Department of Materials Science and Engineering

High-strength “superalloy” expert to deliver Golick Lecture at Missouri S&T

Posted by on March 11, 2019

Dr. David Seidman, the Walter P. Murphy Professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University and an expert on high-strength materials known as “superalloys,” will deliver the 26th A. Frank Golick Lecture in Materials Science and Engineering at Missouri S&T at noon Wednesday, March 20. Seidman’s presentation will be held in Room 125 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall on the Missouri S&T campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m.-noon.

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Missouri S&T students test their metal in bladesmithing competition

Posted by on March 7, 2019

A group of Missouri S&T students will put their bladesmithing skills on display next week by presenting a hand-forged sword at an international competition sponsored by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

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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 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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