Burken joins EPA advisory board

Dr. Joel Burken

Dr. Joel Burken

Dr. Joel Burken, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been selected to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is made up of experts from across the country, in areas such as epidemiology, public health, medical research, biology and other fields related to protecting human health and the environment.

Burken, who has also served as the director of the Environmental Research Center at Missouri S&T, will serve as “a special government employee” through Sept. 30, 2019. He is asked to provide independent expert advice on technical issues underlying EPA policies and decision making. His expertise in hazardous waste remediation, water quality, and the use of natural sustainable technologies are reasons why he was selected, according to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. [Read more…]

Three Missouri S&T students named University Innovation Fellows

Jonathan Bopp. Photo by Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T.

Jonathan Bopp. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T.

By assessing the current environment for entrepreneurs and innovators at Missouri University of Science and Technology, three of its students hope to measure and then improve the climate through creativity and design-focused thinking.

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Baking industry niche leads graduate to Clif Bar boardroom

Growing up in suburban St. Louis, Rich Berger’s career aspirations were far from singular. [Read more…]

Dr. Joseph H. Senne Jr. died Dec. 20

Dr. Joseph SenneDr. Joseph H. Senne Jr., professor emeritus and former chair of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, died Dec. 20, 2016.

Senne was an instructor in civil engineering at Missouri S&T from 1948 to 1951 and an assistant professor of civil engineering from 1951 to 1954. He spent eight years at Iowa State University, then returned to Missouri S&T as professor of civil engineering in 1963. He was named chair of the civil engineering department in 1965 and served until 1985. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T honors alumni for professional distinction

Missouri University of Science and Technology presented two Awards of Professional Distinction during winter commencement ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 17. The awards recognize the outstanding Missouri S&T graduates for professional achievement. [Read more…]

Mollenkamp named assistant vice chancellor for business services at Missouri S&T

John Mollenkamp, acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, has been named assistant vice chancellor for business services. He will begin his duties at Missouri S&T on Monday, Jan. 9. Mollenkamp replaces Randy Stoll, who recently retired.

Mollenkamp will report to Walt Branson, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration. He will direct the department of business services and provide direction to the manager of campus printing and mail operations. [Read more…]

Du named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T

Dr. Xiaoping Du

Dr. Xiaoping Du

Dr. Xiaoping Du, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T. Du will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship was established in 1990 to honor outstanding professors, call attention to teaching excellence, and foster improvements in teaching and learning. Du teaches introduction to engineering design, dynamics and probabilistic engineering design. [Read more…]

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…]

Vojta named Curators’ Distinguished Professor at Missouri S&T

Dr. Thomas Vojta

Dr. Thomas Vojta

Dr. Thomas Vojta, professor of physics at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of physics at Missouri S&T. Vojta 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. Vojta is recognized for his work in quantum physics. [Read more…]

Biomaterials expert Delbert Day named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Delbert Day

Dr. Delbert E. Day

Dr. Delbert E. Day, a prolific inventor whose work with specialty glasses has led to treatments for cancer, bone tissue regeneration and wound care, has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow.

The NAI announced Day’s selection today (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016) in recognition of his “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.” He will be inducted into the NAI on April 6, 2017, during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston. [Read more…]