Dear Alumni and Friends,

No matter where we live, what degree we earned, what our careers look like or what our cultural background is, Miner alumni have at least one thing in common: We all need to eat.

Mary Helen Stoltz, Engl'95

Mary Helen Stoltz, Engl’95

In this issue, we feature alumni with interests that are connected to food — some professionally and others for recreation.

Back in October, we asked our alumni “foodies” to step forward and tell us about their jobs in the food and beverage industry. And boy did they ever step forward. We could have filled two magazines with all of the responses.

We heard from a barista, a sous chef, a soybean oil producer, a dentist, two farmers, a personal chef, a fast-food worker and several home cooks. One of those home cooks is a dad who cooks for his family and compares cooking to a chemistry lab experiment you can eat. Of course, we also heard from a handful of readers who just like to eat.

It was a tough task, but we narrowed the group to seven alumni with unique stories. They include a chili cook-off competitor and the manager of a production plant for an international multi-brand corporation. It’s a fun issue. I hope you enjoy it.

I also want to thank those of you who helped us find Miners we’ve lost touch with. James A. Faletti, EMgt’71, MS EMgt’79, won our “Lost Miners” giveaway, featured on page 31 of the Spring 2014 issue. He received a 2015 St. Pat’s sweatshirt for his efforts. It’s not too late to help out. Alumni can still review a list of lost Miners under the “Alumni Connect” tab at

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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