Campus History

Remmers series: the talk of the town

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A professor once called Walter Remmers, MetE’23, MS MetE’24, “the laziest man in school.” And Remmers owned up to it. “When I started here, I had a better high school education than most freshmen, but I didn’t work.” That professor’s comment lit a fire under Remmers, though, and he went on to excel in his…

Supporting female faculty at S&T

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When she established the Woman of the Year award at Missouri S&T, Cindy Tang, a 1985 economics graduate, wanted to recognize female faculty who have improved the campus environment for women. So far, 23 female faculty members have been recognized for their accomplishments and service to the university.  Tang is the founder and former chair…

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…

An out-of-this-world championship

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How does a team go from worst to first in a matter of just a few years? Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover Design Team, which won the 2017 University Rover Challenge and finished first in the U.S. in the 2018 competition, focused on testing, testing, testing.  “We created a detailed rover test plan including system verification,…

The 2003 Solar Car

The sun’s on their side

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In 1999, the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team took first place in Sunrayce, now known as the American Solar Challenge. The course started in Washington, D.C., and ended in Orlando, Florida, and stands out in the record books due to the lack of sunshine. Solar Miner II completed the race in just over 56 hours…

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…

Endurance was her middle name

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The first woman to earn a degree from S&T, Eva Endurance Hirdler Greene, class of 1911, received the general science degree – even though she had completed the coursework to be a mining engineer. Her peers recognized her accomplishment, granting her status as a Knight of St. Patrick, but the faculty refused. She went on…

Going nuclear

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Missouri S&T is home to the state’s first nuclear reactor. Operational since 1961 and one of only three nuclear reactors in Missouri, the S&T reactor is used for research, onsite tours, education, including distance courses for universities that have no reactor, and practical training. S&T nuclear engineering students can obtain their operator’s license by operating…

S&T’s first building: the Rolla Building

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Missouri S&T’s first building still stands and is home to our mathematics and statistics department. Built for Rolla’s high school, the City of Rolla originally owned the building and leased half of it to the University of Missouri Board of Curators for the soon-to-be university. Construction was completed just five days before the university opened…