Lead acid batteries to store energy in S&T’s EcoVillage

The houses in Missouri S&T’s EcoVillage will use lead acid batteries to store and distribute energy starting in fall 2017.
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By Halloween, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s new EcoVillage microgrid will be up and running on solar panels and storing excess energy with lead acid batteries.

In conjunction with the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), Missouri S&T’s Microgrid Industrial Consortium partners Doe Run, Ameren and Azimuth Energy are designing the EcoVillage microgrid. Missouri S&T researchers Dr. Mehdi Ferdowsi, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Dr. Pourya Shamsi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Dr. Fatih Dogan, professor of materials science and engineering, also are working on the design. [Read more…]

Elmore named an ASCE Fellow

Dr. Curt Elmore, professor of geological engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow.

Elmore has spent the last 30 years in the water resources and environmental engineering field. Before joining the Missouri S&T faculty in 2001, he was a consulting engineer specializing in remedial design at large formerly used defense Superfund sites. [Read more…]

Bartels travels west on ‘Grand Challenge’ topic with EPA

Missouri S&T student Katie Bartels is studying salt marshes this summer in Oregon as part of an EPA fellowship. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T student Katie Bartels is studying the Tillamook Bay salt marshe this summer in Oregon as part of an EPA fellowship program.
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There are few places that have better summers than the United States’ Pacific Northwest. Mild temperatures, clear days, low humidity — and no rain.

Missouri University of Science and Technology student Katherine Bartels, a senior in environmental engineering from Independence, Missouri, is experiencing this year’s Pacific Northwest summer through an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship. Bartels is working out of Newport, Oregon, studying salt marshes’ ability to remove nitrogen from the ecosystem. [Read more…]

Professor honored for water work in Guatemala

Daniel B. Oerther; Mathes Chair; Evvironmental Research Center; Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Professor Daniel Oerther won an environmental award for helping villagers in Guatemala receive clean drinking water.

A Missouri University of Science and Technology professor won the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) 2016 Superior Achievement Award during its annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science (E3S) competition.

Dr. Daniel Oerther, the John A. and Susan Mathes Professor of Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T, won for a project that developed an innovative and affordable approach to providing fresh water to rural villages in Guatemala. [Read more…]

University Innovation Fellows ignite connections at Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T's University Innovation Fellows visited Google earlier this year. From left: John Schoeberle, Connor Wolk, Tim Buesking, Spencer Vogel, Mark Raymond, Tyler Jenkins, Eric Fallon, Cori Hatley, Katherine Ramsay

Missouri S&T’s University Innovation Fellows visited Google earlier this year. From left: John Schoeberle, Connor Wolk, Tim Buesking, Spencer Vogel, Mark Raymond, Tyler Jenkins, Eric Fallon, Cori Hatley, Katherine Ramsay (submitted photo)

Cori Hatley and Eric Fallon have learned a lot about the many entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities available through Missouri S&T. But they weren’t always so knowledgeable. [Read more…]

Climate change thought leader gives Stueck Lecture

Dr. G. Wayne Clough says that all engineering disciplines will be needed to combat climate change.

Dr. G. Wayne Clough says that all engineering disciplines will be needed to combat climate change.

A leading voice in the climate change discussion, Dr. G. Wayne Clough, will present the 2016 Stueck Lecture at Missouri University of Science and Technology on Friday, April 22.

Clough, president emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the immediate past secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will give a talk titled “Climate Change — An Engineering Grand Challenge for Our Age” at 2:15 p.m., April 22 in Room 125 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall, 1401 N. Pine St. The event is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

Joel G. Burken named Curators’ Professor at Missouri S&T

Joel BurkenDr. Joel G. Burken, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering. Burken will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 19.

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New signature areas focus on materials for extreme environments, smart living

Smart grids like the one depicted here are among the areas addressed by the new "smart living" signature area.

Smart grids like the one depicted here are among the areas addressed by the new Smart Living signature area.

Two new best-in-class or signature areas at Missouri University of Science and Technology were announced Tuesday (May 6) by Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader. [Read more…]

Chemical transport in plants likened to that of humans

Matt A. Limmer, a doctoral student in environmental engineering (left) with Dr. Joel B. Burken, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Missouri S&T’s Environmental Research Center

Matt A. Limmer (left), a doctoral student in environmental engineering, works with Dr. Joel B. Burken, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Missouri S&T’s Environmental Research Center.

Plant roots and certain human membrane systems resist chemical transport in much the same way, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology in a recent journal article. This similarity could make it easier to assess chemical risks for both people and plants, and may even lead to a new approach to testing medications.

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Undergrad’s solar house energy analysis published by journal

The energy efficiencies of a solar house could result in significant energy savings, according to research by an undergraduate engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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