Above and beyond

If influence is about shaping outcomes, the 10 alumni spotlighted on these pages have achieved remarkable results. Across diverse fields and demanding challenges, they have made a difference through the power of technology, the sure footing of national security, the engine of job creation, the exploration of outer space and earth’s resources — and as builders raising the roof on a better quality of life.

Their achievements differ a great deal, but their paths share a similar arc. As students, they forged their future in Rolla’s classrooms and labs. As leaders, they found their calling at the forefront of their professional fields. As Miners, they raised Missouri S&T’s reputation for excellence. And now, as Alumni of Influence, they have earned the university’s highest honor.

Five years ago, Missouri S&T’s first Alumni of Influence celebration launched a new tradition. That historic gathering in November 2011 marked a milestone as the campus community and alumni nationwide gathered to honor a distinguished group of graduates for their legacy of influence.

The tradition continued this past November, with a gala honoring our 2016 Alumni of Influence. While the group portrait published on page 52 captures the collective spirit of our honorees, it is in their individual stories that we find influence to the power of 10. They are stories about bold moves, better ideas and bootstrapping. They are also stories about big hearts and giving back.  We salute these Miners for the lasting impact of their leadership and service — and we thank them for making the world a better place.

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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