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Joel Burken was elected vice president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and is on track to lead the organization in 2011. Burken, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is also interim director of the Environmental Research Center.
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Christine L. Laughlin, a major in the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department, began work as chief of university police at Missouri S&T on March 22. She replaced William C. Bleckman, who retired in January after a 37-year career at S&T.
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Sahra Sedigh was one of an elite group of young engineering faculty members chosen to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s first Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in Herndon, Va. Sedigh, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, developed the Flood Frog, a wireless, battery-powered device for monitoring infrastructure that could help engineers gauge wear and tear on bridges and catch problems earlier.
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W. Eric Showalter is lecturing about sustainable construction at the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia through a grant from the Fulbright Scholar Program. A lecturer in civil, architectural and environmental engineering and faculty advisor for S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Showalter is blogging about his experience at www.fulbrightestonia.blogspot.com.
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Missouri S&T’s Army ROTC program received the Best Battalion Award for the 3rd Brigade, which includes 42 programs from 10 states. This is the first time S&T’s program has received the honor. The program also received the Most Improved Battalion and First Place Commissioning awards.
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Missouri S&T received 20 awards for excellence in alumni relations, video production, fundraising, media relations, institutional relations, graphic design and institutional identity from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during the CASE District VI conference held Jan. 10-12 in St. Louis. The advancement team earned the sweepstakes award for the fourth year in a row for best overall institutional advancement program in the enrollment category of 5,000-7,499 students.

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By Delia Croessmann, croessmannd@mst.edu At only 28 years old, Casey Burton, Chem’13, PhD Chem’17, director of medical research at Phelps Health in Rolla and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T, is poised to become a prodigious bioanalytical researcher.

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Q&A

Toughest class … ever Some of your classes may have been a breeze, but others kept you up at all hours studying, and some of you struggled just to pass. As part of his research for the S&T 150th anniversary history book, Larry Gragg , Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked […]

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