger
teams from the United States and Canada to win the 2nd International
HEC Montreal ERP Simulation Game in June.

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‘Speak out on technical issues,’ says commencement speaker

In his spring commencement address May 17 at Missouri S&T, William Wulf, former president of the National Academy of Engineering, told almost 600 graduating seniors that they have a responsibility to speak out on technical issues, perhaps even run for public office.

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Honorary professional degrees awarded

  • Samuel D. Conzone, MS CerE’96, PhD CerE’99
  • David A. Dillard, EMch’76, MS EMch’78
  • John W. Edwards, CE’72
  • Gary L. Foutch, ChE’76, MS ChE’77, PhD ChE’80
  • Thomas F. Hughes, EMgt’91
  • Alan S. Kornacki, GGph’74
  • Jeffrey L. Theerman, CE’80
  • Christopher A. Thomason, ME’85
  • Benjamin P. Winter, MetE’80
  • Michael E. Woessner, CE’76

I’d like to thank the academy

This year, 32 Missouri S&T alumni and former faculty were inducted
into one of Missouri S&T’s eight academies. Academy membership
recognizes a career of distinction and invites members to share their
wisdom, influence and resources with Missouri S&T faculty and
students. Academy members make up fewer than 1 percent of the alumni
base. Mechanical and aerospace engineering held its induction ceremony
in October. Engineering management held ceremonies in October and
April. The remaining academies held their induction ceremonies in
April.

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Douglas MacArthur: general, statesman, narcissist?

Douglas MacArthur was involved in some of the most important military and foreign policy issues of the last century, but a Missouri S&T historian says he may be better remembered for his theatrics than his military prowess. In a new book by Russell D. Buhite, the controversial general is re-examined.

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Learning in the fast lane

One of the most successful student design teams at Missouri S&T in 2008 was the Formula Car Team. This team, which designs and manufactures a miniature Indy-style racing car each year, finished second out of 40 teams at Virginia International Speedway (April 23-26), eighth out of more than 100 teams at Michigan International Speedway (May 15-17), and second out of 80 teams at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. ( June 25-28).

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