Married … with dissertations

Krista and Matt Limmer at one of their favorite spots on campus. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Krista and Matt Limmer at one of their favorite spots on campus, near Toomey Hall. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Krista Kalac met Matt Limmer in the summer of 2008, while the two were working as interns for Owens Corning’s research and development facility in Granville, Ohio. She was studying materials science and mathematics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and he was majoring in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University.

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Jonathan Sanders: Rocket Man

 Sanders, a senior aerospace engineering major from Webb City, Mo.

Jonathan Sanders worked as an intern for SpaceX. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Jonathan Sanders wants to be involved in the next great space race — and not just as an engineer helping design future space vehicles. He also wants to fly to Mars.

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From life in Greece to Greek life


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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Energy innovation takes more than a village


Solar House project manager Emily Vandivert participated in the making of S&T’s video for the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards.

Missouri S&T’s Solar Village is one of the most innovative energy-saving programs on any college campus. That complex of four solar-powered homes — combined with S&T’s geothermal energy initiative — is the reason Missouri S&T is one of five Ph.D.-granting universities nominated for the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards.

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Tonya Huskey: ‘A perfect fit’


Tonya Huskey recently completed her MBA at S&T. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Tonya Huskey has always been interested in lifelong learning, so working in continuing education at Missouri S&T was a great career fit. The opportunity to pursue her MBA from S&T, however, was “the perfect fit for me,” she says.

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Devin Dixon: Going the distance


Devin Dixon has completed seven marathons and an ultramarathon. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Like any dedicated marathon runner, Devin Dixon knows how important it is to keep a steady pace. But judging from the way he’s speeding through three S&T degrees in just over six years, you’d think he was a sprinter.

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Dancing with code


Marquia Lewis with some of her favorite things. Photo by B.A. Rupert

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It’s no surprise that Marquia Lewis decided to study computer science in college. “I was around computers all the time growing up, and I really like them,” says Lewis, a junior whose mother, a software engineer for The Boeing Co. in St. Louis, also majored in computer science.

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Here’s your clue …


Ilene Morgan landed a spot on “Jeopardy!” Photo by B.A. Rupert

In the category “Third Time’s a Charm,” the answer is:
This Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty member tried twice to land a spot on the game show “Jeopardy!” before finally succeeding in 2012.

The question: Who is Dr. Ilene Morgan?

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Go west, young beast


Historian Diana Ahmad with mules Bonnie and Clyde. Photo by B.A. Rupert, mules courtsey of Kip Hyatt and family

The story of how the West was won is often told from the perspective of the settlers who crossed the Great Plains in search of a better life. But Missouri S&T historian Diana L. Ahmad is bringing to light the role animals played in the westward migration of the mid-1800s.

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Casey Burton: A craft-y magazine editor


Casey Burton created an online publication for the Minecraft video game. Photos by B.A. Rupert. Minecraft rendering of Emerson Hall created by Burton and a friend who prefers to go by “LordRengence of Survivor Server”

When he isn’t busy studying chemistry or researching how to improve screening methods for prostate cancer, Casey Burton works on his magazine for the wildly popular video game Minecraft.

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Turning over a new leaf in manufacturing


Illustration by Brandan Deason

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells, or PEMs, hold promise as a clean energy source for transportation vehicles — from hybrid cars to future hypersonic spacecraft. But they aren’t yet as efficient at transferring energy as engineers would like.
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