Travis Gittemeier: the man inside the mascot

He isn’t the most talkative person you’ll ever meet. But when you spend many of your college days and nights suited up as a mute mascot, chattiness isn’t required.

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Ceramic engineer finds a home in nuclear industry

When Destinee Rea, CerE’15, began looking at colleges, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the STEM field. The problem? She had no idea which one.

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Tamar Makharashvili: Exceeding expectations

As a child, Tamar Makharashvili was curious about computers. She wanted to understand their parts and how they worked. But her interest in technology wasn’t encouraged at home or in school in her home country of Georgia.

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James and Joan Woodard: Inspiring new generations of teachers and scholars

When Joan Woodard, Math’73, was in high school, there wasn’t much exposure to engineering. But that changed when she got to Rolla.

“I had many friends studying engineering,” she says. “I knew that’s what I ultimately wanted to do.”

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At the forefront of astrophysics research

Using two 4-kilometer-long laser interferometers located in Washington and Louisiana, scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a weak 1.3 billion-year-old signal from the collision of two black holes. The discovery proved the existence of the gravitational waves Albert Einstein predicted in his general theory of relativity.

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Remembering a beloved son, brother and friend

Beasley family stands infront of the Missouri S&T mine holding a picture of their son Patrick.
Wayne and Kay Beasley with their son, Matthew, and Megan McIver at the Experimental Mine where their late son, Patrick, studied mining and explosives engineering.

Kay Beasley remembers her son, Patrick Beasley, MinE’19, as someone who delighted in bringing home rocks. “As a kid, he would pick them up and my pockets would be full,” she says. “He still has rocks lining the window ledge in his room. Not long ago, he brought home the Missouri state mineral.”

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Inspiring the next generation of chemistry pioneers

Carey Bottom, Chem’72, MS Chem’75, PhD Chem’79, chose Missouri S&T because it was close to home, strong in science and relatively small. “I wasn’t keen on big universities,” says Bottom, who grew up in Waynesville, Mo. “At smaller schools, you’re more connected to professors. You can roll up your sleeves and get involved.”

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Bo Mahaney: Personal compass navigates military career

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Samuel “Bo” Mahaney, Hist’85, might just dispel your preconceived notions of military commanders.

Mahaney began his military career as an electronic warfare navigator in the Air Force. Today Mahaney, a two-star general originally from St. James, Mo., is chief of staff for Air Mobility Command (AMC) headquartered at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Ill. [Read more…]

Deshawn Jones: On top of his game

With intelligence, discipline and athletic prowess, Deshawn Jones, a junior in biological sciences and running back for Missouri S&T’s football team, has amassed a coveted collection of athletic titles and records at S&T. But he has been raking in awards since grammar school.

Jones grew up in inner-city Chicago, the middle child of three. He began to cultivate his work ethic as a kindergartner. Today, despite his demanding schedule, he willingly gives one afternoon a week during the school year to help children at a Rolla elementary school develop skills in studying, decision-making, teamwork and leadership. [Read more…]

S&T students find a helping hand in Avery Welker

by Hannah Ramsey-Standage

It isn’t difficult to spot Avery Welker in a crowd. And the 6-foot-4-inch-tall S&T graduate student’s broad smile and relaxed manner make it easy for him to make connections.

“I find it fun to talk and learn something new about a person,” says Welker, PetE’16, MS PetE’18, pictured above with Anna Ramirez, a senior in petroleum engineering and secretary of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow. [Read more…]