Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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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Office hours at 95: pioneering Missouri S&T professor Bill James reflects on 65 years in Rolla

Posted by on June 15, 2018

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Despite spending the past 65 years in Rolla, Bill James’ thick Maine accent remains intact. He credits the links between two seemingly dissimilar locales for luring him to campus as a newly minted Iowa State University Ph.D. back in 1953. That decision would mark the start of a distinguished academic career highlighted by receiving the university’s first National Science Foundation research award, playing a key role in the formation of a Ph.D. program in chemical engineering, and establishing, in 1964, one of the university’s first research centers, the Graduate Center for Materials Research.

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Missouri S&T Renaissance Student Award granted to well-rounded graduate

Posted by on April 30, 2018

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Daniel Roesch, a graduating senior in ceramic engineering with minors in chemistry and studio art, has earned Missouri S&T’s 2018 Renaissance Student Award. S&T ‘s College of Arts, Sciences, and Business and the arts, languages and philosophy department presented the award, which includes a $1,000 prize, in a ceremony on campus today at the Havener Center.

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Missouri S&T doctoral student works to improve drug safety, efficacy with new chiral templates

Posted by on April 26, 2018

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In the early 1960s, the Thalidomide drug scare caused thousands of worldwide infant deaths and birth defects from a morning sickness medicine for expectant mothers. The disaster transformed drug regulation systems, and changed the pharmaceutical industry’s understanding of chiral properties: the notion that molecules with otherwise identical properties are in fact mirror images, like your right and left hands. Missouri S&T materials science and engineering doctoral student Meagan Kelso wasn’t even close to being born when the chiral consequences of Thalidomide first became apparent nearly 60 years ago. But the drug industry’s continued efforts to fine-tune how it first identifies and then separates chiral compounds is driving the native Texan’s Ph.D. research.

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The innovator’s toolbox: metallurgical engineer returns to Missouri S&T for O’Keefe Lecture

Posted by on October 19, 2017

As a Ph.D. student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, metallurgical engineer Martin Perez dove deep into studying the effects of molten metal corrosion and the use of alloy powders in alkaline batteries.
But when Perez returns to S&T next week to deliver the ninth annual Dr. Thomas J. O’Keefe Lecture, expect very little discussion about powder metallurgy. Instead, the guest lecturer plans to focus on what he calls the “secret to innovation: applied imagination.”

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Missouri S&T metallurgical engineer named ASM International fellow

Posted by on October 5, 2017

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A Missouri S&T professor known for both his teaching acumen and research portfolio has been named an ASM International fellow, a top honor in materials science and engineering.
Dr. David Van Aken, a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of metallurgical engineering, is one of 18 inductees in the professional society’s 2017 class of fellows. The new members will be formally recognized at an Oct. 10 awards dinner in conjunction with the Materials Science & Technology 2017 annual conference in Pittsburgh.

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Missouri S&T professor earns patent for energy storage technology

Posted by on August 9, 2017

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A ceramic engineering professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology has received a federal patent for his latest innovation, a multi-layer ceramic capacitor that could help boost energy storage in applications ranging from pulse power devices to military hardware. Dr. Fatih Dogan, a professor in Missouri S&T’s materials science and engineering department, has spent […]

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Greg Hilmas named interim chair of materials science and engineering

Posted by on June 27, 2017

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Dr. Gregory E. Hilmas, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named interim chair of the materials science and engineering department at Missouri S&T, effective July 1.

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NSF CAREER award supports metal composite research

Posted by on June 22, 2017

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Dr. Caizhi Zhou, the Roberta and G. Robert Couch Assistant Professor of materials science and engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, recently received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his work in the field of metallic composites.

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Collaboration unites S&T engineering, Winthrop University fine arts

Posted by on June 20, 2017

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When it comes to materials science and engineering, there’s more than a bit of artistry involved. At any given time, its practitioners may tame glass, shape steel or push the boundaries of biomedicine. And those rigid lines dividing creative spontaneity from analytical discipline? They’re often downright blurry, if not overlapping.

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