Archives for July 2015

S&T ocean plug-in takes first

A group of geophysics and petroleum engineering graduate students from Missouri S&T took first place in Schlumberger’s North American Ocean Academic Competition in March. They earned $15,000 for developing a plug-in for Schlumberger’s Ocean Petrel software, which lets oil and gas companies easily incorporate science-based plug-ins into their projects instead of using multiple software solutions.

The software developed at S&T is being made available to Schlumberger customers on the company’s website.

Open the window, clean the air

Glenn Morrison received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study air quality in homes         Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Glenn Morrison received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study air quality in homes. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Some people open the windows in their homes whether it’s snowing or raining, in stifling heat or frigid cold. A Missouri S&T environmental engineering professor says that can have a positive effect on the air quality in your home.

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Follow the path

Missouri S&T is one of 25 U.S. universities selected to participate in Epicenter’s Pathways to Innovation program. Epicenter is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell. [Read more…]

Education leader addresses graduates

Spring Commencement ceremony with speaker Vince Bertram on May 15, 2015.       Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Spring Commencement ceremony with speaker Vince Bertram on May 15, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

“Students must develop effective problem-solving, critical-thinking, collaboration and communication skills — tools they need to compete and succeed in the global economy,” Vince M. Bertram told just over 1,200 graduates at two commencement ceremonies in May. Bertram is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way, a nonprofit organization that develops K-12 curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and helps train instructors.

“Missouri S&T graduates, we need you,” Bertram said. “We need your intellectual gifts and your entrepreneurial spirit. We need your compassion and your courage. We need your leadership.”

Professional degrees

Missouri S&T honored the following 10 alumni with professional degrees to recognize career achievement.

  • Francisco M. “Frank” Benavides, CE’70, of St. Louis, founder and executive director of PENTA Engineering Corp.
  • Paul Daniel Booher, CE’80, MS CE’81, of Springfield, Mo., chief operating officer for Enactus
  • Seth Burgett, ME’94, of Glen Carbon, Ill., vice president and general manager of the strategic business unit of Headphones and Wearables for HARMAN International
  • Gary Joseph Frossard, EMgt’73, of St. Louis, president of Kadean Construction Co.
  • Linda Harrell, CerE’88, of Washington, Ill., advanced materials technology research manager for Caterpillar Inc.
  • Margaret C. Montana, ChE’76, of Houston, executive vice president for U.S. Pipeline and special projects in the Americas for Shell Downstream Inc. and CEO, president and board director for Shell Midstream Partners
  • Paul W. Niewald, AE’85, of Lake Saint Louis, Mo., director and chief engineer for the T-X Program in Boeing Military Aircraft
  • Mitchell R. Roper, PetE’82, of Southlake, Texas, president of BOPCO L.P.
  • Robert J. “Bob” Scanlon, MetE’73, of St. Louis, assistant federal security director for mission support at St. Louis Lambert International Airport
  • Susan M. Simmons, ChE’84, of St. Louis, senior resident engineer for the Anheuser-Busch Inc. St. Louis Brewery.

What was your most memorable all-nighter?

At one time or another, nearly every Miner has pulled an all-nighter. Maybe you stayed up all night cramming for a calculus test. Maybe you road-tripped across the country with your fraternity or sorority pledge class. Maybe you just hung out with friends having a good time. We asked about your memorable all-nighter. Here is what you told us.

In early March 1973, I was carving a snake head and body from a large oak limb to be mounted on Sigma Tau Gamma’s entry in the St. Pat’s cudgel contest. About 1 a.m. I sliced my left index finger to the bone, made my way to the infirmary and woke the night nurse. When she offered to sew it up I asked whether I would still be able to bend it for the remainder of the evening. I explained “I have a carving to finish, so our cudgel will win.” Her answer being “No,” I asked her to just disinfect it and wrap it up. I returned to the house and continued carving until dawn, making sure the occasional blood did not ruin the carving. I still have the snake head carving; it matches the snake on the winning 1973 St. Pat’s sweatshirt design (mine, also). Our cudgel did win the 1973 competition, carried by Mark “Tiny” Middendorf, GGph’74.

Jim Martin, AE’75
Raytown, Mo.

I had to pass every final exam to graduate in January 1965. I spent nine all-nighters studying in the Kappa Alpha dining room. The study table stood in front of a coat closet, and for years I was known as “Keeper of the Closet.”

Jay W. Alford, MetE’65
Miller, Mo.

Math came easy for me, and the logic behind it easily kept me awake during all-night sessions. (This may explain why after 50 years, I’m still a working structural engineer.) But if I had a reading assignment for literature or history, I ran into difficulty. I would hold my right arm vertical on the desk with a pen in my hand, and if I dozed off, I would drop the pen and wake myself up. I would then pick up the pen and start the process all over again, pushing myself through the reading assignment.

Dale Mueller, EE’62
St. Louis

It was St. Pat’s 1948. We started a bridge game on the Sigma Nu front porch at about 10 p.m. It was a warm evening with no wind, and we had a good time. All of a sudden, we noticed the sun coming up. We had spent the whole night without ever getting tired. I still think about it with good memories.

Jim Fisher, CE’48
Lakewood, Colo.

I remember the time I spent in the Kelly Hall basement laundry room cramming for some long-forgotten test. I didn’t want to disturb my roommate with the light and me talking to myself. When I finally gave up, I had just over an hour to sleep. I set two alarm clocks to make certain I did not oversleep. I woke up AFTER the second one went off — because it fell on me when I tried to turn it off while I was still in my sleepy grogginess.

Willard Sudduth, CE’66
Decatur, Ill.

Students and satellites head toward the stars

A pair of microsatellites designed by a team of S&T students took first place in the U.S. Air Force’s University Nanosat-8 Program. Plans call for the S&T projects to be launched into low orbit.

The collegiate competition, which spans over two years, challenges student teams to develop and construct a proto-flight satellite while participating in various design reviews and program-sponsored activities and workshops.

Snake Invasion — arcade style

Every March, S&T students wield shillelaghs to rid the campus of rubber snakes to honor the legend of St. Patrick driving snakes from Ireland centuries ago. This year students, alumni and other visitors to the university’s website could join in on the fun, thanks to an arcade-style video game housed on the university website. Visit to try it out.

Bugs on a diet clean up wastewater

Jianmin Wang at Fort Leonard Wood with his waste water cleaning unit on April 15, 2015.         Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Jianmin Wang at Fort Leonard Wood with his waste water cleaning unit on April 15, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

To clean wastewater, most municipal treatment plants try to maintain an oxygen concentration of 2 milligrams per liter in their aerated tanks. That seems ideal for the microorganisms that consume the waste; it’s a level that “makes them happy” and well fed, says Jianmin Wang, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T.

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Woman of the Year

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Cynthia Tang, Econ’85 (left), and Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader, right, present Dan Lin with the 2015 Woman of the Year Award.

Dan Lin, an assistant professor of computer science, was named the 19th Woman of the Year on April 15. Lin joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2008. She teaches courses on cloud computing, pervasive computing, database systems, file structure and introduction to database systems. Her research focuses on the fields of database systems and information security.

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