Spring 2008

re:think research

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Throughout history, engineering achievements were accomplished in response to specific human needs. Illustration by Jeff Harper. Five years ago, the National Academy of Engineering came up with a list of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. Looking at the list today, it’s hard to imagine life without things like electricity, automobiles, satellites or […]

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re:viewing the world

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Farouk El-Baz, MS GGph’61, PhD GGph’64, used remote sensing technology to help NASA officials determine where the Eagle would land in 1969. The producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation were so impressed by his work that they named a spacecraft, The El-Baz, after him. As director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston […]

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re:newable vehicles

Posted by on March 17, 2008

A plug-in hybrid fleet that’s powered purely off renewable energy results means we’ll have emission-free energy that can be dispatched at the request of power grid operators. Illustration by Jeff Harper. Two energy researchers at Missouri S&T are revved up about the future of plug-in hybrid vehicles, what they see as the next generation of […]

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re:building bridges

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Fiber-reinforced polymer decks offer durability and easy installation and may become key to the development of very long bridges, where being lightweight is a critical feature. Illustration by Jeff Harper. Last summer’s collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis served as a stark reminder that the nation’s infrastructure is aging, and was a dramatic […]

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re:growing bones

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Human bone cells are attracted to porous medical scaffolding made out of bioactive glasses. Illustration by Jeff Harper. Delbert Day, CerE’58, MS CerE’60, says it’s like seeding a fishing environment by throwing an old Christmas tree into the water. The submerged tree provides good pockets of cover for all kinds of fish. But this isn’t […]

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Reducing carbon footprints

Posted by on March 17, 2008

The housing market may be soft, but one neighborhood in Rolla is seeing a building boom. Okay, so it’s really just a little village on campus property with a current population of two. But this is a village of the future, and the site developers are thinking long-term.

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Reliable glucose testing

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Thanks to Chang-Soo Kim, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri S&T, people living with diabetes may one day have an alternative to the daily routine of pricking their fingers to monitor their blood sugar.

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Beth Burka: "Save green, go green"

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Beth (Eberle) Burka, ME’84, is helping businesses across the country save green by going green. Burka founded her St. Louis-based company Energy Matters Inc. in June 2005 to help business owners save money by developing energy management programs. In doing so, Burka took a huge risk leaving a stable position at a natural gas company, […]

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Garmin International and the Kao Family Foundation

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Garmin, a leader in GPS navigation and communication equipment, and the Kao Family Foundation are helping Missouri S&T students financially navigate through the university, thanks to a new scholarship program and training initiative. The Kao Family Foundation will offer scholarships worth $5,000 per year to 20 Missouri S&T students. Established by Min H. Kao, co-founder […]

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Blowing hot glass

Posted by on March 17, 2008

Many Missourians have long associated glass blowing with artisans who populate Silver Dollar City. Now, students at Missouri S&T can watch glass blowing – and practice it themselves – on campus.

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