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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Changing the game one hat at a time

Missouri S&T volleyball player Ashley Allegri donated for "Be The Match," a worldwide bone marrow transplantation network. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T volleyball player Ashley Allegri donated for “Be The Match,” a worldwide bone marrow transplantation network. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

“If one week of feeling horrible can give someone else even one enjoyable day out of the hospital, I would do it as often as possible.”

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ASEE video promotes engineering management and systems engineering

A new video produced for ASEE TV profiles Missouri S&T’s engineering management and systems engineering department and highlights the upcoming 50th anniversary of engineering management as a discipline.

The video is being shown during the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference, which is being held June 26-29 in New Orleans.

This fall, Missouri S&T will celebrate the 50th anniversary of engineering management. The discipline was invented on this campus under the leadership of Bernard Sarchet, the founding department chair.

The Science of Softball

Bonnie Wilt, a senior in engineering management, spent last summer and fall on co-op at Rawlings Sporting Goods in St. Louis. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Bonnie Wilt, a senior in engineering management, spent last summer and fall on co-op at Rawlings Sporting Goods in St. Louis. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Softball is a sport of nuances. The slightest shift in a batter’s stance or in the angle of a pitcher’s arm can have a profound impact on an at-bat, a game and, sometimes, a season. Subtle changes in mechanics can be the difference between a batter striking out and lacing a home run to win the game. Engineering is a discipline of nuances. Much like softball, the smallest tweak in design can be the difference between a project as important as a new bridge holding or crumbling. Bonnie Wilt, a senior in engineering management, had the opportunity to meld the two during a co-op with Rawlings Sporting Goods in Chesterfield and O’Fallon, Mo., from May to December 2015.

Wilt worked with S&T’s cooperative education program, which gives students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in their field of study before they graduate. The program is designed to give students a break from studies to work full time for one semester or a combination of semesters, which allows eight to nine months of work experience versus the three summer months allowed for internship positions. [Read more…]

Productive maintenance needs highlighted in new book by S&T researcher

9781482255386A new book authored by a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher discusses best practices on how to be an effective, results-oriented engineer by looking at real-world case studies of productive maintenance.

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Long named interim chair of engineering management and systems engineering

Dr. Suzanna LongDr. Suzanna Long, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named interim chair of engineering management and systems engineering. The appointment takes effect July 1. [Read more…]

Pioneering African American Dr. Tamiko M. Youngblood dies

Dr. Tamiko M. Youngblood receives her Ph.D. hood during May 1997 commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Tamiko M. Youngblood receives her Ph.D. hood during May 1997 commencement ceremonies.

As a student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Tamiko M. Youngblood dreamed of breaking down barriers for African Americans. [Read more…]

S&T adjunct named Outstanding PE in Education

Dr. William Gillis

Dr. William Gillis

Dr. William Gillis, an adjunct instructor at Missouri University of Science and Technology and managing engineer in the planning, design, and construction department at the University of Missouri-Columbia, was named the 2015 Outstanding Professional Engineer in Education by the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. [Read more…]

How engineering could help you survive a zombie apocalypse

Dr. Ivan G. Guardiola's 2012 course dealt with surviving an attack from creatures like these from the TV series "The Walking Dead." (Photo via AMC.)

Dr. Ivan G. Guardiola’s 2012 course dealt with surviving an attack from creatures like these from the TV series “The Walking Dead.” (Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC.)

Not every university prepares budding engineers and managers to survive a zombie apocalypse while teaching them how to manage global supply chains or large-scale industrial operations. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T professor named ASEM Fellow

Dr. Elizabeth Cudney.

Dr. Elizabeth Cudney.

Dr. Elizabeth Cudney, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).

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