Authors among us

America’s war on drugs examined in 19th century
Today’s war on drugs is not the first battle America has fought against addiction. In her new book, The Opium Debate and Chinese Exclusion Laws, UMR historian Diana Ahmad examines the opium-smoking epidemic of the mid-19th century and finds that Chinese immigrants weren’t the problem, as is commonly believed.


Published in March by the University of Nevada Press, the book explains that while China faced its own epidemic of opium addiction in the 19th century, only a very small minority of Chinese immigrants in America were actually involved in the opium business.
Kohser co-authors engineering textbook
Ronald Kohser, professor of metallurgical engineering, is co-author of the recently published 10th edition of Materials and Processes in Manufacturing. This marks the 50th anniversary of the textbook, originally written by a University of California-Berkeley professor in 1957.
Kohser became a contributing author during the writing of the fifth edition and has been a full co-author since the publication of the sixth edition. UMR students use the text for core courses in mechanical and metallurgical engineering.

Neural networking explained in new book
Jagannathan Sarangapani, professor of electrical and computer engineering since 2001, is the author of Neural Network Control of Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems, recently published by Taylor and Francis (or CRC Press).
Loosely based on the inner workings of the human brain, a neural network is used in computational science to study and analyze complex phenomena. Sarangapani’s book presents modern control techniques, which he bases on the parallelism and adaptive capabilities of biological nervous systems.
Sarangapani has invented several neural network-based techniques to diagnose engine problems.

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Q&A: Miners got game

What was the most memorable sports team during your time on campus? As part of his research for the S&T 150th history book, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share your memories. Here are a few of your answers.

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Honoring new academy members

In October, 12 alumni and friends were inducted into Missouri S&T academies. Academy membership recognizes careers of distinction and invites members to share their wisdom, influence and resources with faculty and students. Some academies hold induction ceremonies in the fall, others in the spring.

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Boosting cyber-physical security

A wide array of complex systems that rely on computers — from public water supply systems and electric grids to chemical plants and self-driving vehicles — increasingly come under not just digital but physical attacks. Bruce McMillin, professor and interim chair of computer science at Missouri S&T, is looking to change that by developing stronger safeguards […]

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MXene discovery could improve energy storage

In spite of their diminutive size, 2-D titanium carbide materials known as MXenes are “quite reactive” to water, a discovery S&T researchers say could have implications for energy storage and harvesting applications such as batteries, supercapacitors and beyond. Their findings were published in 2018 in the American Chemical Society journal Inorganic Chemistry.

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A faster charge for electric vehicles

One drawback of electric vehicles (EVs) is the time it takes to charge them. But what if you could plug in your EV and fully charge it as quickly as it takes to fill up a conventional car with gasoline? Missouri S&T researchers, in collaboration with three private companies, are working to make speedy charging […]

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