Confident. Connected. Open to change.

These are among the defining characteristics of S&T’s 30 most dynamic young alumni.
All of our “30 Under 30” alumni profiled in this issue were born after the Empire struck back, Bill Murray declared war on gophers and the Blues Brothers went on a mission from God. Despite coming of age during a job-killing recession, two wars and the threat of terrorism, these S&T grads are steeped in digital technology, optimistic about their own economic futures and eager to solve society’s technological problems.


They have good reasons to be upbeat. If the following stories are any indication, S&T grads are faring better than their peers as they enter into careers and first jobs. Flip through the pages and you’ll find profiles of many successful engineers working to improve everything from the F-15 and bullet-proof vests to the Chevy Volt and high-
temperature ceramics. You’ll also read about an actuary, business owners, a lawyer and an Olympic athlete.
Regardless of their occupations, these alumni have built time into their schedules to support philanthropic causes ranging from multiple sclerosis to hydrocephalus. Many of them also support their alma mater. Of the 4,778 alumni age 30 and under who earned undergraduate degrees from S&T and have contact information on file, 28 percent give back annually (a figure that trumps the university’s overall participation rate of 18 percent).
So go ahead. Keep reading. Find out more about these 30 up-and-coming alumni. You’ll want to keep an eye on them. We certainly will.

Around the Puck

Generous partners complete ACML fundraising

Thanks to an investment from the University of Missouri System, major gifts from industry partners and alumni support, S&T will break ground on the Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML) on Oct. 12, during Homecoming weekend.

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Alumni help with sesquicentennial planning

Seven alumni, including three Miner Alumni Association board members, have been named to Missouri S&T’s sesquicentennial advisory committee. The group is made up of graduates, students, faculty, staff and community members who are involved in planning the university’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration.

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Using big data to reduce childbirth risks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, complications during pregnancy or childbirth affect more than 50,000 women annually, and about 700 of them die every year. Steve Corns, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, is working with researchers from Phelps County Regional Medical Center through the Ozarks Biomedical Initiative to reduce […]

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Bogan solves Benton mural mystery

Missouri State Capitol muralist Thomas Hart Benton wrote in his memoir about being called into then-Gov. Guy Park’s office and told that a prominent St. Louis politician objected to Benton’s portrayal of black people, especially depictions of slavery.

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Breaking bias

According to Jessica Cundiff, assistant professor of psychological science at S&T, women who consider careers in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are deterred by stereotypes that impose barriers on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM.

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