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.”

And that’s exactly what happened in a chemistry special projects course one summer. [Read more…]

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…]

Making tornado alley safer

Growing up in northeast China, Guirong Grace” Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States.

But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of structural engineering gradually found her calling. [Read more…]

An eye for business

Junior Tim Schreffl, a midfielder for the Miner men’s soccer team, grew up with a passion for sports in a tight-knit family in Germany. After seven months in Milwaukee as a high school foreign exchange student, he knew his dream was to live in the United States. [Read more…]

Safer water and medications thanks to nanoparticles

Over 200,000 people die each year in the U.S. from sepsis, and an estimated 18 million worldwide. Endotoxins, which are fragments of bacterial outer membranes, trigger the septic reaction. [Read more…]

How many blasts can a mine seal take?

Kyle Perry is building a cannon to blast things like concrete blocks, hard hats and roof bolts at concrete seals in coal mine tunnels, all to test how well those seals withstand high-speed projectiles. [Read more…]

Inspired to scholarship

Never underestimate the power of a protest song. It might not spur everyone to join a cause, but it can influence people in unexpected ways.

For Nicholas Villanueva, Hist’06, that inspiration came one day during a history class at S&T when the instructor, assistant professor Petra DeWitt, Hist’96, played Barry McGuire’s 1965 social protest song “Eve of Destruction.” [Read more…]

Rock-and-roll grandpa earns Ph.D.

He’s driven the backroads with some of the biggest names in rock and roll, from Def Leppard and KISS to John Denver and the Eurythmics, hauling both gear and performers as a truck- and bus-driving roadie. [Read more…]