Redefining research: new roles for government, corporate sponsors

CoverImage_small_frontLike many schools in the United States, Missouri S&T came of age as a research university during the U.S.-Soviet “Space Race” of the 1960s. Back then, much of the research conducted on campus was funded by the federal government and usually involved the practical application of knowledge to meet specific needs. Today, most research conducted at S&T is still “applied” in nature, but the clients have changed. The private sector has become a significant source of research funding for Missouri S&T, and many expect that trend to continue – here in Rolla and in university research labs throughout the U.S. How this shift in funding affects the role of U.S. research universities is a subject that is generating interest not just at S&T, but across our nation. [Read more…]

Firing up the ion drive

AerospacePlasmaLab042Ever since the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, the goals of aviation have seemed simultaneously overly ambitious and within reach. It’s no different at Missouri S&T, where researchers are using a pulsed theta pinch to study the physics of high-density, heavy-gas plasma for ion space propulsion in order to meet (and in some cases exceed) the demands of future NASA missions. Inside S&T’s Space and High-Altitude Environment Testing Facility, researchers analyze multiple ion drive propulsion systems. [Read more…]

Clearing electronic traffic jams

HyPointLab103Over the past few decades, the number of electronic and electrical devices has skyrocketed, as has the amount of radio waves that can interfere with other devices. That’s where researchers in S&T’s Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory come in. Inside the EMC’s versatile semi-anechoic chamber, energy can’t get out or in. This controlled environment eliminates outside ambient noise and allows researchers to test emissions and immunity on big screen TVs and other digital devices.

Transforming infrastructure repair

HighBayLab049As roads and bridges across the country continue to age and deteriorate, state and federal agencies are seeking ways to rebuild and revitalize the failing transportation system. Missouri S&T is helping. Inside the High-Bay Structural Engineering Research Laboratory in Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall, researchers use specialized equipment to simulate loading, vibrations and other real-world conditions that are critical to testing and evaluating new infrastructure systems. In this environment, they push materials to extremes to predict when they might fail.

A driving force for the future

SteelManufacturingLab182The demand for the nation’s automotive and manufacturing industries to provide safe, affordable vehicles with better fuel economy has never been greater. S&T is at the center of a consortium with the steel industry and is home to the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center. Working with steel manufacturers, suppliers and other industry partners, S&T researchers seek to reduce a vehicle’s overall weight by developing lighter and stronger materials.

Modern-day miners

cover-moderndayminersYes, we’re the Miners. For nearly 150 years, S&T alumni have been developing new ways to get to the metals, fossil fuels and other mineral resources society wants and needs.

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Mike McEvilly: A natural leader

Mike McEvilly

Mike McEvilly

Whether he’s working on a deep-water offshore development in the Gulf of Mexico or helping Missouri S&T produce top-notch engineers, Mike McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81, is a natural leader. McEvilly, project director of Hess Corp.’s Tubular Bells Development, supports Missouri S&T as a dedicated member of the Academy of Engineering Management, Academy of Civil Engineers and the Miner Alumni Association board of directors.

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A front-row seat to the history of space exploration

Ron1In 1963, Ron Epps, Phys’67, rode his 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead from Mount Vernon, Mo., to Rolla to attend the Missouri School of Mines on a Carnation Milk scholarship. When he crossed the stage as a first-generation graduate, NASA was preparing to send a man to the moon.

Seizing opportunities

Issa AhlamAhlam Issa isn’t the kind of person who lets opportunities slip by. Born in Tanzania, Issa left the country at age 10 to live in St. Louis. She didn’t speak any English when she arrived, but overcame that and other obstacles to graduate as valedictorian from Hazelwood East High School. [Read more…]

Student Success Center up and running

BurnsMcD Success CenterChancellor Cheryl B. Schrader and Breck Washam, ME’90, vice president of Burns & McDonnell and an outgoing member of the Miner Alumni Association board of directors, were on hand April 2 to formally dedicate the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center, a new outreach to S&T students. Located in Room 198 Toomey Hall at the center of campus, the new center serves as a clearinghouse of information and services for Missouri S&T students. [Read more…]