Missouri S&T receives $2.5 million gift from Nucor Corp.

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On September 29, 2021

Architectural rendering of the Nucor Events Plaza, made possible by the company’s $2.5 million gift. The plaza will be centrally located in Missouri S&T’s new Arrival District.

Missouri S&T has received a $2.5 million gift from Nucor Corp., the largest steel producer in the United States and North America’s largest recycler. The financial contribution will support the development of the university’s Arrival District, a major project that will create a welcoming entrance and reflect the energy and innovation of the university to campus visitors and passersby. Nucor is the first industry partner to contribute to the Arrival District and will have the events plaza named in the company’s honor.

“Partnerships with educational institutions like Missouri S&T are vital to the industry and to Nucor, and it is very important that we support the next generation of metallurgists, engineers and computer scientists,” said Dan Krug, vice president and general manager of talent and technology. “Nucor has hired many skilled teammates from Missouri S&T that have gone on to do wonderful things within Nucor. Supporting this project to increase the awareness of this exceptional institution was something we definitely wanted to do.” 

Nucor was also a major contributor to the expansion of the university’s Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall and donated structural steel to complete the Clayco Advanced Construction and Materials Lab, and Kummer Student Design Center expansion. In 2006, Nucor established the F. Kenneth Iverson Chair of Steelmaking Technologies endowment which supports Missouri S&T’s Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center, an industry-university consortium dedicated to enhancing steelmaking processes, developing new products, and improving environmental and safety standards. Dr. Ronald J. O’Malley, former chief metallurgist at Nucor Steel Decatur, currently serves as the Director and Chair.

“Nucor is a strong supporter of our university, and we are deeply grateful for this valued partnership,” says Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani. “Nucor has shared our educational mission for years and now has chosen to invest in a project that will transform the entrance to our university and the arrival experience for visitors to our campus and community through a high-profile events plaza connecting our innovation lab and student welcome center.”

About the Arrival District

The Arrival District is part of S&T’s 2020 Campus Master Plan and the Move Rolla Transportation Development District (TDD), a partnership between the city of Rolla, Phelps County, Phelps Health and Missouri S&T. The transformational project will connect the university’s entry point off I-44 to campus through a series of landscape and building projects that also will improve access along Bishop Avenue and direct visitors through a grand entrance plaza into a campus commons area featuring gardens, walkways and an expansive lawn. For more information on the Arrival District, please contact Tory Verkamp, assistant vice chancellor for university advancement, at verkampv@mst.edu or 573-341-6090.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students and is part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 different degree programs in 40 areas of study and is ranked by CollegeFactual as the best public university to study engineering. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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