Tyrone Smith

Tyrone Smith, Hist’07, says he feels kind of like Jack Bauer.

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Sumin Zhu

Sumin Zhu, PhD CerE’08, knows about heat. As a senior research engineer and principal scientist in the enabling technologies department at Vesuvius in Pittsburgh, Pa., his team works on high-temperature ceramics that can operate under the most extreme conditions, including the continuous casting of steel.

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Students stepping up

In 1997, forward-thinking students decided it was time for a new student center, even though they would graduate long before it was completed. The students approved a special student fee, resulting in $12.5 million to help fund the facility. Using those fees, along with millions in private funding — including a $5 million lead gift from Gary Havener, Math’62 — university officials built the Havener Student Center, which opened in 2005.

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Toomey Hall: creativity unleashed

The air in Toomey Hall nearly hums with ideas in progress. From the glass-enclosed Brewer Family Atrium — named for donors David, ME’82, and Melanie Brewer — students on three levels can been seen working intently. Wander the halls and you’ll find instructional and research laboratories throughout, housing many more students all absorbed in their work. The new complex adds more than 45,000 square feet.

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Winging it over Kitty Hawk

“We ran up and down the dunes like crazy people, trying to figure it out,” says John Harris, GeoE’70, of his first hang gliding attempts in 1973.

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rAMPing up energy storage standards

As researchers and manufacturers race to develop electric vehicles and the battery components necessary to operate them to meet recent federal mandates, S&T researchers believe a major component is missing.

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A comfort (and energy-efficient) zone

Freezing offices, stuffy gyms, harsh lighting, noise. Most of us have to put up with these annoyances daily. What if you could come home to a house that you programmed to your own specifications? Imagine: the climate is perfect, the plants are lush (without any attention from you), your favorite music is playing and your laundry is done. You can even change settings from work. To top it off, all this happy comfort actually saves you money, and saves energy for the rest of us.

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Betty Eyberg: wearing many hats

Betty Eyberg whirls into the alumni office every day, usually mid-morning but sometimes as late as 12:30 p.m. She has mail to open and checks to stamp and it must be done quickly so the alumni staff can do their jobs.

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With a (lotta) help … from our friends

It takes many hands to make light work and to create a community of support for S&T students and alumni. Without the help of volunteers, mailings wouldn’t be as prompt; events wouldn’t run as smoothly (there’d also be no one to show visitors the way to the facilities at commencement). These individuals enrich the university experience for students and staff. It really couldn’t be done without them. The following standouts spend many hours helping the association, bringing along a wealth of knowledge and experience:

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A Peruvian pioneer

By anyone’s standards, Mariana Rodriguez, CE’80, is a trailblazer. After graduation, she returned to her native Peru to become a leader in the field of higher education, helping found two universities and two technical institutes in the country.

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