Spence elected national KD president

Patricia (Ruma) Spence, EMgt’94, MS IST’05, vice president of enterprise planning and PMO at Prudential, was elected national president of Kappa Delta Sorority. She also serves as a director on the Kappa Delta Foundation board. She has served Kappa Delta both regionally and nationally in collegiate and alumnae sectors, previously serving as national vice president-alumnae. She is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh and a former member of the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees.

Alumni take leadership roles in association

During its annual Homecoming meeting on Oct. 28, the Miner Alumni Association approved the following new and returning board members:

New members

  • John Stutsman, EE’77, Area 5
  • Kenneth Bandelier, EE’97, Areas 10–18
  • Jennifer Marshall, ME’96, Area 19

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Save-the-date

All alumni, friends and guests are invited to attend the 110th St. Pat’s pre-parade party on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Hasselmann Alumni House, located at 1100 N. Pine St.


Complimentary breakfast items will be served before the parade, along with a cash bar featuring beer, bloody marys and mimosas. Make plans to travel to Rolla for St. Pat’s or attend one of the section events in your area. Help make the 110th celebration the Best Ever.

Welcome back, STAT

Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) hosted a free barbecue and informational meeting during the first meeting of the fall semester. On Wednesday, Aug. 30, attendees ate chili and grilled hot dogs and learned about the student section of the Miner Alumni Association. All students were entered into a drawing for a PlayStation 4.

Sizemore to lead St. Louis district Corps of Engineers

Col. Bryan Sizemore, MS EMgt’00, assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District. Sizemore is the 52nd commander of the district, having previously served as a senior officer at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The St. Louis district manages the 300-mile Mississippi River watershed above the Ohio River by applying engineering and scientific resources to preserve, restore and enhance the environment.

Johnson returns to alma mater

Rebecca Johnson, CerE’83, MS EMgt’92, PhD EMgt’99, retired deputy to the commanding general and retired senior executive of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., began a new assignment as executive director of development for the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at Missouri S&T on Sept. 11.
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Hernandez inspires future engineers

Emily Hernandez, EE’16, a Ph.D. student in electrical and electronics engineering at Stanford University, discussed her efforts to encourage young people to pursue an education in a field related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the July 17 issue of The Institute, an online publication of IEEE.


Hernandez mentors pre-university students in California who are interested in a STEM field. She has worked in youth outreach since she was a high school student, when she first mentored young girls at a camp for engineering. That initial spark encouraged her to be creative and unafraid of failure — lessons she tries to instill in all her students.

Water, water everywhere and here’s a drop to drink

Andrea DuMont wants to set free the engineer inside.


“My mission is to encourage and empower young women and girls who might be interested in the field of engineering and help to foster social enthusiasm for the lifestyle,” says DuMont, GeoE’11.

A self-described water engineer by day and independent blogger by lunch break, DuMont has a website called thewatermarkblog.com and an Instagram account @dumontandi. On them, an aspiring engineer can find stories about computational fluid dynamics, spicy sweet potato chipotle chili — and “drinking recycled poopwater.”

That last topic rates high on the ick meter, but “if it’s good enough for astronauts, it’s good enough for me,” DuMont says. In easy-to-understand language, complete with graphics, she explains how wastewater can be turned into potable water that comes out of your tap. With natural aquifers being depleted around the globe, DuMont predicts that treating wastewater will become more ordinary — and more necessary.

Demystifying engineering and showing how it benefits the world is all part of DuMont’s mission.

“I’ve been working lately to get the message out that, ‘Hey this is what female engineers do,’” she says. “It’s not just math in cubicles all day long.”

Alumni give back with Honeywell Harvesters

Harvesters is a local food bank that serves 26 counties in northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T) participates in about one service event with Harvesters every month, and Missouri S&T alumni hold an event every March to celebrate St. Pat’s and give back to the community. [Read more…]

Reidmeyer receives new advocate award

Mary Reidmeyer, CerE’78, MS CerE’84, PhD CerE’89, teaching professor of ceramic engineering and outreach coordinator in materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T, is the inaugural recipient of the university’s Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award. [Read more…]