Curators bestow faculty honors

Three S&T faculty members were honored for their scholarship and teaching excellence during commencement ceremonies in December.

V.A. Samaranayake was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of mathematics and statistics; David Riggins was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Martin Bohner was named Curators’ Professor of mathematics and statistics.

Professional degrees

Missouri S&T awarded two honorary professional degrees during commencement in December. The degrees recognize the following alumni for their professional achievement:

  • Maureen E. Midgley, ChE’82, of Rochester, Mich., senior vice president of global manufacturing engineering for Henkel Corp.
  • Michael O. Vahle, Math’71, MS Math’73, chief information officer and vice president of technology services at Sandia National Laboratories.

Secret ingredient for high-strength bridges

Last fall, a new bridge was built east of Jefferson City, Mo., that incorporates an unusual, high-strength concrete mix in its girders and support structure. The three-span bridge is outfitted with sensors and other instrumentation to collect data on how well the bridge performs over time. [Read more…]

A friend to the military

Missouri S&T was named a “top military-friendly school” for 2014 by Military Advanced Education (MAE) and is included in the organization’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. MAE selected colleges and universities based on their military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. For more information about what S&T offers service members and veterans, visit military.mst.edu.

Letters of compassion and encouragement, shared

Take a moment to read some of the online comments at amazon.com about Donn Ziebell’s book My Letters to a Prisoner — I had not met and you’ll find a small but captivated group of people who were touched, inspired and entertained by the memoir.

In the book’s foreword Ziebell, MetE’57, writes that his letters to the incarcerated stranger were intended to give the man “tangible proof that someone really cares and has invested quality, personal time to communicate with him.” Ziebell says that the non-fiction work details his “experiences, travel, activities and married life” and hopes it will encourage others to also write to lonely people.

Ziebell is an accomplished artist (yurart.com) who worked in manufacturing and consulting for 30 years and spent a number of years as a licensed minister in The Evangelical Free Church of America. He presented business seminars in Russia in the 1990s, which provided material for a “cross-cultural experiential dissertation” for his Ph.D. from The Union Institute University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

S&T to launch microgrid training program

Missouri S&T will receive $4.3 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to develop a power engineering curriculum and launch the Mid-America Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium (MARMET). S&T will lead the consortium. [Read more…]

S&T named to National Academy of Inventors

In October 2013, Missouri S&T became a charter member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an organization that promotes research and innovation among research universities. [Read more…]

S&T offers new I/O psychology master’s degree

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for industrial-organizational psychologists could grow by as much as 53 percent by 2018. To help meet that need, Missouri S&T is now offering a master of science degree in industrial-organizational psychology. [Read more…]

In print

Aluminum Recycling (2nd Ed.) by Mark E. Schlesinger, professor of metallurgical engineering, was published in December by CRC Press.

Experimental Russian Verb Modification Dictionary, by Irina V. Ivliyeva, associate professor of Russian, was published in December by Azbukovnik Publishing House.

S&T to lead transportation consortium

Missouri S&T is leading a consortium of four universities that will share $1.4 million per year through a two-year grant authorized by Congress under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). [Read more…]