Keith Wedge: From Boy Scout to brigadier general

What began as a casual hobby picking up rocks while visiting the western United States took retired Gen. Keith Wedge, GGph‘70, MS GGph‘71, PhD GGph‘73, from the Boy Scouts to the U.S. Army. In between, his fascination with rocks led him to Missouri S&T’s geology and geophysics program.

Wedge attended Missouri S&T during the peak of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. Like many of his fellow students he joined the Army ROTC program. Commissioned as an Army Reserve officer in 1970, he began active duty in 1974 after finishing his Ph.D.
Wedge’s military obligation helped him put his education and passion for geology to use in geotechnical and military engineering projects in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central America. During his career, he searched for infiltration tunnels in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone, drilled for water in Egypt and built roads in Jordan.
As director of a nationwide military engineering organization, Wedge provided engineering services to Army commands around the world, including operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia. As a brigade commander, he sent a task force to Guatemala for recovery efforts after Hurricane Mitch in 1999.
“I never expected to remain with the Army for more than 30 years when I was commissioned in 1970,” says Wedge. “It was the interesting and challenging assignments that I received around the world that kept me active. I have had the opportunity to travel to more than two dozen countries and utilize the education that I received from Missouri S&T. I was also fortunate enough to have successfully commanded engineering units at all levels through brigade, again attributing this to my experience with leadership opportunities as a student.”
Wedge retired from the military in 2004 and is employed by Advancia Corp. as a project manager and senior military analyst. He also teaches environmental geology in the graduate program at Webster University, serves as the executive vice president of the Fort Leonard Wood chapter of the Association of the United States Army and is on the national board of directors of the Army Engineer Association.
Wedge feels a close connection to Missouri S&T, where he has served on the Miner Alumni Association board of directors since 2003. He is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh donor society, serves as president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity’s Educational Foundation and is vice chair of the Academy of Mines and Metallurgy. He and his wife, Bobbie, are also active in the university’s International Friends program.
“It is a pleasure to live in Rolla and to remain active with the university, especially the Miner Alumni Association,” says Wedge. “I enjoy serving as a volunteer. My wife and I also enjoy activities with the students as well as with alumni.”

Around the Puck

“Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years”

In the 1870s, Rolla seemed an unlikely location for a new college. There were only about 1,400 residents in a community with more saloons than houses of worship. There were no paved streets, sewers or water mains. To visitors, there seemed to be as many dogs, hogs, horses, ducks and geese as humans walking the dusty streets.

[Read More...]

By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2019

[Read More...]

Bringing clean water to South America

Assessing water quality, surveying mountaintop locations and building systems to catch rainwater — that’s how members of S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent their summer break.

[Read More...]

Geothermal goals exceeded

After five years of operation, Missouri S&T’s geothermal energy system continues to outperform expectations. S&T facilities operations staff originally predicted the geothermal system would reduce campus water usage by over 10% — roughly 10 million gallons per year. The system, which went online in May 2014, cut actual water usage by 18 million to 20 […]

[Read More...]

What happens in Vegas…may appear in print

In his latest volume of Las Vegas lore, historian Larry Gragg says it was deliberate publicity strategies that changed the perception of Sin City from a regional tourist destination where one could legally gamble and access legalized prostitution just outside the city limits, to a family vacation spot filled with entertainment options and surrounded by […]

[Read More...]