Archives for February 2017

Learning for life

Ken Boyko, a former federal government scientist, leads a lab for Remote Sensing Technology in McNutt Hall. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Ph.D. student not slowing down after 30-year career as federal government scientist

“The trouble with retirement is you never get a day off.”

Former University of Texas men’s basketball coach Abe Lemons popularized that one-liner in a long-ago interview. Missouri S&T doctoral student Ken Boyko embraces that sentiment to a degree few can hope to match.

At 65, Boyko is preparing to complete a Ph.D. in geological engineering, perhaps as soon as this fall. His research focuses on how LIDAR (light detection and ranging) scanners can be used to “see through” vegetation that might otherwise prevent detection of potential falling rock. The research could enhance safety along highways and bridges and also involved a project for the U.S. Navy, which wants to use the technology as a navigational aid for self-driving off-road vehicles.

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‘Mr. S&T’ hangs up his slide rule

Missouri S&T associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering Jerry Bayless poses with Joe Miner. Bayless has been a part of Missouri S&T since he was a first-year student in 1955. After more than 50 years on campus, he is retiring effective Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

No matter whether you call it the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, the University of Missouri-Rolla or Missouri University of Science and Technology, Jerry Bayless has called it home.

Bayless, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, first came to the campus in 1955. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1959 — the same year he joined the faculty — and added a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1962. [Read more…]

At Missouri S&T, GAANN program prepares nation’s future researchers

George Holmes, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering from Florissant, Missouri, is one of 19 GAANN recipients at Missouri S&T. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Many of the nation’s future engineering and science researchers are preparing for their careers in the laboratories of Missouri University of Science and Technology, thanks to more than $2.2 million in federal funding through a program designed to encourage more students to pursue Ph.D.s in those fields. [Read more…]

View the moon at the S&T Observatory this March


Image courtesy of NASA

The public is invited to view the moon through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch-diameter telescope on Tuesday, March 7.

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 8:30 p.m. that night for the viewing. The sky must be clear for observing and the session length will vary. [Read more…]

Third film in S&T Hispanic Film Series to screen in March

The Hispanic Film Series offered by the Missouri University of Science and Technology arts, languages, and philosophy department will continue this March with a viewing of the drama “Here and There.”

The film, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, in Room 104 Physics Building on the Missouri S&T campus. The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T golf course to close Feb. 28

The Miner Golf Course at Missouri University of Science and Technology will close at the end of the current season, which concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The closure will result in a cost savings for the university and allow student activity fees currently dedicated for golf course operations to be redirected to recreational facilities that are of greater interest to students – something Missouri S&T students have requested. [Read more…]

Learn more about immigration-related executive orders this month

The community is invited to hear Mihaela Britt, attorney at Britt Immigration Law LLC, discuss the recent executive order related to immigration during a talk this month at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask her questions about current policies and their legal implications related to higher education and international student visas.

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S&T researcher studies next generation phones, cars

Missouri S&T professor Jun Fan works in the semi-anechoic chamber in the Electromagnetic Compatibility lab at Hy-Point. Fan is studying ways to make smartphones faster and more reliable. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

In 10 years, your cellphone won’t look anything like it does today — at least on the inside. The phones, with 5G technology, will be 10 times faster than they are today. And self-driving cars won’t be a novelty, they will be part of your daily commute.

A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is working to make those goals a reality — a safe reality — by deciphering and solving the problems of electromagnetic interference inherent in the systems. Dr. Jun Fan, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri S&T, is using a Google grant to provide real-world solutions. [Read more…]

With Scholars’ Mine, over 1 million served globally

Somewhere on the lower west side of Chicago, an internet user seeking information about photografting – a technique for attaching polymers to surfaces – recently struck gold with a visit to Scholars’ Mine, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s online repository of research papers, creative works and other documents. [Read more…]

Adobe partnership continues to benefit technical communication students at Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, is beginning its third year of partnership with Adobe Systems Inc., to allow students and faculty in the technical communication program to have hands-on access to Adobe’s industry-standard software. This partnership is made possible through Adobe’s University Outreach Program, which offers licenses of Adobe Technical Communication Suite to the students and faculty in the program. [Read more…]