Archives for July 2018

Explosives engineering embraces roots — but evolves with 21st-century focus

When mining engineering professor George Clark established the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center in 1964, the focus was straightforward: find a better way to blast rocks. [Read more…]

A passion for pyrotechnics

Jerry Vaill, CE’77, MS ExpE’12, had just retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after a 30-year career when he caught an episode of “The Detonators” on the Discovery Channel in 2009. He was surprised to find that the series’ hosts, Paul Worsey and Braden Lusk, MinE’00, PhD MinE’06, had ties to his alma mater. [Read more…]

Exploding with research

From the fireworks at a Kansas City Chiefs football game to improved mineral mining practices, the discoveries made through research at the Experimental Mine at Missouri S&T have changed the world around us. [Read more…]

Leading the charge

Start asking questions about explosives engineering at S&T, and it doesn’t take long for a theme to emerge:
love at first blast. [Read more…]

Recruiting the next generation

S&T’s leadership in explosives has been accelerated by many factors, but only one is raising the program’s visibility among a key demographic: 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds. [Read more…]

A Wish come true

Fifteen-year-old Zackrie’s dream to visit Atlantis Paradise Island, a resort in the Bahamas, came true when the S&T athletics department and Chi Omega fraternity helped Make-A-Wish Missouri grant his wish. Zackrie has a condition that led to kidney failure and a recent kidney transplant. Make-A-Wish Foundation is the official charity of NCAA Division II and its national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is Chi Omega’s national philanthropy of choice. He is seen here giving a fist-bump to Rolla Mayor Lou Magdits during the Make-A-Wish reveal on campus in March.

Generous partners complete ACML fundraising

Thanks to an investment from the University of Missouri System, major gifts from industry partners and alumni support, S&T will break ground on the Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML) on Oct. 12, during Homecoming weekend. [Read more…]

Alumni help with sesquicentennial planning

Seven alumni, including three Miner Alumni Association board members, have been named to Missouri S&T’s sesquicentennial advisory committee. The group is made up of graduates, students, faculty, staff and community members who are involved in planning the university’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration. [Read more…]

Using big data to reduce childbirth risks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, complications during pregnancy or childbirth affect more than 50,000 women annually, and about 700 of them die every year. Steve Corns, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, is working with researchers from Phelps County Regional Medical Center through the Ozarks Biomedical Initiative to reduce that number. [Read more…]

Bogan solves Benton mural mystery

Missouri State Capitol muralist Thomas Hart Benton wrote in his memoir about being called into then-Gov. Guy Park’s office and told that a prominent St. Louis politician objected to Benton’s portrayal of black people, especially depictions of slavery. [Read more…]