Miner Made

MinerMadeMiners are makers. Maybe not always in the traditional sense, but the theme of making is a deeply rooted part of who they are.

Look around your house. Your office. Your car. Nearly everything you see has a connection to a Miner, from basic personal needs like shampoo, diapers and prescription medications to lawn mowers, bleach, bed springs and adhesives. Even the railroad that transports these goods and the credit cards you use to purchase them involve Miners.

That trait has marked Rolla students since the university’s founding in 1870. From the first day they step onto the Rolla campus, Miners are taught to push beyond theory — to grasp and tinker with what could be. To think. To create. And to do the hard, practical work needed to make things happen.

We’ve come a long way since our graduates helped drive the Industrial Revolution and launch the Space Age. Today, our graduates continue the tradition of creating real solutions to everyday problems. In corporations around the world, Miners use their skills, knowledge and creativity to produce the goods and services that we encounter every day.

Nine different alumni — and the companies that employ them — are represented in this issue. Their stories illustrate just a few of the ways that Miners touch our everyday lives. We may not know what tomorrow’s great must-have will be. But we know our grads will be involved in making it.

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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