On the right path

Breenae Washington earned her engineering management degree in 2012. Photo by Tim Parker Photography

Breenae Washington earned her engineering management degree in 2012. Photo by Tim Parker Photography

Breenae Washington didn’t know what to expect when she started her first job after earning an engineering management degree in 2012.

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Engineering … with a twist

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Wesley Hackett could be considered a sort of Rubik’s Cube connoisseur. Photo by B.A. Rupert


Wesley Hackett knows a good problem when he sees it. And he loves problems. Perhaps that explains why he’s a huge fan of the Rubik’s Cube, the iconic 3-D puzzle from the 1980s. In fact, he has at least five different models of the twisting object, from the simple 2×2 Mini Cube to a V-Cube 7 that has more than 200 pieces.

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Insights from abroad

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The group learns about the Battle of the Somme. Photos submitted

Fifteen students and two professors from Missouri S&T recently returned from three weeks spent abroad where they experienced French culture and witnessed the lingering effects of two world wars on the country. While there, they shared photos and blogged about their trip on the new Miners Abroad website.

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A wheelchair solution

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S&T graduate Harry Laswell’s company sells a device that pairs two fundamental human inventions, the lever and the wheel, to help eliminate repetitive injuries for wheelchair users. Photos by Terry Barner

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The word “widget” often refers to a hypothetical or imaginary device. But Missouri S&T graduate Harry Laswell can easily describe the real-world benefit of his company’s mechanical doohickey.

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From life in Greece to Greek life

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Samantha Kempker spent a semester studying abroad in Greece last spring. Photos submitted

While studying abroad in Greece in the spring of 2012, Samantha Kempker visited the Oracle at Delphi, took a day trip to the ancient city-state of Sparta, feasted on genuine gyros, and visited the Lions Gate in Macedonia and the Temple of Poseidon. She rode on public transportation for the first time in her life, and she stayed in the same apartments that housed the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. She studied about 30 minutes from the center of that spring’s unrest in the Greek capital of Athens.

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Kate Burns: A philosophy of advocacy

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Kate Burns says getting involved in student government was the best decision she’s made. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Kate Burns is proof that students in every major can find success at Missouri S&T. [Read more…]

A man with a plan

Michael Bouchard has his future carefully planned. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Michael Bouchard has a 15-year plan for personal success. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Do you know where you will be five years from now? How about 10 years from now? Michael Bouchard does. He has a 15-year plan for personal success and has carefully outlined every step required to get him there.

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Nikia Chapman: Queen of speed

Nikia Chapman after her first-place win in the women’s drag race last year in Toole, Utah. Photos by Bob Phelan

Stats:  sophomore in geological engineering from Columbia, Mo.

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A lesson in dedication

Brian Peterson helped push the Miners to a record 10-1 season. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Brian Peterson’s dedication to football — and to Missouri S&T — helped push the Miners to a record 10-1 season and landed him on the Capital One Academic All-America team. He is only the 19th Miner in the history of the football program to be selected for this honor.

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A new chain of command

From left: Milana Taylor, Kathryn Hendricks and Mandy Grogg became the Army ROTC Stonehenge Battalion’s first all-female chain of command. Photos submitted

When Milana Taylor, Kathryn Hendricks and Mandy Grogg were appointed to lead the university’s Army ROTC Stonehenge Battalion last fall, the trio became the battalion’s first all-female chain of command. [Read more…]

Miners to the rescue

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Ph.D. student Casey Slaughter leads an all-student mine rescue team. Photo by B.A. Rupert

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The only sound in the darkened mine tunnel is water dripping off limestone walls. A lone injured miner lay motionless on the gravel floor. Five lights pierce the darkness as muffled voices announce the arrival of the rescue team.

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