Building diversity in computer science

Missouri S&T is one of 15 U.S. universities to receive $90,000 to help recruit women and underrepresented minorities to the computer science field through the Building Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative. Currently 7 percent of Missouri S&T’s undergraduate computer science students are female. The national average is 17 percent.

20150225IntroductiontoProgramming019This past fall, Missouri S&T revamped its Introduction to Programming courses to feature assignments that focus on more contemporary, real-world problems that include domains in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences to make them more appealing to women. That model will be expanded to other courses over the next two years.

As part of the program, Jennifer Leopold, an associate professor of computer science, accompanied a group of female computer science students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held in Phoenix in October.

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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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