Bob Brinkmann: Builder and big thinker

Bob Brinkmann, CE’71, credits a mindset he calls looking for “the second right answer” with growing the company he founded more than 30 years ago. [Read more…]

Matt Coco: True and tireless believer

Matt Coco, CE’66, was a student the first time he served on the Phi Kappa Theta building committee after a fire destroyed his fraternity house in 1964. “I wanted the new house to have a red brick exterior and a fireplace,” he says. “I didn’t get either.” [Read more…]

Roger Dorf: Communications pioneer

As a commuter student, Roger Dorf, ME’65, carpooled to Rolla to earn his degree. On days when he finished classes before the others riding with him, he’d head to the student union to study. But what Dorf remembers most about those afternoons is the magical hour when studying succumbed to slapstick. [Read more…]

Bipin Doshi: Industry champion

Nearly 30 years ago, Bipin Doshi, ChE’62, MS ChE’63, left corporate America to buy a struggling gear manufacturing company. As a chemical engineer, his expertise did not encompass gears, axles or transmissions, but he believed he could turn the company around. [Read more…]

Don Gunther: Global ground-breaker

In a construction career that took him from Iowa to Abu Dhabi, Don Gunther, CE’60, says that the toughest challenge he ever faced was in Canada, building the colossal Syncrude refinery in northern Alberta. [Read more…]

Sandra Magnus: Space sojourner and super role model

For a woman who flew three space missions, including a four-month stint aboard the International Space Station conducting experiments, installing structural upgrades and blogging about it with children, Sandra Magnus, Phys’86, MS EE’90, is low-key about her legacy. [Read more…]

Dick Vitek: Chemist, entrepreneur and crusader

Dick Vitek, MS Chem’58, started his career as a research chemist — an archetypal scientist in a white lab coat mixing substances and studying the results. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission producing uranium from ore. Then, as a scientist with Allied Chemical Co., he developed solid oxidizers for rockets and missiles for the U.S. space program’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — a project that led to his first patent. [Read more…]

Roy Wilkens: Fiber optic frontiersman

As the CEO of a major pipeline company, Roy Wilkens, EE’66, never expected to take an entrepreneurial risk midway through his career. But he had an idea that catapulted him from a corporate office suite to a basement startup operation with six employees. [Read more…]

David and Lynda Malone: giving thanks for a full life as first-time donors

Nearly 50 years after graduating from Rolla, David Malone, CE’69, still recalls how hard he had to work — even on Saturdays. “I remember staying up all night Friday studying for the dreaded Saturday morning physics exam,” he says. [Read more…]

Miner memories

In a letter published in a June 1945 issue of the student newspaper, the Missouri Miner, then-Dean Curtis Laws Wilson, Hon’46, wrote to editor Charles W. “Bill” Bennett to speak up for disgruntled faculty members who felt they were being treated unfairly in the Miner. Believing the university would run more smoothly if the faculty and students got along, the faculty voted to require the editor to report directly to the faculty through Wilson. [Read more…]