Miner Stories

Laying a foundation

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The Hasselmann Alumni House wouldn’t exist without the involvement of  Matt Coco, a 1966  civil engineering graduate – even the Kathleen and Matteo Coco Great Room is named partly in his honor. The Miner Alumni Association named the room in recognition of Coco’s extraordinary service on the largest project in association history. He spent more…

Movie magic

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The technology used to create Davy Jones from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and characters from other films was developed with the assistance of Steve Sullivan, a 1989 electrical engineering graduate. In addition to “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Sullivan contributed to the making of the “Star Wars” prequels and the “Iron Man”…

Joe Miner with Jerry Bayless

‘Mr. Miner’

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The name “Mr. Miner” may sound like someone related to mascot Joe Miner, and in Jerry Bayless’s case it may be true. Carrying the aforementioned nickname, Bayless, who earned his bachelor’s degree (1959) in civil engineering,joined the civil engineering faculty while pursuing a master’s degree (1962) in the same discipline. He remained on the faculty…

Once-in-a-lifetime cab ride

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Tamerate Tadesse is a SCADA automation engineer but started his career as an airport taxi driver. “I like to talk to people, I like to ask questions,” says Tadesse, a 2015 electrical engineering graduate. One day, Tadesse gave Peter Desloge, chairman and CEO of Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co., a ride to his home. After seeing…

Not your average Joe

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You know all about Joe Miner, the world’s greatest mascot. But do you know Joe Minor, the civil engineer? Joseph E. Minor served as chair of S&T’s civil engineering department for five years. An expert in wind engineering, the native Texan specialized in studying the effects of tornadoes and hurricanes on buildings and the performance…

From Miners to olympians

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Two alumni have worked their way into the Olympics through hard work and determination. Tyrone Smith and Shawn Wallace both competed at the latest Summer Olympics in 2016  and showcased Miner grit. Smith, a 2007 S&T graduate in history, has competed three times at the Summer Olympics – in 2008, 2012 and 2016. The Bermudian…

Suzanna Long: An ‘80s alumna remembers

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Engineering management Chair Suzanna Long, who holds four degrees from the university…

Year after year, the ‘Best Ever’

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Since George Menefee first donned a bishop’s hat and robe and rode a rail handcar into Rolla on March 17, 1908, St. Pat’s has been the single tradition most identified with Missouri S&T. The annual celebration occurs every March during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, who students of Menefee’s time dubbed the Patron Saint…

Houston, we have a slight case of nausea

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NASA referred to its KC-125 aircraft as the “weightless wonder” because it carried college students and their experiments into micro-gravity by flying in parabolic patterns to create an environment of near weightlessness. But most members of S&T’s Miners in Space program in the early 2000s knew it as the “vomit comet” for its motion sickness-inducing…

Stonehenge, ‘tis a magic place…’

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When the band Spinal Tap sang of Stonehenge as a “magic place … where the moon doth rise with a dragon’s face” in the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, the original monument had stood for some 1,600 years on the plains of Salisbury, England. But the mystery of those monoliths didn’t just capture the…