Summer 2009

Learning abroad … from Rolla

Posted by on June 10, 2010

When final presentations were given in Missouri S&T’s Strategic Enterprise Management Systems course last semester, half the class may have been wearing pajamas. That’s because half of the students took the course from Amsterdam, where class begins seven hours later than in Missouri.

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Where’s Dave?

Posted by on June 10, 2009

Dave McCann, ME’79, works out of Atlanta, but he’s never seen his office. Or met his boss. For that matter, he never met any of his three previous supervisors, either.

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A Peruvian pioneer

Posted by on June 10, 2009

By anyone’s standards, Mariana Rodriguez, CE’80, is a trailblazer. After graduation, she returned to her native Peru to become a leader in the field of higher education, helping found two universities and two technical institutes in the country.

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Talking Turkey: Ozgur Tort

Posted by on June 10, 2009

A Missouri S&T graduate in Istanbul (not Constantinople) is running one of the fastest growing retail outfits in the world. Ozgur Tort, EMgt’96, is CEO of Migros Turk, a $4 billion (U.S. dollars) business based in Turkey. Tort started working for Migros, a grocery store chain, about 13 years ago. “This is actually my first […]

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Darrin Talley: Going mobile

Posted by on June 10, 2009

If Darrin Talley had it to do all over again, he would have spent more time with people from other cultures during his college years.

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Underneath Ontario

Posted by on June 10, 2009

It’s no secret that Canadian winters can be brutal. But at 8,000 feet below the Ontario surface, the temperature is a toasty 82 degrees year-round.
This is Sean Kautzman’s work environment much of the time. Kautzman, MinE’00, is an engineer for Vale Inco, a large company that operates the 100-year-old Creighton Mine in the northern mining community of Sudbury, Ontario.

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Alper Tonga: Ensuring smooth sailing

Posted by on June 10, 2009

During a near-shore practice in rough seas, a United Kingdom Ministry of Defense naval frigate struck a rock and the hull was breached. The ship took on water and began to list heavily to one side. But because it was equipped with a special tank monitor, the ship’s crew was able to balance its ballast tanks long enough to beach the ship and keep it from sinking in deep seas.

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Not lost in translation

Posted by on June 10, 2009

Andrew Ryan, MS ME’87, insists, well aware of how strange it may sound, that his Spanish classes at S&T sculpted an unpredictable future for this Irish engineer.
To date, Ryan has lived in five countries, worked in 20, and visited more than 50. He is also fluent in eight different languages, but that wasn’t always the case.

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In the land Down Under

Posted by on June 10, 2009

The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once described England and America as “two countries separated by a common language.” Karen Bard, PetE’81, thinks Shaw’s saying also holds true for America and her current home, Australia.

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Young Liu: Learning from Leu

Posted by on June 9, 2009

In 1988, Young Liu came to the United States with $89 in his pocket and met the man who would change the course of his life: Ming Leu.

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