2018 Homecoming Award Recipients

Alumni Achievement

1.  David Heikkinen, ME’93, founding partner and chief executive officer, Heikkinen Energy Advisors

2.  William Tedesco, GGph’97, vice president, Gulf of Mexico Explorations, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Alumni Merit

3.  Diane Butrus, CSci’85, chief operating officer, Diba Imports

4.  Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, Missouri S&T

Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service

5.  Dale Morse, EE’79, engineering group manager, General Motors (retired)

Distinguished Young Alumni

6.  Karen (Strothkamp) Hogan, EMgt’02, division manager-special projects, Turner Construction Co.

7.  Traci Walker, Hist’00, director of digital service procurement, United States Digital Service, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President

Frank H. Mackaman Alumni Volunteer Service

8.  Dennis Leitterman, EE’76, MS EE’77, channel development manager, Hewlett-Packard Co. (retired)

Class of ’42 Excellence in Teaching

9.  Wenqing Hu, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Missouri S&T.

Full court press for Miner Pride

Kristie (Capps) Gibson, EMgt’74, and John Gibson, EMgt’74, met in Thomas Jefferson Hall after a Miner basketball game. They both came to Rolla on scholarships, Kristie from Dexter, Mo., and John from Kansas City Kansas Community College, where he played basketball. [Read more…]

Anderson helps restore power to Puerto Rico

Capt. Aaron Anderson, MS EMgt’13, a civil works project manager with the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, arrived in Puerto Rico in late November to help restore power to the country hit by Hurricane Maria in fall 2017. Anderson is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Corps of Engineers Recovery Field Office’s temporary power mission to support the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

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Brady earns women’s advocate award

Meg Brady, CSci’83, MS CSci’89, a senior director in global learning at Missouri S&T, is the 2018 recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award at Missouri S&T. [Read more…]

Bucklew walks across America

Despite his diagnosis of early-onset Parkinson’s disease, Bill Bucklew, ME’93, walked nearly 3,000 miles across America to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. During his journey, Bucklew crossed Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. He wore out 26 pairs of shoes, lost 37 pounds, fought off several animal attacks and raised more than $120,000. He has been featured on over 30 television stations promoting the foundation. For more information about his journey visit uncorkedadventures.org. [Read more…]

Bullock writes mineral studies handbook

Richard Bullock, MinE’51, MS MinE’55, DE MinE’75, professor emeritus of mining engineering at S&T, edited and wrote parts of Mineral Property Evaluation: Handbook for Feasibility Studies and Due Diligence. Published by SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration), the book provides guidelines for in performing mineral property feasibility and evaluation studies and due diligence, as well as preparing proper documents for presentations.

El-Baz to receive 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize

Farouk El-Baz, MS GGph’61, PhD GGph’64, will receive the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University in September. [Read more…]

S&T Honeywell employees donate the most

As part of a competition to see which group of alumni could raise the most donations for a local food bank, S&T grads employed by Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Kansas City, Mo., went all out to win. During Engineers Week at Honeywell, employees competed to see which school’s alumni could donate the most toward Harvesters, a local community food network. [Read more…]

Behind the makeup

Nicole French, ChE’13, a cell manager in L’Oréal’s North Little Rock plant, was featured in the sixth episode of the L’Oréal Talent podcast. Her interview, titled “Technology, Robots and People at L’Oréal,” covered what it’s like to produce 500,000 units of mascara a day. French oversees the safety and operation of machinery and equipment. Check out the podcast at soundcloud.com/lorealcareers.

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Meet me in Afghanistan

Brothers Kevin Schaefer, EE’96, and Jeff Schaefer, EE’98, met in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2017 for the first time in five years. Both worked on separate ongoing projects to improve infrastructure and advance the country’s sustainability. [Read more…]