Nikia Chapman: Queen of speed

Female rider Nikia Chapman helped lead the Human-Powered Vehicle Team to victory … in Elmo Socks. (Photo by Bob Phelan)

Stats: sophomore in geological engineering from Columbia, Mo.

Member of: Spelunking Club and Human-Powered Vehicle Team.

Claim to fame: Led the Human-Powered Vehicle team to a first-place win in ASME’s Human-Powered Vehicle Competition in Tooele, Utah, by winning first place in the women’s drag race and riding the four required “female laps” of the endurance race.

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Build-a-Vette

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The Bier family corvette makes its way down the assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky. (Photo submitted)

Greg Bier, EMgt’86, MS EMgt’95, PhD EMgt’97, and his family have owned three Corvettes. But the 2012 Z06 is the special one. That’s the one that Bier built with the help of his wife, Karla, ChE’88, MS ChE’94, PhD ChE’98; son Brandon, EMgt’10; daughter Kirstin, a freshman in chemical engineering, and daughter Bridget, who is seriously thinking about enrolling at S&T in the fall of 2013.

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Rally racers

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Ron Erickson, IST’11 (left), and Matt Conte, ME’10, sit on the hood of Conte’s Subaru rally car at the 2012 Rally in the 100-Acre Wood. (Photo by Tim Williams, IST’08)

Reaching speeds upwards of 95 mph, Ron Erickson and Matt Conte raced their Subaru to a third-place finish in the open light class at the Rally in the 100-Acre Wood in February. The national championship performance rally in Salem, Mo., led drivers through the Ozarks wilderness over unpaved county roads.

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Engineer to educator

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Jerry Rich, EE’74, in his classroom. (Photo by Jeff Amberg)

In 2004, Jerry Rich, EE’74, took early retirement from a 30-year career as an electrical engineer with Eastman Chemical Co. and went back to school to become a teacher. After a couple of prerequisite courses at a local technical college, Rich entered a “career changers” program at the University of South Carolina. His first year of teaching was 2006.

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Engineering with a mission

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Sarah Young, CE’94, led her 25th project for Engineering Ministries International this year. (Photo by Sandra Elliott)

Sarah Youngis on a mission from God. Young, CE’94, is a project developer for Engineering Ministries International (EMI), a non-profit Christian development organization that serves the poorest of the poor in developing countries. Since its founding in 1982, EMI has worked on more than 800 relief and development projects in 80 countries.

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An online connection

One alumnus learned that he shared an alma mater with his neighbor by using a tool on the Miner Alumni Association’s online community. Another found the perfect employee to fill a position across the country in an email conversation with alumni office staff.

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Hank Pernicka

Title • associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
At S&T since • 2001
Design teams he advises • Formula SAE Team, M-SAT (Missouri Satellite), Miners in Space

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John Berwick: Century Club member

Proudly displayed on a wall in the late John D. Berwick Jr.’s home was a wooden plaque from the Miner Alumni Association. The plaque signifies that Mr. Berwick, MetE’39, was a member of the Century Club.

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Going global

In the classroom, Missouri S&T students learn the basic skills that form the foundation of their degrees. It’s the hands-on learning — often outside the classroom — that sets S&T students apart from their peers. Organizations like Engineers Without Borders (EWB) give students a chance to learn real-world skills while improving conditions in developing countries.

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Paying it forward

Without the help of scholarships, Danny Ryan, ME’10, and Lance Weinmann, CE’10, ArchE’10, couldn’t have made it through college. To them, the alumni who founded their scholarships are heroes, and today, Ryan and Weinmann are doing their part to be heroes to the next generation of Missouri S&T students.

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