Bennington rides the Pony Express trail

Leslie Bennington, ME’68, took part in the National Pony Express Association’s 2018 spring 10-day ride, which covered 2,000 miles between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. Each year, hundreds of association members re-ride the over-150-year-old Pony Express route on horseback, traveling through eight states. They pass off a mailbag — called a mochila — to each other at each stop. [Read more…]

Williams featured on CNN’s ‘Great Big Story’

A video featuring Dajae Williams, EMgt’17, recently appeared on the cinematic storytelling website “Great Big Story.” Williams’ story focused on her work to ensure that young women are given the opportunities to pursue careers in STEM. She tells how she never saw anyone like her represented in the world of STEM while growing up. [Read more…]

Vanderspiegel champions SWE inclusion efforts

Natalie Vanderspiegel, CerE’02, MS EMgt’04, MS CerE’04, a past Miner Alumni Association awardee, director of diversity and inclusion for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and an employee of electricity generation company Solar Turbines, was featured in SWE’s August edition of its “Live Out Loud” blog, a monthly post about practicing intentional inclusion [Read more…]

Alumna publishes second children’s book

Sarah Boutte, BSci’03, recently published her second children’s book — this one focused on introducing STEM to young minds. Boutte says she was inspired to write books while working as a teacher to educate pilots on how to fly helicopters for the oil industry. With a busy career, she did not want to lose sight of her family priorities. [Read more…]

Alumnus donates artwork to St. Louis Art Museum

Ronald Ollie, ME’73, and his wife, Monique, added depth and breadth to the Saint Louis Art Museum’s holdings by providing 81 works by contemporary African-American artists. [Read more…]

Hall earns math association award

Leon Hall, Math’69, MS Math’71, PhD Math’74, former chair and professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, earned the Missouri Section of the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Meritorious Service Award. A Missouri section member is eligible for this award once every five years. The award is presented for services rendered at the organization’s national or section level. The MAA works to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on the world.

Richardson wins national teaching award

David Richardson, CE’71, MS CE’73, PhD CE’84, Chancellor’s Professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, received the James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award from the Chi Epsilon national civil engineering honor society. [Read more…]

What the Hex?

William Heimsoth, ME’11, and Aaron Attebery, ME’10, MS ME’12, designed a hexagonal beer pong cup they call the Hexcup. The cup’s honeycomb-inspired design allows for tighter “racks,” which means less space between cups. Hexcups are also top-rack dishwasher safe and have a creased coaster design that breaks the surface tension of the cup to prevent the cups from “ghosting,” or floating on slick, beer-soaked tables.

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Space case

Otto Schnarr, CSci’09 , Math’10 (right), is a principal investigator for NASA’s Advanced Data Acquisition and Telemetry System in the Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. His work was recently highlighted in a feature story. Schnarr is helping develop a communication system that could be used to assist aircraft with super-fast data transmission while using half the bandwidth of traditional methods. The new system can move 40 megabits per second, which is the equivalent of streaming eight high-definition movies from an online service each second, says Schnarr.

Lifesaving flood relief

At one point during the heavy rain that fell across southern Missouri this past April, the only thing volunteer first responder Dan Israel, CE’83, could see from his back porch was the swollen North Fork River — a river that usually flows 100 yards from his house.

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