Taking a gamble

“One-armed bandits” have become highly technical games thanks in part to two S&T alumni. Charles Berg and Robert Miodunski both hold patents in the casino gaming industry. [Read more…]

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Miner alumni are an inventive bunch.

From everyday innovations — toothbrushes and vacuum cleaners, driving machines and washing machines — to industrial, medical and digital advances, to the unusual and unheralded, Missouri S&T graduates have put their brains to work to make things better. [Read more…]

Chili man

Larry Eastep, CE’69, MS CE’76, started cooking chili competitively in the early ’90s. He competes five to 10 times a year, making everything from traditional red chili to chili verde and salsa in 18 states and Canada. Eastep is considered a Grand Master Cook by the International Chili Society (ICS).

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Straight outta Bombay

Inspired by a reality television show and missing the foods of his homeland, Siddharth “Sid” Panchal, MS CpE’03, opened Bombay Food Junkies in 2013.

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Dear Alumni and Friends,

Twice a day I drive by the corner of 11th and State streets. For years, the scene there was the same: a full parking lot across the street from the Chancellor’s Residence. Today, I pass the amazing 68,500-square-foot building that houses Missouri S&T’s chemical and biochemical engineering program. [Read more…]

From the editor

Dear Alumni and Friends,

When we decided to dedicate this issue of Missouri S&T Magazine to glass, I was reminded of my arrival at Missouri S&T five years ago. I was both humbled and inspired by a student who greeted me with a vase crafted in the Hot Glass Shop. This housewarming gift was a perfect introduction to the impressive skills that Miners possess. In this issue, we’ll give you a pictorial “tour” of the Hot Glass Shop and show you some of the beauty and creativity that can be produced once you understand the science of glass. [Read more…]

Letter from the editor

The crossroads Our campus has a proud tradition of equipping our students with a practical, applied education. It’s a tradition that began with our founding as a land grant institution — a response to the westward expansion fueled by the Industrial Revolution.

Over the century that followed, Missouri S&T became a full-fledged research university, coming of age — as many research campuses did — during the height of the U.S.-Soviet “Space Race.” Though research became more prominent on campus, the university remained true to its land-grant roots. Today, Missouri S&T continues to evolve, advancing the fields of engineering, science and technology. But it does so in the face of economic uncertainty.

This economic uncertainty means a shift in funding — which in turn redefines S&T’s role as a research university. Last year, for the first time in its history, Missouri S&T received the majority of its research funding from private sources.

As the private sector looks to universities like Missouri S&T to solve real-world problems, we’re also partnering with private interests to support our research goals. This shift allows S&T to continue to push the envelope of innovation. But it also raises questions: Who ultimately benefits from this research? And at what cost?

These are questions our cover story, “Redefining research,” attempts to answer.

One thing is certain: The need for university research will not go away any time soon. It is what fueled innovation in the past — from the Space Race forward — and it will continue to fuel it in the future.

– Megan Kean-O’Brien, MS TComm’12, design and production editor

Letter from the editor

Dear fellow alumni:

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Cheryl B. Schrader, the 21st leader of Missouri S&T. Since arriving in April, she’s wasted no time getting to know the campus and its people, as well as alumni and government leaders. Now it’s time for you to get to know her.
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From the editor: A new look and feel

Notice anything different? Yes, this is still your alumni magazine — with a few changes. This spring, we introduce you to the updated Missouri S&T Magazine. The look is fresh, and so is the content. We have designed it to be more interactive and to add value that will better serve our readers.

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