Using plants to track pollutants

Behold the common house plant, the front-yard shrub, the rhododendron around back. They brighten our lawns, increase our property values, even boost our mental and physical health by reducing carbon dioxide levels. They can also serve as witnesses to exposure to pollutants, a finding by S&T researchers that was published in the journal Science and the Total Environment. [Read more…]

Snakes, shillelaghs and shamrocks, oh my

What better place to celebrate St. Pat’s than in Rolla? Alumni, students and the community gathered in March for the 111th Best Ever St. Pat’s. Here are a few scenes from this year’s celebration. See more photos from  the weekend at photos.mst.edu. [Read more…]

Save the date: Homecoming 2019

Homecoming 2019, which will be held Oct. 4–5, is the perfect time to return to campus to reconnect with former classmates and enjoy the Miner spirit! More details will be published in the summer issue of Missouri S&T Magazine. Make plans now to attend. For hotel information, visit mineralumni.com/homecoming.

Sigma Tau Gamma alumni trip

In August 2018, 27 S&T alumni and many spouses vacationed together for nine days at Glacier, Waterton and Banff National Parks. All alumni are Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity brothers. Those attending were: Barry Baiotto, NDD; Carol (Schaffer) Beckman, widow of Steve Schaffer, EE’75; Art Bell, ChE’72; Bob Bellm, ME’74; Dave Birenbaum, CE’78; Ken Cropp, CE’74; Mark Evertowski, ME’75; Alan Funke, NDD; Gary Gerhard, PetE’68; Mike Gronek, MinE’79; Randy Hughes, ME’76; Bob Kostelnik, ME’75; Greg Kotys, MetE’70; Jim Martin, AE’75; Dave May, EMgt’82; Bryan McWeeney, AE’72; Mark Middendorf, GGph’74; Paul Moots, ME’72; Steve Moss, ME’76; Robin Murphy, CerE’76, MS CerE’78, PhD CerE’85; Sal Pagano, PetE’73; Darrell Robb, NDD; Rick Sauerwein, CE’74; John Scheumbauer, GGph’74, MinE’75; Mark Sicking, AE’72; Paul Sicking, Math’76; and Matt Stone, PetE’81.

A look at the new faces of learning at Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T’s faculty members are passionate about teaching. They are highly credentialed. They came to S&T for many different — although quite specific — reasons, and now that they’re here, they are productive in ways that extend beyond the classroom and the lab. [Read more…]

The road to Rolla

New faculty seek to make a difference at S&T

When he first came to campus a decade ago, David Lipke had no idea that he would one day call Missouri S&T home. The Georgia Institute of Technology Ph.D. student instead had a more narrow focus: gaining access to a piece of specialized equipment that his home institution — one of the nation’s top programs in materials science and engineering — didn’t have at the time. [Read more…]

Teaching students is priority No. 1

When Michelle Schwartze arrived for a tour of Missouri S&T, students kept interrupting her guide, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus and former chair of history and political science, to say hello and talk with him. Those interactions drew her to S&T. [Read more…]

Teaching for the real world

When you recall your most influential college professors, what comes to mind?

They were the ones who showed a sincere interest in you and the outcome of your education. Their words of encouragement and hands-on involvement helped you find your way and build confidence. They were the teachers who clued you in to experiences that helped you launch into a career or graduate school. [Read more…]

Honoring rising stars in the classroom

Irina Ivliyeva is emphatic about why the Miner Alumni Association’s Class of ’42 Excellence in Teaching Award is important. It shines the spotlight on a tough job: being an early career faculty member at S&T. [Read more…]

Bennington rides the Pony Express trail

Leslie Bennington, ME’68, took part in the National Pony Express Association’s 2018 spring 10-day ride, which covered 2,000 miles between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. Each year, hundreds of association members re-ride the over-150-year-old Pony Express route on horseback, traveling through eight states. They pass off a mailbag — called a mochila — to each other at each stop. [Read more…]