Redefining research: new roles for government, corporate sponsors

CoverImage_small_frontLike many schools in the United States, Missouri S&T came of age as a research university during the U.S.-Soviet “Space Race” of the 1960s. Back then, much of the research conducted on campus was funded by the federal government and usually involved the practical application of knowledge to meet specific needs. Today, most research conducted at S&T is still “applied” in nature, but the clients have changed. The private sector has become a significant source of research funding for Missouri S&T, and many expect that trend to continue – here in Rolla and in university research labs throughout the U.S. How this shift in funding affects the role of U.S. research universities is a subject that is generating interest not just at S&T, but across our nation. [Read more…]

Dianna Meyers: In it for the long run

DiannaMeyersAs a consultant for Accenture, Dianna Meyers spends a lot of time on the road. But that hectic pace doesn’t keep her from hitting the pavement in her running shoes.

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Dancing with code

It’s no surprise that Marquia Lewis decided to study computer science in college. “I was around computers all the time growing up, and I really like them,” says Lewis, a sophomore whose mother, a software engineer for the Boeing Co. in St. Louis, also majored in computer science.

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A modern mentor

Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader (atop Centennial Hall) intends to take Missouri S&T to new heights.
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Cheryl B. Schrader believes in the power of storytelling. And not just because she loves a good tale. Over the past 10 years, Schrader, an electrical engineer specializing in systems and control, has become more interested in the different learning styles of students. Her research in this area has focused on how women and minorities learn, and she has found that a good story can help these students become more confident in their own abilities. That greater self-confidence in turn could motivate more of them to graduate and move on to successful lives beyond college.

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A glamorous ride


Nicola Utterback Nelson, EE’66, MS EE’71, has owned her Dodge Dart convertible since 1968. (Photo submitted)

Since she was a young girl, Nicola Utterback Nelson, EE’66, MS EE’71, has wanted to own a convertible.

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Social justice networker


Andrew Sears, EE’95, connects thousands of volunteers and interns with social service projects across the nation through TechMission. (Photo by Alonso Nichols)

When he was president of the Student Council at S&T, Andrew Sears, EE’95, leveraged technology to connect student governments all over the country by forming the National Student Government Internet Headquarters, an online resource for information exchange. Today, Sears is still using the Internet to connect people — but on a greater scale, and for a greater purpose.

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Carney leaves the campus at its Best Ever

For the past six years, a civil engineer of Irish descent from Massachusetts has celebrated St. Pat’s in proper Rolla style. “St. Pat’s,” he says, “is always my favorite celebration of the year. It’s also the time of year when I’m pleased to reveal my full name: John Francis Patrick Carney the Third.”

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According to Jack

On his tenure as chancellor: “It’s been a privilege to serve this university because we’re producing the engineers and scientists that this country needs. I’ve always felt this is important work that we’re doing.”

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Campus groups expose S&T students to a whole new world

Even Groucho Marx, the comedian who quipped, “I don’t care to belong to any club that will accept me as a member” could have found something to do at Missouri S&T, where students are welcome to join any of more than 200 different student organizations. Even during the Marx Brothers’ movie-making heyday — in the ’30s and ’40s — Groucho and his brothers easily would have found a student organization on the Rolla campus where they could fit in.

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Katy Bloomberg

Digging into the history of the St. Pat’s tradition as a student intern in the Missouri S&T Archives proved to be good preparation for Katy Bloomberg’s career. These days, Bloomberg, Hist’06, puts together briefings for congressional hearings on military training and travel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee.

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