Miner Stories

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…

Wharton makes KC Chiefs’ roster

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Former Missouri S&T defensive lineman Tershawn Wharton, who earned All-America honors while a Miner, made the 2020 opening day roster for the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs. Wharton, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent shortly after the NFL Draft concluded in April 2020, was a part of the team’s 53-man…

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…

Bringing it all together

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Before retiring, civil engineering graduate John Mathes headed his own multidisciplinary engineering business that specialized in high-profile contamination projects. In the early 1990s, Mathes was a part of a team that formed Project 2000 to unite the civil engineering department and its alumni in their efforts to enhance the quality of the program. As a…

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…

Ron Epps

Ron Epps: getting the job at NASA

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After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1967, Ron Epps began a long and illustrious career at NASA…

First woman department chair

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In 1990, Dr. Elizabeth Cummins was named chair of Missouri S&T’s English department. She joined S&T as an instructor in 1967 after teaching five years at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught classes on literature, science fiction and technical writing. Beyond her teaching and scholarly accomplishments, including three Faculty Excellence Awards, Cummins was one of…

From banker to ‘Bachelor’

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Aaron Buerge, a 1997 mechanical engineering graduate and president of the First National Bank in Springfield, Missouri, was the focus of season two of “The Bachelor” in 2002. The reality television show followed Buerge as he tried to woo various eligible bachelorettes. After several weeks on reality television, he finally returned to the real world…

Joe Miner with Jerry Bayless

Memories from “Mr. Miner,” Jerry Bayless

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After earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1959, Jerry Bayless began teaching in the department…

Float like a butterfly

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Few have shared the ring with Muhammad Ali or been praised by the New York Times as “one of America’s top industrialists,” but Harry Kessler accomplished both. As a teenager, Kessler heard “fabulous stories of mining adventures in far-flung corners of the work world” from his sister’s boyfriend who was an MSM student. The St.…