Rolla grads play key roles in I-70 bridge construction

 

Miner alumni involved with the bridge project. See story for the names of those pictured.

Miner alumni involved with the bridge project. See story for the names of those pictured.

A number of Rolla graduates were involved in building the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River connecting downtown St. Louis and southwestern Illinois via Interstate Highway 70. The bridge opened to traffic on Feb. 9.

On July 26, ironworkers reached a milestone by positioning the 80-foot-long, 30,000-pound final floor beam.

According to Randy Hitt, CE’87, bridge project director with the Missouri Department of Transportation, a poster of Joe Miner was placed on the last piece of structural steel to celebrate the “Rolla heritage of the engineers working on the project.”

“The cable-stayed bridge with a 1,500-foot main span is the third-longest in the United States,” says Hitt.

Pictured from left: Ken Berry, CE’94, quality control inspector with Shalom Services; Chris Kelly, CE’03, quality assurance inspector with MoDOT; Kenny Bassler, EE’11, electrical  project manager with Paynecrest, Randy Hitt, CE’87, bridge inspector with MoDOT; Chris Morgan, CE’02, quality assurance inspector with MoDOT; Henry Woods, CE’97, quality assurance inspector with MoDOT; Ron Leible, CE’87, utilities engineer with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly; John Grana, CE’85, resident engineer with MoDOT; Tom Tavernaro, CE’87, project manager with Alberici Corp., Massman Construction and Traylor Bros. Not pictured is Jeff Church, CE’84, deputy project director with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Men’s basketball player named Academic All-America of the Year

Bryce Foster, a senior in business and management systems from Florissant, Mo., is the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award winner for NCAA Division II men’s basketball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was chosen for the Academic All-America first team. [Read more…]

A passion for fitness

Michael Wuest, Bus’07, MBA’08, is campus dining services marketing manager at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now also an owner, manager and trainer at CrossFit COMO in Columbia. He founded the gym with a friend in June 2013.

“When I came to Mizzou in 2011, I was reintroduced to CrossFit through the ‘300’ workout (the workout the actors in the movie 300 did to get so buff). It killed me, took me forever, but I was hooked,” he says.

Wuest says the workout changed his life, making him more confident and improving his outlook on life. After becoming a trainer and working with others for several months, he decided to utilize his business education and open the gym.

“Since we’ve been open, we have touched more than 500 lives,” he says. “It’s been one of the most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever done.”

Miners give back

April is Philanthropy Month at Missouri S&T. It’s a time to celebrate giving, growth, pride and progress — and the philanthropic spirit that unites Miner Nation. All month, the campus will be turning the spotlight on the vital role philanthropy plays in our society with a number of on-campus events. [Read more…]

Small world

Last September, Max Boeh, MinE’12 (left), was in Rolla recruiting at the Fall Career Fair. While wandering around the Havener Center during a break, looking for someone to have lunch with, he was surprised to see his brother, Mitch Boeh, ME’09, who was also on campus recruiting. Neither knew the other was there. Max is a tunnel connections engineer with Kiewit Underground Construction Co., based out of Chicago, and Mitch is a mechanical engineer for Abengoa in St. Louis.

Promoting STEM in Arkansas

Lynda Melgarejo, EMgt’05, MS EMgt’13, was featured in the October 2013 issue of Inviting Arkansas magazine for her work promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. She and 11 other STEM advocates were honored at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 17. Melgarejo is the production information manufacturing engineering supervisor at Caterpillar in Little Rock. [Read more…]

Going green can save green

The energy efficiencies of a solar house can result in significant energy savings and save homeowners money in the long run, says Samantha Wermager, a senior in civil engineering. Wermager performed an energy analysis of S&T’s 2013 solar house with her advisor Stuart Baur, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering. Their research was published in the Dec. 4, 2013, issue of the journal Energies. [Read more…]

Recovering from disaster

Nearly three years after a major tornado destroyed much of Joplin, Mo., former Joplin resident Suzanna Long created a process to help communities recover quickly from large-scale natural disasters. [Read more…]

106th Best Ever

The Miner Alumni Association and the Central Ozarks Section hosted their 106th Best Ever St. Pat’s celebration on March 15 in Rolla. The celebration kicked off with a pre-parade breakfast on the Castleman Hall patio with complimentary coffee, juice and assorted pastries. Immediately following the parade, alumni and friends returned to Castleman for free grilled hot dogs and dollar beer.

Save the date: Homecoming 2014

Mark your calendars and make plans now to attend Homecoming Oct. 17-18. Return to Rolla to reconnect with former classmates and celebrate your Miner spirit. Watch the Summer issue of Missouri S&T Magazine for details and find hotel information at mineralumni.com/homecoming.