Christopher Maples named interim chancellor-designate

Dr. Christopher Maples

Dr. Christopher Maples, former president of the Oregon Institute of Technology,  has been named interim chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology. University of Missouri System President Mun Choi announced the appointment Friday, April 28.

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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…]