Saving the bats

White-nose syndrome kills bats by the millions. If not stopped, it could disrupt an entire ecosystem. But a group of Missouri S&T students learned that a compound found in citrus fruit can slow the disease. [Read more…]

Recovering oil with CO2

Traditional methods of oil recovery call for flooding well formations with water, but often as much as two-thirds of the oil is left behind through this process. Carbon dioxide is more efficient for oil recovery because it dissolves into oil and reduces its viscosity, but that approach also has problems. [Read more…]

Volcano warning

Much like National Weather Service sirens signal impending severe weather, so too may a similar system warn us before earthquakes strike or volcanoes erupt.

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Imaging the final frontier

A Missouri S&T aerospace engineering professor is developing a microsatellite imager that could be used to check satellites, do small repairs or refuel spacecraft — and keep astronauts from making risky exploratory missions when something goes wrong. [Read more…]

Cleaning up nuclear waste … with glass

Stored in steel drums and buried in mountainsides, nuclear waste can remain radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. Reducing the space needed to store the waste saves time and money and will reduce the overall environmental impact, says Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Making research more accessible

Military historian John C. McManus is conducting research for a new two-volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific and Asian theater during World War II through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which wants to make scholarly research more accessible to the public. [Read more…]

In print

Elizabeth Cudney, PhD EMgt’06, an associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, co-wrote Total Productive Maintenance: Strategies and Implementation Guide, which was published in July by CRC Press.

Kellie Grasman, a lecturer in engineering management and systems engineering, co-wrote a textbook titled Fundamentals of Engineering Economic Analysis. The text won the Book of the Year Award at the 2015 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference.