Robin McDowell rides on a boat on the Arafura Sea, off the southeastern coast of Indonesia, where the Thai fishing trawlers were operating. (Courtesy photo)

Trawling the waters

As a foreign correspondent, alumna Robin McDowell and a team of investigative reporters exposed the widespread use of slave labor in the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. Unbeknown to many, this seafood could end up in your local grocery store or favorite restaurant.

Starting up in St. Louis

Business Insider recently reported that St. Louis is the best city for Millennials due to its low cost of living and lifestyle. Zoë Scharf, BFA ’11, co-founder of the start up Greetabl, wants to add one more reason to the list: the city’s great start-up scene.


Mike Keymer in front of a white board.

Unexpected innovation

Mike Keymer, BS ’98, founded Topspin Labs, which works at the cutting edge of data and technology. Keymer, through Topspin, partners with ­organizations to find other applications for their technology and create a startup around that new use.

Michael King, AB ’87, has worked in cities around the globe to improve urban and street design. He’s a “traffic calmer,” making streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Designing safer streets

Michael King, AB ’87, has worked in cities around the globe to improve street design. He’s a “traffic calmer,” making streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Joyce Buchheit in Knight Hall

Helping others excel

Mentorship and support helped Joyce Buchheit start and sustain a successful business career. For decades, she has paid it forward, helping students, faculty and organizations advance and thrive.

Mullenger on campus for an Alumni Board of Governors meeting

Gratitude in action

While an undergrad in the engineering school, Robert Mullenger, BS ’89, soaked up advice from mentors. Now a grateful alumnus, he supports scholarships and offers today’s students advice and connections.

Giving back for a better future

Albert Ip, BS’ 73, has volunteered with the university for more than 15 years. What keeps him coming back? He’s dedicated to higher education and the impact it can have on one person’s future and the world at large.