Keeping communications flowing

In 2012, the Miner Alumni Association board consolidated its committees into five groups with broad goals. This issue, we introduce you to the Marketing and Communications Committee.

Keeping the lines of communication open is the chief purpose of the Marketing and Communications Committee. “The prime directive — for you Star Trek
fans — is always to open and maintain the lines of communication between alumni, the Miner Alumni Association and the campus,” says Bernard Held, CE’75, a member of the committee.

Committee chair Darrin Talley, ME’88, adds that the committee works with alumni relations and marketing and communications staff at Missouri S&T to “develop content that communicates the overall benefits and objectives of the alumni association to current and future alumni.”

The group takes a data-driven approach. “We’ve spent quite a bit of time gathering input from alumni across the world, reaching out to both new graduates and alumni who have been out of Missouri S&T for a long time,” Talley says. “We have learned a lot about what alumni want to hear and how they want to receive communications. We plan on using these insights to more effectively communicate what the Miner Alumni Association is up to and what are some of the main objectives of the association’s other committees.”

During the past year, the 18-member committee assisted in a review of the recently redesigned association website and provided input on the creation of an alumni membership card, which is distributed to soon-to-be graduates at events during their final semester.

“The Miner Alumni Association has a lot to offer, and each of the committees works hard to create value for our alumni,” Talley says. “Our role is to develop the communications plans and material to get the message out to existing and future alumni. I feel like we have made great progress over the past year.”

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.

[Read More...]

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.

[Read More...]

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 […]

[Read More...]

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.

[Read More...]

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 […]

[Read More...]