Save the date: Homecoming 2014

Mark your calendars and make plans now to attend Homecoming Oct. 17-18. Return to Rolla to reconnect with former classmates and celebrate your Miner spirit. Watch the Summer issue of Missouri S&T Magazine for details and find hotel information at mineralumni.com/homecoming.

 

White tells grads: ‘Follow your passion’

Let your passion lead you to address “the world’s greatest needs,” Gary White, CE’85, MS CE’87, told 700 new S&T graduates during December 2013 commencement ceremonies. White is CEO of Water.org, which helps people in developing nations gain access to safe water and sanitation. [Read more…]

Academy inductions

In October, 14 alumni and friends were inducted into Missouri S&T academies. Academy membership recognizes a career of distinction and invites members to share their wisdom, influence and resources with faculty and students. Induction ceremonies are held in April and October. [Read more…]

Curators bestow faculty honors

Three S&T faculty members were honored for their scholarship and teaching excellence during commencement ceremonies in December.

V.A. Samaranayake was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of mathematics and statistics; David Riggins was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Martin Bohner was named Curators’ Professor of mathematics and statistics.

Professional degrees

Missouri S&T awarded two honorary professional degrees during commencement in December. The degrees recognize the following alumni for their professional achievement:

  • Maureen E. Midgley, ChE’82, of Rochester, Mich., senior vice president of global manufacturing engineering for Henkel Corp.
  • Michael O. Vahle, Math’71, MS Math’73, chief information officer and vice president of technology services at Sandia National Laboratories.

Secret ingredient for high-strength bridges

Last fall, a new bridge was built east of Jefferson City, Mo., that incorporates an unusual, high-strength concrete mix in its girders and support structure. The three-span bridge is outfitted with sensors and other instrumentation to collect data on how well the bridge performs over time. [Read more…]

A friend to the military

Missouri S&T was named a “top military-friendly school” for 2014 by Military Advanced Education (MAE) and is included in the organization’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. MAE selected colleges and universities based on their military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. For more information about what S&T offers service members and veterans, visit military.mst.edu.

S&T to launch microgrid training program

Missouri S&T will receive $4.3 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to develop a power engineering curriculum and launch the Mid-America Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium (MARMET). S&T will lead the consortium. [Read more…]

Letters of compassion and encouragement, shared

Take a moment to read some of the online comments at amazon.com about Donn Ziebell’s book My Letters to a Prisoner — I had not met and you’ll find a small but captivated group of people who were touched, inspired and entertained by the memoir.

In the book’s foreword Ziebell, MetE’57, writes that his letters to the incarcerated stranger were intended to give the man “tangible proof that someone really cares and has invested quality, personal time to communicate with him.” Ziebell says that the non-fiction work details his “experiences, travel, activities and married life” and hopes it will encourage others to also write to lonely people.

Ziebell is an accomplished artist (yurart.com) who worked in manufacturing and consulting for 30 years and spent a number of years as a licensed minister in The Evangelical Free Church of America. He presented business seminars in Russia in the 1990s, which provided material for a “cross-cultural experiential dissertation” for his Ph.D. from The Union Institute University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

S&T named to National Academy of Inventors

In October 2013, Missouri S&T became a charter member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an organization that promotes research and innovation among research universities. [Read more…]