Beautifies

20140408-Hot-Glass-Shop-048_fScience and art intersect in the Hot Glass Shop, where students have used their scientific minds to drive their creativity since the facility opened on the Missouri S&T campus in 2007. Only 16 students are accepted into the course each semester since the small workspace restricts the number of participants able to work safely in the shop with its one crucible and one reheat furnace. Once they learn the basics of working in the shop, students are turned loose to express themselves by making a variety of objects for practical application or aesthetic appeal. [Read more…]

Modern. Refractive. Complex. Glass.

Broken-PiecesDespite its nearly ubiquitous presence in our daily lives, glass has maintained a reputation for fragility for centuries. Typically composed of a mixture of fine powders like limestone, sand and sodium borate, the material — so commonplace as to be nearly invisible — is probably noticed most when it’s broken. Think of the large, jagged shards that are created when a baseball is thrown through a windowpane or of the pebbles that litter the ground when a car window is shattered. [Read more…]

Heals

Missouri S&T senior and biological sciences laboratory technician Justin Lovelady (left) works with associate professor David Westenberg in Schrenk Hall to develop glass that can kill bacteria and heal wounds.

Missouri S&T senior and biological sciences laboratory technician Justin Lovelady (left) works with associate professor David Westenberg in Schrenk Hall to develop glass that can kill bacteria and heal wounds.

For years S&T has been a leader in glass-related medical research, beginning with Delbert Day’s glass microspheres. These tiny irradiated beads deliver localized radiation to malignant cancer cells in the liver. [Read more…]

Evolves

Inside a lab in Straumanis-James Hall, graduate student Erica Ronchetto, CerE’11, is systematically breaking soda lime silicate glass — the kind found in most bottles, windows and light bulbs — in hopes of finding ways to make it stronger. [Read more…]

Preserves

The United States spends more than $8 billion annually to fix problems caused by steel corrosion in the nation’s bridges. Genda Chen, the Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Chair in Civil Engineering, is working on a solution that would prevent corrosion and increase the longevity of other steel-reinforced structures — and he’s using glass to do it. [Read more…]

Defends

One of only three Category 5 hurricanes to hit the U.S. since records have been kept, Hurricane Andrew caused wind speeds upwards of 175 mph. One of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, Andrew killed 43 people and caused $30.5 billion in damage.

One of only three Category 5 hurricanes to hit the U.S. since records have been kept, Hurricane Andrew caused wind speeds upwards of 175 mph. One of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, Andrew killed 43 people and caused $30.5 billion in damage.

Wind damage and injuries following Hurricane Andrew in the 1990s drew Lokesh Dharani to glass research.  [Read more…]

Transforms

Like a mad scientist from a 1950s science fiction film, Edward Kinzel spends his days in the lab shooting lasers at glass. Kinzel’s laser isn’t a weapon, though. He uses it to melt the glass in a unique 3-D printing application designed to make high-tech optical glass for use in various lenses.  [Read more…]

Tony Kaczmarek: Touchdown for student health

When Missouri S&T upgraded its Student Health Services Center four years ago, former Miner football player and Rolla physician Dr. Tony Kaczmarek, LSci’87, saw an opportunity to improve the facility for Missouri S&T’s current student-athletes. [Read more…]

Woehl receives 2014 Munir Award

Taylor Woehl, CerE’09, received the 2014 Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award from the University of California, Davis. Woehl earned his doctorate in chemical engineering in September 2013. His dissertation is titled “Direct Observations of Colloidal and Nanoparticle Behavior in the Presence of External Fields.” 

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