The thrill of the kill

Krista Haslag, a senior on the Missouri S&T volleyball team, knows a thing or two about competing. The 6-foot-1 senior from Linn, Mo., racked up 18 kills one mid-November weekend to become the university’s all-time leader in career kills. Haslag finished the season with 1,269 kills. (Erin Bekebrede, Psyc’12, who played for the Miners from 2008–11, held the previous record of 1,243 kills). [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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Aysen Malone: Guiding the next generation

FIRST Robotics mentor Aysen Malone works with a team at Rolla High School on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015.        Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

FIRST Robotics mentor Aysen Malone works with a team at Rolla High School on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Incoming junior engineering student Aysen Malone knows that a strong mentor can leave a lasting impression on a person. Inspired by her own first mentor, she returns to the high school she graduated from twice a week to help support its robotics teams.

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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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For family, for country, for the future

Nearly everything Luis Pereira does, he does for future Hispanic college students — especially his 4-year-old brother, Johann.

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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.