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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S&T students win WARDJet challenge — and new waterjet

The Missouri S&T Rock Mechanics Explosive Research Center team won a new WARDjet waterjet during a competition in September in Chicago. Wearing green shirts, from left team members Jay Schafler, Marty Langenderfer, John Rueschmann and Jeff Heniff put together a WARDjet to win the competition. It was installed at Missouri S&T on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The Missouri S&T Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center team won a new WARDjet waterjet during a competition in September in Chicago. Wearing green T-shirts, from left team members Jay Schafler, Marty Langenderfer, John Rueschmann and Jeff Heniff put together a WARDjet to win the competition. It was installed at Missouri S&T on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A team of Missouri University of Science and Technology students helped bring a new waterjet cutting machine to campus — and the machine will help propel research into expanding areas and show new uses for the technology.

During the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) Sept. 12-17 in Chicago and as part of the Smartforce Student Summit Build It! Challenge, sponsored by WARDjet, student teams competed against industry professionals. WARDJet’s build-off competition offered teams a chance to win a waterjet cutting machine. [Read more…]

Rocking the Rollamo

Tegan Brand skims the 1955 Rollamo yearbook. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Tegan Brand skims the 1955 Rollamo yearbook. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

As a child, Tegan Brand would often make the trek through the rolling Ozark hills to visit the banks of the Meremac River as it flowed through her grandparents’ farm in Steelville, Missouri. [Read more…]

Rogers named an ASCE Fellow

J. David RogersDr. J. David Rogers, the Karl F. Hasselmann Missouri Chair in Geological Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow.

Rogers is an expert in the geoforensics of dam, levee and slope stability failures, flood control and fluvial geomorphology, the Mississippi Delta, and site characterization for seismic site response. He has written articles and prepared posted lectures on the evolution of flood control practice, dam and levee failures, landslide dams, Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal and the Tennessee Valley Authority, among many others. [Read more…]

Maerz takes over rock mechanics and explosives center

Norbert Maerz 6-3-16Dr. Norbert Maerz, professor of geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named the director of Missouri S&T’s Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center. His appointment took effect Monday, May 9.

He takes over for Dr. Stewart Gillies, professor of mining and nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T signs commitment to climate

Missouri S&T's geothermal project reduced the university's carbon footprint by 25,013 tons in it first full year of operation.

Missouri S&T’s geothermal project reduced the university’s carbon footprint by 25,013 tons in it first full year of operation.

Climate change is one of the world’s great challenges, and Missouri University of Science and Technology has committed to be a demonstrated leader in climate action and sustainable solutions by signing the Second Nature Climate Commitment charter.

According to Second Nature, the commitment “integrates a goal of carbon neutrality with climate resilience and provides a systems approach to mitigating and adapting to a changing climate.” Signatories commit to exercising “leadership in their communities and throughout society by providing the knowledge, research, practice, and informed graduates to create a positive and sustainable future.” [Read more…]

41 S&T faculty members honored for outstanding teaching

Forty-one Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty members will receive the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014-15. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in St. Pat’s Ballroom A of the Havener Center.

The Outstanding Teaching Award is given each year to faculty members by the Outstanding Teaching Award Committee, which bases its selections on student evaluations. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T to host fourth annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference

2015-Email-Graphic TransportationMissouri University of Science and Technology will host the fourth annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Allied Health Professional Building on the Saint Louis University campus. The program will feature recent findings in advanced construction materials, resilient structural systems, non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring of transportation infrastructure.

The registration fee is $70 or $50 for students and includes a CD of conference proceedings, a Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificate, parking, lunch and coffee breaks. [Read more…]

Bai partners with DOE on CO2 storage, oil recovery

Oil production often uses CO2 to help recover the oil in a reservoir. A Missouri S&T researcher is using thermostable particle gels to help recover oil and store CO2.

Oil production often uses CO2 to help recover the oil in a reservoir. Missouri S&T professor Baojun Bai is using thermostable particle gels to help recover oil and store CO2.

A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is working on a method to increase oil production and store carbon dioxide into oil formations — at the same time.

Dr. Baojun Bai, the Lester Birbeck Endowed professor of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri S&T, has received a U.S. Department of Energy grant to make the process of drawing oil from underground and storing CO2  more efficient using thermostable particle gels, which can resist the high temperature of formations. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T scientists study volcanoes, earthquakes

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, killing 57 people. Missouri S&T researchers are working to find a way to more accurately predict volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, killing 57 people. Missouri S&T researchers are working to find a way to more accurately predict volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working to make Americans safer by finding a way to predict natural phenomena that’s been 60 million years in the making. Two geophysics professors at Missouri S&T are studying the North American plate to lay the foundation for predicting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

For the past 60 million years, the North American plate—basically the whole continent—has been moving southwest at a rate of about an inch a year, says Dr. Kelly Liu, professor of geophysics at Missouri S&T. The shift is a continuation of the breaking of the giant supercontinent Pangea 200 million years ago. As the plate moves, it creates earthquakes and volcanic hot spots, huge mountain chains and gigantic ocean basins. [Read more…]