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African Ph.D. student works on small-scale mining safety in Ghana

Ph.D. student Kenneth Bansah has formed a nonprofit organization in his native Ghana to improve working conditions for female artisanal miners who do so as means to survival. The mining engineering student is pictured in the Rock Mechanics Explosive Research Center, his campus home. Sam O’Keefe /Missouri S&T

Two boys swim in the Tano River near Ghana's western border with Ivory Coast. Contamination from artisanal mining has rendered the river's water unfit for human consumption. Photo by Kenneth Bansah.

Two boys swim in the Tano River near Ghana’s western border with Ivory Coast. Contamination from artisanal mining has rendered the river’s water unfit for human consumption. Kenneth Bansah.

As a doctoral student in mining engineering, Kenneth Bansah works, learns and lives nearly 10,000 miles from his boyhood home of Tarkwa, Ghana, a gold mining hub in western Africa.

But even as he fine-tunes his dissertation on mitigating sinkhole hazards and other karst formations − and takes care of three children ages four and under while his wife completes her own graduate studies in Michigan – the subsistence gold miners of Ghana are never far from Bansah’s mind.

Or his heart.

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41 S&T faculty members honored for outstanding teaching

Forty-one Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty members have received the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2015-16. The winners were recognized at a ceremony held Monday, Dec. 5, on the Missouri S&T campus.

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…]

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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Missouri S&T promotes entrepreneurship to the state through NSF program

bannerMissouri-based entrepreneurs can earn funding while working with Missouri University of Science and Technology business experts to transform their ideas into new technologies that benefit society as a part of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program.

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Three Missouri S&T projects earn UM System grants

The Technology Development Center. Photo by Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T.

The Technology Development Center.

A better way to reliably and comprehensively diagnose lesions caused by cancers, 3-D print flexible metal structures, and propel micro-satellites into space could all be a reality in the near future thanks to research funding from the University of Missouri System.

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Missouri S&T historian to travel to France as Fulbright scholar

Dr. Michael Bruening.

Dr. Michael Bruening.

A researcher from Missouri University of Science and Technology will spend the fall 2016 semester in France as a Fulbright scholar to study the detractors of John Calvin during the Protestant Reformation.

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Missouri S&T to host statewide deans’ annual meeting

Vice Provost and Dean Dr. Steve Roberts will lead the annual meeting.

Vice Provost and Dean Dr. Steve Roberts will lead the annual meeting.

Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the 2016 Missouri Arts and Sciences Deans’ Annual Meeting this April. The statewide convention is an opportunity for arts and sciences deans to discuss current issues related to higher education and to share inventive strategies that serve students, faculty and administrators.

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Missouri S&T professor a clue on ‘Jeopardy!’

Professor Gerald Cohen, an expert on word origins, edits a learned journal called "Comments on" thisThis professor of foreign languages at Missouri University of Science and Technology was a clue this week on the popular TV game show Jeopardy!

Who is Dr. Gerald Cohen?

That’s right. Cohen, a professor of foreign languages at Missouri S&T, earned the distinction of being named in a clue on the Wednesday, Jan. 6, edition of the show. The clue was:  “Professor Gerald Cohen, an expert on word origins, edits a learned journal called ‘Comments on’ this.” [Read more…]

Missouri S&T professor’s book uncovers the origin of ‘jazz’

Gerald CohenA new book written by a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher explores how the term “jazz” became a common word in the English language. The book is a result of over 25 years of research on the subject.

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Long named ASEM Fellow

Professor Suzanna Long is one of two candidates to be named an American Society of Engineering Management Fellow this year.

Professor Suzanna Long is one of two candidates to be named an American Society of Engineering Management Fellow this year. Each year, a maximum of five can be named Fellow.

Dr. Suzanna Long, interim chair and associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named an American Society of Engineering Management Fellow, the society’s highest honor.

Candidates must have a minimum of eight years of continuous membership in ASEM with significant achievement in the field of engineering management in addition to distinguished service and contributions to the society. [Read more…]