Meet the new Miner Alumni Association president: Perrin Roller

This fall, Perrin Roller, GeoE’80, became president of the Miner Alumni Association. Missouri S&T Magazine staff sat down with the vice president of well engineering for Devon Energy to get his perspective about the job.

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A uniform look for athletics

athleticmark.jpgThis fall, Miner athletics is sporting a different image. The design highlights the university name and gives it an athletic feel, while paying tribute to our roots as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.

Designed with a prominent miner’s pickaxe, it features a stylized shadow to illustrate action, as if it is in motion.

Be assured our mascot, Joe Miner, isn’t going anywhere. Joe remains a strong image for athletics, as well as student life and alumni, at Missouri S&T.

Anheuser-Busch Foundation, students and alumni join forces to renovate recreation center

Plans to extensively renovate the Student Recreation Center at Missouri S&T have been bolstered by a $1 million gift from the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, a $250,000 gift from Roger Dorf, ME’65, and his wife, Sandy, and student fees.

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What’s your Greek IQ?

If it’s all Greek to you, click here to learn more about fraternities and sororities at Missouri S&T.

Dale and Patricia Ruma Spence: You don’t have to retire with a million dollars to make a difference

Going Greek has made a big difference in the lives of two young alumni who are giving back to Missouri S&T and encouraging other recent grads to do the same.

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The tradition continues…

Eight days. Three thousand kilometers. Cars powered by the sun. October 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of the Panasonic World Solar Challenge (PWSC), a solar car race through the Australian Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. While the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team did not make the journey this year, two alumni did. Brian Call, ME’97, MS EMch’99, and Gail Lueck, EMgt’02, MS EMgt’03, both served in volunteer staff positions for the event, helping with inspections of the vehicles in Darwin and working at the control stops along the race.

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re:think research

rethink research
Throughout history, engineering achievements were accomplished in response to specific human needs. Illustration by Jeff Harper.

Five years ago, the National Academy of Engineering came up with a list of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. Looking at the list today, it’s hard to imagine life without things like electricity, automobiles, satellites or even Internet- equipped cell phones. Still, there will always be plenty of challenges for engineers to tackle. The collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota last summer brought the nation’s aging infrastructure under public scrutiny. By autumn, an unprecedented drought in Atlanta had experts speculating that citizens would run out of drinking water in a matter of weeks. Just before the new year, the Energy Information Administration released its forecast for 2008, projecting that gasoline and diesel prices would peak at more than $3.40 per gallon this spring.

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re:newable vehicles

Plug in hybrids
A plug-in hybrid fleet that’s powered purely off renewable energy results means we’ll have emission-free energy that can be dispatched at the request of power grid operators. Illustration by Jeff Harper.

Two energy researchers at Missouri S&T are revved up about the future of plug-in hybrid vehicles, what they see as the next generation of electrically driven automobiles.
“I would compare my excitement about plug-in hybrid technology to where we were with the Internet in the 1980s,” says Mariesa Crow, the Fred W. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Energy Research and Development Center. “The utility industry should be going gung-ho about plug-in hybrids.”

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A tradition of love and beauties

“I have nothing to do with it. You’ll have to ask Mary.” That was Sarah McCrae’s response in 1916 when a caller asked if her daughter would serve as the first Queen of Love and Beauty elected by the junior class at MSM. (Technically, the first queen, Helen Baysinger, the daughter of a Board of Curators member, was crowned in 1915, but had not been elected.)

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Cover mosaic

Photomosaic of St. PatsThe cover image of the Winter 2007 issue is a Photomosaic (R) of the shamrock that adorns the jacket worn for decades by St. Pat’s Committee members. It features 1,150 unique images of St. Pat’s through the years. The Photomosaic was created by artist Robert Silvers. See more of Silvers’ work at www.photomosaic.com.