Eric Potts: Urban cowboy

Eric Potts, CE’73, calls himself an urban cowboy. The Texas transplant and retired Army colonel has lived all over the world. But it wasn’t until he landed in the Lone Star State that he learned to tell an Angus from a Charolais. [Read more…]

Dave Bayless: the power of leadership

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Dave Bayless of Ohio University is the son of Jerry Bayless, CE’59, MS CE’62, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, who has been a member of the Missouri S&T faculty since 1959. Photo by Ben Siegel/Ohio University.

The oil crisis of the 1970s ignited Dave Bayless’s passion for energy. A few years at the Naval Power School in the late 1980s opened up an interest in teaching. And multiple entrepreneurial experiences fueled a new cause — integrating leadership education into engineering education.
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Paul Friz: a future in outer space

When he was a teenager, Missouri S&T doctoral student and former NASA employee Paul Friz looked up into the night sky and found the twinkling points of light, a thousand beacons in the darkness, irresistible. He was hooked.
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Dan Amsden and Kevin Fritzmeyer: Workplace wisdom and professional perspective

Dan Amsden, MS EMgt’75, and Kevin Fritzmeyer, EMgt’85, believe every student needs a sounding board — someone who is there to bounce around the big questions about life beyond college. For the past six years, they’ve given S&T students that perspective through a mentoring program sponsored by the Academy of Engineering Management. [Read more…]

Boonchai Songthumvat: educating Thailand

Boonchai Songthumvat, MS EMgt’76, is doing everything he can to make education possible for children in Thailand. Known as Boon, Songthumvat and his wife, Nuchanart, own Nuboon Co., a Bangkok-based manufacturer of fruit and vegetable juices, coffee and tea.

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Jack Wright: a golden year for the Arch

20150518 Jack Wright 016Fifty years ago this October, the St. Louis skyline was changed forever by the construction of the Gateway Arch, built as a monument to U.S. westward expansion. [Read more…]

Matt Coco: stepping up to deliver a dream

20150306 Matteo Coco 009Matt Coco, CE’66, remembers the first meeting nearly a decade ago as if it were yesterday. He and other past presidents of the Miner Alumni Association had gathered to discuss a major project — a campus home for the association. “We talked about what a huge undertaking it would be,” Coco says. “Then they all looked at me because I was the only one in the construction business.”

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French honors

William Shaw Legion of Honor CeremonyWilliam Shaw, CE’49, a World War II veteran, was awarded the French Legion of Honor, the highest award that France bestows, for his service in helping to liberate France from Nazi control.

Reliving history

Joseph Senne, MS CE'51

Joseph Senne, MS CE’51

World War II veteran Joseph Senne, MS CE’51, former chair of civil engineering at Missouri S&T, flew to Washington, D.C., in October to visit the national war memorials as part of the San Diego Honor Flight.

Senne, who joined the Navy in 1942 as a petty officer first class, was on Okinawa when the peace treaty with Japan was signed on Sept. 2, 1945. His work as a surveyor helped clear Port Seeadler, an important staging area for WWII operations in the South Pacific.

Grad, wife write historical novel

ChiltonBookCoverDan Chilton, CE’65, and his wife, Suzanne, wrote Blue & Gray Cross Current, a historical novel set in the Civil War. The book is based on official records and true events and characters in Chilton’s family. Profits go to the Shannon County (Mo.) Museum.