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.

By Alan Scher Zagier

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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Additive manufacturing: A new twist for stretchable electronics?

New bendable, foldable, twistable electronic devices like the one pictured above could become more common in the future. Photo by John Rogers, University of Illinois, courtesy of the National Science Foundation.

New bendable electronic devices like the one pictured above could become more common in the future. Photo by John Rogers, University of Illinois, courtesy of the National Science Foundation.

Electronic components that can be elongated or twisted – known as “stretchable” electronics – could soon be used to power electronic gadgets, the onboard systems of vehicles, medical devices and other products. And a 3-D printing-like approach to manufacturing may help make stretchable electronics more prevalent, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology. [Read more…]

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Baking industry niche leads graduate to Clif Bar boardroom

Growing up in suburban St. Louis, Rich Berger’s career aspirations were far from singular. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T honors alumni for professional distinction

Missouri University of Science and Technology presented two Awards of Professional Distinction during winter commencement ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 17. The awards recognize the outstanding Missouri S&T graduates for professional achievement. [Read more…]

Doe Run donates $40,000 to Missouri S&T for new spectrometer

With 50,000 new employees needed in the mining industry by 2019, and 3.5 million manufacturing jobs expected over the next decade, The Doe Run Co. understands the importance of educating the next generation of the workforce. The company recently donated $40,000 to Missouri University of Science and Technology toward the purchase of an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometer for its geology, mining and metallurgical engineering programs. [Read more…]

16 important research stories of 2016

2016 was another banner year for research at Missouri S&T.

2016 was another banner year for research at Missouri S&T.

A wearable wristband to monitor patients with dementia. Award-winning research on a method to clean up lead mine tailings sites. A reliable and more accessible way to diagnose breast cancer. These are among the many notable innovations and discoveries made by Missouri University of Science and Technology professors and students in 2016. Here are 16 that were publicized during the year – but are well worth talking about again. (You can read about many more innovations in the research section of our news site.) [Read more…]

Du named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T

Dr. Xiaoping Du

Dr. Xiaoping Du

Dr. Xiaoping Du, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T. Du will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship was established in 1990 to honor outstanding professors, call attention to teaching excellence, and foster improvements in teaching and learning. Du teaches introduction to engineering design, dynamics and probabilistic engineering design. [Read more…]

Al-Dahhan named Curators’ Distinguished Professor at Missouri S&T

Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan

Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan

Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan, chair and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and a professor of nuclear engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and of nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T. Al-Dahhan will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators bestows the Curators’ Distinguished Professor title upon outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study. Al-Dahhan is internationally recognized as a leader in the areas of multiphase reactors engineering, advanced measurement techniques, and clean and alternative energy. [Read more…]

Biomaterials expert Delbert Day named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Delbert Day

Dr. Delbert E. Day

Dr. Delbert E. Day, a prolific inventor whose work with specialty glasses has led to treatments for cancer, bone tissue regeneration and wound care, has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow.

The NAI announced Day’s selection today (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016) in recognition of his “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.” He will be inducted into the NAI on April 6, 2017, during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston. [Read more…]

Watkins elected to leadership position in IEEE-HKN

Missouri S&T professor Steve Watkins will take over as president elect of IEEE-HKN in 2017. In 2018, he becomes the organization's president.

Missouri S&T professor Steve Watkins will take over as president elect of IEEE-HKN in 2017. In 2018, he becomes the organization’s president.

Dr. Steve E. Watkins, professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is the 2017 president-elect of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 2018, he will lead the organization as IEEE-HKN president and will chair the board of governors. [Read more…]