Forging new friendships

In 2012, the Miner Alumni Association board of directors consolidated its committees into five groups with broad goals. In this issue, we introduce you to the Strengthening Campus Relations Committee.

The committee finds and then builds upon potential areas of collaboration between the Miner Alumni Association and the other areas of the campus.

“In other words, we are trying to get people engaged with the life of the campus while they are students and then continue that engagement after they graduate,” says committee chair Mike McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81.

The committee invites representatives from campus organizations to each of its meetings to raise awareness of the association and its projects among the university’s various departments.

Lifetime alumni engagement is an important part of Missouri S&T’s strategic plan. The committee already made an impact around campus by restructuring the alumni speaker’s bureau and increasing attendance at Homecoming’s 2013 Legends Banquet by approximately 250 percent compared to the 2012 event.

“Campus units can turn to this committee for help reaching alumni and finding common ground,” says Katie Jackson, assistant director of the Miner Alumni Association. “Getting the word out to campus that alumni are interested in what is going on will lead to better interactions on both sides.”

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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