All work and all play
As the old saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." But these Miners have turned "play" into a career. Below are some of the most influential S&T alumni in the arts, entertainment and media industries.
• Jack Dorsey , NDD'98, helped take social networking to a new level by co-founding Twitter in 2006. In 2010, his latest invention made Time magazine's list of top 50 inventions. Called Square, the device is a tiny magnetic card reader that lets any smart phone process credit cards. In March 2011, Dorsey returned to Twitter as its executive chair.
• Doug Duchardt , ME'87, turned a love of racing into a career. He works as vice president of development for Hendrick Motorsports. The company's NASCAR racers include Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Duchardt oversees race car evolution through design, engineering and production of the chassis, body and engine areas.
• J. Paul Grayson , CSci'74, co-founded Micrografx and co-created the software company's first product, PC-Draw, the first drawing program for the PC. Today, Grayson is chair and CEO of Alibre Inc., a Texas-based engineering design software company.
• Braden T. Lusk , MinE'00, PhD MinE'06, learned all he could about explosives from S&T professor of mining engineering Paul Worsey, then joined him as co-host of a Discovery Channel program called The Detonators, which deconstructed the world's biggest and most difficult demolition jobs. Lusk is now an assistant professor of mining engineering at the University of Kentucky.
• Greg Raymer , Chem'85, aka "Fossilman," has made a profession out of playing poker. In 2004, Raymer won the $5 million first prize in the World Series of Poker and has placed near the top in every major championship he's entered since. In 2007, he conquered online gaming by winning his first World Championship of Online Poker. A fossil collector, Raymer earned his nickname by using a small fossil as a card protector when he plays poker.
• Jeremy Squires , EE'93, MS CSci'96, is a visual effects technical director for feature films. Working for various studios such as Dreamworks Animation and Sony Imageworks, Squires helps create the cinematic look of films through a process known as lighting and compositing. His latest work can be seen in the animated films Mars Needs Moms and How to Train Your Dragon. He is also responsible for visual effects in live-action films like Godzilla and The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Other films on his resume include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Surf's Up and Polar Express. Squires just finished working as a lead lighter on Happy Feet 2 in Sydney, Australia.
• Kwesi Sipho Umoja , EE'67, known as Eugene Jackson as a student, is chair, founder and CEO of World African Network and co-founder of Unity Broadcasting Network, Afritel, Universal Sun Development Co., Queens Inner City Cable Systems, World African Network Productions and Correction Connection Inc. Umoja created Unity Broadcasting's National Black Network in 1971. The service distributed news by satellite to 125 African American-focused stations in the United States.