Hollow concrete is stronger concrete

Concrete columns used as the support structures of a bridge would be stronger if they were hollow, says Mohamed ElGawady, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T. He says these hollow columns, the first of their kind in the United States, could extend the lifespan of a bridge beyond the current 50-years.

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2015 Honorary Knights

In March, the St. Pat’s Celebration Committee honored the following 2015 Honorary Knights of St. Patrick.

  • Delbert Day, CerE’58, Curators’ Professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, served as Honorary St. Pat and parade marshal.
  • Dr. Henry Antolak, a Rolla dentist and former co-owner of the Cavern, now known as The Grotto
  • Henry C. “Hank” Foley of Columbia, Mo., senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia and executive vice president for academic affairs, research and economic development at the University of Missouri System. Foley also holds a joint appointment in chemical and biochemical engineering at Missouri S&T
  • William J. “Bill” James of Rolla, professor emeritus of chemistry at Missouri S&T
  • Cheryl McKay of Rolla, manager of web and interactive marketing at Missouri S&T
  • Susan Hadley Rothschild, CSci’74, of St. Louis, retired certified public accountant and former Miner Alumni Association president
  • Jesse Singleton of St. James, Mo., manager of printing and mail services at Missouri S&T
  • Phil Whitefield of Rolla, chair and professor of chemistry and director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace Particulate Emissions Reduction Research at Missouri S&T.

Pedaling to a win

The Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team took first in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2015 Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge East Coast Competition held at the University of Florida in Gainesville in May.

The competition challenges students to design, build and operate a human-powered vehicle for practical use.

S&T placed first on the innovation report, third on the engineering report, first in women’s and men’s speed events, and first in the endurance event.

In print

Larry Gragg, Curators’ Teaching Professor of history and political science, is the author of Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel: The Gangster, the Flamingo, and the Making of Modern Las Vegas. Published in January by Praeger, the book examines Siegel’s image in popular culture and dispels myths about his contribution to the founding of Las Vegas.

Tseggai Isaac, an associate professor of history and political science, co-edited and authored chapters in a book titled African Civilization in the 20th Century. Published in January by Nova Science Publishers, the book examines African civilization, analyzes the formidable roadblocks to its modernization and provides suggestions for African rejuvenation.

Jack Wright: a golden year for the Arch

20150518 Jack Wright 016Fifty years ago this October, the St. Louis skyline was changed forever by the construction of the Gateway Arch, built as a monument to U.S. westward expansion. [Read more…]

Letter to the editor

I just received and read the Spring issue of Missouri S&T Magazine. I enjoy the articles and especially the notes about the old-timers of my generation and before. 

However, I was disturbed by something in the article on page 38 titled “Reliving History.” My
hat is off to men like
Joseph Senne (MS CE’51) who fought in that war and won it, but a phrase in the article stated “… the peace treaty with Japan … .” Joseph and others of the Greatest Generation won that war. Period. The U.S. did not negotiate a peace treaty. Japan signed an unconditional surrender. There is a difference.

In today’s politically correct world we seem to have forgotten what winning is. Please don’t forget that there was a generation that won. Completely, unconditionally.

Henry R. Atkinson, CE’56
Richmond, Va.

Editor’s Note:  Thank you very much for your note and for pointing out our error in using the phrase “peace treaty with Japan” to characterize the terms of Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, to mark the end of World War II. It would have been more accurate for us to have written that Senne was on Okinawa when “Japan surrendered” or “Japan signed the instruments of surrender” on that date.

Miners give back

April was Philanthropy Month at Missouri S&T. Events throughout the month recognized and thanked donors and volunteers for their support and raised awareness of the impact giving makes on all students.

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Matt Coco: stepping up to deliver a dream

20150306 Matteo Coco 009Matt Coco, CE’66, remembers the first meeting nearly a decade ago as if it were yesterday. He and other past presidents of the Miner Alumni Association had gathered to discuss a major project — a campus home for the association. “We talked about what a huge undertaking it would be,” Coco says. “Then they all looked at me because I was the only one in the construction business.”

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Mining professor helps SEC improve mining regulations

Kwame Awuah-Offei, professor of mining engineering at Missouri S&T, is spending 12 months with the Securities and Exchange Commission on an Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) appointment to review publicly traded mining company disclosure requirements and help the SEC find ways to improve the regulations for mining companies and their investors.

“Someone from Missouri S&T gets to help shape how mining companies do business for the next 20 or 30 years,” Awuah-Offei says. “That’s an important endeavor. It reflects how strong Rolla mining engineering is and that
good things are happening in Rolla, Missouri S&T has a long history of mining excellence.”

Women’s mining team wins world championship

The Women’s Mining Team earned first place in its category at the 37th Intercollegiate Mining Competition held in March at the Western Australia School of Mines in Kalgoorlie, Australia.

The team defended its title as world champions in a competition designed to test skills in old-fashioned mining techniques known as “mucking.” S&T’s co-ed team took sixth place. The Men’s A and B teams earned 12th and eighth place, respectively.