Focusing on faculty

  • Goal for faculty support: $26 million
  • Amount raised: $6.4 million

Endowed faculty positions attract top educators and researchers to UMR.


Last year, John CE’67, MS CE’68, and Susan Mathes matched their previous donation of $550,000, which created an endowed professorship in 1995. The increase boosted the position to a faculty chair, allowing Craig Adams, an expert in environmental engineering and the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Civil Engineering at UMR, to expand his research and engage more students. Adams directs UMR’s Environmental Research Center, where he develops traditional and innovative ways to treat water and wastewater containing a wide variety of contaminants.
One of the newest named professors at UMR has actually been on campus for a long time. Kent Peaslee, PhD MetE’94, who joined the UMR faculty in 1994, was named the F. Kenneth Iverson Chair of Steelmaking Technology this past spring thanks to a $2 million gift from Nucor, an employer of many UMR graduates.
These are just two examples of investments that help raise UMR’s profile among technological research universities.

Around the Puck

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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