Al-Dahhan named Curators’ Distinguished Professor at Missouri S&T

Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan

Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan

Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan, chair and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and a professor of nuclear engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and of nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T. Al-Dahhan will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators bestows the Curators’ Distinguished Professor title upon outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study. Al-Dahhan is internationally recognized as a leader in the areas of multiphase reactors engineering, advanced measurement techniques, and clean and alternative energy. [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…]

Braden T. Lusk named chair of mining and nuclear engineering

Dr. Braden T. Lusk

Dr. Braden T. Lusk

Dr. Braden T. Lusk, professor of mining engineering at the University of Kentucky and a two-time graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named chair of the mining and nuclear engineering department at Missouri S&T effective Aug. 15. [Read more…]

S&T modular reactor consortium funds two initiatives

Graphical rendering of the Westinghouse SMR containment vessel. ©2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Graphical rendering of the Westinghouse SMR containment vessel. ©2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Missouri’s multi-university Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Research and Education Consortium, led by Missouri University of Science and Technology, has selected its first two research initiatives for funding.

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13 important research stories of 2013

Robotic brains. Glass that can heal bones. A urine test to detect breast cancer. New insights into how Internet use could indicate depression. These were among the most notable advances in research made by Missouri S&T professors and their students in 2013. Here are 13 that were publicized during the year, but are well worth talking about again. [Read more…]

Hyoung Koo Lee named associate chair of mining and nuclear engineering

Dr. Hyoung Koo Lee, associate professor of mining and nuclear engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named associate chair of the mining and nuclear engineering department and director of the Missouri S&T Nuclear Reactor. The appointment takes effect Sept. 1.

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S&T to lead partnership with industry in modular reactor consortium

 

Graphical rendering of the Westinghouse SMR containment vessel. ©2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Graphical rendering of the Westinghouse SMR containment vessel. ©2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ameren and Westinghouse Electric Co. are tapping into the expertise of Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) to conduct research that will benefit the nuclear energy industry. [Read more…]

S&T’s nuclear engineering program selected to receive annual gift of $50,000

Missouri S&T was one of five universities selected by Exelon Nuclear to receive a gift of $50,000 per year from the company. The U.S. Department of Energy will begin matching the gift through the Nuclear Power Engineering Education Matching Grant Program next year.

Exelon Nuclear is the largest owner of nuclear power reactors in the United States, with 17 reactors. The majority of its nuclear power plants are located in Illinois, with additional plants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Exelon Nuclear is a business unit of Exelon Corp., which is headquartered in Chicago.

“We are elated that Exelon Nuclear chose Missouri S&T for this honor,” says Arvind Kumar, program chair and professor of nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T. “We look forward to a long-term partnership with Exelon.”

The other four universities selected for the annual gift were the University of Illinois, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin.

Missouri S&T nuclear engineering graduates have skills that are particularly suited to Exelon Nuclear’s needs. “Most other programs have moved away from reactor core design, but we have stayed focused on it,” says Kumar. “Our graduates are well prepared to design cores using smart techniques.”

Exelon Nuclear currently conducts a two-year training program for new graduates hired by the company. Missouri S&T and Exelon Nuclear will collaborate on an educational plan to reduce the time required for on-the-job training by developing additional curriculum tailored to the company’s needs. Exelon representatives will also spend time each semester on campus providing seminars on issues critical to the field.

Kumar says, “this partnership will enhance the development of clean nuclear power to serve current and future energy needs of the United States.”

Knowledge of nuclear power propels UMR students

The University of Missouri-Rolla has more National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT) scholars than any other university in the nation.

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UMR graduate student: Salt could cool cores of advanced nuclear reactors

The water in a conventional nuclear reactor cools the core, but a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Rolla says salt would be a better alternative in some advanced reactor designs.         

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