Roger Dorf: Communications pioneer

As a commuter student, Roger Dorf, ME’65, carpooled to Rolla to earn his degree. On days when he finished classes before the others riding with him, he’d head to the student union to study. But what Dorf remembers most about those afternoons is the magical hour when studying succumbed to slapstick. [Read more…]

Bipin Doshi: Industry champion

Nearly 30 years ago, Bipin Doshi, ChE’62, MS ChE’63, left corporate America to buy a struggling gear manufacturing company. As a chemical engineer, his expertise did not encompass gears, axles or transmissions, but he believed he could turn the company around. [Read more…]

Don Gunther: Global ground-breaker

In a construction career that took him from Iowa to Abu Dhabi, Don Gunther, CE’60, says that the toughest challenge he ever faced was in Canada, building the colossal Syncrude refinery in northern Alberta. [Read more…]

Sandra Magnus: Space sojourner and super role model

For a woman who flew three space missions, including a four-month stint aboard the International Space Station conducting experiments, installing structural upgrades and blogging about it with children, Sandra Magnus, Phys’86, MS EE’90, is low-key about her legacy. [Read more…]

Dick Vitek: Chemist, entrepreneur and crusader

Dick Vitek, MS Chem’58, started his career as a research chemist — an archetypal scientist in a white lab coat mixing substances and studying the results. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission producing uranium from ore. Then, as a scientist with Allied Chemical Co., he developed solid oxidizers for rockets and missiles for the U.S. space program’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — a project that led to his first patent. [Read more…]

Roy Wilkens: Fiber optic frontiersman

As the CEO of a major pipeline company, Roy Wilkens, EE’66, never expected to take an entrepreneurial risk midway through his career. But he had an idea that catapulted him from a corporate office suite to a basement startup operation with six employees. [Read more…]

The infinity of influence unveiled

Dozens of Miner alumni, friends and guests from the Rolla community gathered outside Hasselmann Alumni House on Saturday, Nov. 5, for the unveiling and dedication of The Infinity of Influence. [Read more…]

Influence in motion: A new sculpture honors S&T alumni

Mark White’s kinetic art starts with something familiar to every Rolla grad: problem-solving. The movement of his large-scale metal sculptures is often described as mesmerizing and meditative. [Read more…]

2016 Alumni of Influence Gala

Missouri S&T rolled out the red carpet at Hasselmann Alumni House on Nov. 5 to commemorate the university’s second Alumni of Influence Gala. Ten remarkable Miners were honored for their leadership and accomplishments. The following pages feature scenes from the evening. [Read more…]

Cocktail reception

Before the Alumni of Influence gala, the honorees gather for a group photo and a cocktail reception in the Black Box Theatre in Castleman Hall. Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader, with Joan Nesbitt, vice chancellor for University Advancement, gave a toast to honor the 2016 Alumni of Influence.

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Photo far left, front row from left: Dick Vitek, MS Chem’58; Bob Brackbill, MinE’42; and Bipin Doshi, ChE’62, MS ChE’63. Back row from left: Roger Dorf, ME’65; Joe Ballard, MS EMgt’72; Roy Wilkens, EE’66; Matt Coco, CE’66; and Bob Brinkmann, CE’71. Not pictured: Sandra Magnus, Phys’86, MS EE’90; and Don Gunther, CE’60, who were unable to attend the gala.

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