Solid connections

Rues brothers

Nathan (left) and Aaron Rues. (Photo by S.B. Atkins Photography)

Why support S&T?: “I got a lot out of being on the Solar Car Team, including two trips to Australia, so I want to repay some of it,” says Nathan Rues, ME’02. His brother, Aaron Rues, EE’01, agrees. “I can’t tell you how many weekends I spent at the design center working on the solar car. I give back to stay connected to S&T.”

Growing the team: The first to join the team in 1997, Nathan recruited Aaron and many of his own Phi Kappa Theta fraternity brothers in 1998. Both remained on the team until graduation.
Is this corner taken?: “It was more difficult back then for design teams, there was no space for us,” says Nathan. “I remember pushing the 1995 and 1997 vehicles from the old bread company (now the Kummer Student Design Center) to a corner of a room in the Bureau of Mines Building to claim the space. Before this, we had a mish-mash of stuff all over campus.” By the time Aaron joined the team, they had moved to the metal garage that was home until the new facility opened in 2011.
Life lessons: “We dealt a lot with worn out components on the road and spent a lot of time inspecting the vehicle,” says Aaron, now an engineer with Allison Transmission Inc. in Indianapolis. “I learned the importance of making things durable. Now I make reliable products, not throwaway components.”
“It’s not always the best design that wins — but the design that is known best,” says Nathan, now a hybrid/electric powertrain engineer with General Motors, also in Indianapolis. “Through testing, we knew exactly what our cars could do on the race … and did it.”
Why students should join design teams: “Engineering studies only take you so far; everyone else is taking the same courses,” says Aaron. “On a design team, you learn to apply knowledge to real-world problems.”
“The competitions offer real-world restraints with high pressure — you learn to think fast. Many problems are too big for you to fix on your own, so you learn to work with others,” says Nathan. “These conditions are hard to simulate outside of a competition.”

Around the Puck

Burken joins EPA advisory board

Joel Burken, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, was chosen to serve on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB). He joins a panel of experts from across the country in areas like epidemiology, public health, medical research, biology and other fields related to protecting human health and […]

[Read More...]

A whole new world

This past February, students in Missouri S&T’s Ballet and Dance Club traveled through the sands of time as they took the Leach Theatre stage with a student production of Aladdin. Club members held two dance camps for local children aged 3 to 13, who performed a special dance during the show.

[Read More...]

Have a seat in the chair of the future

Recent studies report that the average person spends 13 hours a day sitting. That’s a lot of time spent in a chair.

[Read More...]

Honglan Shi: water woman

Honglan Shi has gained a national reputation as the go-to drinking water quality expert.

[Read More...]

Driving home diversity

“We need diversity because the world is changing, and the pace of change is only increasing,” said Thomas R. Voss, EE’69, retired CEO of Ameren, a former member of the University of Missouri System Board of Curators and a current member of the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees, during commencement ceremonies in December. “Diversity makes […]

[Read More...]