MAE continues centennial celebration

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department continues its 100th anniversary celebration this semester with events planned in March and April.

The student group American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is planning a weeklong “Build your own model airplane or rocket” event 6-9 p.m. March 6-10 in the AE Senior Design Lab on the third floor of Toomey Hall. Registration closed with 21 participants.

Also in March, the mechanical engineering honor society Pi Tau Sigma is hosting a trivia night on at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in the Havener Center’s Ballroom  C. The event is open to students, faculty and alumni, and proceeds from the $5 entry fee will go to Autism Speaks. From 7:30-8 p.m., a silent auction for gift baskets will be held. To sign up, email Jacob Fanshier at jefvy3@mst.edu.

On Thursday, April 6, the department will host an MAE Centennial Banquet in Hasselmann Alumni House; the social hour is from 5-6 p.m., with dinner starting at 6. Email invitations to the banquet are set to go out in mid-February. Jorge Ochoa, a 1985 mechanical engineering graduate from Missouri S&T and a principal engineer at Exponent Inc., will be the keynote speaker. Ochoa is a member of the S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers and a past Miner Alumni Association board member and section officer.

On Tuesday, April 11, the department kicks off the MAE Distinguished Centennial Lectureship Series with a lecture by Dr. Galip Ulsoy. He will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Room 199 Toomey Hall, and the next day he will speak at 4:30 p.m. April 12 in Room 140 Toomey Hall. Both are free and open to the public. Ulsoy is the C.D. Mote Jr. Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and William Clay Ford Professor Emeritus of Manufacturing and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

The centennial celebration, which kicked off in September 2016, marks the mechanical and aerospace engineering department’s 100th anniversary at Missouri S&T. It celebrates the department’s development by three faculty members and a small number of students in the early years to what it is today: an internationally ranked department of over 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students and 40 full-time faculty.

For more information, call 573-341-4661 or check out the MAE Centennial celebration website.

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