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.

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.

Alumni, students help Piney River Heritage Farm project

Two Missouri S&T alumni are working on a project more than 150 years in the making.

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Meet Rich Eimer, new association president

Rich Eimer, EE’71, of Conroe, Texas, retired executive vice president of operations for Dynegy Inc., began his two-year term as president of the Miner Alumni Association in October. Missouri S&T Magazine staff asked him about his plans.

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Good riddance to soggy buns

The solution to the soggy bun epidemic may be the brainchild of Missouri S&T freshman Tyler Richards and his friend, Jonathan Thompson. And it all started as an assignment for their high school Project Lead the Way capstone course, Engineering Development and Design. That’s when the Liberty, Mo., teens decided to tackle a common problem:  How to keep water from running out of the ketchup bottle when it’s squeezed.

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Max Tohline: film for thought

Max Tohline came to Missouri S&T from Madeira, Ohio, in 2002 with a plan to study aerospace engineering. But an elective course in film caused his true passion to take flight.

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Long named SEMS president

Suzanna Long, Hist’84, Phys’84, EMgt’04, PhD EMgt’07, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, was named president-elect of the Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS), a part of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

SEMS supports IIE members as they advance the state of engineering management practice and research.