Missouri S&T chapter of Engineers Without Borders receives $750,000 in funding

From clean drinking water to flood control, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Engineers Without Borders projects are changing lives in Central and South America. Now two major donors have stepped forward to provide $750,000 in funding for EWB – a $500,000 challenge grant from the Houston-based Montana Cahill Foundation and a $250,000 gift from Missouri S&T graduate David Heikkinen and his wife, Ann.

“EWB students are a different breed and we are lucky to have them,” says Duane Montana, a Montana Cahill Foundation director and retired executive with Brown & Root who earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T. “EWB students represent something of our higher nature and better selves. They make a commitment, often over multiple years, that goes beyond the classroom. It is a commitment to a community to provide its people with a basic life necessity: clean water.” [Read more…]

At Missouri S&T, GAANN program prepares nation’s future researchers

George Holmes, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering from Florissant, Missouri, is one of 19 GAANN recipients at Missouri S&T. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Many of the nation’s future engineering and science researchers are preparing for their careers in the laboratories of Missouri University of Science and Technology, thanks to more than $2.2 million in federal funding through a program designed to encourage more students to pursue Ph.D.s in those fields. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T golf course to close Feb. 28

The Miner Golf Course at Missouri University of Science and Technology will close at the end of the current season, which concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The closure will result in a cost savings for the university and allow student activity fees currently dedicated for golf course operations to be redirected to recreational facilities that are of greater interest to students – something Missouri S&T students have requested. [Read more…]

Adobe partnership continues to benefit technical communication students at Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, is beginning its third year of partnership with Adobe Systems Inc., to allow students and faculty in the technical communication program to have hands-on access to Adobe’s industry-standard software. This partnership is made possible through Adobe’s University Outreach Program, which offers licenses of Adobe Technical Communication Suite to the students and faculty in the program. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T to celebrate 109th St. Pat’s in March

St. Pat and his court in 1985.

Students at Missouri University of Science and Technology are putting the finishing touches on preparations for the 109th annual “Best Ever” St. Pat’s celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Americana.”

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Mars Rover to be unveiled at Missouri S&T

The Mars Rover Design Team revealed last year’s rover outside of the Havener Center. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

The Mars Rover Design Team at Missouri University of Science and Technology will unveil Gryphon, this year’s student-built rover, at a ceremony scheduled for noon Friday, March 3, in the Havener Center atrium.

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Missouri S&T student dies in car accident

Renetra Osun, 23, a senior in multidisciplinary studies at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was killed in a traffic accident on Saturday, Feb. 11. She was from St. Louis.

The accident occurred at 5:40 a.m. on U.S Interstate 44 east of Rolla in Phelps County near mile marker 196.2. [Read more…]

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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Statement from Chancellor Schrader regarding Gov. Greitens’ budget

Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, issued the following statement today in response to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget for the state of Missouri: [Read more…]

Missouri S&T to hold informational events about travel restrictions

Missouri University of Science and Technology will hold an informational event titled Executive Order Update & International Student Impact 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Room 125 Butler Carlton Civil Engineering Hall to discuss the most current updates to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning international travelers from seven countries from entering the United States. [Read more…]