Aysen Malone: Guiding the next generation

FIRST Robotics mentor Aysen Malone works with a team at Rolla High School on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015.        Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

FIRST Robotics mentor Aysen Malone works with a team at Rolla High School on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Incoming junior engineering student Aysen Malone knows that a strong mentor can leave a lasting impression on a person. Inspired by her own first mentor, she returns to the high school she graduated from twice a week to help support its robotics teams.

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For family, for country, for the future

Nearly everything Luis Pereira does, he does for future Hispanic college students — especially his 4-year-old brother, Johann.

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Good riddance to soggy buns

The solution to the soggy bun epidemic may be the brainchild of Missouri S&T freshman Tyler Richards and his friend, Jonathan Thompson. And it all started as an assignment for their high school Project Lead the Way capstone course, Engineering Development and Design. That’s when the Liberty, Mo., teens decided to tackle a common problem:  How to keep water from running out of the ketchup bottle when it’s squeezed.

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Building a better battery

Tyler Fears, Chem’10, Phys’10, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, is using nanomaterials that act as cathodes to expand the capacity of lithium-ion batteries through an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His project is funded by a five-year, $3 million grant awarded to MU by the National Science Foundation. [Read more…]

Improving rural drinking water

Disinfectants used in water treatment operations could generate harmful byproducts that are unregulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [Read more…]

Printing the future

Mechanical engineering junior Jonathan Bopp is the epitome of a team player. As a second-year member of the Mars Rover Design Team, Bopp spent nearly every spare hour last spring in the Kummer Student Design Center working to perfect the 2014 Mars rover. [Read more…]

Whipping up a custom career

Food Network aficionado Darian Johnson always wanted to be a chef. In high school she also discovered an affinity for chemistry. [Read more…]

Melissa Elder: selfless actions, global impact

For Melissa Elder, Honduras is more than just another place on the map. It inspired her career path and her research focus. It’s also her mother’s homeland. [Read more…]

Hannah Frye: pathways to the perfect fit

At first glance, it is impossible to tell that Hannah Frye, a junior in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry, is helping Robert Aronstam perform groundbreaking research that could lead to treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. But stop her in the Havener Center at lunch and ask her about her work with the chair of biological sciences and she can explain anything from cell signaling to how she measures the calcium levels in a cell’s endoplasmic reticulum and cytoplasm. [Read more…]

Seizing opportunities

Issa AhlamAhlam Issa isn’t the kind of person who lets opportunities slip by. Born in Tanzania, Issa left the country at age 10 to live in St. Louis. She didn’t speak any English when she arrived, but overcame that and other obstacles to graduate as valedictorian from Hazelwood East High School. [Read more…]