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Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri S&T logo University of Missouri seal
Motto Salus Populi
(Latin, The Welfare of the People)
Established 1870
Type Public
Space grant
Endowment $124,906,328[1]
Chancellor Dr. John F. Carney III
Provost Dr. Warren Kent Wray
Faculty 461 (Fall 2006)
Staff 879 (Fall 2006)
Students 6,815[2]
Undergraduates 5,205 (Fall 2009)
Postgraduates 1,610 (Fall 2009)
Location Rolla, Missouri, USA
Campus Rural, 284 acres (0.44 sq mi) (1.15 km²)
Colors Silver and gold; green is also used in marketing[3][4]
Nickname Miners
Mascot Joe Miner
Website www.mst.edu

Missouri University of Science and Technology (commonly Missouri S&T and formerly known as the University of Missouri–Rolla and originally Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy),[5] is an institution of higher learning located in Rolla, Missouri, and part of the University of Missouri System. Its 6,815 students (fall 2009 enrollment) primarily study engineering, computing, mathematics, and the sciences.



Norwood Hall, from the southwest

Missouri S&T was originally a University of Missouri offspring called the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (MSM), founded in 1870 as the first technological learning institution west of the Mississippi River. Early in its beginnings, the School of Mines was focused primarily on mining and metallurgy, but by the 1920s, had expanded into civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering as well as chemistry, physics, mathematics and geology.

In 1964, the School of Mines, although always a part of the University of Missouri system, changed its name to University of Missouri at Rolla. The curriculum was expanded to include most of the science and engineering disciplines, as well as social sciences and liberal arts such as psychology and history. In 1968, the campus name was slightly altered to the University of Missouri–Rolla, thus conforming to the naming scheme of the other three campuses. Business and management programs were gradually added in the following years. On January 1, 2008 UMR became known as Missouri University of Science and Technology or Missouri S&T for short.[5] Although known primarily as an engineering school, Missouri S&T has numerous majors in humanities, social sciences, arts, sciences, and business.


Missouri S&T was ranked 45th overall, and 12th among public universities, by U.S. high school counselors in 2008[citation needed]. In 2009, Forbes ranked S&T as number 1 in the Midwest and 12th among U.S. public universities for "getting rich", having named it a top 25 "most connected" campus in 2006, and a top 25 entrepreneurial campus in 2004.[6] The average ACT score for first-time freshmen was 27.4 in 2007, significantly above both the state (21.5) and national (20.9) averages.[7]

Missouri S&T's residence hall system is widely recognized; the university was voted "Large School of the Year 2005"[citation needed] by the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, or MACURH (a regional subdivision of NACURH) and its honor organization, National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), was chosen as the 2008 National Chapter of the Year.

The school operates the 200 kW Missouri S&T reactor on-campus for educational, training, and research purposes. The Missouri S&T reactor is the first nuclear reactor to become operational in Missouri, and first achieved criticality in 1961.



Missouri S&T Stonehenge

Missouri S&T Stonehenge, next to U.S. Highway 63.

Missouri S&T Stonehenge is a partial reconstruction of the original Stonehenge monument located on Salisbury Plain, west of London. Missouri S&T's version of the ancient structure is located on the northwest corner of campus, and was dedicated on June 20, 1984 during the summer solstice. It features a 50 foot (15 m) diameter ring of 30 stones around a horseshoe of five trilithons through which various sightings of sunrise and sunset can be made. About 160 tons of granite were used to construct the monument. The rock was cut by Missouri S&T's water jet cutter equipment, which used two waterjets cutting at a pressure of 15,000 pounds of force per square inch (103 MPa), slicing across the surface just like a conventional saw. The cutter moved at a speed of about 10 feet per minute (50 mm/s) and cut between one-quarter and one-half inch (6 and 13 mm) on each pass.[8]

After completion, Missouri S&T Stonehenge received an award from the National Society of Professional Engineers for being one of 1985's Ten Outstanding Engineering Achievements.[9]

Millennium Arch

The Millennium Arch, in front of Castleman Hall.

The university worked with artist Edwina Sandys to develop a new way to make deep cuts in granite, and used the method to create the Millennium Arch sculpture, across the campus from Stonehenge. The Arch is a single trilithon with a vague silhouette of a man and a woman on each of its supporting megaliths several meters from the arch (and can be seen in the distance between the two silhouettes in the image to the left). The monument is located on 10th Street, facing Castleman Hall, in Rolla. The project was developed in the High Pressure Waterjet Laboratory of the Rock Mechanics & Explosive Research Center at Missouri S&T.

There are two similar but smaller megaliths showing the same silhouette on each side of the sidewalk entrance to the Rock Mechanics & Explosive Research Center.

Curtis Laws Wilson Library

The Curtis Laws Wilson Library is the main academic library on the campus.[10] The library is open from 5:00 A.M. to midnight each day. The third floor of the library is strictly a quiet study area with multiple rooms circling around the main area. The IT Helpdesk Walk-In Center for campus is located in the library on the first floor. A snack bar is also located in the back left corner of the first floor and recently celebrated its two year anniversary.

Student Engineering Projects

There are many activities, clubs, and teams at Missouri S&T, but the several engineering design teams frequently take the spotlight.

Show-Me Solar Team

The Show-Me Solar Team, formerly known as the Solar House team, designs and builds a house that is completely sustained by energy collected directly from the sun. After the house is built on campus, it is disassembled and transported to Washington D.C. for the Solar Decathlon, a month long competition. The Solar House Team placed 11th overall in 2007.[11] The team took first place in the Energy Balance category at the 2005 competition. At the 2002 competition the team took first place in Refrigeration, second place in Energy Balance and third in Hot Water. In 2002 and 2005, the Missouri S&T team took 9th place and 7th overall place respectively.

In the 2007 the Missouri S&T team took 20th place in Architecture which contributed significantly to their low placement overall. For the 2009 competition, the Missouri S&T team has teamed up with the Architectural Studies program at the University of Missouri.

Advanced Aero-Vehicle Group

The team constructs a remote controlled airplane for the annual Society of Automotive Engineers' Aero Design competition. This year's plane, which had an 8-foot wingspan and weighed only 9.4 pounds, competed in the Aero Design's open class designation at the east competition. The project is of interest mainly to aerospace engineering students, but students from other disciplines are also on the team. In 2005, the group placed third at the east competition and fifth at the west competition.

The Advanced Aero Vehicle Group also constructs a rocket every year. The rocket competes in the USLI competition hosted by NASA, in which the rocket must carry a payload one mile into the atmosphere.

The AAVG group is also working on a research and devolpment subgroup to compliment the existing plane and rocket groups.

Solar Car

Missouri S&T's solar car team has met with much success. Every two years, the team constructs a single-passenger car, its top covered with solar cells, that runs exclusively on solar power. The car's aluminum frame houses lithium ion batteries, which are much lighter than conventional lead-acid batteries. The driver lies on his back to make the car's design more aerodynamic. The car has a joystick instead of a steering wheel to allow the driver to exit the car more quickly and reduce the amount of space necessary for the driver. Every time the car is rebuilt, changes make it lighter and more efficient. The team regularly enters solar car races in the United States and occasionally enters international races. The car claimed first place in Sunrayce '99, first place in the 2000 Formula Sun Grand Prix, fourth place in the Australian World Solar Challenge in 2001, second place in the 2001 American Solar Challenge, and first place in the 2003 American Solar Challenge. The next car will be Solar Miner VI for the 2008 North American Solar Challenge.[12]

Formula SAE Car

Missouri S&T's Formula SAE team constructs a small formula-style race car every year, suitable for mass production and sale to weekend autocrossers. The team competes in Brooklyn, Michigan against more than 100 other teams from universities around the world. The vehicle's cost, sales presentation, engineering design, acceleration, braking, and racing performance all factor in to its final score. The team has placed in the top ten in eight of the past twelve competitions, including first-, second-, and fourth-place finishes.[13]

Concrete Canoe

Missouri S&T's Concrete Canoe Team designs and constructs a concrete canoe and races it on a lake in regional and national competitions. The team has participated in concrete canoe competitions since the 1970s. The entire project, including fundraising and construction, is completed by the students. The team took third place in 2004.[14]

Satellite Project

The Missouri S&T Sat team started as an Aerospace enigineering course (AE301 Spacecraft Design) when NASA put out a contest for a 2 year development and build project (Nanosat Program), that must accomplish its goals in the harsh environment of space. After taking third place in Nanosat4, the Team is still perfecting this project and fixing minor errors in the first model. The team is still working hard to perfect their twin satellites for their flight in space and preparing for entry into the Nanosat 6 competition. Missouri S&T Satellite Team website.

Human Powered Vehicle

The Missouri S&T Human Powered Vehicle Team demonstrates the engineering excellence of its members via a human-powered vehicle. The team promotes alternative energy technology while providing tomorrow’s engineers with hands-on experience in applying classroom knowledge. Through the spirit of intercollegiate competition, this project hopes to foster leadership, teamwork, and the continuous advancement of technologies for the betterment of humanity. The Missouri S&T Human Powered Vehicle Team competes annually at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle Challenge in both West and East Coast Competitions. The team has placed among the top two overall in 12 of 14 competitions, and holds the female sprint record of 41.8 mph and male sprint record of 48.6 mph.[15]

Robotics Competition Team

The Robotics Team participates annually in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC). The team builds autonomous vehicles that traverse obstacle courses consisting of lane markers and obstacles. The current vehicles are designed to be omnidirectional so that they can easily drive around obstacles. Typically there are 30-50 students on the team and two faculty advisors. The students handle all design and management aspects of the team but occasionally receive help from technicians to fabricate parts. For more information visit the Robotics Team website.

Mine Rescue Team

Missouri S&T is home to the only Mine Rescue Team made up entirely of college students. The team competes regularly against professionals in simulated mine disasters. The team placed 12th and 14th in the competition among industry teams at the South Regional Mine Rescue Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Missouri S&T team also had the highest scores on two written exams that were part of the competition.

Student Life

The Missouri S&T event calendar includes current campus events.[16]

Student Council

The student government is designed to enhance the collegiate experience of every student at Missouri S&T. Visit the website to find out more information.


The student-run newspaper at Missouri S&T, The Missouri Miner, is published every Thursday during the school year and can be read online.[17] In February 2007, the paper threatened to sue the school because the university cut funding.[18] After a one school year break because of many reasons including having funding cut, The Missouri Miner starting republishing in the Fall 2009 semester.


There are two broadcast radio stations associated with Missouri S&T:

  • KMNR, previously known as KMSM, is a student-run, freeform radio station whose music playlist varies with the mood and inclination of the DJ, with some playing caller requests. Every year KMNR hosts two concerts – Freakers Ball in the fall and MasqueRave (formerly Glitter Ball) in the spring.
  • KMST, previously known as KUMR, is a member-supported public radio station, typically playing classical, bluegrass and jazz, as well as National Public Radio programs. On July 16, 2007, KUMR officially changed its call letters to KMST, in advance of the change of name from "University of Missouri-Rolla" to the "Missouri University of Science and Technology".

There is also an amateur radio station, WØEEE, founded in 1931 and run by the Amateur Radio Club,[19] the first campus club at MSM and one of the oldest student/college amateur stations in the US.[citation needed]

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is the largest annual celebration and predominant cultural event at Missouri S&T, with each year's observance boasted as the "Best Ever!". During St. Pat's, students wear green sweatshirts (which are sold as fund-raisers throughout the season), carry shillelaghs, and party. One tradition, observed primarily among fraternities, is the "killing" of rubber snakes in commemoration of St. Patrick's mythical banishing of snakes from Ireland. Along with snake invasion comes the tradition of Follies. Students meet daily at "the Hockey Puck" (a short cylindrical stage bearing a large shamrock) to hear jokes and participate in short competitions. On the third day of Follies, students move to the town's band-shell to participate in the ceremonial arrival of St. Pat's Court. The day after Follies, students participate in Gonzo and Games. Gonzo and Games are two days of elaborate games in which different organizations compete. Friday of St. Pat's week is concluded with Coronation, a ceremony where the Queen of Love and Beauty is announced. The final event of St. Pat's week is a Saturday morning parade on Pine Street, which is painted green by St. Pat's Board Alumni. This parade is known throughout the United States and boasts well over one hundred floats and participating groups.

St. Pat's Board Alumni paint Pine Street green

The rationale for the celebration is the notion that St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers.[20][21] The recognition of St. Patrick as the "Patron Saint of Engineers" began in 1903 when the Engineering students of the University of Missouri in Columbia claimed St. Patrick's Day to be a holiday for engineers.[22] The tradition has remained to this day and has been adopted by many other schools across the nation. St. Patrick's Day 2008 marked the 100th continuous year of St. Patrick's Day celebrations at Missouri S&T.[23]

Intramural sports

Intramural sports have a very large following at the Missouri S&T. With over 60 men's teams and over 10 women's teams, sports are arranged into divisions. Nineteen different sports are contested each year: Golf, Softball, Swimming, Ultimate, Cross Country, Football, Billiards, Badminton, Volleyball, Darts, Racquetball, Bowling, Basketball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track, Washers (similar to Horseshoes), Weightlifting, and Soccer. Additional information can be found at the Intramural Managers Association page.


The Miners compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Club sports

Club sports associated with Missouri S&T include Ultimate frisbee,[24] Lacrosse, Rugby Union, Indoor Hockey, and Trap and Skeet[25].

Student organizations

There are over 200 student organizations at Missouri S&T ranging from professional societies to community service organizations and beyond. A full list can be found on the Student Life homepage.

Missouri S&T has many organizations independent of university funding with which students are very active. Independent houses include:

Swimmer House, Green Phish, Rock House, The Annex, The Buffalo Barn, The Swamp, Room 7, Nice House, Mean Phish, Pike Street, and Goal Phish.

Fraternities and sororities

Approximately 25% of the undergraduate student body belongs to a social Greek organization.[26] There are four sororities and twenty three fraternities.[27] The various social, service and honorary Greek chapters perform substantial amounts of community service each year and raise thousands of dollars for local and national charities. They also promote scholarship and leadership amongst their members.

Governing councils


(arranged by Greek alphabet)


(arranged by Greek alphabet)

Notable alumni and former students

Computer Sciences





  • Thomas Akers, retired Air Force Col., a veteran of four space flights, holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from UMR ('73 and '75), made a guest appearance on the TV show "Home Improvement" on season 3 episode 24 "Reality Bytes", and is currently a professor at Missouri S&T.
  • Janet Kavandi, whose debut space shuttle flight in June 1999 was the final Mir-shuttle docking, holds a master's degree in chemistry from Missouri S&T ('82).
  • Sandra Magnus, who became a NASA astronaut in 1996, holds a bachelor's degree in physics ('86) and a master's degree in electrical engineering ('90) from Missouri S&T.


  • Gary D. Forsee, former CEO of Sprint; he became the 22nd president of the University of Missouri System on February 18, 2008.[33]
  • Ted Weise, former president of FedEx, one of the first employees of FedEx (formerly Federal Express) when the company started in the early 1970s, and worked his way up to the position of president. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T ('67).[34]
  • Joseph D. Rupp, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Olin Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from Missouri S&T.[35]

Notable Faculty


Math and statistics



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  2. ^ http://chancellor.mst.edu/presentations/update/campusupdate.html
  3. ^ Careaga, Andrew (September 18, 2007). "Some clarifications about the new word mark". namechange.mst.edu. Missouri S&T. http://namechange.mst.edu/logo/. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Standards". standards.mst.edu. Missouri S&T. http://standards.mst.edu/stationery.html. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
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  8. ^ Missouri S&T Stonehenge Website
  9. ^ Missouri S&T Stonehenge FAQ page
  10. ^ Curtis Laws Wilson Library. Missouri S&T. URL retrieved April 4, 2007.
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  12. ^ "Toyota To Sponsor 2008 Solar Car Race". University of Missouri–Rolla. 2007-09-13. http://experiencethis.mst.edu/2007/09/toyota_to_sponsor_2008_solar_c.html. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
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  14. ^ "Concrete Canoe Archives". Experience This. Missouri S&T. 2008-04-18. http://experiencethis.mst.edu/concrete_canoe/. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  15. ^ "HPVC Results". asme.org. ASME. http://www.asme.org/Events/Contests/HPV/HPV_Results_2.cfm/. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Calendar of Events". calendar.mst.edu. Missouri University of Science and Technology. http://calendar.mst.edu/. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  17. ^ http://mominer.mst.edu/
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  19. ^ "W0EEE Web Server". Missouri S&T Amateur Radio Club. http://w0eee.mst.edu/. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  20. ^ Alfred University (2007-04-03). "St. Patrick". http://www.herr.alfred.edu/special/archives/traditions/patrick.shtml. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  21. ^ University of Missouri Archives (2003-01-17). "St. Patrick Was an Engineer". http://muarchives.missouri.edu/St.Pat'sDay.html. Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  22. ^ Meade, Mark C. "A History of the College of Engineering at MU". University of Missouri Archives. http://muarchives.missouri.edu/c-rg9-eng.html. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  23. ^ "History: St. Pat's Celebration Committee". Missouri S&T. http://web.mst.edu/~stpats/history1.html. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  24. ^ "Miner Threat Ultimate". Miner Threat. http://www.minerthreat.com/. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  25. ^ "Missouri S&T Trap and Skeet". Missouri S&T Trap and Skeet. http://web.mst.edu/~trpskt/. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  26. ^ "Fraternity & Sorority Life Academic Statistics by Living Group" (Microsoft Word). studentlife.mst.edu. Missouri S&T. June 2007. http://studentlife.mst.edu/documents/GRDSUMSP07.doc. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  27. ^ "Governing Councils and Chapters". studentlife.mst.edu. Missouri S&T. http://studentlife.mst.edu/greek/governing_chapters.html. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  28. ^ "Academy Scientific and Technical Awards". http://www.ilmfan.com/main/index.php?module=webpage&id=26. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
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  30. ^ "Dr. Joan B. Woodard" (PDF). http://www.sandia.gov/about/welcome/woodard-bio08-5260524.pdf. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  31. ^ "Biographies : MAJOR GENERAL RICHARD R. PAUL". http://www.af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6705. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  32. ^ "Braden Lusk : The Detonators : Discovery Channel". http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/detonators/bios/lusk.html. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  33. ^ "Gary D. Forsee appointed 22nd President of the University of Missouri". http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/news/releases/news07122001.shtml. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  34. ^ "FedEx CEO Theodore L. Weise to Retire, COO David J. Bronczek to Succeed Weise". http://www.fedex.com/us/about/news/pressreleases/archives/pressrelease192842165.html?link=4. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  35. ^ "Joseph D. Rupp Profile". forbes.com. http://people.forbes.com/profile/joseph-d-rupp/59826. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  36. ^ "Literary magazine celebrates anniversary with Bogan's work on Brazil". news.mst.edu. Missouri University of Science and Technology. April 21, 2009. http://news.mst.edu/2009/04/literary_magazine_celebrates_a.html. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  37. ^ "UMR's James Bogan receives outstanding teaching honors". news.mst.edu. Missouri S&T. May 26, 2005. http://news.mst.edu/2005/05/umrs_james_bogan_receives_outs.html. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 

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