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.

Soaring past the competition

Joe, MinE’81, MS MinE’82, and Liz, MetE’82, Brinkmann, owners of Jet Demolition, earned the Industrial Demolition Award at the 2018 World Demolition Awards. This is their second consecutive annual award. [Read more…]

Erickson named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor

Kelvin Erickson, EE’78, MS EE’79, professor and former chair of electrical engineering at S&T, was named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor during commencement ceremonies in December.

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Mudder tough Miners

Five Miner alumni completed the 10-mile, 20-plus-obstacle Full Tough Mudder course in Wright City, Mo., in August 2018.

Tough Mudder is an endurance series created to test mental and physical strength within a team. The obstacles were designed by British Special Forces to trigger common fears, such as freezing cold water, extreme heights, fire and electricity. [Read more…]

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.

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…]

Williams featured on CNN’s ‘Great Big Story’

A video featuring Dajae Williams, EMgt’17, recently appeared on the cinematic storytelling website “Great Big Story.” Williams’ story focused on her work to ensure that young women are given the opportunities to pursue careers in STEM. She tells how she never saw anyone like her represented in the world of STEM while growing up. [Read more…]