Miner Made

MinerMadeMiners are makers. Maybe not always in the traditional sense, but the theme of making is a deeply rooted part of who they are.

Look around your house. Your office. Your car. Nearly everything you see has a connection to a Miner, from basic personal needs like shampoo, diapers and prescription medications to lawn mowers, bleach, bed springs and adhesives. Even the railroad that transports these goods and the credit cards you use to purchase them involve Miners.

That trait has marked Rolla students since the university’s founding in 1870. From the first day they step onto the Rolla campus, Miners are taught to push beyond theory — to grasp and tinker with what could be. To think. To create. And to do the hard, practical work needed to make things happen.

We’ve come a long way since our graduates helped drive the Industrial Revolution and launch the Space Age. Today, our graduates continue the tradition of creating real solutions to everyday problems. In corporations around the world, Miners use their skills, knowledge and creativity to produce the goods and services that we encounter every day.

Nine different alumni — and the companies that employ them — are represented in this issue. Their stories illustrate just a few of the ways that Miners touch our everyday lives. We may not know what tomorrow’s great must-have will be. But we know our grads will be involved in making it.

League of Super Miners: A Homecoming of Heroic Proportions

SuperMinersSummoning all Super Miners to return! Reunite! Reconnect! In Rolla!

Like our miraculous Miner metals, silver and gold, the peculiar, preternatural powers of Miners past and present were forged in the furnace of perseverance and persistence. Now, we’re calling on you to join hundreds of your fellow Miners in Rolla this fall to rediscover the source of your super power. The greater our numbers, the stronger our powers. Join us for a Homecoming of Heroic Proportions and come meet our heroes!

Alumni Achievement
•  Col. John Pierre Powell, AE’87, president, PAMCO Investments Corp.
•  LeRoy E. Thompson, CE’56, MS CE’65, retired principal and vice president, C3TS, and emeritus professor, Florida International University

Alumni Merit
•  Kathryn A. Walker, MS EMgt’82, managing director, OPENAIR Ventures

Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service
•  Bradley H. Hornburg, CE’69, CEO, Landmark Contract Management Inc.

Distinguished Young Alumni
•  Daniel P. Ellis, CE’99, vice president, Crafton Tull and Associates
•  Karlynn Sievers, Engl’96, LSci’96, physician and clinical assistant professor, University of Wyoming

Frank H. Mackaman Alumni Volunteer Service
•  Jerry D. Parsons, CE’70, retired materials engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation

Class of 1942 Excellence in Teaching
•   Jennifer Pattershall, assistant professor of psychological science at Missouri S&T

* Illustrations by Dave Bryant

 

Dianna Meyers: In it for the long run

DiannaMeyersAs a consultant for Accenture, Dianna Meyers spends a lot of time on the road. But that hectic pace doesn’t keep her from hitting the pavement in her running shoes.

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Jonathan Sanders: Rocket Man

JonathanSandersJonathan Sanders wants to be involved in the next great space race — and not just as an engineer helping design future space vehicles. He also wants to fly to Mars.

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Hugh and Linda Cole: Silver and Gold Donors

SilverandGoldSix months after graduating from high school in Hazelwood, Mo., Hugh Cole, EMgt’72, enrolled at Missouri S&T, determined to become the first engineer in his family (and first in his family to receive a college degree).

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The next generation

Creating a better tomorrow. That has been a theme for Rolla graduates for more than 140 years.

Throughout the university’s history, a steady stream of students has come to Rolla in search of a world-class education. For these individuals, Missouri S&T is more than just a place to get a diploma. It’s a place where they find their direction, learn how to be leaders and question conventional thinking. It’s a place where they can follow their own personal path and shape a future that’s distinctly their own.

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Engineering … with a twist

Wesley Hackett knows a good problem when he sees it. And he loves problems. Perhaps that explains why he’s a huge fan of the Rubik’s Cube, the iconic 3D puzzle from the 1980s. In fact, he has at least five different models of the twisting object, from the simple 2×2 Mini Cube to a V-Cube 7 that has more than 200 pieces.

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Good works

Rachel Feist witnessed the destructive effects of poor water quality. But she’s also seen how her skills can make life a little better for people — especially those living thousands of miles away from her hometown of Tulsa, Okla.

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A man with a plan

Do you know where you will be five years from now? How about 10 years from now? Michael Bouchard does. He has a 15-year plan for personal success and has carefully outlined every step required to get him there.

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Dancing with code

It’s no surprise that Marquia Lewis decided to study computer science in college. “I was around computers all the time growing up, and I really like them,” says Lewis, a sophomore whose mother, a software engineer for the Boeing Co. in St. Louis, also majored in computer science.

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