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.

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Seeking TBI therapies

By Delia Croessmann, croessmannd@mst.edu Complications from TBI can be life altering. They include post-traumatic seizures and hydrocephalus, as well as serious cognitive and psychological impairments, and the search for treatments to mitigate these neurodegenerative processes is on.

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Understanding the invisible injury

Students advance traumatic brain injury research By Sarah Potter, sarah.potter@mst.edu “Research is creating new knowledge.”–Neil Armstrong  Research keeps professors on the vanguard of knowledge in their fields and allows students to gain a deeper understanding of their area of study. For students and recent graduates researching traumatic brain injury (TBI) at Missouri S&T, the work […]

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Analyzing small molecules for big results

By Delia Croessmann, croessmannd@mst.edu At only 28 years old, Casey Burton, Chem’13, PhD Chem’17, director of medical research at Phelps Health in Rolla and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T, is poised to become a prodigious bioanalytical researcher.

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To prevent and protect

By Peter Ehrhard, ehrhardp@mst.edu Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are an unfortunate but all too common occurrence during military training and deployment. Because mild TBIs often present no obvious signs of head trauma or facial lacerations, they are the most difficult to diagnose at the time of the injury, and patients often perceive the impact as […]

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Q&A

Toughest class … ever Some of your classes may have been a breeze, but others kept you up at all hours studying, and some of you struggled just to pass. As part of his research for the S&T 150th anniversary history book, Larry Gragg , Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked […]

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