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…]

Steph Evans: STEM superhero

Steph Evans is out to change the way people look at engineering — and at engineers. [Read more…]

Eric Bohannan: Ever the Optimist

If you’re looking for Eric Bohannan, PhD Chem’99, on a Saturday morning, chances are, you’ll find him on a soccer field. [Read more…]

S&T stargazer

For the first time in over two years, S&T students, faculty and staff, and Rolla community members got an up-close look at celestial objects thanks to Ken Goss, a senior in computer science and computer engineering. Last August, Goss hosted the S&T Observatory’s first Visitors’ Night in over two years. [Read more…]

Coming full circle: John and Marie Eash

It isn’t surprising that what attracted John Eash, AE’79, MS EMgt’90, to Missouri S&T as a student is exactly what brought him back 40 years later as an employee. [Read more…]

Nick McGraw: Volunteering, one subscriber at a time

When Nick McGraw, EMgt’15, launched his YouTube channel, Nick’s Perspective, he pledged to do one hour of community service for each subscriber to
his channel. [Read more…]

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…]