S&T researcher tests fly ash for stronger concrete

Missouri S&T professor Mohamed ElGawady, center, and S&T students are studying making concrete with fly ash instead of Portland cement.
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Portland cement has been around for more than 250 years as the binding material for concrete, mortar and stucco, but a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is studying ways to make concrete without the traditional material.

Dr. Mohamed ElGawady, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, is testing mixtures of concrete made with fly ash that can be more durable, strong and resilient than concrete using ordinary Portland cement (OPC). [Read more…]

Missouri S&T chapter of Engineers Without Borders receives $750,000 in funding

From clean drinking water to flood control, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Engineers Without Borders projects are changing lives in Central and South America. Now two major donors have stepped forward to provide $750,000 in funding for EWB – a $500,000 challenge grant from the Houston-based Montana Cahill Foundation and a $250,000 gift from Missouri S&T graduate David Heikkinen and his wife, Ann.

“EWB students are a different breed and we are lucky to have them,” says Duane Montana, a Montana Cahill Foundation director and retired executive with Brown & Root who earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T. “EWB students represent something of our higher nature and better selves. They make a commitment, often over multiple years, that goes beyond the classroom. It is a commitment to a community to provide its people with a basic life necessity: clean water.” [Read more…]

‘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…]

Fix-it fixation

Alumni couple finds success with furniture restoration business

Nicole Genz demonstrates how to refurbish cabinet doors during a Saturday morning class. Photos by Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T.

Nicole Genz demonstrates how to refurbish cabinet doors during a Saturday morning class. Photos by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T.

As Missouri S&T undergraduates a decade ago, Brandt and Nicole Genz never envisioned careers as small-business owners flourishing amid the 21st century version of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

But after earning engineering degrees in Rolla, the St. Louis couple is now carving out an unexpected expertise in the home design market as the creative and managerial forces behind Rescued Furnishings and Designs. Their business began as a basement hobby and now consists of a workshop, new retail showroom and thriving do-it-yourself space occupying 6,600 square feet in a historic building near Lafayette Square.

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Burken joins EPA advisory board

Dr. Joel Burken

Dr. Joel Burken

Dr. Joel Burken, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been selected to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is made up of experts from across the country, in areas such as epidemiology, public health, medical research, biology and other fields related to protecting human health and the environment.

Burken, who has also served as the director of the Environmental Research Center at Missouri S&T, will serve as “a special government employee” through Sept. 30, 2019. He is asked to provide independent expert advice on technical issues underlying EPA policies and decision making. His expertise in hazardous waste remediation, water quality, and the use of natural sustainable technologies are reasons why he was selected, according to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. [Read more…]

Dr. Joseph H. Senne Jr. died Dec. 20

Dr. Joseph SenneDr. Joseph H. Senne Jr., professor emeritus and former chair of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, died Dec. 20, 2016.

Senne was an instructor in civil engineering at Missouri S&T from 1948 to 1951 and an assistant professor of civil engineering from 1951 to 1954. He spent eight years at Iowa State University, then returned to Missouri S&T as professor of civil engineering in 1963. He was named chair of the civil engineering department in 1965 and served until 1985. [Read more…]

Robotic bridge inspection, preservation is focus of new transportation center

A new University Transportation Center at Missouri S&T will lead to new robotic approaches to inspect and maintain bridges. (Photo via Missouri Department of Transportation.)

A new University Transportation Center at Missouri S&T will lead to new robotic approaches to inspect and maintain bridges. (Photo via Missouri Department of Transportation.)

Your commute to work may be smoother in the future, thanks to new federally funded research at Missouri University of Science and Technology. [Read more…]

‘The Future of Computing’ to be explored in seminar

Learn about the future of computing and its scientific, technical and social effects on a global society at a lecture on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus this month.

Dr. Daniel A. Reed, a 1978 Missouri S&T computer science graduate and vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa, will present the lecture as part of the computer science department’s 50th anniversary Distinguished Seminar Series. The lecture, titled “The Future of Computing,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in Room 104 Centennial Hall on the Missouri S&T campus. The event is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T to host Transportation Infrastructure Conference

Missouri University of Science and Technology, together with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will host the fifth annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Havener Center on the Missouri S&T campus. The program will feature recent findings in advanced construction materials, resilient structural systems, non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring of transportation infrastructure. [Read more…]