Academy inductions

This year, 39 UMR alumni and former faculty were inducted into UMR’s seven academies. Mechanical and aerospace engineering held its academy’s induction ceremony in October. Engineering management held ceremonies in October and April. The remaining five academies held their induction ceremonies in April.

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Allada and Schwartz to lead new departments

On June 18, two UMR faculty members filled new positions created as part of UMR’s restructuring.

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UMR chancellor earns award for roadside safety research

UMR Chancellor John F. Carney III received the 2007 Kenneth A. Stonex National Roadside Safety Award from the Transportation Research Board, a part of the National Academy of Sciences, at the Transportation Research Board’s 86th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

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Boeing helps ‘lead the way’

The Boeing Co. has donated $150,000 to UMR’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW).
The gift, which applies as a match toward a $387,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will help develop and expand the program. PLTW helps introduce engineering to Missouri middle and high schools by focusing on activities and team-based projects that give students the chance to work with their hands and see how math fits into those activities.

UMR student selected to meet Nobel winners

UMR graduate student Steven Jung is spending Independence Day with a group of Nobel Prize winners. Jung was selected to participate in the 2007 Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany.

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Student dune buggy races in Floria

A team of UMR students designed and built an off-road and off-land vehicle for the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Baja East competition, held in Ocala, Fla., in April.

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Lady Muckers win world championship

A team of female students used their skills in 19th century mining techniques to win a world championship in “mucking” at the Intercollegiate Mining Competition March 24 in Tucson, Ariz.

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National champ title goes to UMR

This spring, UMR proved conclusively that it has the best human-powered vehicle team in the nation. The UMR team won the West Coast challenge April 13-15 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and then won the East Coast challenge (again) May 11-13 in Ocala, Fla.

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Show me the research

On April 17, UMR student researchers showed Missouri legislators how glass is being used to strengthen bone tissue, how breakthroughs in chemistry might result in a new method of removing lead from the bloodstream, how nutrients in streams can be monitored more efficiently and why flood plains need to be checked for high levels of salt.

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