Waddill to chair physics
Dan Waddill, professor of physics and senior investigator in UMR’s Graduate Center for Materials Research, became chair of physics Aug. 1. He took over from Paul Parris, who remains on the physics faculty.
Murray receives Baker award
Susan Murray, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering and the department’s associate chair for graduate studies, received the Merl Baker Award from the American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering Management Division. The award, named for a former UMR chancellor, recognizes exemplary service to the engineering management discipline.
They are jolly good fellows
James Drewniak, Curators’ Professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a Fellow Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at the group’s International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility in July.
In August, Donald Wunsch, the Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was elected fellow of the International Neural Networks Society (INNS). He also accepted the senior fellow position and will serve as INNS College of Fellows’ chair.
Donald D. Myers, ME’61, MS ME’64, professor of engineering management, was elected a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for distinguished service and contributions to the society.
Madria hits the lecture circuit
This spring, IEEE invited Sanjay Madria, associate professor of computer science at UMR, to serve as a speaker in the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitors Program. He will serve a three-year term conducting research seminars on web and mobile data management for local IEEE chapters throughout North America.
KUMR is now KMST
UMR’s public radio station is now known to listeners as KMST. The station changed its call letters in July in preparation for UMR’s Jan. 1 change to Missouri University of Science and Technology, or Missouri S&T.
The station is still available locally at 88.5 FM in Rolla and 96.3 FM in Lebanon, Mo. KMST also streams its broadcast online at

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2018

8,607 Students enrolled for the fall semester at Missouri S&T. Classes started Aug. 20. 91 Percentage of first-year freshmen who receive scholarships and financial aid.

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Making tornado alley safer

Growing up in northeast China, Guirong “Grace” Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States. But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of […]

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Living laboratory houses lead battery research

This past November, Missouri S&T installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the EcoVillage, a “living laboratory” that is home to S&T’s solar-powered homes.

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Partners for progress

An expansion of the partnership between Missouri S&T and Missouri State University will allow students to pursue a mechanical engineering degree on the Missouri State campus with courses taught by faculty from both institutions. Students began applying this fall. The program will begin in fall 2019.

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Chancellor search is underway

This past August, University of Missouri President Mun Choi announced the formation of a 23-member committee to lead a nationwide search for a chancellor at Missouri S&T.

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