Cell (phone) biologist

Daniel Miller, a recent biological sciences M.S. graduate, built a DIY microscope with less than $10 in materials and a smartphone.

Daniel Miller, a recent biological sciences M.S. graduate, built a DIY microscope with less than $10 in materials and a smartphone. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Armed with a smartphone and a few dollars’ worth of trinkets and hardware store supplies, Daniel Miller is helping Missouri S&T students gain a new perspective on the world of cellular biology. [Read more…]

Mr. Fixit

Thanks to Dan Fuhrmann, Missouri S&T students can make bicycle repairs right outside the library.

Thanks to Dan Fuhrmann, Missouri S&T students can make bicycle repairs right outside the library. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Cyclist Dan Fuhrmann, owner of Route 66 Bicycles in Rolla and a 1999 mechanical engineering graduate of Missouri S&T, wants to make S&T the model of a bicycle-friendly campus. To help make things easier for campus cyclists, Fuhrmann donated a Dero Fixit stand, an ADA-compliant bicycle-repair station. It was installed outside Curtis Laws Wilson Library last fall. [Read more…]

A booming second career

Steve Hall recently earned his master's degree in explosives engineering. Photos by Sam O'Keefe.

Steve Hall recently earned his master’s degree in explosives engineering. Photos by Sam O’Keefe.

It was 1974 when Steve Hall first crossed the stage in Gale Bullman to receive his chemical engineering degree. This spring, exactly 40 years later, Hall made the trek again, this time to pick up his master’s degree in explosives engineering.

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Engineer-of-all-trades

Recent grad Jermy Jamison (left) was team leader for the Steel Bridge Design Team. Photos by Bob Phelan.

Recent grad Jermy Jamison (left) was team leader for the Missouri S&T Steel Bridge Design Team. Photos by Bob Phelan.

Jermy Jamison, a recently graduated mechanical engineer from Lone Jack, Mo., is a prime example of what an interdisciplinary education with some experiential learning thrown in can do for you.

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Driving culture change

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Steve Parks, a 1982 engineering management graduate, is director of diversity for Ameren Corp. in St. Louis. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Steve Parks knows how hard it is to challenge and change the culture of a workplace. “You have to be patient,” he says. “Sometimes you have to go back and look at how things used to be so you can see the progress.”

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Seth Burgett: His buds are for you

Photo of Seth Burgett courtesy of yurbuds.

Photo of Seth Burgett courtesy of yurbuds.

Six-hour workouts can take a toll on the fittest of athletes. But when Seth Burgett, a 1994 mechanical engineering graduate, was training for a triathlon in 2007, it wasn’t his legs or back that caused him the most pain.

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Express engineer

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Patrick Dippel is senior manager of operations for Express Scripts. Photo by B.A. Rupert

“I thrive under pressure,” says Patrick Dippel, a 2004 engineering management graduate. “I was looking for a company that was aggressive in improving itself, and I found it. I have never seen such strong passion and alignment across all segments of a business and through the efforts of every individual employee.”

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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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A wheelchair solution

Chancellor's scholarship

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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Phillip Mulligan: Master blaster

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Phillip Mulligan, Missouri S&T Ph.D. student. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Ph.D. student Phillip Mulligan is trying to make improvised explosive devices more powerful with the idea of eventually making them less deadly.

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