Get outdoors!


The inside of a nondescript warehouse just east of the Missouri S&T campus seems an unusual place to begin any outdoor adventure. Inside are canoes, kayaks and other outdoor gear waiting to be rented out to Missouri S&T students, staff, alumni and anyone living near Rolla.

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Miners in the jungle

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Rachel Kautz and Shane Myers ride an elephant in Malaysia. Photos submitted

During the spring semester, three Missouri S&T students lived with monkeys, rode elephants and caught barracuda.

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Being a mentor

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Leslie Simmons (right) helps a local elementary school student with her homework. Photo by B.A. Rupert

With her strong aptitude in math and science, Leslie Simmons was drawn to the actuarial field while in high school. Essential to the insurance industry, actuaries assess the risk of events occurring and help create policies for businesses and clients that minimize the cost of that risk.

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Attention students and parents: Now’s the time to embrace science and engineering

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Last year’s campers test their designs in a friendly student competition. Photo by B.A. Rupert

The average starting salary for Missouri S&T graduates was $59,500 last year. Not bad. In fact, S&T graduates earned the second-highest starting salaries among grads of all public universities in the U.S. It’s no secret that this success can be attributed to the nation’s strong demand for scientists and engineers.

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Catie Mohrmann: Prepared for the working world

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Recent S&T grad Catie Mohrmann (center) is pictured with career opportunities and employer relations staff (left to right) Julie Pittser, associate director; Colleen Kapeller, recruiting assistant; Edna Grover-Bisker, director; Sara Earl, recruiting assistant; Adrienne Neckermann, assistant director; and Hilary Beam, administrative assistant. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Who says engineers aren’t multidisciplinary?

Meet Catie Mohrmann, who graduated this May with a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering. She now works with engineers of other disciplines — mainly mechanical — and for a company that makes interconnect devices for the electronics industry.

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Something’s fishy

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Missouri S&T Anglers club founder William Kleine, left, joins Grady Porter and Scott Kuhl at Maramec Spring Park near St. James, Mo. Kleine and his 30-member club are preparing to represent S&T while competing in collegiate fishing tournaments. Photo by Terry Barner

William Kleine likes mechanical engineering and bass fishing. When he graduates from Missouri S&T, the senior plans to pursue a career in an industry associated with outdoor activities. He says there are lots of opportunities out there for people who know about equipment used for fishing: rods, reels, fish locators, trolling motors, boats, outboard motors, and so on.

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Smartphone savvy pays off

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Senior Brian Phagan begins a position with Microsoft Corp. following graduation. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Now that he’s graduating from Missouri S&T, Brian Phagan is heading off to a new campus in the Seattle metropolitan area. This new campus has soccer fields, outdoor basketball courts and biking trails. Oh, yeah, it’s also the sprawling headquarters of Microsoft Corp.

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The eyes have it

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Left to right: Graduate student Sneha Pochinapeddi and professors Hong Sheng and Nick Lockwood with a gaze plot depicting eye-tracking data on a website. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Eyes may be the “windows to the soul,” as the adage states. But Missouri S&T researchers are finding that how the eye moves around a website — and how long it lingers on a particular section — can also reveal a lot about the importance of web design as a means of holding attention.

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Low-impact day

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Melissa Morrison, shown here at the Rolla Recycling Center, is trying to minimize her environmental impact. Photo by B.A. Rupert

For 24 hours last fall, Melissa Morrison gave up some of her favorite things — chewing gum, toasted Pop-Tarts, the Internet and text-messaging.

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Schrader takes the helm

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Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader joins Missouri S&T on April 2, 2012. Photos by B.A. Rupert

Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader joined Missouri S&T on April 2, 2012, becoming the 21st leader in the institution’s history. She comes to S&T from Boise State University, where she was associate vice president for strategic research initiatives and previously served as dean of engineering. Recently, Schrader talked to us about her decision to accept the chancellor’s position, her priorities and the famous blue turf of the Boise State football field.

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Setting the stage for Wonka

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Chelsea Sanders and Tom Price work on the set of Willy Wonka the Musical. Photos by B.A. Rupert

This spring’s student production of Willy Wonka the Musical will include a chocolate waterfall, flying characters and a constantly moving set with 20 different scenes, along with plenty of Oompa Loompas, of course. Chelsea Sanders, Tom Price and others are busy figuring out how to make it all work before the show’s April 12 debut.

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