Chemist honored

Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry, received the 2008 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education from the American Chemical Society’s division of analytical chemistry.

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Hirtz to lead design center
Paul Hirtz, EMgt’95, MS EMgt’97, PhD EMgt’02, assistant director of the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, was named interim director of the center. He took over the new role on Nov. 26.

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STEP into the sun

Exterior_fmt.jpegMissouri S&T was awarded $10,000 in research grants from the Environmental Protection Agency for research into solar energy and residential energy use.

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Welding in micro-gravity

Led by senior Michelle Rader, a team of S&T aerospace engineering students is trying to improve the speed of construction in space.

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Commencement speaker: Science and technology solve problems

Don’t let barriers get in the way of future success, Joan Woodard, Math’73, told a group of nearly 600 graduating seniors during December 2008 commencement.

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Faculty honored with Curators’ titles

David Van Aken, professor of metallurgical engineering, was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of materials science and engineering during commencement Dec. 20. He joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1993.

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Professional degrees awarded

Ten honorary professional degrees were awarded during the Dec. 20 commencement exercises.

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Hydrogen power on display

A map of the nation’s hydrogen fueling stations shows the facilities dotting both coastlines. But you’ll see only one dot in the Midwest. That fueling station happens to be on Missouri S&T’s new E3 Commons. The site was a stop for several futuristic cars on a coast-to-coast road trip last August to showcase hydrogen as an alternative energy solution.

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Doctor No. 200

Naresh Sharma’s Ph.D. research on predicting and reducing warranty costs will likely benefit many companies in the future. But for now, it has helped Sharma earn a historic degree. In July, Sharma became the 200th person to receive a Ph.D. from Missouri S&T’s engineering management and systems engineering department.

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London calling

When the British Broadcasting Corp. decided to explore what voters in the heart of America were thinking about the presidential election, they selected Missouri S&T as the site for a town hall-style forum that was broadcast worldwide on the BBC World Service radio program Newshour.

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