S&T students provide Sullivan with development plans

Dr. Joan Schuman, photo by B.A. Rupert.

Dr. Joan Schuman, photo by B.A. Rupert.

Student teams from Missouri University of Science and Technology have been working this semester on 11 engineering projects for the economic development of Sullivan, Mo.

Students enrolled in Dr. Joan Schuman’s Introduction to Project Management service-learning course have been assigned to help develop a vision and subsequent work plan for projects requested by the city of Sullivan related to infrastructure, tourism, recreation, beautification and other improvements.

The student teams will present their final project briefings to the community, including real-world work plans, budgets and projected work schedules to Sullivan’s residents beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Sullivan Fire Protection District House No. 5, located at 1230 N. Church St. in Sullivan, Mo. The presentations are open to the public.

The city’s needs vary in size and scope, and the student projects range from big to small. Some examples include expanding the city’s animal shelter and enclosing an existing part to make it more functional, building a new training facility for the city’s fire academy and renovating the 20-year-old city pool.

“The class is a practical experience for the students,” explains Schuman, an assistant teaching professor of engineering management and systems engineering at S&T. “Having real projects with real clients is a hands-on learning approach, which benefits both the students and the communities.”

Schuman works with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) to locate communities suitable for the class projects. The MRPC covers eight counties and more than 30 cities, assisting with development projects.

The engineering management and systems engineering department at Missouri S&T offers undergraduate and graduate courses in project management and a graduate certificate in project management. In addition, the department is a certified education provider for the Project Management Institute.

The following students participated in the class:

Elaine Smith, a junior in engineering management from O’Fallon, Mo., helped solve traffic problems at the local middle and high schools, which both have blind spots due to undulations in the road.

Victoria Meister, a junior in engineering management from O’Fallon, Mo., helped solve traffic problems at the local middle and high schools, which both have blind spots due to undulations in the road.

Amanda Korte, a senior in engineering management from Herculaneum, Mo., helped solve traffic problems at the local middle and high schools, which both have blind spots due to undulations in the road.

Katie Eichhorn, a senior in engineering management from St. Louis, designed a walking trail and playground at the local middle school and a walking trail and outdoor classroom at the local high school.

Sarah O’Keefe, a junior in engineering management from Glen Carbon, Ill., designed a walking trail and playground at the local middle school and a walking trail and outdoor classroom at the local high school.

Kristi Seay, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Charles, Mo., designed a walking trail and playground at the local middle school and a walking trail and outdoor classroom at the local high school.

Autumn Swinson, a sophomore in engineering management from Kansas City, Mo., helped to expand the city’s dog shelter and enclose a portion of the existing structure to make it more functional.

Brianna Drake, a sophomore in engineering management from St. Louis, helped to expand the city’s dog shelter and enclose a portion of the existing structure to make it more functional.

Maggie Neumiller, a senior in engineering management from Nixa, Mo., helped to expand the city’s dog shelter and enclose a portion of the existing structure to make it more functional.

Jacob Diermann, a senior in mechanical engineering from Marthasville, Mo., designed a new training facility for the city fire station.

Nathan Gibson, a senior in engineering management from Labadie, Mo., designed a new training facility for the city fire station.

Justin Nichols, a senior in aerospace engineering from Troy, Mo., designed a new training facility for the city fire station.

Raul Quinones, a senior in engineering management from Belton, Mo., designed a new training facility for the city fire station.

Michael Dwyer Jr., a senior in engineering management from Foristell, Mo., designed a multipurpose building for commercial and non-commercial uses.

Andrew Feldman, a senior in engineering management from Florissant, Mo., designed a multipurpose building for commercial and non-commercial uses.

Greg McDaniels, a senior in computer engineering from O’Fallon, Mo., designed a multipurpose building for commercial and non-commercial uses.

John Heutel, a junior in engineering management from St. Louis, designed a community recreational facility.

Jordan Wehmeier, a junior in engineering management from Huntington, W.Va., designed a community recreational facility.

Charles Pixley, a junior in engineering management from Florissant, Mo., designed a community recreational facility.

Ammar Al-Mamari, a senior in undergraduate studies from Rolla, Mo., designed a community recreational facility.

Zack Baker, a junior in engineering management from Ballwin, Mo., consolidated and improved existing baseball diamonds and soccer fields and added a paved parking lot.

Nick McGraw, a junior in engineering management from Rolla, Mo., consolidated and improved existing baseball diamonds and soccer fields and added a paved parking lot.

Andrew Ehlmann, a senior in engineering management from St. Charles, Mo., consolidated and improved existing baseball diamonds and soccer fields and added a paved parking lot.

Erin Bolling, a junior in engineering management from Kansas City, Mo., developed a plan to update or replace the city’s current pool, which is more than 20 years old.

Nicholas Mueller, a senior in engineering management from St. Louis developed a plan to update or replace the city’s current pool, which is more than 20 years old.

Paul Picket, a senior in mechanical engineering from Rolla, Mo., developed a plan for remote monitoring and operation of the city’s electric power distribution and for remote reading of water and sewer meters.

Ronald Henson, a junior in engineering management from St. Louis, developed a plan for remote monitoring and operation of the city’s electric power distribution and for remote reading of water and sewer meters.

Kamaria Blaney, a junior in engineering management from Webb City, Mo., developed a plan for remote monitoring and operation of the city’s electric power distribution and for remote reading of water and sewer meters.

Emily Paddick, a senior in engineering management from Taswell, Ind., designed a pavilion near a local lake and extended an existing walking trail to a full mile.

Kayla Hindle, a sophomore in engineering from Wildwood, Mo., designed a pavilion near a local lake and extended an existing walking trail to a full mile.

James Hoff, a senior in mechanical engineering from High Ridge, Mo., designed a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station for use with the local school district’s school buses.

Kaleb Luna, a senior in engineering management from West Plains, Mo., designed a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station for use with the local school district’s school buses.