Archives for June 2010

Wiimote manufacturing

Ming Leu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, is using remote-control devices from the popular Wii gaming console and putting them to work to improve manufacturing processes. He’s using the devices — called Wiimotes — to record an assembly process in hopes of improving the way companies train workers, shortening cycle time, reducing workplace injuries and helping manufacturers improve the way they communicate with plants all over the globe.

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A parallel process to boost solar power

The usual method of connecting solar panels is in a series, one after the other. But just as one bad bulb in a string of Christmas lights can black out the entire set, so can a single solar panel disrupt the flow of electrical current through the other panels in a series.

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Robovision, now in 3-D

Soldiers and first responders may soon have a better way to evaluate the interior of dangerous structures, thanks to a joint project between Missouri S&T and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Geology of the Nile

In January, a group of Missouri S&T students and faculty traveled to Egypt to study geologic formations surrounding the Egyptian Nile, painting a picture of the evolutionary history of the past 6 million years.

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Blue gem, greener fuel

Sapphire, a brilliant blue gemstone most familiar in jewelry, may soon play an important part in making coal a cleaner fuel source.

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What happened in Vegas …

While organized crime weaves its way into Hollywood’s versions of Las Vegas, the extent of the mob’s actual involvement in the conception and development of the city is debatable.

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Terry Robinson: dual threat

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of things falling into place.
After a standout high school career in football and track and field, Terry Robinson started college at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He spent a year in Colorado, then returned to his St. Louis home and has found a niche in the Missouri S&T athletic program in those two sports.

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David Brown named Miners’ head football coach

David Brown, an assistant coach who worked with one of the nation’s top defenses at Ohio University for the past four seasons, is now head of the Missouri S&T football program.

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Miner swimmers place eighth at nationals; two from track team earn All-America honors

Missouri S&T’s swimming team finished eighth at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships, with four individuals and three relay teams finishing among the top eight in their events in the meet held in Canton, Ohio.

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The Riess Family: Building a pipeline to S&T

College wasn’t on Rob Riess Sr.’s radar after high school, not until his older brother challenged him to give it a try. He attended community college for two years, did well, and decided to complete his degree at Rolla – a decision that led to an outstanding career in the energy transportation field.

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