A new era for energy

Missouri S&T’s World War II-era power plant, which burned coal and wood chips to provide steam to the campus since 1945, was decommissioned this past spring to make way for a new geothermal energy system. [Read more…]

Almost home

Construction on the Hasselmann Alumni House is almost complete and the Miner Alumni Association staff is ready to move in. [Read more…]

Building a better battery

Tyler Fears, Chem’10, Phys’10, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, is using nanomaterials that act as cathodes to expand the capacity of lithium-ion batteries through an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His project is funded by a five-year, $3 million grant awarded to MU by the National Science Foundation. [Read more…]

Improving rural drinking water

Disinfectants used in water treatment operations could generate harmful byproducts that are unregulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [Read more…]

Nuclear fusion: achieved

In May, three Missouri S&T physics seniors achieved nuclear fusion of deuterium into helium as part of the final project in their senior research laboratory class. This nuclear fusion reaction is the same process as the one that powers the sun. [Read more…]

Off-the-grid energy research

Solar Village MicroGrid ribbon cutting and dedication. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Solar Village MicroGrid ribbon cutting and dedication. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

A microgrid that connects the four student-built solar houses that make up Missouri S&T’s Solar Village began operations this fall to manage and store renewable energy among the four homes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony (pictured above) was held in July.

The microgrid also acts as a research tool that will help Missouri S&T professors and students analyze the abilities of small-scale mircrogrids. Students living in the four solar houses will monitor the results and demonstrate how people interact with a new system of energy management.

Printing the future

Mechanical engineering junior Jonathan Bopp is the epitome of a team player. As a second-year member of the Mars Rover Design Team, Bopp spent nearly every spare hour last spring in the Kummer Student Design Center working to perfect the 2014 Mars rover. [Read more…]

‘Smart’ rocks detect bridge damage

The leading cause of bridge collapse in the U.S. is scour, an erosion process where water flow carries away river bed deposits and creates scour holes around a bridge pier or abutment. Floods intensify the problem and can quickly make the bridge unstable. [Read more…]

Smartphone biology

Using nothing more than a smartphone and less than $10 in hardware supplies, Missouri S&T biology students built their own microscopes in biology lab this past fall. [Read more…]

Team Orion: Pursuit of Life

Abdalla Bani, AE’13, Tyler Martin, AE’13, and Fabrice Tine, ME’13, AE’13, all overcame adversity to make it to college. Despite the challenges they faced, each of them earned a degree from Missouri S&T. Now they are helping other S&T students who face adversity to achieve the same success. [Read more…]