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.

Studying the building blocks of life

Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry, and Honglan Shi, an associate research professor of chemistry, are working with colleagues at Clemson University to develop a microscopic fiber optic probe that can detect changes in a single cell. The work is funded through a $567,311 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. [Read more…]

Color printing with no ink

Unlike inkjet or laser printers, which use mixtures of various pigments to reproduce color on a printed page, a new process developed by a pair of S&T mechanical engineers uses nanomaterials for color printing with no ink. The finished product is visible only with the aid of a high-powered electron microscope. [Read more…]

Fruit flies could unlock Alzheimer’s sleep secrets

Courtney Fiebelman is conducting research about Alzheimer's disease through sleep patterns by studying fruit flies on Wednesday April 29, 2015.     Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Courtney Fiebelman is conducting research about Alzheimer’s disease through sleep patterns by studying fruit flies on Wednesday April 29, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, people with Alzheimer’s Disease often have sleep pattern changes, and sleep changes somehow result from the disease’s impact on the brain.
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Classroom roll call? There’s an app for that

A team of Missouri S&T researchers has developed an app that tracks classroom attendance using a smartphone camera.

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