Oct. 17, 2013

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The nights are getting cool, and the leaves are beginning to turn.

Midterms were just completed and thankfulness is in the air. All these signs can only mean one thing: Homecoming has arrived!

During the next few days, we will welcome hundreds of alumni back to campus — to relive old memories, reconnect and make new impressions of a familiar place.

Missouri S&T Homecoming 2013The theme for this year's events is "League of Super Miners: A Homecoming of Heroic Proportions." "Superhero" is a word we normally reserve for fictional comic book heroes, but I can't think of a more apt description for our students, faculty, staff and alumni. These S&T superheroes are working to find solutions to our world's biggest challenges and they’re doing so with creativity and integrity. Consider our students designing the next generation of solar living; faculty members like Joseph Smith, exploring energy solutions for our modern world; or our admissions team, fostering record enrollment despite dips at universities across the state and nation; or alumni like Gary White, improving access to clean water in many third-world countries; or former students like Jack Dorsey, creating new social networks to connect the world. Whether here in Missouri or around the globe, Miner Nation continues to inspire me to fight for this university and ensure its long-term viability. And I can’t think of a better excuse to celebrate S&T than Homecoming. I hope you’ll be able to attend some of our great events this weekend and take time to welcome home returning alumni.

Missouri S&T to present awards during Homecoming banquet
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Around our nation and the world, our alumni superheroes are doing great things. The influence of Miner talent reverberates in every corner of life: from outer space to offshore platforms, boardrooms to classrooms, hospitals to highways, villages to urban centers, materials labs to manufacturing plants.
Eight people with ties to S&T will be honored during the Miner Alumni Association's Miner Legends Luncheon on Friday. The awards banquet is held in conjunction with Missouri S&T's Homecoming celebration and is in its 45th year.

Super faculty helping to build super bridges
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Just east of Jefferson City, sits one of the nation's first bridges to incorporate an unusual concrete mix in its girders and support structure. The three-span bridge, which was completed this fall on Highway 50, will also be outfitted with various sensors and instrumentation to collect data on how well the bridge performs over time.

It's another milestone for John Myers, a professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri S&T's National University Transportation Center. Myers has spent the past decade studying and testing high-strength concrete and other innovative concrete systems for implementation. Read more.

To space ... and beyond
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Erin Kirchmeier, senior at Missouri S&TErin Kirchmeier of Kansas City, a senior aerospace engineering major, is one of nine women who will be recognized this month for contributions to the advancement of women in the aerospace field at the annual Women in Aerospace Awards reception. Kirchmeier is a member of the Missouri S&T Satellite Team, which designs and builds miniature satellites for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Nanosat-7 competition. The microsatellites are designed to launch as a single unit, then separate once in orbit and maintain a specific flight formation. Kirchmeier leads the team's structures subsystem.

S&T helps save the day for aspiring Springfield engineers
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A cooperative engineering program between S&T and Missouri State University has a new home in Springfield.

The Missouri S&T-Missouri State Cooperative Engineering Program recently moved in to the Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development in Springfield. Through the program, students from a 16-county area in southwest Missouri may obtain Missouri S&T bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and electrical engineering. Read more.


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