Author: Alan Scher Zagier

Biomaterials expert Convertine joins Missouri S&T

Posted by on August 27, 2018

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Dr. Anthony J. Convertine, a biomedical engineer whose research seeks to tap polymer science to unlock the next steps in advancing drug delivery systems, has been named a Roberta and G. Robert Couch Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Missouri S&T. Convertine joins S&T from the University of Washington, where he rose to the position of research associate professor of bioengineering after starting there as a senior postdoctoral fellow in 2006.

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Hilmas named chair of materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T

Posted by on August 21, 2018

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Dr. Gregory E. Hilmas, a ceramic engineer and leading expert in methods to create more durable, next-generation materials, has been named chair of materials science and engineering at Missouri S&T.
The Curators’ Distinguished Professor of ceramic engineering has served as interim department chair since July 2017. He succeeds Dr. Matthew J. O’Keefe, executive director of the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi

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Missouri S&T, Missouri State partner to expand cooperative engineering degree programs

Posted by on August 14, 2018

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For the past decade, Missouri State University has offered courses in civil engineering and electrical engineering on its Springfield campus taught by faculty from Missouri University of Science and Technology and Missouri State. Starting this fall, Missouri State students can apply to a third Missouri S&T engineering program — this one in mechanical engineering —that will begin in fall 2019.

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Missouri S&T to receive $1.7M in federal support for nuclear engineering research, student scholarships and campus reactor upgrades

Posted by on July 26, 2018

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The nuclear engineering program at Missouri S&T has recently been awarded a total of $1.7 million in federal support for research, student scholarships and safety upgrades to the university’s nuclear research reactor. The federal investment marks a strong commitment to one of the top nuclear engineering programs in the nation, says Dr. Richard Wlezien, vice provost and dean of engineering and computing at Missouri S&T.

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Missouri S&T civil engineering professor advocates for Midwest tornado preparation

Posted by on July 25, 2018

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Growing up in northeast China, Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States. But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T gradually found her calling.

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Construction engineering and management expert joins Missouri S&T

Posted by on July 19, 2018

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Dr. Islam El-adaway, an associate professor and coordinator of the University of Tennessee’s construction engineering and management program, has been named the Hurst/McCarthy Professor in Construction Engineering Management at Missouri S&T. His appointment begins Aug. 1.

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Missouri S&T biochemical engineer patents low-cost method of removing bacterial toxins from fluids

Posted by on July 12, 2018

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By some estimates, 18 million people die each year from sepsis triggered by endotoxins – fragments of the outer membranes of bacteria. A biochemical engineer at Missouri S&T has patented a method of removing these harmful elements from water and also from pharmaceutical formulations. Her goal: improve drug safety and increase access to clean drinking water in the developing world.
The technique, as outlined in a July 2016 article in the journal Nanotechnology, involves a one-step phase separation method, using a syringe pump, to synthesize the nanoparticles. Those polymer nanoparticles have a high endotoxin removal efficiency of nearly 1 million endotoxin units per milliliter of water, using only a few micrograms of the material.

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Military background spurs Missouri S&T explosives engineering Ph.D. student’s research on traumatic brain injury

Posted by on July 11, 2018

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While in the Marine Corps, Missouri S&T explosives engineering Ph.D. student Barbara Rutter saw the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on her fellow soldiers’ lives firsthand. Those experiences have led Rutter to devote her graduate research to the relationship between physical building damage and TBI occurrence, so that the military can easily determine if an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion has caused such an injury.

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S&T receives largest gift in its history with in-kind contribution of seismic data

Posted by on July 3, 2018

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Missouri University of Science and Technology has received the largest gift in its history: an in-kind donation of proprietary seismic data valued at $6.5 million from Calico Jack Holdings LLC and Zion Energy LLC, both Houston-based oil and gas exploration companies. The data, which has been donated to S&T’s geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering department, is a 3-D geologic and seismic survey of 85 square miles along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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S&T selects Penn State prof, NSF program director to oversee research in College of Engineering and Computing

Posted by on July 2, 2018

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Dr. Angela Lueking, a professor of energy and mineral engineering and chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University and a recent program director at the National Science Foundation, is joining Missouri S&T as associate dean of research in the College of Engineering and Computing starting Aug. 1

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