Michael Ojo

From engineer to entrepreneur: Michael Ojo, ECE’07, MBA’08, began his graduate studies in computer science thinking that an engineering degree coupled with a computer science degree would be fitting.

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Dustin Penn

Dustin Penn, MinE’02, has a passion for Pit Vipers, and his favorite one can deliver a strike that’s 65 feet deep and 16 inches in diameter.

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Jon and Carla Reinagel

Jon Reinagel, Phys’07, didn’t make a great impression on his future wife, Carla (Cotita) Reinagel, Engl’07, during their first meeting. As an RA serving a Hawaiian-themed meal to new students moving into the Quadrangle residence halls, he was dressed in a hula skirt with a coconut bra over his shirt. “I thought he was really weird and actually tried to avoid him,” Carla says, “but he came over and talked to me anyway.”

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Robert Rutherford

Hardest lesson to learn: For Robert Rutherford, EMgt’06, the lesson started on April 21, 2010, when he woke up and was told of the mayday call from the Deepwater Horizon hours earlier.

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Jeremy Schnurbusch

Early vision: Jeremy Schnurbusch, EE’05, knew early on what he wanted to do when he grew up. “My dad owns St. Louis Avionics. It was ingrained in me since I was a little kid — I always wanted to work in aviation.”

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Sondra (Terry) Rotty

The level of testosterone is high on a construction site. Women are scarce, but Sondra (Terry) Rotty, ArchE’04, MS EMgt’08, feels right at home. Tarlton Corp.’s senior project engineer would rather work out of a construction trailer any day than in an office.

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Tyrone Smith

Tyrone Smith, Hist’07, says he feels kind of like Jack Bauer.

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Chad Winkler

When he was a fourth grader in Jefferson City, Mo., Chad Winkler, CerE’08, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. The assumption was that he would have difficulty fitting in to “normal” society. That might be why Winkler says he’s always been bothered by assumptions.

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Sumin Zhu

Sumin Zhu, PhD CerE’08, knows about heat. As a senior research engineer and principal scientist in the enabling technologies department at Vesuvius in Pittsburgh, Pa., his team works on high-temperature ceramics that can operate under the most extreme conditions, including the continuous casting of steel.

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The list: 30 Under 30 nominees

Congratulations to all the 30 under 30 nominees!

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