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Engineer and author Henry Petroski says engineers play a crucial role in the success of many of the world’s greatest achievements. He spoke on “Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship” on campus in April as part of the Neil, CE’43, and Maurita Stueck Distinguished Lecture Series.
Joan M. Nesbitt, former vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Tulsa, became vice chancellor for university advancement at Missouri S&T on April 11.
Mohamed Rahaman, professor of materials science and engineering, received the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Inter-Campus Collaboration for his work with B. Sonny Bal, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Rahaman is also director of S&T’s Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration.
Rick Stephenson, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering and assistant department chair for graduate affairs, received the UM System President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement for his work with Engineers Without Borders.
Klaus Woelk, associate professor and assistant chair of chemistry, received the UM System President’s Award for Innovative Teaching for redesigning introductory chemistry courses to include discussion boards, student response devices, online testing and homework, and the ability to communicate with the instructor through text messaging during class.

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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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