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‘Miners in Space’ teams prepare for zero gravity
Two teams of Missouri S&T students will get to experience zero gravity in June as part of a NASA outreach program. One team will conduct welding experiments aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” C-9 aircraft, while the other will test a refrigerant-based propulsion system in the microgravity environment.


Margaret Cline named CIO
Margaret Cline was appointed as the university’s second chief information officer (CIO) in December. Cline has worked as a national IT consultant, as the CIO at Eastern Michigan University and as an adjunct computer science professor in Arkansas, Michigan and Kentucky.
Curators honor professors
K. Chandrashekhara, director of Missouri S&T’s Composite Manufacturing Laboratory, was recently named Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The professorship is awarded to outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study.
Yinfa Ma was recently named Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry. The Curators’ Teaching Professorship was established in 1990 to honor outstanding professors, call attention to teaching excellence, and foster improvements in teaching and learning.
Giglio named Maxwell C. Weiner Professor
James N. Giglio, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Missouri State University, has been named the 2008 Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Missouri S&T. While at Missouri S&T, Giglio will teach a history course, “Recent U.S. History.”
New director, new degree
Bonnie Bachman, former senior director at Flextronics International, became the ­­new chair of interdisciplinary engineering in December, taking over for Ralph Flori, PetE’79, MS PetE’81, PhD PetE’87, associate professor of interdisciplinary engineering, who had served as interim chair.
Also in December, Jeremy Schueler and Kerry Poppa became the first two students to be awarded bachelor’s degrees in interdisciplinary engineering.
The program was started during the fall 2005 semester to attract students interested in non-traditional engineering. The program allows students to create their own seven- to nine-course elective program based on two engineering fields or one engineering field and one science field.

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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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