MEM’s the word

Missouri S&T is the only university in America to offer mechanical earth modeling (MEM) as part of the undergraduate petroleum engineering curriculum. Now with a $225,000 gift from Chevron through its University Partnership Program, S&T is one step closer to establishing a MEM Center of Excellence to build the program.
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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…]

Alumni take leadership roles in association

During its annual Homecoming meeting on Oct. 24, the Miner Alumni Association approved the following new and returning board members. We welcome them and thank the departing members for their dedication and loyalty to Missouri S&T and the Miner Alumni Association. [Read more…]

What was your favorite food during college?

Before the days of university food service, many Miner alumni ate their meals at eating clubs. Later, campus cafeterias provided the three squares a Miner needed. For some students, a landlady or fraternity or sorority cook served the meals. Others had a favorite restaurant. We asked about your favorite food during college. Here is what you told us. [Read more…]

S&T takes 5th in solar decathlon

Day 10 of construction at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

S&T’s Solar House Design Team placed fifth in the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, held Oct. 8-18 in Irvine, Calif. This was the team’s sixth competition and its highest score yet. S&T’s entry, called the Nest Home, was built from three repurposed shipping containers covered with siding made from pallet lumber. It gets its name from the practice of birds that build nests using natural materials. The house was judged in 10 categories, including marketability and architecture.

Changes in UM System leadership

Amid criticism over his handling of racial issues, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation on Nov. 9, 2015. On Nov. 12, the UM System Board of Curators appointed former University of Missouri-Columbia Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton to serve as interim president during a search for a new president.

Middleton joined the MU faculty as a law professor in 1985. He retired as deputy MU chancellor on Aug. 31, 2015, after 17 years in the position.

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…]

Dan Amsden and Kevin Fritzmeyer: Workplace wisdom and professional perspective

Dan Amsden, MS EMgt’75, and Kevin Fritzmeyer, EMgt’85, believe every student needs a sounding board — someone who is there to bounce around the big questions about life beyond college. For the past six years, they’ve given S&T students that perspective through a mentoring program sponsored by the Academy of Engineering Management. [Read more…]

Sweet road trip

Karl E. Burgher, Econ’84, PhD MinE’85, has a taste for cinnamon rolls and a book that documents his quest for the perfect pastry through south central Missouri small towns along what he calls The Ozarks Cinnamon Road.

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