Archives for March 2012

Learn, succeed, have fun

tools

Design center students work with high-tech equipment and computer models. But they are also familiar with some of the more conventional trade tools and other stuff associated with making machines. These are just some of the items we found scattered about. Note that it’s nearly impossible to find a full roll of duct tape … (Photo by Bob Phelan)

In the prefabricated metal structure that used to house S&T’s design teams, space heaters kept things relatively warm in the winter. Big fans helped ventilate it in the summer. The place famously had no restroom facilities.

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Q&A: Which Best Ever was the best ever?

In 1908, a tradition was born — the annual St. Pat’s celebration at Missouri S&T. Each year, the celebration becomes larger than life. However, everyone seems to have a favorite, or most memorable year, for a variety of reasons.

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Letters: Spring 2012

As usual I enjoyed the latest issue of Missouri S&T Magazine. Item No. 125 (Ramey’s) of the “140 things we love” reminded me of Bear Tracks. As I recall, it was downtown above a bowling alley. You could have your own beer stein with your name on it and it was always available from a rack of steins on the wall. You walked in, grabbed your stein, and it was filled at a discount price. I still have my stein from the place. How about doing a bit of research on Bear Tracks and include the information in a future issue of the magazine? I think us older alumni would enjoy it. (I did, on rare occasion of course, visit Ramey’s.)
Keep up the good work.
Gary W. Davis, EE’57
Onyx, Calif.

The list of 140 things was a welcome and inspired idea for the Fall magazine. Having attended UMR in the late ’60s, I kept looking for mention of the “Green Sheet” (I think that was the name). This several-green-page publication would appear around campus about the time of St. Pat’s and would be a kind of “roast” for professors, graduate assistants and others who deserved a bit of mention — mostly negative, often bawdy, mainly off-color remarks and description. No one knew where this paper originated, but I remember looking forward to it year after year. I wonder if someone has a copy tucked away in the attic somewhere.
Lyle Hill, ME’73
Rhineland, Mo.

Regarding No. 129 of the 140 things we love about S&T in the Fall 2011 issue, before it was the Grotto, the Cavern, Brewster’s, or the Mine Shaft, it was Hiram and Mortimers. I know; I was a bartender there in 1975, just before I graduated. That was the first that I know of that basement being a bar. It was during the foosball days. We had six foosball tables and free barrels of peanuts; eat the peanuts and throw the shells on the floor. Good times!
Roger Keller, MinE’75, MS MinE’82
Las Vegas

In the Fall 2011 issue, you missed the football team’s unbeaten season in 1980. You also missed the 1949 football team, which was undefeated in the MIAA Conference. They lost the first two games, both non-conference games. The 1950 football team played in tennis shoes on ice and snow. They were the MIAA Conference champions, losing one non-conference game and one conference game.

The 1914 and 1980 football teams were the only unbeaten teams, and 1949 was the only other undefeated football team in the MIAA conference.
Since the 1980 unbeaten team, Missouri S&T has changed to a weaker conference and still is unable to have a winning championship season. I still enjoyed the Missouri S&T Magazine.
Arthur L. Schmidt, ChE’50
Lake St. Louis, Mo.

Regarding the 140 things we love about S&T, No. 102 Schuman Pond? As both a townie and proud 1977 graduate, I always heard it referred to as Frisco Pond, named after the Frisco railroad. Has my memory finally gone or has the name changed? And yes, No. 126 Tim’s Pizza did have the best pizza and salads in town. There was nothing wrong with the pitchers of beer, either.

I lived in Rolla from 1955, when my dad was assigned to the ROTC department after we returned from Japan, until I graduated in 1977, with time out for the Navy (1970-74). Back then, the ROTC department was in a wooden two story WWI-era building behind the gym. My dad’s office was on the second floor and I remember a rifle range on the ground floor. I pretty much grew up on campus and have fond memories of both the university and Rolla.
John Walker, Econ’77
La Porte, Texas

The 141st thing we love about Missouri S&T is amateur radio station W0EEE.
Douglas Hughes, EE’63
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Eric Showalter: course under construction

Eric Showalter

Eric Showalter’s students used iPads to track construction projects in his Cost Estimating and Scheduling course. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Old class: Eric Showalter, associate teaching professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, has taught a construction management course called Cost Estimating and Scheduling for more than a decade. One semester-long assignment requires students to pick a construction site and keep a diary of everything that happens — from weather conditions to which subcontractors are on site and what work is being done. It gets them in the habit of observing and writing.

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Powered by chemistry

ChemE Car

The ChemE Car placed third in a national competition for vehicles powered solely by chemical reactions.

A group of chemical engineering students took third place in the nation in a competition that required them to design and construct a shoebox-sized car capable of carrying a specified load over a given distance and then stop. Sounds easy, but there’s a twist.

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Happy 140th Birthday, S&T

Founders Day

(Photo by B.A. Rupert)

On Nov. 4, faculty, staff and students of Missouri S&T joined the Miner Alumni Association in the Havener Center to celebrate Founders Day in recognition of the first day of classes held on Nov. 6, 1871. A timeline of historic S&T accomplishments as well as memorabilia were on display. Interim Chancellor Warren K. Wray got to cut the cake.

Dye scholars

Dye scholars

(Photo by B.A. Rupert)

Three mining engineering students received Robert Dye (MinE 1912) Mining Engineering Scholarships.
They are (left to right): senior Michael Allen, junior Joseph Cook and senior Joshua Cole. Department chair Samuel Frimpong, the Robert H. Quenon Chair of Mining Engineering, is second from the right.

The first rule of Fight Club is …

Olivia Burgess

(Photo by B.A. Rupert)

According to Olivia Burgess, assistant teaching professor of English and technical communication, the first rule of Fight Club is that we are driven by our own personal utopian ideas, regardless if they end up creating dystopia.

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Farm living is the life for them

Farmville

(Illustration by Brandan Deason)

Every day millions of Facebook users log onto their computers to plow land, plant and harvest crops, and raise livestock. Most play the farming simulation game Farmville purely for entertainment, but for a group of engineering students at S&T, it was all for a grade — and the chance to learn new approaches to solving complex engineering problems.

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Clearing the air

biofuels

Using equipment that captures and measures exhaust, the researchers tested biofuels in the same type of engine used by a Boeing 737.

Mixing alternative fuels with conventional jet fuel can cut aircraft emissions by nearly 40 percent, says Prem Lobo, MS ChE’03, MS EMgt’05. And it doesn’t affect engine performance.

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