Six graduating students at Missouri S&T were chosen to speak during commencement ceremonies at Missouri S&T on Saturday, Dec. 15. Two undergraduate students – one representing the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) and one representing the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) – and one graduate student spoke during each ceremony.
During the 10 a.m. ceremony, Dalal A. Abduljaleel, a senior in biological sciences from Iraq, represented CASB. Alyssa Snider, a senior in petroleum engineering from St. Peters, Missouri, represented CEC. Ethar Alkamil, a master’s student in petroleum engineering from Iraq, was the graduate student speaker.
Abduljaleel won the 2017 Miner Tank innovation contest for a research project on dental implants using bioactive glass. She is passionate about helping others through research and has spent the past two years developing her skills to become a successful research scientist. She has accepted a full-time job as a process development scientist for Thermo Fisher Scientific in St. Louis.
Snider has given campus tours as a student ambassador in admissions, worked as a student success coach in Missouri S&T’s Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center and spent time with her Zeta Tau Alpha sisters. After graduation, she will work for Accenture in Houston, Texas.
Alkamil earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechatronics engineering from the University of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. In 2014, he enrolled in Missouri S&T, where he published research articles and conference papers, offered a new petroleum engineering course and submitted two patent applications. After graduation, he will join the petroleum engineering faculty at the University of Basrah in Iraq.
During the 3:30 p.m. ceremony, Melanie Blase, a senior in business and management systems from Hannibal, Missouri, represented CASB. Stanley Charles Edward Brown II, a senior in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering from Springfield, Illinois, represented CEC. Oluwatosin “Tosin” Sanya, an MBA student from Ibadan, Nigeria, was the graduate student speaker.
Blasé has accepted a job as a technology management consultant for RSM US in St. Louis. She held leadership positions with Chi Omega and Order of Omega and was a peer mentor for the Emerging Leaders Institute and a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy. Blase is also chief product officer for a startup she formed with three other S&T students. Called Bibe, the company sells a restaurant inventory and menu management app.
Brown worked as a reservations assistant in the Havener Center. A charter member and former vice president of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Brown was active on the S&T Student Council, where he served as vice president of external affairs and student representative to the Corporate Development Council.
Sanya holds a medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a master of public health degree from the University of Colchester, England. She is passionate about using effective health care management approaches to improve health care delivery through advocacy, health policy and cutting-edge business decisions.
To be chosen as a student commencement speaker, graduating students submitted an application with a copy of their proposed speech and their resume. A selection committee reviewed anonymous applications and selected finalists to audition.
More information, including a complete listing of degree programs represented at each commencement ceremony, is available at registrar.mst.edu/commencement.
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