In April, the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education approved a new master of science degree in explosives engineering.

In July, Ralph Flori, PetE’79, MS PetE’81, PhD PetE’87, began his term as chair of geological sciences and engineering.

On July 1, Dan Oerther, director of the Ohio Center of Excellence in Sustaining the Urban Environment and professor of environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati, became the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Civil Engineering.

Outdated freshman laboratories on campus got an upgrade over the summer thanks to a $160,000 estate gift from Jon T. Schneeberger, whose father, Fred C. Schneeberger, earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 1925. The gift upgraded nine biology, chemistry and physics laboratories on campus.

Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the 2010 Outstanding Scientist Award for Innovation from the Academy of Science in St. Louis for his efforts to develop new ways to intelligently control power grids.

Yangchuan Xing, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, received a grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve cathode performance in lithium-air batteries. The grant is part of a $106 million effort to make electric cars more affordable and to produce advanced biofuels more efficiently from renewable electricity instead of sunlight.

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“Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years”

In the 1870s, Rolla seemed an unlikely location for a new college. There were only about 1,400 residents in a community with more saloons than houses of worship. There were no paved streets, sewers or water mains. To visitors, there seemed to be as many dogs, hogs, horses, ducks and geese as humans walking the dusty streets.

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2019

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Bringing clean water to South America

Assessing water quality, surveying mountaintop locations and building systems to catch rainwater — that’s how members of S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent their summer break.

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Geothermal goals exceeded

After five years of operation, Missouri S&T’s geothermal energy system continues to outperform expectations. S&T facilities operations staff originally predicted the geothermal system would reduce campus water usage by over 10% — roughly 10 million gallons per year. The system, which went online in May 2014, cut actual water usage by 18 million to 20 […]

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What happens in Vegas…may appear in print

In his latest volume of Las Vegas lore, historian Larry Gragg says it was deliberate publicity strategies that changed the perception of Sin City from a regional tourist destination where one could legally gamble and access legalized prostitution just outside the city limits, to a family vacation spot filled with entertainment options and surrounded by […]

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