Miner Stories

Rebuilding a flooded town

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At its happening, the Flood of ‘93 was one of the worst crises to have ever impacted the St. Louis area. There are too many alumni to name who pitched in during the time of need, alumni like Joseph LaGreek Jr., CSci’75, who operated a Ham radio to help keep communication lines open for sandbag…

Giving others an opportunity

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Steven Frey works to ensure others have the opportunity to attend graduate programs at S&T like he did. Frey says that he was only able to attend graduate school – he earned a master’s degree in physics in 1986 – because of a teaching assistant position and an anonymous donor. “My master’s degree really differentiated…

Fruit juice helps send children to school

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Boonchai Songthumvat, MS EMgt’76, and his food scientist wife, Nuchanart, started Nuboon Co. in 1992 to manufacture fruit and vegetable juices, coffee and tea and was the first of its kind in Thailand to pasteurize fruit juice. They quickly realized that they could support area children with the foods they produced and formed a foundation…

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…

George Mueller: ensuring the ‘moonshot’

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“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” President John F. Kennedy said in 1962, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” No wonder, then, that a Miner played a major role in doing the hard work of ensuring a moon landing before the end…

All aboard! Ozzy comes to S&T

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Rocker and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne visited S&T’s Experimental Mine in 2018 for an episode of Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour. Dr. Catherine Johnson and Dr. Paul Worsey assisted Ozzy and his children, Jack and Kelly, with setting off explosions in and around the mine for the A&E Network show.

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…

All a-Twitter

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The creator and co-founder of Twitter — Jack Dorsey — spent a couple of years studying electrical and computer engineering at Missouri S&T in the 1990s before heading off to New York University. He never earned a college degree, but the St. Louis native, in addition to creating the influential social media platform, also co-founded…

NIH’s first woman scientist

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Dr. Ida Bengston was the first woman the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hired as a scientist in 1916. For 30 years she served the NIH – and several communities throughout the U.S., including Rolla. Bengston came to Rolla in 1924 to lead research on a blindness-causing eye disease named trachoma at the city’s hospital…

The fine art of tuning a Corvette

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Charlie Rusher, a 2011 graduate in mechanical engineering, “makes Corvettes sound like Corvettes.” Rusher was interviewed by The New York Times about his work with Corvette engines as a noise and vibration engineer at Chevrolet in Milford, Michigan. “I fine-tune what the engine sounds like, both inside and outside the car – I’m the composer…