Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Yang named 2016 ONR Young Investigator for metasurfaces research

Posted by on May 20, 2016

Dr. Xiaodong Yang, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award for his optical metasurfaces research.

Yang’s work has applications in areas such as optical wireless communication, car acceleration sensors, cell phone displays, disease diagnostics and mechanical energy harvesting.

“The ONR YIP is one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country,” according to the Office of Naval Research. “Its purpose is to fund early career academic researchers — called investigators — whose scientific pursuits show outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense while also promoting their professional development.”

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Missouri S&T honors alumni for professional distinction

Posted by on May 16, 2016

Missouri University of Science and Technology presented two Awards of Professional Distinction during spring commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 14. The awards recognize the outstanding Missouri S&T graduates for professional achievement.

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Bristow to lead Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies

Posted by on May 12, 2016

ROLLA, Mo. — Dr. Douglas Bristow, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named the director of the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) at Missouri S&T. His appointment takes effect Thursday, May 19.

Bristow takes over for Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing and director of the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri S&T. Leu was CAMT’s director since its founding 12 years ago.

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Missouri S&T, Honeywell team up in metals research

Posted by on April 12, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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