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…]

Vanderspiegel champions SWE inclusion efforts

Natalie Vanderspiegel, CerE’02, MS EMgt’04, MS CerE’04, a past Miner Alumni Association awardee, director of diversity and inclusion for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and an employee of electricity generation company Solar Turbines, was featured in SWE’s August edition of its “Live Out Loud” blog, a monthly post about practicing intentional inclusion [Read more…]

Alumna publishes second children’s book

Sarah Boutte, BSci’03, recently published her second children’s book — this one focused on introducing STEM to young minds. Boutte says she was inspired to write books while working as a teacher to educate pilots on how to fly helicopters for the oil industry. With a busy career, she did not want to lose sight of her family priorities. [Read more…]

Alumnus donates artwork to St. Louis Art Museum

Ronald Ollie, ME’73, and his wife, Monique, added depth and breadth to the Saint Louis Art Museum’s holdings by providing 81 works by contemporary African-American artists. [Read more…]

Hall earns math association award

Leon Hall, Math’69, MS Math’71, PhD Math’74, former chair and professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, earned the Missouri Section of the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Meritorious Service Award. A Missouri section member is eligible for this award once every five years. The award is presented for services rendered at the organization’s national or section level. The MAA works to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on the world.