Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Missouri S&T, Honeywell team up in metals research

Posted by on April 12, 2016

From hip and knee joints to complex fuel injectors, metal additive manufacturing — an advanced form of 3-D printing involving lasers and powder-based metals — can produce components that traditional machining processes cannot match in time-to-part, geometric complexity and manufacturing cost.

A team of Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers is collaborating with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Kansas City, Missouri on a five-year project to perform material analysis for the selective laser melting (SLM) process in metal powder bed. Dr. Ming Leu, Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing and the director of the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri S&T, is leading a team of seven other Missouri S&T professors on the project.

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Missouri S&T Miners in Space develop NASA anchor

Posted by on March 9, 2016

If astronauts are ever going to travel to and land on Mars, the first step is capturing a piece of an asteroid, putting it into orbit around the moon and having space walkers explore it. And Missouri University of Science and Technology students are designing a device that allows astronauts to safely move around on just such a rock.

Missouri S&T’s Miners in Space team is participating in NASA’s Micro-g NExT design challenge, and team members have developed an anchoring device that attaches to the surface that astronauts can clip onto. As part of NASA’s asteroid redirect project (ARM), the agency wants new technologies to use on a human mission to the Martian system in the 2030s.

But first, walking around on a piece of an asteroid has its own set of problems.

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STEM superhero

Posted by on February 23, 2016

Steph Evans is out to change the way people look at engineering – and at engineers.

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Yang receives NSF CAREER Award for metamaterials research

Posted by on January 7, 2016

Dr. Xiaodong Yang, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his work on optical metamaterials.

Yang’s work could lead to thinner and brighter cell phone displays; molecular sensors for homeland security and healthcare; optical interconnects for broadband high-speed Internet communication; optical lenses for high-resolution microscopes; and high-efficiency solar cells and thermoelectric cells. It comes through his research on “Light Manipulation in Metal-Dielectric Multilayer Metamaterials with Large Anisotropy.”

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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 honors alumni for professional distinction

Posted by on December 21, 2015

Missouri University of Science and Technology presented five Awards of Professional Distinction during winter commencement ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 19. The awards recognize the outstanding Missouri S&T graduates for professional achievement.

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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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Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering inducts new members

Posted by on November 4, 2015

Seven professionals with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers at a dinner and induction ceremony held in Rolla, Mo., on Oct. 22. The academy recognizes outstanding alumni for their professional achievement and success, and provides organized assistance to the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Missouri S&T.

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Pernicka develops microsatellite for Air Force

Posted by on October 26, 2015

A Missouri University of Science and Technology aerospace engineering professor is developing a microsatellite imager that could be used to check satellites, do small repairs or refuel spacecraft — and keep astronauts from making risky exploratory missions when something goes wrong.

Dr. Hank Pernicka, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, and his students won the final round of an Air Force competition to develop the spacecraft. Dr. Kyle DeMars, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Dr. Joshua Rovey, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Dr. Jonathan Kimball, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, also are working on the project at Missouri S&T.

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Missouri S&T to host Private Pilot Ground School this fall

Posted by on August 17, 2015

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering is sponsoring a Private Pilot Ground School this fall through Missouri S&T’s distance and continuing education program.

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