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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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…]

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…]

Keeping civil in the family: Bob, Steve and Tom Sieckhaus

It’s no surprise that Steve Sieckhaus, CE’87, MS EMgt’94, and Tom Sieckhaus, CE’88, both became civil engineers — or that both earned degrees at S&T. After all, they’re the sons of Miner and civil engineer Bob Sieckhaus, CE’63. [Read more…]

Sunshine (and wind and geothermal) in Silicon Valley

At Missouri S&T, Jay Modi, MBA’10, combined his interest in business and enterprise resource planning to become one of the university’s first MBA graduates. [Read more…]