Academics & Faculty

Missouri S&T to receive $1.7M in federal support for nuclear engineering research, student scholarships and campus reactor upgrades

Posted by on July 26, 2018

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The nuclear engineering program at Missouri S&T has recently been awarded a total of $1.7 million in federal support for research, student scholarships and safety upgrades to the university’s nuclear research reactor. The federal investment marks a strong commitment to one of the top nuclear engineering programs in the nation, says Dr. Richard Wlezien, vice provost and dean of engineering and computing at Missouri S&T.

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Missouri S&T civil engineering professor advocates for Midwest tornado preparation

Posted by on July 25, 2018

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Growing up in northeast China, Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States. But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T gradually found her calling.

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Construction engineering and management expert joins Missouri S&T

Posted by on July 19, 2018

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Dr. Islam El-adaway, an associate professor and coordinator of the University of Tennessee’s construction engineering and management program, has been named the Hurst/McCarthy Professor in Construction Engineering Management at Missouri S&T. His appointment begins Aug. 1.

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Missouri S&T researcher finds another good reason to trust your gut — and your ear

Posted by on July 16, 2018

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Within seconds, we make personal choices daily, such as what clothes to wear or what music to play in the car on the way to work. A cognitive neuroscientist at Missouri University of Science and Technology says gut-level decisions are important, and that intuition tends to be accurate for revealing our true preferences.

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Military background spurs Missouri S&T explosives engineering Ph.D. student’s research on traumatic brain injury

Posted by on July 11, 2018

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While in the Marine Corps, Missouri S&T explosives engineering Ph.D. student Barbara Rutter saw the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on her fellow soldiers’ lives firsthand. Those experiences have led Rutter to devote her graduate research to the relationship between physical building damage and TBI occurrence, so that the military can easily determine if an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion has caused such an injury.

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S&T receives largest gift in its history with in-kind contribution of seismic data

Posted by on July 3, 2018

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Missouri University of Science and Technology has received the largest gift in its history: an in-kind donation of proprietary seismic data valued at $6.5 million from Calico Jack Holdings LLC and Zion Energy LLC, both Houston-based oil and gas exploration companies. The data, which has been donated to S&T’s geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering department, is a 3-D geologic and seismic survey of 85 square miles along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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S&T selects Penn State prof, NSF program director to oversee research in College of Engineering and Computing

Posted by on July 2, 2018

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Dr. Angela Lueking, a professor of energy and mineral engineering and chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University and a recent program director at the National Science Foundation, is joining Missouri S&T as associate dean of research in the College of Engineering and Computing starting Aug. 1

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Dr. Yinfa Ma, distinguished chemistry professor, retires from Missouri S&T

Posted by on June 26, 2018

“Fortunate” was the single word Dr. Yinfa Ma used to describe his life during a June 22 retirement celebration held in his honor at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Not always bad—MXenes’ spontaneous oxidation harnessed to create 2-D nanocomposites

Posted by on June 19, 2018

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Researchers at Missouri S&T have discovered a new way to harness the potential of a type of spontaneously oxidized MXene thin films, to create nanocomposites that could sense both light and the environment. Previously, such spontaneous oxidation was considered detrimental because it degrades the MXene structure. The research is published in the June 2018 issue of ACS Nano, one of Google Scholar’s top-rated, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Rock-and-roll grandpa earns doctoral degree for research on using desert shrub as asphalt recycling agent

Posted by on May 23, 2018

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He’s driven the backroads with some of the biggest names in rock and roll, from Def Leppard and KISS to John Denver and the Eurythmics, hauling both gear and performers as a truck- and bus-driving roadie. Yet despite his many brushes with fame, what gets Mike Lusher most excited these days is his research into an unassuming desert shrub that some predict will revolutionize the rubber industry. A fascination with the guayule (why-YOO-lee) plant that began a dozen years ago while watching an episode of The History Channel show “Modern Marvels” has culminated in a Ph.D. in civil engineering for the 64-year-old grandfather, who received his diploma at May 12 commencement.

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