Letter from the editor

Dear Fellow Alumni:

This issue of Missouri S&T Magazine is about opportunity and taking a chance. It is about taking what you have and turning it into something greater. In this case, the catalyst is Missouri S&T.

All of the alumni and students featured in this issue took a gamble on Missouri S&T and won.

A Carnation Milk Scholarship recipient came to Rolla from a small Missouri town and ended up on the front row of Mission Control, guiding some of NASA’s most famous space flights.

A triathlete, motivated by the pain his ear buds caused when he ran, cashed in his savings to chase down his dream of creating ergonomic earphones for athletes. His product is now sold around the world by companies like Apple, The Sports Authority and Target.

Inspired by three alumni who are pioneers in the mining industry, two miners, a metallurgist and a geologist are using their knowledge and expertise on cutting-edge mining projects from Alaska to Australia.

And Missouri S&T has been capitalizing on some opportunities of its own. Following a year-long process that involved S&T faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, Missouri S&T has a new strategic plan. Rather than focusing on what’s in it for us, this plan ensures that we will provide an exceptional return on investment for all of our customers — students, employers, research partners and donors.

In her most recent State of the University Address, Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader followed through on the planning process by outlining administrative changes designed to help S&T achieve its strategic goals.

More information about the strategic plan is available on page 13. But since that story was completed, we learned some exciting news that I’m thrilled to share with you. In mid-September, University of Missouri President Timothy Wolfe announced that Missouri S&T will receive $3.2 million from the UM System to support three of the plan’s strategic initiatives — hiring new faculty members, improving learning laboratories on campus and applying technology to enhance learning and productivity.

These stories illustrate what our alumni and donors already know: Missouri S&T has never been a better investment. And through careful stewardship, our stock is only rising.

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.

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2019

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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