Branch promoted to colonel

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History grad returns to S&T to coach basketball

Bill Walker, Hist’87, former head men’s basketball coach at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), joined the S&T athletics program as head men’s basketball coach on April 1. He is the 15th head coach in the history of the Miner program. He succeeds Jim Glash, who retired after 10 seasons as head coach.

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Ninh shares Peace Corps stories

A blog post written by Kayla Ninh, EE’16, was featured in THE BRIDGE, the magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN). Ninh shares her experiences with the Peace Corps, a U.S. government volunteer program that provides social and economic development abroad while promoting mutual understanding. She was stationed in Lesotho, Africa, a landlocked country surrounded by South Africa. 

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Chapin writes new thriller

Roger Chapin, Math’64, MS Math’66, wrote a novel titled The Dragon of God, a religious thriller that follows a religion professor who investigates the deaths of people who — through prior near-death experiences — believe that Christian fundamentalist beliefs are based on a misinterpretation of the Bible. 

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S&T grad helps capture first-ever image of black hole

This past spring, an S&T graduate was among the group of scientists who captured the first image of a supermassive black hole at the center of Messier 87, or M87. M87 is a galaxy within the Virgo galaxy cluster, 55 million light years from earth.

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A new face of civil engineering

The American Society of Civil Engineers named Andrea DuMont, GeoE’11, one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering for 2019 in the Professional category. The program recognizes young civil engineers for their achievements and contributions to the society. 

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Alumna co-founds No. 2 fastest-growing company in Seattle

Fran Dunaway, Psyc’83, co-founder of women’s undergarment company TomboyX, was featured in a 2018 Inc. 5000 article titled “Forget Amazon: These Are the 10 Fastest-Growing Companies in Seattle.” TomboyX is No. 2. The company reported a three-year growth rate of 2,049 percent with $5.4 million in revenues in 2017. Dunaway (left) is pictured with her wife and TomboyX co-founder Naomi Gonzalez.

Improving health in Mozambique

Jon, Phys’07, and Carla, Engl’07, Reinagel first traveled to the African nation of Mozambique as missionaries with Iris Ministries in 2008. They spent three years in Dondo, a community of 15,000. [Read more…]

Kavandi Named to Astronaut Hall of Fame

Veteran astronaut Janet Kavandi, MS Chem’82, has logged more than 33 days in space and orbited the Earth 535 times. This spring she was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Kavandi, director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 as a member of the 15th class of U.S. astronauts. She is a veteran of three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000 and STS-104 in 2001.

 

Bullock pens memoir

Richard L. Bullock, MinE’51, MS MinE’55, released an online memoir series titled From Hard Knocks to Hard Rocks: A Journey in My Shoes.

The book describes Bullock’s journey from an impoverished life on an Ozarks hill farm to life as a world traveler. It includes stories of Colorado avalanches and a Death Valley hike as well as his time in the Andes Mountains of Peru and the excitement of being the first engineer to evaluate a world‑class gold mine in the Chilean Andes, at nearly 16,000 feet.

Bullock, an active mining engineer for 47 years, started his career on the S&T faculty, where he served for nearly 20 years.