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.

Angels in the Ozarks

Imagine you have created the widget and are ready to take the world by storm with your new invention. You sunk your life savings into the project, but fell short on cash to continue developing your business. Enter the angel investor, who provides business start-up capital in exchange for ownership equity. [Read more…]

Manufacturing in 3-D

Using a process similar to 3-D printing, Frank Liou and his fellow researchers in S&T’s Laser Aided Manufacturing Process (LAMP) Laboratory are developing computer models of various additive manufacturing approaches that he believes will help researchers understand how layered materials bond to the surface on which they’re deposited. [Read more…]

Alumni reconnected and won

James Barnes, Engl’94, Jonathan DiMartino, CE’08, and Michael Cerulo, EE’74, won 2014 St. Pat’s sweatshirts as winners of the Stay-Connected Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes, featured on the back cover of the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Missouri S&T Magazine, encouraged all Miners to share updated information about their current whereabouts.

You can try for another chance to win in this issue. Check out the “Lost Miners” contest.

Endowment brings young talent to materials science and engineering

When Wayne Huebner learned that his department had received an endowment of more than $1 million from the estate of G. Robert, ChE’41, and Roberta Couch with just a single requirement — to attract and retain top faculty members in materials science and engineering — he decided to do things a bit differently. [Read more…]

Research: Not just for grad students

Missouri S&T is known for providing its undergraduates with lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, and research is a big part of that. Missouri S&T Magazine staff asked Jeffrey D. Cawlfield, vice provost for undergraduate studies, to share his views about the importance of providing research opportunities for undergraduate students. [Read more…]