October 28, 2016

Expanding Your Horizons: Bringing ideas to life

Last week, several hundred middle schools girls visited campus to take part in our annual Expanding Your Horizons program. In addition to participating in fun, faculty-led workshops like “operation egg drop” and “goopy globs of DNA,” they heard a keynote address from one of our most distinguished alumnae, Stephanie O’Sullivan.


Stephanie is principal deputy director of national intelligence, and she shared with the students how her love of making things work led to a dynamic career in intelligence. A 1982 civil engineering graduate, Stephanie spent her career working on top-secret engineering projects, such as developing drones before anyone had heard of them.

Engineering offered her the chance to give her ideas flight and test them in the real world. “That’s what drew me to engineering, and I have never regretted it for a moment.”

My thanks to Stephanie for taking time out of her very busy schedule to pass along inspiration to these students who have now seen firsthand just how far you can go with a Missouri S&T education.

News and Events

Welcoming our alumni home

Speaking of standout alumni, earlier this month we rolled out the welcome mat for several thousand graduates who returned to Rolla for homecoming. During several days of festivities, we crowned royalty; celebrated milestone anniversaries in engineering management and mechanical and aerospace engineering; dedicated the Kennedy Experimental Mine Building; and honored faculty, alumni and friends. To top it off, our Miners football team scored a decisive victory on the field against Lincoln University. You can peruse several albums of homecoming pictures at our Flickr site.

My sincere thanks to all our faculty, staff and students who welcomed our alumni and made the celebrations and events so successful.


Faculty spotlight

Kudos to Dr. Kamal Khayat, the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of Civil Engineering. He is among the world’s most cited researchers in the civil engineering discipline, according to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities.


Kamal serves as director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies and the Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety. He joined Missouri S&T in 2011.

To keep up with the many accomplishments of our Miner community, be sure to check out Accomplishments, a monthly highlight of faculty, staff and student accolades. Learn more here.


Did you know?

This month wraps up the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' campaign to highlight the value public universities like Missouri S&T contribute to the nation's welfare (from educating citizens who get great jobs to advancing industry through research). We know that college graduates are more likely to be involved in their communities, but did you also know they are more likely to vote? About 75 percent of college grads vote. Let's make that 100 percent for all members of Miner Nation on Nov. 8!


Mark your calendars

The third-annual Strategic Plan Summit is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 3. During the summit, the S&T community will learn about the progress we’ve made in implementing our plan and meet some of the people behind the themes, levers and actions. Rising to the Challenge is a comprehensive plan that guides Missouri S&T through 2020 and beyond.  Alumni, students, faculty and staff representatives will meet Nov. 10-11 for the strategic plan mid-cycle opportunity review to recommend desired updates and capture new opportunities.


State of University Address online

My thanks to all who attended the State of the University Address earlier this month — especially our panelists. If you were not able to attend, a recording of the address can be found here.

During our panel discussion, I asked audience members to submit questions. Unfortunately, we were only able to get to a few questions before our time expired. I have taken a look at all your questions and will soon share answers in the eConnection.


Thank you for your engagement and support of Missouri S&T. I am proud of your work, and I am proud to represent this distinguished university.


My best wishes to you as we embark on the semester’s second half. May this autumn bring you the warmth of family and friends.



Warmest regards,


Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.