History professor publishes sourcebook on Reformation

Dr. Michael Bruening

Dr. Michael Bruening

A Missouri University of Science and Technology history professor recently published a book intended for college-level classes on the Reformation period.

Dr. Michael Bruening, associate professor of history and political science at Missouri S&T, edited A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate. The University of Toronto Press published the 273-page reader in April 2017, during the year of the 500th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous periods in European history. [Read more…]

Associate S&T engineering dean earns outstanding educator award

A Missouri University of Science and Technology structural engineering professor who also oversees academic affairs in the university’s College of Engineering and Computing has been selected as a top educator by the Architectural Engineering Institute.

Dr. John Myers helped lead the development and implementation of the architectural engineering curriculum at S&T in 2000, soon after his arrival on campus. He spent a portion of the 2015-16 academic year as CEC acting vice provost and dean before returning to his position as the college’s associate dean of academic affairs. [Read more…]

Fueling space flight

Postdoctoral fellow Steven Berg is pictured in the Aerospace Plasma Laboratory. The S&T alumnus oversees a team of graduate student researchers seeking to advance multi-mode spacecraft propulsion. Such a system would allow small satellites to change course on the fly and react to unforeseen circumstances, from shifting weather patterns to unexpected military maneuvers. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Postdoc returns to Rolla after industry stint to launch spacecraft propulsion company

It started with a boyhood dream of becoming an astronaut fueled from watching the 1995 Hollywood portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission.

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Chemistry professor to conduct collaborative research in Japan

Dr. Jay Switzer

Dr. Jay Switzer

A Missouri S&T chemistry professor will spend May in Japan, where he will conduct collaborative research and present a series of lectures as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). [Read more…]

Biology professor honored as St. Louis science educator of the year

Dr. Dave Westenberg (right) speaks during the first Research on Tap social hour at Public House Brewing Company in Rolla. Greg Katski/Missouri S&T

Dr. Dave Westenberg (right) speaks during the first Research on Tap social hour at Public House Brewing Company in Rolla. Greg Katski/Missouri S&T

Dr. Dave Westenberg’s passion for educating school-aged children was recognized with the Academy of Science of St. Louis’ Science Educator Award during the 23rd Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards on April 6. [Read more…]

Military expert addresses 100th anniversary of U.S. entrance into World War I

Soldiers wait in a trench during World War I. Public Domain

Soldiers wait in a trench during World War I. Public Domain

It was the “War to End All Wars,” and America’s entrance into the conflict on April 6, 1917, dramatically shifted World War I in favor of the Allies.

“The U.S. had a major impact on the outcome of World War I,” says military historian Dr. John C. McManus, the author of 12 books on war and military history. [Read more…]

Wound care technology invented at S&T hits marketplace

A technician works in the lab at Mo-Sci Corporation in Rolla. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

A glass-based wound care product that emerged from research by a doctoral student at Missouri University of Science and Technology has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for human use and is now available on the commercial market.

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Learn locally, act globally

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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