Confident. Connected. Open to change.

These are among the defining characteristics of S&T’s 30 most dynamic young alumni.
All of our “30 Under 30” alumni profiled in this issue were born after the Empire struck back, Bill Murray declared war on gophers and the Blues Brothers went on a mission from God. Despite coming of age during a job-killing recession, two wars and the threat of terrorism, these S&T grads are steeped in digital technology, optimistic about their own economic futures and eager to solve society’s technological problems.

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Valarie Boatman

All her life, Valarie Boatman, ME’06, has been interested in two things: racing and cars. At Missouri S&T, she spent 40-50 hours each week in the Formula SAE shop designing and fabricating the race car. Today, as a performance integration engineer for General Motors, she spends her days at Milford Proving Grounds, testing some of the electronic chassis controls in the electric-powered Chevrolet Volt and working to improve a driver’s experience and safety behind the wheel.

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Katy Bloomberg

Digging into the history of the St. Pat’s tradition as a student intern in the Missouri S&T Archives proved to be good preparation for Katy Bloomberg’s career. These days, Bloomberg, Hist’06, puts together briefings for congressional hearings on military training and travel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee.

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Stephanie (Buffa) Vogt

Real job: Stephanie (Buffa) Vogt, EE’03, MS EMgt’05, is the senior manager of operations for Express Scripts in St. Louis.

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Andrew Bodenhamer

Just weeks after U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq, Andrew Bodenhamer, ME’03, joined the U.S. Army Research Laboratory as a human factors engineer. His assignment? Make soldiers’ jobs easier and safer by developing and modifying things like bullet-proof vests and bridges.

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Donald W. “Donny” Cone Jr.

Job: Donald W. “Donny” Cone Jr., AE’02, Econ’02, is an air traffic controller and trainer at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

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Nick Christian

Before Nick Christian, NucE’07, ever set foot on the S&T campus — even as a high school student taking part in the Jackling program — he knew he wanted to be a nuclear engineer. That’s why he chose Missouri S&T.

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Kyle Darnell

What he does: Kyle Darnell, ArchE’06, manages design-build projects for ARCO Construction Co. from cradle to completion, coordinating all aspects of a project including design coordination, construction schedule, cost management, and project close-out and turnover.

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DeMarco Davidson

While working on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, DeMarco Davidson, EMgt’06, rewarded some campaign volunteers with VIP passes to the candidate’s historic rally under the St. Louis Arch that October. But Davidson had to tell one volunteer, fellow alumnus Kenan Morrison, PetE’01, that he would not be invited to sit in the VIP section.

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Jennifer Dugas

We’ve all heard about how philosophers like to hang out in coffee shops. In Jennifer Dugas’ case, the philosopher owns the coffee shop.

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