Professional degrees

Missouri S&T honored the following 10 alumni with professional degrees to recognize career achievement.

  • Francisco M. “Frank” Benavides, CE’70, of St. Louis, founder and executive director of PENTA Engineering Corp.
  • Paul Daniel Booher, CE’80, MS CE’81, of Springfield, Mo., chief operating officer for Enactus
  • Seth Burgett, ME’94, of Glen Carbon, Ill., vice president and general manager of the strategic business unit of Headphones and Wearables for HARMAN International
  • Gary Joseph Frossard, EMgt’73, of St. Louis, president of Kadean Construction Co.
  • Linda Harrell, CerE’88, of Washington, Ill., advanced materials technology research manager for Caterpillar Inc.
  • Margaret C. Montana, ChE’76, of Houston, executive vice president for U.S. Pipeline and special projects in the Americas for Shell Downstream Inc. and CEO, president and board director for Shell Midstream Partners
  • Paul W. Niewald, AE’85, of Lake Saint Louis, Mo., director and chief engineer for the T-X Program in Boeing Military Aircraft
  • Mitchell R. Roper, PetE’82, of Southlake, Texas, president of BOPCO L.P.
  • Robert J. “Bob” Scanlon, MetE’73, of St. Louis, assistant federal security director for mission support at St. Louis Lambert International Airport
  • Susan M. Simmons, ChE’84, of St. Louis, senior resident engineer for the Anheuser-Busch Inc. St. Louis Brewery.

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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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