For the past six years, a civil engineer of Irish descent from Massachusetts has celebrated St. Pat’s in proper Rolla style. “St. Pat’s,” he says, “is always my favorite celebration of the year. It’s also the time of year when I’m pleased to reveal my full name: John Francis Patrick Carney the Third.”
On his tenure as chancellor: “It’s been a privilege to serve this university because we’re producing the engineers and scientists that this country needs. I’ve always felt this is important work that we’re doing.”
People love Rolla. At least most Miners do.
They were transformed during their time at the university, and they want to remember it, share it, bring others into the fold. These alumni have their own ways of continuing the Miner tradition — by spreading the word to schools, opening their homes to incoming freshmen, reconnecting on familiar turf close to their alma mater, or making new connections out West.
Twenty-five S&T students spent their spring break planting trees, performing conservation work and helping out at a homeless shelter as part of Miner Challenge 2011, an alternative spring break program sponsored by the university’s student life department. This is the fourth year for the program and the first year S&T sent teams to two different parts of the country.
A Missouri S&T chemical engineer is doing his part to prevent or cure neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Mad Cow. These diseases all have one common element — amyloid plaque deposits. But they are all made up of different proteins.
Engineer and author Henry Petroski says engineers play a crucial role in the success of many of the world’s greatest achievements. He spoke on “Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship” on campus in April as part of the Neil, CE’43, and Maurita Stueck Distinguished Lecture Series.
Joan M. Nesbitt, former vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Tulsa, became vice chancellor for university advancement at Missouri S&T on April 11.
Mohamed Rahaman, professor of materials science and engineering, received the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Inter-Campus Collaboration for his work with B. Sonny Bal, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Rahaman is also director of S&T’s Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration.
Rick Stephenson, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering and assistant department chair for graduate affairs, received the UM System President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement for his work with Engineers Without Borders.
Klaus Woelk, associate professor and assistant chair of chemistry, received the UM System President’s Award for Innovative Teaching for redesigning introductory chemistry courses to include discussion boards, student response devices, online testing and homework, and the ability to communicate with the instructor through text messaging during class.
A short documentary showing how Missouri S&T students helped a village in Bolivia last summer won the best short-form video award from Engineers Without Borders USA.
The Lady Miner Mucking Team won its fifth first-place championship at the 2011 Intercollegiate Mining Competition, held in Reno, Nev., in March. Approximately 25 men’s and women’s teams from around the world participated in the annual competition. Missouri S&T placed third in the men’s division.
The Missouri S&T women previously won world championships in 2009 and 2007. S&T also won world titles in men’s and women’s mucking in 2004 and 2005.
Follies, street painting, the court, parade and after-parade parties kept the St. Pat’s tradition alive in Rolla this year.