Faculty honored with Curators’ titles

David Van Aken, professor of metallurgical engineering, was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of materials science and engineering during commencement Dec. 20. He joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1993.

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Professional degrees awarded

Ten honorary professional degrees were awarded during the Dec. 20 commencement exercises.

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Saving the world with green slime

Several glass containers filled with algae-stained water sit on a table in Paul Nam’s laboratory. Next to the big green bottles are two much smaller vials. One of the vials, labeled “biodiesel,” contains a mostly clear solution labeled “algae oil.”

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This is your grid on brains

Using thousands of brain cells from laboratory rats, S&T researchers hope to design a more intelligent power grid. They envision a more flexible system that can respond to uncertainty and circumstances – much like the brain itself.

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Sensing something wrong with structures

Using a newly patented sensor system, engineers will be able to measure structural damage to bridges and buildings following an earthquake.

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Justin Taylor: A will to win

Junior Justin Taylor’s passion for sports comes from his two older brothers who got him involved in basketball as a kid. Not only does he love the competition but he loves to win. That trait helped make him a successful football and basketball player at Webster Groves (Mo.) High School.

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Former soccer player named honorary All-America by NSCAA

The recipient of the 2008 NSCAA Honorary All-America award is out of this world. Literally.

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Football Miners honored by GLFC

Missouri S&T won the Great Lakes Football Conference championship in 2008 and the league’s all-conference team was a reflection of that. The Miners had 13 players chosen for the squad and won six additional awards for their performance.

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Miners send 15 swimmers to national meet

The Missouri S&T swimming team finished the three-day Mizzou Invitational in December with 15 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Division II Championships that began in Houston, Texas, on March 11. This marks only the second time in school history that 15 swimmers have gone on to the national meet.

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Honoring a mentor: Joe and Sally Rupp

In every student’s educational journey, there’s at least one professor who forever alters the course of that student’s life. For Joe Rupp, MetE’72, there’s no question that person was the late Dr. Thomas O’Keefe, Curators’ Professor emeritus of metallurgical engineering at Missouri S&T.

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