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The nuclear engineering program at Missouri S&T celebrated its 50-year anniversary Sept. 17-18 with tours of the campus’s nuclear reactor and laboratories and a keynote address by Starnes Walker, director of research for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The university began offering accredited undergraduate nuclear engineering degrees in 1960 and the reactor — the first built in Missouri — opened in 1961.


Missouri S&T’s environmental management system recently received ISO 14001 recertification. ISO 14001 is an international standard of operations designed to ensure organizations effectively manage their environmental impact. In 2001, Missouri S&T became the first university in the United States to adopt the standard and receive ISO 14001 certification. The campus is audited annually and is up for recertification every three years.
Merl Baker, who led the university during its transition from MSM to UMR, received the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Baker was recognized for his leadership and professional success in engineering. Baker became dean of MSM in 1963 and was appointed chancellor a year later, when the university became known as UMR. He served as chancellor until 1973.
Delbert Day, CerE’58, Curators’ Professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, received the 2010 Phoenix Award Glass Person of the Year, the glass industry’s top honor, in September. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and a past president of the American Ceramic Society, Day played a pivotal role in developing radioactive glass microspheres that are used at more than 100 sites around the world to treat patients with inoperable liver cancer.
Susan Murray, associate professor of engineering management, received the Bernard R. Sarchet Award for lifetime achievement from the American Society for Engineering Education during ASEE’s annual meeting last June. Also at the conference, S&T engineering management faculty Suzanna Long (lead author), Abhijit Gosavi and Scott Grasman won the Outstanding Paper Award in the ASEE’s Engineering Management Division.
Mohamed “Len” N. Rahaman, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration, was named fellow of the American Ceramic Society at the association’s meeting in October. A member of the Missouri S&T faculty since 1986, Rahaman specializes in researching ceramics for biomedical applications.

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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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