Welding in micro-gravity

Led by senior Michelle Rader, a team of S&T aerospace engineering students is trying to improve the speed of construction in space.


michelle_fmt.jpegIn January, the group traveled to NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a trip aboard a Boeing 727 that simulates weightlessness by flying in parabolic patterns. While there, the students welded aluminum to study its behavior in zero gravity.
This is the team’s fifth trip to Houston. In addition to Rader, team members include Caleb Baumgart, Ben Gaither, Joe Siebert, Shawn Miller, Ryan Pahl and Tonya Sanders. George Green, an electronics technician at S&T and the team’s technical advisor, also participated.

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2018

8,607 Students enrolled for the fall semester at Missouri S&T. Classes started Aug. 20. 91 Percentage of first-year freshmen who receive scholarships and financial aid.

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Making tornado alley safer

Growing up in northeast China, 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 […]

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Living laboratory houses lead battery research

This past November, Missouri S&T installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the EcoVillage, a “living laboratory” that is home to S&T’s solar-powered homes.

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Partners for progress

An expansion of the partnership between Missouri S&T and Missouri State University will allow students to pursue a mechanical engineering degree on the Missouri State campus with courses taught by faculty from both institutions. Students began applying this fall. The program will begin in fall 2019.

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Chancellor search is underway

This past August, University of Missouri President Mun Choi announced the formation of a 23-member committee to lead a nationwide search for a chancellor at Missouri S&T.

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