Lelia Thompson Flagg: Breaking barriers

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Lelia Thompson Flagg was the first African American to graduate from Missouri S&T. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Lelia Thompson Flagg was not the first African American student to enroll at this university. But she was the first to graduate, receiving her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Missouri School of Mines (as S&T was then known) in 1960.

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Grace Ella Harper

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Grace Ella Harper, Missouri S&T student, laying pipe in Honduras with Engineers Without Borders. Photo submitted

Grace Ella Harper, graduate student in environmental engineering

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Brice Curtin

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Brice Curtin, Missouri S&T student. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Brice Curtin, senior in chemistry

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Alex Bertels

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Alex Bertels, Missouri S&T student. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Alex Bertels: junior in computer science

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Christopher Allen

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Christopher Allen (center front) with fellow military personnel. Photo submitted

Christopher Allen, senior in civil engineering

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A bright idea: DNA glucose sensors

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Biological sciences students Erica Shannon, left, and Amanda Foster are among the members of Missouri S&T’s iGEM chapter. The group developed a biological system to detect glucose levels, a process that could one day help people with diabetes. Shannon served as president of the iGEM chapter this past semester, and Foster is the group’s newly elected president. Photos by B.A. Rupert

For people with diabetes, monitoring blood-sugar levels several times a day can be painful to the pocketbook as well as the flesh. But thanks to the work of a group of Missouri S&T students, the process may cost less in the future.

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Steve Sullivan: making magic

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S&T graduate Steve Sullivan with some characters he helped create. Photo by Steve Jennings

Entertainment Weekly called Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean one of the most convincing computer-generated characters in film history. The technology used to create that character and many others was developed with the assistance of S&T grad Steve Sullivan, winner of three Academy Awards.

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Students build hybrid go-kart

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Andrew Jabrani drives the vehicle. Photos by B.A. Rupert

While General Motors recently came out with its Chevrolet Volt, four electrical engineering students at Missouri University of Science and Technology recently completed their own vehicle, a hybrid go-kart.

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S&T researcher takes on Fight Club

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Olivia Burgess studies utopian and dystopian themes in Chuck Palahniuk’s novel. Photo by B. A. Rupert

The first rule of Fight Club, according to Olivia Burgess, is that we are driven by our own personal utopian ideas, regardless if they end up creating dystopia.

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