Fueling the future

One of the greatest challenges facing the United States in the 21st century is how energy is produced and consumed. The country’s dependence on foreign oil is often cited as a security risk, the Achilles’ heel of our economy. The concern is understandable: America consumes a quarter of the globe’s daily production, producing high levels of carbon dioxide and other emissions that many believe are contributing to global warming.


U.S. companies and scientists have joined the worldwide rush to develop the next generation of alternative sources of fuel. Everything from the environment to consumers’ pocketbooks could be saved by diversifying the nation’s fuel supply.
Environmentally friendly biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel are expected to help farmers to find new markets for their products and provide communities with a renewable replacement to foreign crude oil. Hydrogen, when used in fuel cells, is praised for its ability to power a car that requires no gas and emits pure water instead of exhaust fumes.
But the promise of alternative fuels for transportation and other uses comes with a practical, worldwide problem: where to get new, sustainable sources of energy. As the stories that follow demonstrate, UMR researchers are looking everywhere from cornfields to caverns for a way to power the nation’s future.

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“Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years”

In the 1870s, Rolla seemed an unlikely location for a new college. There were only about 1,400 residents in a community with more saloons than houses of worship. There were no paved streets, sewers or water mains. To visitors, there seemed to be as many dogs, hogs, horses, ducks and geese as humans walking the dusty streets.

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2019

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Bringing clean water to South America

Assessing water quality, surveying mountaintop locations and building systems to catch rainwater — that’s how members of S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent their summer break.

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Geothermal goals exceeded

After five years of operation, Missouri S&T’s geothermal energy system continues to outperform expectations. S&T facilities operations staff originally predicted the geothermal system would reduce campus water usage by over 10% — roughly 10 million gallons per year. The system, which went online in May 2014, cut actual water usage by 18 million to 20 […]

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What happens in Vegas…may appear in print

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