Archives for May 2016

Missouri S&T design team heads to ‘Mars’

The Mars Rover Design Team reveals the new rover outside of the Havener Center on April 15, 2016.         Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

The Mars Rover Design Team reveals the new rover outside of the Havener Center on April 15, 2016. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Mars Rover Design Team is one of 30 international teams selected to compete at the University Rover Challenge, where teams showcase potential next-generation planet surveyors.

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This is how Joe Stanley rolls

Dr. Joe Stanley, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering

Dr. Joe Stanley, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, works with high school teachers as part of Missouri S&T’s Project Lead the Way summer program.

Life for Joe Stanley could have turned out differently. A string of seemingly unrelated incidents converged in his life to turn a would-be CPA into an award-winning faculty member at Missouri University of Science and Technology. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T’s Formula Car team to race in Canada

Photo by Jayson Carey, Owner - Eye Level Media www.eyelevelstl.com

Photo by Jayson Carey, Owner – Eye Level Media www.eyelevelstl.com

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Formula Car Design Team will travel approximately 900 miles to race at the Formula SAE-North competition in Toronto.

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The Science of Softball

Bonnie Wilt, a senior in engineering management, spent last summer and fall on co-op at Rawlings Sporting Goods in St. Louis. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Bonnie Wilt, a senior in engineering management, spent last summer and fall on co-op at Rawlings Sporting Goods in St. Louis. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Softball is a sport of nuances. The slightest shift in a batter’s stance or in the angle of a pitcher’s arm can have a profound impact on an at-bat, a game and, sometimes, a season. Subtle changes in mechanics can be the difference between a batter striking out and lacing a home run to win the game. Engineering is a discipline of nuances. Much like softball, the smallest tweak in design can be the difference between a project as important as a new bridge holding or crumbling. Bonnie Wilt, a senior in engineering management, had the opportunity to meld the two during a co-op with Rawlings Sporting Goods in Chesterfield and O’Fallon, Mo., from May to December 2015.

Wilt worked with S&T’s cooperative education program, which gives students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in their field of study before they graduate. The program is designed to give students a break from studies to work full time for one semester or a combination of semesters, which allows eight to nine months of work experience versus the three summer months allowed for internship positions. [Read more…]

Dunn-Norman champions exchange program

Missouri S&T's Shari Dunn-Norman is surrounded by UTP students in March 2015 in Malaysia. She was a guest lecturer in UTP's drilling program, teaching the production module for three weeks.

Missouri S&T’s Shari Dunn-Norman is surrounded by University Teknologi PETRONAS students in March 2015 in Malaysia. She was a guest lecturer in UTP’s drilling program, teaching the production module for three weeks.

Do you want to visit distant lands, meet new and exciting people and, maybe, you know, ride an elephant?

Well, Missouri University of Science and Technology has just the thing for you. As part of Missouri S&T’s Study Abroad program, students can spend a semester in Southeast Asia as part of an exchange program with University Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), a STEM-focused university in Malaysia.

Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman, associate professor of geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri S&T, has lectured at UTP-Malaysia and champions the program — and she’s headed back to Malaysia in October. Her counterpart at UTP-Malaysia is Dr. Ismail bin Mohd Saaid, who studied at Missouri S&T the fall of 1991. [Read more…]

Ten honored at S&T Staff Excellence Awards ceremony

Ten full-time employees at Missouri University of Science and Technology were honored Wednesday, May 25, for their contributions to the campus during Missouri S&T Staff Recognition Day ceremonies on campus.

Each full-time winner received a certificate a plaque during the award ceremonies, which began at 9 a.m. in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center.

The winners were selected from a group of staff members who were nominated by faculty, staff and students. Winners are selected on the basis of their job performance, relationship with associates and dedication to Missouri S&T. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T researcher tracks subsurface water flow

http://www.forestwander.comBy combining computational mathematics and several engineering disciplines, a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher hopes to consistently predict the underground flow of water through porous terrain with large fractures, channels or conduits.

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S&T’s Steel Bridge team heads to nationals

The Missouri S&T Steel Bridge Design Team competes in the Gale Bullman Building on Thursday April 21, 2016.                           Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

The Missouri S&T Steel Bridge Design Team competes in the Gale Bullman Building on Thursday April 21, 2016. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Steel Bridge Design Team will compete at the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition this May.

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Yang named 2016 ONR Young Investigator for metasurfaces research

Missouri S&T assistant professor Xiaodong Yang was one of 47 recipients of the 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. There were 280 applicants for the award.

Missouri S&T assistant professor Xiaodong Yang was one of 47 recipients of the 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. There were 280 applicants for the award.

Dr. Xiaodong Yang, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award for his optical metasurfaces research.

Yang’s work has applications in areas such as optical wireless communication, car acceleration sensors, cell phone displays, disease diagnostics and mechanical energy harvesting.

“The ONR YIP is one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country,” according to the Office of Naval Research. “Its purpose is to fund early career academic researchers — called investigators — whose scientific pursuits show outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense while also promoting their professional development.” [Read more…]

Missouri S&T hosts GenCyber security camp for K-12 teachers

Associate Professor of Computer Science Dan Lin Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T associate professor of computer science Dan Lin is coordinating a cybersecurity camp June 1-9. It is the second year S&T has hosted the GenCyber camp. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

For the second consecutive year, an interactive summer workshop to promote cybersecurity awareness and educate Missouri K-12 teachers takes place next month at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The “GenCyber” camp is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Security Agency (NSA). It’s part of an NSF/NSA program to educate K-12 teachers about the need for more cybersecurity experts, and Missouri S&T is the only university in the state to host the camp. There are 73 camps sponsored throughout the country this year after 43 in last year’s pilot program. [Read more…]