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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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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Missouri S&T students host 24-hour artificial intelligence coding competition

Sleep will be at a premium this weekend at Missouri University of Science and Technology as a computer science student group hosts a 24-hour artificial intelligence coding competition.

The twice-annual MegaMiner event requires participants to write AI code for a computer game created by the Association of Computing Machinery students. Missouri S&T has hosted the competition, which is considered one of the largest in the Midwest, since 2007. [Read more…]

KMST to hold spring membership drive April 15-23

Public radio station KMST’s spring membership drive starts Saturday, April 15, and concludes on Sunday, April 23.

“As we welcome spring, we want to thank KMST’s community of listeners, volunteers and donors for their support,” says Joel Goodridge, marketing manager at KMST. “The broadcast excellence that informs, inspires and energizes us all is not possible without you. Our spring drive is just around the corner and we have some exciting items being given away including a Kindle Fire, Bose Wave Radio and IPads.”

KMST is offering new and renewing members a choice of premiums at the $70 level and above, including a classical music bundle, a Harmonic Vibrations CD selection titled “Joy Comes Back” by Ruthie Foster, a bluegrass CD titled “Unspoken Tradition” by Miles Between, a KMST ceramic travel coffee mug, and a KMST T-shirt. [Read more…]

S&T students to serve at four locations during spring break

For many college students, spring break is a week to take it easy. But 47 students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will instead spend an eye-opening week learning how others struggle and discovering ways they can help.

The students are involved in Missouri S&T’s Miner Challenge, a week-long alternative break program that gives them a chance to help individuals and communities affected by issues like poverty, homelessness, a lack of access to education and natural disasters, while developing their own leadership skills. This is the 10th year of the program. [Read more…]

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.