Alumni prominent on committee to find next chancellor

Seven alumni have been selected to serve on the committee appointed to find a new Missouri S&T chancellor to replace John F. Carney III, who will retire in August. The committee of alumni, students, faculty, staff and others will work with the search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. to identify potential candidates selected by the time a new University of Missouri System president is in place. The new president will appoint the chancellor.

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An online connection

One alumnus learned that he shared an alma mater with his neighbor by using a tool on the Miner Alumni Association’s online community. Another found the perfect employee to fill a position across the country in an email conversation with alumni office staff.

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Energy’s air apparent: Battery research could revolutionize auto industry

A February article in The New York Times describes Yangchuan (Chad) Xing as “bookish,” shrouded in “anonymity” and “inclined to discuss factual matters rather than tarry on questions of meaning.” Yet Xing’s research into lithium-air battery technology has thrust the quiet associate professor into the limelight.

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Seeing the invisible

The science used in airport body scanners could soon be used to detect defects in aerospace vehicles or concrete bridges as well as skin cancer, thanks to an S&T research team led by Reza Zoughi, the Schlumberger Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering.

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Tracking goods from ‘cradle to grave’

A new inventory management system developed and patented by a Missouri S&T computer engineer virtually eliminates frequency interference issues at facilities that use RFID (radio frequency identification) readers to manage inventories and track products.

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Studying natural gas at the nano level

Natural gas is an abundant energy resource for the United States, but much of it is trapped in shale or tight-sand formations. Baojun Bai is working on a way to extract that gas by studying the energy source at the molecular level.

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Pat McNamee: we are family

Pat McNamee, who just completed his junior season with the Missouri S&T men’s soccer team, was one of many players who reaped the benefits of one of the most memorable seasons in the history of the program.

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S&T teams make NCAA winter championships

Four of Missouri S&T’s winter sports teams were part of the winter championship events for NCAA Division II.

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Sports shorts

S&T’s baseball team also reached post-season play, capturing the GLVC West Division championship and landing a spot in the NCAA’s Midwest Region. At the regional tournament, the Miners — who posted a 30-19 record, the best in school history — opened play by shutting out defending national champion Southern Indiana behind a five-hitter from Zack Gronek, a senior in mechanical engineering. The lefthander earned run average, earning first-team All-GLVC and second-team all-region honors for the season.

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Paul Murphy: a survivor’s story

On July 30, 1945, shortly after delivering atomic bomb components to the U.S. air base at Tinian, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Of the 1,197 sailors onboard, 317 survived. One survivor was Paul Murphy, ME’50.

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