Briefly

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Outdated freshman laboratories on campus got an upgrade over the summer thanks to a $160,000 estate gift from Jon T. Schneeberger, whose father, Fred C. Schneeberger,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.

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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