Confident. Connected. Open to change.

These are among the defining characteristics of S&T’s 30 most dynamic young alumni.
All of our “30 Under 30” alumni profiled in this issue were born after the Empire struck back, Bill Murray declared war on gophers and the Blues Brothers went on a mission from God. Despite coming of age during a job-killing recession, two wars and the threat of terrorism, these S&T grads are steeped in digital technology, optimistic about their own economic futures and eager to solve society’s technological problems.


They have good reasons to be upbeat. If the following stories are any indication, S&T grads are faring better than their peers as they enter into careers and first jobs. Flip through the pages and you’ll find profiles of many successful engineers working to improve everything from the F-15 and bullet-proof vests to the Chevy Volt and high-
temperature ceramics. You’ll also read about an actuary, business owners, a lawyer and an Olympic athlete.
Regardless of their occupations, these alumni have built time into their schedules to support philanthropic causes ranging from multiple sclerosis to hydrocephalus. Many of them also support their alma mater. Of the 4,778 alumni age 30 and under who earned undergraduate degrees from S&T and have contact information on file, 28 percent give back annually (a figure that trumps the university’s overall participation rate of 18 percent).
So go ahead. Keep reading. Find out more about these 30 up-and-coming alumni. You’ll want to keep an eye on them. We certainly will.

Around the Puck

Q&A: Miners got game

What was the most memorable sports team during your time on campus? As part of his research for the S&T 150th history book, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share your memories. Here are a few of your answers.

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Honoring new academy members

In October, 12 alumni and friends were inducted into Missouri S&T academies. Academy membership recognizes careers of distinction and invites members to share their wisdom, influence and resources with faculty and students. Some academies hold induction ceremonies in the fall, others in the spring.

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Boosting cyber-physical security

A wide array of complex systems that rely on computers — from public water supply systems and electric grids to chemical plants and self-driving vehicles — increasingly come under not just digital but physical attacks. Bruce McMillin, professor and interim chair of computer science at Missouri S&T, is looking to change that by developing stronger safeguards […]

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MXene discovery could improve energy storage

In spite of their diminutive size, 2-D titanium carbide materials known as MXenes are “quite reactive” to water, a discovery S&T researchers say could have implications for energy storage and harvesting applications such as batteries, supercapacitors and beyond. Their findings were published in 2018 in the American Chemical Society journal Inorganic Chemistry.

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A faster charge for electric vehicles

One drawback of electric vehicles (EVs) is the time it takes to charge them. But what if you could plug in your EV and fully charge it as quickly as it takes to fill up a conventional car with gasoline? Missouri S&T researchers, in collaboration with three private companies, are working to make speedy charging […]

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