From the editor

Dear Alumni and Friends,

When we decided to dedicate this issue of Missouri S&T Magazine to glass, I was reminded of my arrival at Missouri S&T five years ago. I was both humbled and inspired by a student who greeted me with a vase crafted in the Hot Glass Shop. This housewarming gift was a perfect introduction to the impressive skills that Miners possess. In this issue, we’ll give you a pictorial “tour” of the Hot Glass Shop and show you some of the beauty and creativity that can be produced once you understand the science of glass.

But it goes beyond beauty. The variability and strength of the glass material that is studied and produced at Missouri S&T leads to some surprising applications. On the following pages, you will find stories that demonstrate the role glass plays in some unexpected areas — radioactive waste management, architecture, 3-D printing and even healthcare.

There are a lot of exciting things going on here in Rolla. We’ve seen record enrollment and the largest Career Fair in S&T history. We have a renewed sense of vision with the unveiling of a new campus master plan. And we anticipate the dedication of the Hasselmann Alumni House this coming March. For all of us at Missouri S&T, I think it’s safe to say that our glass is most certainly half full.

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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