Shovels turn and dirt flies at Missouri S&T’s Welcome Center groundbreaking on April 20. From left, Michael Williams, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators; curators Jeffrey Layman, Robin Wenneker, Todd Graves and Keith Holloway; Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani; University of Missouri President Mun Choi; curator designee Robert Fry; and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T
In 2023, Missouri S&T broke records for Career Fairs, broke ground for two new buildings and took education on the road with a STEM Mobile. These are among our many achievements this year. Here are 10 notable and newsworthy Missouri S&T moments from 2023.
Shattering career fair records … again
It’s starting to sound like a broken record. A record-breaking broken record. Missouri S&T hosts two career fairs each year, and once again, both 2023 events set new records. The Spring Career Fair on Feb. 21 brought over 1,000 recruiters representing more than 340 employers, an increase over the previous year’s record of 280 employers. The Fall Career Fair on Sept. 26 brought approximately 1,600 recruiters from 481 employers – up from 440 employers the year before – to network with students seeking full-time employment, co-ops or internships.
According to our latest annual outcomes report for 2022-23 graduates, the undergraduate salary has increased to a record $74,308. That’s up 7.6% from the previous year. The graduate salary increased 8.9% to $93,077. Both are record numbers.
This outstanding return on investment led the Wall Street Journal to recognize S&T this year as the top public university in the nation for salary impact and seventh overall.
Honoring a pioneer of integration
George Horne, one of Missouri S&T’s first two black students, was honored with the university’s Chancellor Medal for pioneering an integration movement at S&T when he enrolled in 1950.
Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani, left, presented Horne with the medal at his home in St. Louis on March 27. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.
In September, the Board of Curators approved three other construction projects: the addition and renovation of S&T’s Engineering Research Facility (ERL), renovation of Schrenk Hall East and expansion of the university’s geothermal energy system. The three projects are all in the university’s initiative named “Advancing Missouri’s STEM Education and Workforce Development.”
For the win
Miners are known for their competitive nature, as evidenced by their involvement in more than 20 student design teams, undergraduate research and other endeavors.Here’s a look at some strong finishes this year:
The Missouri S&T Steel Bridge Design Team won first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Mid-America Student Symposium for the fifth consecutive time.
Waleed Addas, a first-year engineering student, was recognized as a top inventor at the 34th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in Malaysia for his “PlantBot” invention.
NASA selected a student team from S&T to participate in its Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-Changing Idea (BIG Idea) Challenge: Lunar Forge.
Missouri S&T’s expertise in critical minerals and materials research led to its selection as one of 31 Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs (Tech Hubs) funded through the CHIPS and Science Act. The S&T initiative, called the Critical Minerals and Materials for Advanced Energy (CM2AE) Tech Hub, is focused on creating economic development strategies for a mineral-rich 14-county region of Missouri.
With support from the National Science Foundation, Missouri S&T brought together leaders from academia, government, and the private sector for its third annual Critical Minerals Workshop in August. Attendees discussed the potential of mining critical minerals in the U.S., mineral processing and recycling, critical mineral policies, and sustainability.
In February, Dr. Michael Moats, chair of materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T, appeared before a U.S. House of Representatives panel to provide expert testimony on critical minerals production in the United States and the impact of foreign production of these minerals to the U.S.
New leaders step up
Missouri S&T welcomed the following individuals to leadership positions in 2023:
Dr. David Borrok, vice provost and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing
Cheryl Cain, vice chancellor of marketing and communications
Dr. Tim Faley, interim vice provost and dean of the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and Gary White, CEO and co-founder of Water.org and WaterEquity, kicked off Missouri S&T’s new Chancellor’s Speaker Series with talks in November. The series was established to bring notable speakers to campus and the Rolla community to share their compelling stories, insights and perspectives on topics that address issues of importance within society, and to encourage the creative exchange of ideas.