Greetings from



Dear M&M Academy Members,

Greetings and salutations! As we begin 2017 I would like to reflect on 2016.

 Dr. Braden T. Lusk was named Chair of Mining and Nuclear Engineering effective Aug. 15, 2016. Dr. Lusk was a professor of mining engineering at the University of Kentucky and is a two-time graduate of Missouri S&T. Academy members are currently participating on the search committee for a new Department Chair for Geosciences, Geological and Petroleum Engineering.

 Our Strategic Planning Committee laid out the beginnings of our 5-year Strategic Plan for the Academy. We met with student leaders of the organizations within the programs areas supported by the Academy. We inducted six new members and are working to engage them and continue to engage our existing members.

 We just held a National Election to elect the next President of the United States of American. What was interesting in this election was all of the commentary and discourse around the candidates and Americans did not fully go out and exercise the right to vote!

 An Estimated 57.9 Percent of Eligible Voters Voted in 2016

     Voting Eligible Population Ballots    

     Voter Eligible Population That Didn't Vote    

      Voter Eligible Population Total    

138,884,643 (60%)

92,671,979 (40%)


 You may ask why I am bring this up? We just voted to invite nominees to become members of the Academy and our voting participation was worse than the National Election.

        Voting Eligible Member Ballots    

     Voter Eligible Member That Didn't Vote     

     Voter Eligible Member Total    

48 (42%)

65 (58%)


 We need your participation and it begins with your input into who becomes a member of the Academy.

 Please put our next meeting, April 20, 2017, on your calendar now and plan to attend!

 I look forward to continuing to fulfill our mission, around “Recognition”, “Consultancy”, “Ambassadorship” and “Support”.

Gregory D. Skannal

Chair, Mines and Metallurgy Academy