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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Missouri S&T undergraduates to exhibit research to state legislators

The Missouri State Capitol. Photo from the Missouri House of Representatives image gallery.

Undergraduate students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will travel to Jefferson City, Missouri, to exhibit their latest research projects to the state’s top legislators on Tuesday, April 4.

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Graduate students recognized for outstanding research posters

From researching how to make ceramics tough enough for aerospace travel to automated learning strategies and developing fibers for windows and eyewear, research by dozens of Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate students was on display last month. On Monday, March 13, Missouri S&T’s office of graduate studies recognized the top presentations during an awards banquet. [Read more…]

With Scholars’ Mine, over 1 million served globally

Somewhere on the lower west side of Chicago, an internet user seeking information about photografting – a technique for attaching polymers to surfaces – recently struck gold with a visit to Scholars’ Mine, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s online repository of research papers, creative works and other documents. [Read more…]

16 important research stories of 2016

2016 was another banner year for research at Missouri S&T.

2016 was another banner year for research at Missouri S&T.

A wearable wristband to monitor patients with dementia. Award-winning research on a method to clean up lead mine tailings sites. A reliable and more accessible way to diagnose breast cancer. These are among the many notable innovations and discoveries made by Missouri University of Science and Technology professors and students in 2016. Here are 16 that were publicized during the year – but are well worth talking about again. (You can read about many more innovations in the research section of our news site.) [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…]

Summer solutions

High school students experience intensity of lab life in six-week research academy

Dr. Jonghyun Park oversees high school students Daniel Yoon and Jessica Slavick during the Summer Research Academy. The project focuses on energy storage as Daniel creates a lithium ion battery. Photo by Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

High school students Daniel Yoon and Jessica Slavick are taking part in this year’s Summer Research Academy at Missouri S&T. Their projects focus on energy storage. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Jessica Slavick and Daniel Yoon could be spending their summer idly soaking in the sun at the neighborhood pool, or earning extra cash as a coffee barista or movie theater usher.

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S&T announces Undergraduate Research Conference winners

The winners of the 12th annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Missouri University of Science and Technology have been announced. The conference, which was held on April 11 on the S&T campus, featured oral and poster exhibitions that represented work from students in nearly every major at Missouri S&T. Winners were awarded a cash prize of $750. Second- and third-place finishers received $500 and $250, respectively.

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Graduate students recognized for outstanding research

Ph.D. students at Missouri S&T recognized for their research are, from left, Michael Wisely, Cory Reed, George Shannon, Kenneth Campbell and Jordan Wilson. Not pictured is Erica Ronchetto.

Ph.D. students at Missouri S&T recognized for their research are, from left, Michael Wisely, Cory Reed, George Shannon, Kenneth Campbell and Jordan Wilson. Not pictured is Erica Ronchetto.

From investigations into massive geological changes in Africa to studies of wastewater treatment processes and a proposal to use mobile devices to predict traffic patterns, research by dozens of graduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology was on display last month. On Monday, March 7, Missouri S&T’s office of graduate studies recognized the top presentations during an awards banquet. [Read more…]

Mariesa Crow to serve as vice provost for research

Dr. Mariesa Crow

Dr. Mariesa Crow

Dr. Mariesa Crow, the Fred W. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been appointed to serve as Missouri S&T’s vice provost for research. [Read more…]