Archives for November 2015

High-strength steel = fuel-efficient cars

By the year 2025, cars and light trucks will average 54.5 miles per gallon — at least that’s the goal set by the U.S. Department of Transportation in its corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. [Read more…]

This little patent went to market

Patent attorneys Randy Canis, CSci’97, an adjunct professor in Missouri S&T’s Engineering Education Center, and Scott O’Brian, ME’84, MS EMch’88, MS EMgt’90, share a behind-the-scenes look at a patent’s journey to market.

Easy-bake asteroids

Leslie Gertsch is baking asteroids in search of an interstellar water source that could one day lead to industrialized space travel.  [Read more…]

The thrill of the kill

Krista Haslag, a senior on the Missouri S&T volleyball team, knows a thing or two about competing. The 6-foot-1 senior from Linn, Mo., racked up 18 kills one mid-November weekend to become the university’s all-time leader in career kills. Haslag finished the season with 1,269 kills. (Erin Bekebrede, Psyc’12, who played for the Miners from 2008–11, held the previous record of 1,243 kills). [Read more…]

Dave Bayless: the power of leadership

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Dave Bayless of Ohio University is the son of Jerry Bayless, CE’59, MS CE’62, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, who has been a member of the Missouri S&T faculty since 1959. Photo by Ben Siegel/Ohio University.

The oil crisis of the 1970s ignited Dave Bayless’s passion for energy. A few years at the Naval Power School in the late 1980s opened up an interest in teaching. And multiple entrepreneurial experiences fueled a new cause — integrating leadership education into engineering education.
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Life is a highway (simulation)

Using the cab of a white Ford Ranger XLT with split bucket seats as a driving simulator, a team of Missouri S&T researchers is evaluating road sign configurations to see if alternatives could make drivers — and workers — safer in work zones on Missouri roadways. [Read more…]

History in the making: Larry Gragg on chronicling the S&T story

In 2020, Missouri S&T will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. Among the many activities and projects planned to commemorate the sesquicentennial is a new history book of the university. Larry Gragg, Curators’ Teaching Professor of history, is writing the book and is seeking submissions from alumni about their experiences on campus through the years. We asked him about the project.
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Cruising the surface of Mars

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You may one day have the chance to cruise the surface of Mars in a rover designed by an S&T student. The Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team took 10th place this fall in an international competition in Poland with their rover Horizon. The students competed against 40 teams from around the world in a contest to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers.

Paul Friz: a future in outer space

When he was a teenager, Missouri S&T doctoral student and former NASA employee Paul Friz looked up into the night sky and found the twinkling points of light, a thousand beacons in the darkness, irresistible. He was hooked.
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A Miner victory

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Miner football fans were treated to the best offensive night in nearly two years of play on Sept. 26, when the Miners beat the Pumas from Saint Joseph’s College 39-27. The Miners entered the game averaging 317 yards of total offense per game, but ended this match with 569 as they ran 98 plays from scrimmage. The Miners ended the season with a 5-5 record.