Dear Alumni and Friends,
When we decided to dedicate this issue of Missouri S&T Magazine to glass, I was reminded of my arrival at Missouri S&T five years ago. I was both humbled and inspired by a student who greeted me with a vase crafted in the Hot Glass Shop. This housewarming gift was a perfect introduction to the impressive skills that Miners possess. In this issue, we’ll give you a pictorial “tour” of the Hot Glass Shop and show you some of the beauty and creativity that can be produced once you understand the science of glass.
But it goes beyond beauty. The variability and strength of the glass material that is studied and produced at Missouri S&T leads to some surprising applications. On the following pages, you will find stories that demonstrate the role glass plays in some unexpected areas — radioactive waste management, architecture, 3-D printing and even healthcare.
There are a lot of exciting things going on here in Rolla. We’ve seen record enrollment and the largest Career Fair in S&T history. We have a renewed sense of vision with the unveiling of a new campus master plan. And we anticipate the dedication of the Hasselmann Alumni House this coming March. For all of us at Missouri S&T, I think it’s safe to say that our glass is most certainly half full.