Archives for October 2013

New VC for finance and administration

WalterBransonWalter J. Branson joined S&T as vice chancellor for finance and administration in August. He formerly served as vice chancellor for financial affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

New steel research center honors first Iverson Chair

FoundryA new center for steel manufacturing research has been renamed to honor the legacy of the late Kent D. Peaslee, a metallurgical engineering professor who helped establish the center. The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved the naming of the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center at Missouri S&T during a board meeting last June.

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Morton elected to ASEE post

LeaAnnMortonLea-Ann Morton, assistant vice chancellor for university advancement, has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Professional Interest Council V. She began her term with ASEE on July 1, 2013.

Young alumni gather in St. Louis

On July 24, 28 young alumni met at Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop, a vibrant entertainment district in St. Louis. Miners who graduated over the last 10 years gathered to enjoy appetizers over a few games of darts. [Read more…]

Mike McEvilly: A natural leader

Mike McEvilly

Mike McEvilly

Whether he’s working on a deep-water offshore development in the Gulf of Mexico or helping Missouri S&T produce top-notch engineers, Mike McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81, is a natural leader. McEvilly, project director of Hess Corp.’s Tubular Bells Development, supports Missouri S&T as a dedicated member of the Academy of Engineering Management, Academy of Civil Engineers and the Miner Alumni Association board of directors.

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S&T to lead small modular reactor consortium

SmallModularReactorAmeren and Westinghouse Electric Co. are tapping into Missouri S&T’s nuclear engineering expertise to lead a new research effort for the nuclear energy industry.

In July, those companies joined S&T, the University of Missouri System, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri Technology Corp. to announce the multi-university Small Modular Reactor Research and Education Consortium. S&T, home to the state’s first nuclear reactor, will lead the consortium. A satellite center will be established on the Columbia campus.

The consortium will identify and develop technology that supports small modular nuclear reactors and improves the security of the energy they produce. Smaller than traditional nuclear power plants, SMRs provide more flexibility for generating electricity. Many are designed to use fuel more efficiently, thereby reducing waste.

“The consortium will support member-driven research,” says Joseph Smith, the Wayne (CE’67) and Gayle Laufer Chair of Energy at Missouri S&T and executive director of the SMR Research and Education Consortium.

“An industrial advisory board representing each consortium member will determine the research projects and direction. We will be working on projects that are of interest to our members, and everyone will benefit from the research and education that result. The work of this consortium will have a significant impact on energy and energy security, and will help the U.S. maintain its leadership role in science and technology.”

In the only laboratory of its kind in the nation, Muthanna Al-Dahhan (left) is developing methods to measure and track how materials move in a pebble-bed small modular reactor. He’s also looking at how the pebbles — simulated by large marbles — would transfer heat and disperse gas in such a reactor.

A front-row seat to the history of space exploration

Ron1In 1963, Ron Epps, Phys’67, rode his 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead from Mount Vernon, Mo., to Rolla to attend the Missouri School of Mines on a Carnation Milk scholarship. When he crossed the stage as a first-generation graduate, NASA was preparing to send a man to the moon.

Seizing opportunities

Issa AhlamAhlam Issa isn’t the kind of person who lets opportunities slip by. Born in Tanzania, Issa left the country at age 10 to live in St. Louis. She didn’t speak any English when she arrived, but overcame that and other obstacles to graduate as valedictorian from Hazelwood East High School. [Read more…]

Experimental Mine: still an ‘awesome’ lab

For the fourth year in a row, S&T’s Experimental Mine topped the list of “Awesome College Labs” published by Popular Science in the magazine’s September issue.

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New name, broader emphasis for biomedical center

The five-year-old Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration now has a new name: the Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering. The change took effect July 1. “We believe this new name is appropriate, as we are broadening the scope of the center,” says center director Len Rahaman, professor of materials science and engineering.

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