Innovation, the Rolla way

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The first female scientist in the U.S. Public Health Service, Ida Bengtson was also one of the first female faculty member on our campus and one of many innovators to teach here.

The first female scientist in the U.S. Public Health Service, Ida Bengtson was also one of the first female faculty member on our campus and one of many innovators to teach here.

From our founding, S&T and innovation have been tightly linked

Note: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, is Founders Day at Missouri S&T. It marks the 149th anniversary of the first day of classes at our university, then known as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. For more about our history and our 150th anniversary celebration, visit 150.mst.edu.

From advances in materials, movies and microloans to wound-healing glass and the Hula-Hoop, Miners have created some of the world’s most significant innovations. Here are some notable achievements of our alumni and faculty.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Missouri S&T Magazine.

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  • Richard Bullock says:

    You missed the “SplitSet Friction Stabilizer” which quickly spread throughout the world of underground hard rock metal mining. This was developed by Dr. James Scott, while he was a professor in the Mining Department in about 1973. Jim was an MSM Mining graduate in 1950. The new type of roof bolt was easier, faster and cheaper than the conventional roof bolts and was applied in thousands of underground hard rock mines. Thus making underground mining safer for the miner.

    • mm Andrew Careaga says:

      Thank you, Dr. Bullock. I remember Dr. Scott well, and as you point out, his mine roof stabilizer was not only innovative, but made the mining industry much safer. For the record, we featured Dr. Scott in earlier publications, including the Miner Alumni Association’s 1994 “entrepreneurship” issue and our 2011 “Alumni of Influence” publication (also online at https://influence.mst.edu/2011/otherremarkablealumni/ininnovation/). Thank you for remembering and honoring Dr. Scott’s memory.

      Best,
      Andrew Careaga