Expanding possibilities

From the desert landscape of Mars to rural villages in Central America, Missouri S&T students are turning possibilities into powerful outcomes. It’s a learning process that unfolds every day at the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, home of S&T’s 19 student design teams.

Over the past six years, design team participation has grown from 400 students to more than 1,200 — and the number continues to climb: more students, more teams, more learning. This growth has created an urgent need for more space, and fundraising is underway for an 8,000-square-foot addition that will expand the design center’s fabrication bays, machine shop, innovation suite and much more.

“Our design teams are attracting a growing number of students from every major,” says center director Chris Ramsay, MetE’83, MS MetE’85. “Miner design teams are not only attracting more students to S&T; they are also grabbing the attention of our industrial partners, who are aggressively competing for these highly skilled design team alumni.”

The first major gift in support of the design center expansion — a $500,000 pledge from an anonymous donor — has launched the fundraising campaign. For more information on the project and naming opportunities, contact John Held at heldjohn@mst.edu or 573-341-6533.

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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

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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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