Letter from the editor

Dear Fellow Alumni:

This issue of Missouri S&T Magazine is about opportunity and taking a chance. It is about taking what you have and turning it into something greater. In this case, the catalyst is Missouri S&T.

All of the alumni and students featured in this issue took a gamble on Missouri S&T and won.

A Carnation Milk Scholarship recipient came to Rolla from a small Missouri town and ended up on the front row of Mission Control, guiding some of NASA’s most famous space flights.

A triathlete, motivated by the pain his ear buds caused when he ran, cashed in his savings to chase down his dream of creating ergonomic earphones for athletes. His product is now sold around the world by companies like Apple, The Sports Authority and Target.

Inspired by three alumni who are pioneers in the mining industry, two miners, a metallurgist and a geologist are using their knowledge and expertise on cutting-edge mining projects from Alaska to Australia.

And Missouri S&T has been capitalizing on some opportunities of its own. Following a year-long process that involved S&T faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, Missouri S&T has a new strategic plan. Rather than focusing on what’s in it for us, this plan ensures that we will provide an exceptional return on investment for all of our customers — students, employers, research partners and donors.

In her most recent State of the University Address, Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader followed through on the planning process by outlining administrative changes designed to help S&T achieve its strategic goals.

More information about the strategic plan is available on page 13. But since that story was completed, we learned some exciting news that I’m thrilled to share with you. In mid-September, University of Missouri President Timothy Wolfe announced that Missouri S&T will receive $3.2 million from the UM System to support three of the plan’s strategic initiatives — hiring new faculty members, improving learning laboratories on campus and applying technology to enhance learning and productivity.

These stories illustrate what our alumni and donors already know: Missouri S&T has never been a better investment. And through careful stewardship, our stock is only rising.

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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