Department of Materials Science & Engineering

O’Keefe named chair of materials science and engineering department

Posted by on March 3, 2016

Dr. Matt O’Keefe, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Materials Research Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named chair of the materials science and engineering department at Missouri S&T. His appointment took effect March 1.

O’Keefe takes over from Dr. Dick Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering, who will remain on the faculty in a teaching and research capacity.

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Missouri S&T students fare well in Materials Bowl

Posted by on February 16, 2016

Four Missouri S&T students put their knowledge of materials science to the test last weekend, finishing second in a Jeopardy!-style quiz game, the TMS Materials Bowl.

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Richards named Barlow Award winner

Posted by on January 21, 2016

Dr. Von Richards, Robert W. Wolf Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been awarded the Thomas E. Barlow Award of Honor from the Steel Founders’ Society of America. Richards’ research has been in casting steel in a variety of ways to make products for industry that need little machining […]

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Researchers’ work makes lightweight, strong metal

Posted by on December 28, 2015

A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher and his colleagues have created a lightweight but very strong structural metal that could improve energy efficiency in aerospace, automobile, defense, mobile electronics and biomedical applications.

The findings of Dr. Lianyi Chen, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T, were published Dec. 24 in the latest issue of Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science.

Working at the University of California-Los Angeles, Chen and his colleagues used magnesium because it is a light metal with two-thirds the density of aluminum, it’s abundant on Earth and is biocompatible. They found a way to mix silicon carbide nanoparticles into a molten magnesium-zinc alloy that uniformly dispersed and stabilized the nanoparticles, making a super-strong and lightweight metal.

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Missouri S&T partners with industry to grow ceramic engineering

Posted by on December 11, 2015

Ceramic engineers help make everything from the casserole dish in the cupboard to artificial joints for hip replacement to coatings that protect jet engine blades — but there aren’t enough ceramic engineers to meet industry needs, says a Missouri University of Science and Technology professor.

Missouri S&T is working to change that.

Missouri S&T is one of five colleges to take part in the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation’s (CGIF) University-Industry Network. The CGIF is an outgrowth of the American Ceramic Society (ACS). Dr. Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri S&T, served as ACS’s president in 2012-13.

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41 S&T faculty members honored for outstanding teaching

Posted by on November 24, 2015

Forty-one Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty members will receive the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014-2015. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony scheduled t 1:30 p.m. 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.

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Missouri S&T to host fourth annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference

Posted by on October 15, 2015

Missouri 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.

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Spehr talks about unexpected career in seventh O’Keefe Lecture

Posted by on October 6, 2015

James L. Spehr, retired metallurgical engineer and alumnus of Missouri University of Science and Technology, will present a lecture in the seventh annual Dr. Thomas J. O’Keefe Lecture Series, presented by the Missouri S&T department of materials science and engineering.

Spehr’s presentation, “An Unexpected Career,” will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Planje Auditorium, 204 McNutt Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Newkirk named American Society for Metals Fellow

Posted by on August 12, 2015

Dr. Joseph Newkirk, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Metals (ASM) International, a leading association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers with over 30,000 worldwide members.

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New high-strength steel could help automakers improve fuel efficiency

Posted by on June 23, 2015

A high-strength steel being developed at Missouri University of Science and Technology could help auto manufacturers in their quest to meet future fuel efficiency requirements.

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