Researchers use glass to limit spread of drug-resistant bacteria

Dr. David J. Westenberg in the lab with Megan Ottomeyer, a Missouri S&T graduate who is now in medical school.

As G20 health experts meet this week to discuss the need for new antibiotics to combat drug-resistant bacteria, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are looking to an unusual material – glass – to limit the spread of drug-resistant bugs in humans. [Read more…]

Learning for life

Ken Boyko, a former federal government scientist, leads a lab for Remote Sensing Technology in McNutt Hall. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Ph.D. student not slowing down after 30-year career as federal government scientist

“The trouble with retirement is you never get a day off.”

Former University of Texas men’s basketball coach Abe Lemons popularized that one-liner in a long-ago interview. Missouri S&T doctoral student Ken Boyko embraces that sentiment to a degree few can hope to match.

At 65, Boyko is preparing to complete a Ph.D. in geological engineering, perhaps as soon as this fall. His research focuses on how LIDAR (light detection and ranging) scanners can be used to “see through” vegetation that might otherwise prevent detection of potential falling rock. The research could enhance safety along highways and bridges and also involved a project for the U.S. Navy, which wants to use the technology as a navigational aid for self-driving off-road vehicles.

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Statement regarding presidential executive order temporarily banning citizens from seven countries from entering the U.S.

At 5 p.m. today (Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017), Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader issued the following statement regarding the recent presidential executive order to temporarily ban immigrants and refugees from seven countries from entering the United States: [Read more…]

A day ON, Not a Day Off

Nearly 180 Missouri S&T students returned to campus for the spring semester a day early on Monday, January 16, to work on service projects at 13 organizations around the Rolla community as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. They cleaned exercise equipment, cooked meals, hung shelves, painted and more. Here’s a look at some of the students in action. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by the Missouri S&T student life department.

WomanSpace is a women’s community center that serves as a hub for women- or family-centered activities, businesses or organizations.

WomanSpace is a women’s community center that serves as a hub for women- or family-centered activities, businesses or organizations.

At WomanSpace in Rolla, S&T students painted walls, doors and door frames.

At WomanSpace in Rolla, S&T students painted walls, doors and door frames.

Other projects at WomanSpace included cleaning and organizing children’s toys.

Other projects at WomanSpace included cleaning and organizing children’s toys.

Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor and interim chair of biological sciences, helps S&T students clean and organize WomanSpace’s shared kitchen.

Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor and interim chair of biological sciences, helps S&T students clean and organize WomanSpace’s shared kitchen.

An S&T student paints tree rings on a concrete floor for what will become an environmental installation at Kaleidoscope Discovery Center.

An S&T student paints tree rings on a concrete floor for what will become an environmental installation at Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, an interactive science center for Rolla area-children.

S&T students washed windows and performed minor repairs at Kaleidoscope Discovery Center.

S&T students washed windows and performed minor repairs at Kaleidoscope Discovery Center.

At Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, S&T students painted bathrooms bright colors.

At Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, S&T students painted bathrooms bright colors.

0235 Missouri S&T students decorates lunch sacks for Rolla’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers food to local senior citizens.

Missouri S&T students decorate lunch sacks for Rolla’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers food to local senior citizens.

Artistic S&T students wrote and decorated cards with notes of encouragement for women who were recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Artistic S&T students wrote and decorated cards with notes of encouragement for women who were recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

At the end of the day, S&T students who participated in the MLK Day of Service reflected on what they could do to make the world a better place.

At the end of the day, S&T students who participated in the MLK Jr. Day of Service reflected on what they could do to make the world a better place.

Smiling more often is one step toward making the world a better place. S&T students shared these and other suggestions. Many were made into buttons the students can wear around campus.

Smiling more often is one step toward making the world a better place. S&T students shared these and other suggestions. Many were made into buttons the students can wear around campus.

Fix-it fixation

Alumni couple finds success with furniture restoration business

Nicole Genz demonstrates how to refurbish cabinet doors during a Saturday morning class. Photos by Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T.

Nicole Genz demonstrates how to refurbish cabinet doors during a Saturday morning class. Photos by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T.

As Missouri S&T undergraduates a decade ago, Brandt and Nicole Genz never envisioned careers as small-business owners flourishing amid the 21st century version of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

But after earning engineering degrees in Rolla, the St. Louis couple is now carving out an unexpected expertise in the home design market as the creative and managerial forces behind Rescued Furnishings and Designs. Their business began as a basement hobby and now consists of a workshop, new retail showroom and thriving do-it-yourself space occupying 6,600 square feet in a historic building near Lafayette Square.

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Missouri S&T campus to close due to winter weather

For the latest about the weather situation and its impact on campus, check alert.mst.edu.

Due to potentially hazardous winter weather conditions, the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus will be closed Friday, Jan. 13. Only employees who are considered situationally critical should report to work on Friday. [Read more…]

Super sleuth: S&T biology graduate helps track down issues in women’s health

deitzler-grace-2-2016-inside-articleGrace Deitzler in her lab at Washington University. Photo by Kim Deitzler.

Grace Deitzler had a problem.

With wide-ranging interests in high school, she couldn’t decide what she wanted to focus on when she went to college. Music education? Interesting, but no. Theater? More of a hobby, so no to that, too. Environmental engineering? With all the math that’s needed, thanks, but no thanks. [Read more…]

From wide receiver to mining leader

Braden Lusk stands at the entrance of the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine, photo by Sam O'Keefe

Braden Lusk stands at the entrance of the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine, photo by Sam O’Keefe

Braden Lusk first came to Rolla in 1996 as a walk-on wide receiver from central Kansas who excelled at math and science in high school but admittedly “had no idea what an engineer was.” [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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Middleton, Nixon congratulate graduates at S&T commencement

Note: Archived video footage from May 2016 commencement ceremonies is available for viewing here.

Two Missouri leaders offered words of advice and congratulations to just over 1,200 graduates as part of commencement ceremonies at Missouri University of Science and Technology on Saturday, May 14. [Read more…]