S&T makes the grade with U.S. News

Missouri S&T is once again one of the top-ranked graduate engineering schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The magazine’s annual rankings of graduate schools, released in March, listed Missouri S&T 67th among the nation’s best graduate engineering schools and 39th among public graduate engineering schools. The rankings are included in the U.S. News guidebook’s “premium” online edition at www.usnews.com.

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What a trooper

While most Missouri S&T students were returning to classes after winter break, sophomore Jacob Brakeman was learning how to fall.

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$3 million plan earns top hydrogen prize

Using $3 million in imaginary funds, an interdisciplinary group of Missouri S&T students garnered the top spot in an international hydrogen student design contest in March.
Teams from 22 other colleges and universities from around the world developed proposals for using hydrogen technologies to solve noise pollution, energy efficiency and other critical issues at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, S.C.

Eversman gets aviation honor

Walter Eversman’s contributions to the field of aircraft noise reduction earned him the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ 2008 Aeroacoustics Award.
Eversman, Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has spent his career trying to quiet the world’s skies. His work is widely recognized and used for noise control by major aircraft engine companies. Among his accomplishments is the development of the Eversman Code, which has become an industry standard design tool for turbofan and tonal radiation.

Melanie Mormile: Woman of the Year

Described by her students and colleagues as someone they admire and adore, Melanie Mormile became the newest member of an elite group of female faculty at Missouri S&T: the Woman of the Year recipients.
This is the 12th year for the Woman of the Year award, which is funded by Cindy Tang, Econ’85, founder of Insight Industries Inc., one of the largest software engineering companies in Wisconsin. The award is given to an outstanding female faculty member who has helped to improve the campus climate for women and has served as a role model for other faculty and students through her research, scholarship and service.

A leader you can lean on

Elizabeth Cudney’s leadership in quality and lean manufacturing has earned her one of the American Society for Quality’s top awards. Cudney, PhD EMgt’06, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering, received the Armand V. Feigenbaum Medal during ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement, held in May in Houston.

Good chemistry

Two Missouri S&T chemistry professors recently received a faculty award from the John W. Claypool Fund for Medical Research.
Nuran Ercal, professor of chemistry and adjunct associate professor of internal medicine at St. Louis University, and Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry, have earned the $1,000 award to help fund their research on a treatment for HIV-1 associated dementia and a method for non-invasive pre-cancer screening, respectively. The annual award, established by Claypool, MS ME’60, recognizes excellence in medical research.

The tradition continues…

Eight days. Three thousand kilometers. Cars powered by the sun. October 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of the Panasonic World Solar Challenge (PWSC), a solar car race through the Australian Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. While the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team did not make the journey this year, two alumni did. Brian Call, ME’97, MS EMch’99, and Gail Lueck, EMgt’02, MS EMgt’03, both served in volunteer staff positions for the event, helping with inspections of the vehicles in Darwin and working at the control stops along the race.

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St. Pat’s by the numbers

350
Mops on hand for 2008 street painting.
175
Mops needed on a usual St. Pat’s weekend.
218
MSM students who skipped school for the first celebration.
570
Approximate number of St. Pat’s Board alumni attending the 100th celebration, nearly half the living total.
630
Gallons of paint used to turn Pine Street green.

400/300/25

Hot dogs/Pizzas/Kegs of Beer at the Miner Alumni Association’s post-parade celebration.

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GE Aviation brings 30 new jobs to Rolla

Missouri S&T has been selected by GE Aviation as the home of a new University Development Center to be located in Rolla. At least 30 engineering positions are expected to be created in Rolla as a result of the partnership.

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