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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Changing the game one hat at a time

Missouri S&T volleyball player Ashley Allegri donated for "Be The Match," a worldwide bone marrow transplantation network. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T volleyball player Ashley Allegri donated for “Be The Match,” a worldwide bone marrow transplantation network. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

“If one week of feeling horrible can give someone else even one enjoyable day out of the hospital, I would do it as often as possible.”

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From shop class to the boardroom

 

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World’s first engineering management program celebrates 50th anniversary

Training engineers to manage complex organizations is now accepted practice on many college campuses as well as in the modern workplace.

Combining the worlds of technical-oriented problem solvers and bottom-line number crunchers into its own academic discipline? A half-century ago, that notion took root not in a corporate boardroom, but on the campus of what is now Missouri University of Science and Technology.

“These companies came to Rolla and said, ‘Please help us,’” says William Daughton, a professor emeritus and former chair of Missouri S&T’s department of engineering management and systems engineering. “’We take these great engineers, we make them managers and then they fail miserably.’”

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S&T students offered Black Belt certification

It’s all about making them more attractive to industry.

Students in Missouri University of Science and Technology’s engineering management and systems engineering (EMSE) department have the chance to earn Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt certification. The certifications are indicators of expertise in process improvement. Missouri S&T is the first university selected by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) to offer Black Belt certification. [Read more…]

ASEE video promotes engineering management and systems engineering

A new video produced for ASEE TV profiles Missouri S&T’s engineering management and systems engineering department and highlights the upcoming 50th anniversary of engineering management as a discipline.

The video is being shown during the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference, which is being held June 26-29 in New Orleans.

This fall, Missouri S&T will celebrate the 50th anniversary of engineering management. The discipline was invented on this campus under the leadership of Bernard Sarchet, the founding department chair.

S&T academy honors two outstanding engineering management professionals

Two engineering management professionals with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Engineering Management on Thursday, April 21.

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Suzanna Long is Missouri S&T’s 2016 Woman of the Year

Missouri S&T professor Suzanna Long, left, embraces Cynthia Tang as Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader looks on. Long was named the Missouri S&T Woman of the Year on Wednesday, April 20. Tang, a member of the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees, funds the award. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T professor Suzanna Long, left, embraces Cynthia Tang as Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader looks on. Long was named the Missouri S&T Woman of the Year on Wednesday, April 20. Tang, a member of the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees, funds the award.                            Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Dr. Suzanna Long, interim chair and associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named the 2016 Woman of the Year by Missouri S&T. She was honored during a campus ceremony on Wednesday, April 20.

The Woman of the Year award is given annually in recognition of efforts to improve the campus environment for women and minorities. As part of the award, Long received a $2,000 stipend funded by Missouri S&T graduate Cynthia Tang, founder and former chair of Insight Industries Inc. [Read more…]

Three S&T students selected for UM System entrepreneurship program

Three Missouri University of Science and Technology students have been selected for the 2016 cohort of the University of Missouri System Entrepreneurial Scholars and Interns Program. A total of 18 students from the four UM System campuses were selected. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T offers Six Sigma certification exam

Professor Beth Cudney will help administer a Six Sigma certification exam to 26 Missouri S&T students on Dec. 16.

Professor Beth Cudney will help administer a Six Sigma certification exam to 26 Missouri S&T students on Dec. 16.

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s engineering management systems engineering program (EMSE) department has been approved as a Quality Training Provider (QTP) by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, allowing students to test for Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Six Sigma is focused on reducing variation in processes, products and services, says Dr. Beth Cudney, associate professor of engineering management systems engineering at Missouri S&T and director of the Design Engineering Center. Although it started in the 1980s in manufacturing, it is widely used in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and service industries. With a focus on improving processes, it can be used in any industry. [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…]