Summer 2013

Beyond mining

Posted by on June 26, 2013

By the time Layland Watson left Rolla in 1996, he knew how to drive a haul truck, design a mine, and work in open pit copper mines and underground coal mines — tasks a mining engineer would normally expect to have acquired after some time on the job.

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It’s about quality

Posted by on June 26, 2013

Brad Lind, EMgt’96, is a quality guy. To him, quality — the continuous improvement of products and services — is a key driver in improving consumers’ lives.

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League of Super Miners: A Homecoming of Heroic Proportions

Posted by on June 25, 2013

Summoning all Super Miners to return! Reunite! Reconnect! In Rolla! Like our miraculous Miner metals, silver and gold, the peculiar, preternatural powers of Miners past and present were forged in the furnace of perseverance and persistence. Now, we’re calling on you to join hundreds of your fellow Miners in Rolla this fall to rediscover the […]

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University of Missouri Legislative Day 2013

Posted by on June 25, 2013

On April 3, Missouri S&T alumni and friends visited with lawmakers in Jefferson City to garner support for the four-campus University of Missouri System as part of Legislative Day at the Capitol. Attendees included: Jim Foil, CE’74; Dan O’Sullivan, Phil’82; Matt Coco, CE’66; Bob Bay, CE’49; and Michael McMenus, LSci’81. Missouri S&T representatives included: Chancellor […]

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Giant forces in super-strong nanomaterials

Posted by on June 25, 2013

In a study that could lead to advances in the emerging fields of optical computing and nanomaterials, Jie Gao and Xiaodong Yang, both assistant professors of mechanical engineering, report that a new class of nanoscale slot waveguides pack 100 to 1,000 times more transverse optical force than conventional silicon slot waveguides.

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Extreme bug boosts biofuel production

Posted by on June 25, 2013

Using a microbe that thrives in extreme conditions, Melanie Mormile patented a process that could streamline biofuel production, making it less costly and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.

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Aerospace team rockets to a win

Posted by on June 25, 2013

Despite crashing its first plane during testing, Missouri S&T’s Advanced Aero Vehicle Group won the Society of Automotive Engineer’s 2013 Aero Design East competition. Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the competition was held in Texas in March at the Fort Worth Thunderbirds Flying Field.

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Remote controlled bridge monitoring

Posted by on June 25, 2013

The current method of inspecting bridges for structural damage is labor-intensive and, in some instances, dangerous to all involved. But Zhaozheng Yin is developing a safer, more efficient solution dubbed the “multicopter.”

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Profs on TV for $1,000, Alex

Posted by on June 25, 2013

Profs on TV for $1,000, Alex It took three tries, but Ilene Morgan finally succeeded in landing a spot on the game show Jeopardy! in 2012.

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Engineering education center relocates

Posted by on June 25, 2013

The Engineering Education Center (EEC) has relocated to a new facility at a central location in St. Louis, sharing space with the University of Missouri-St. Louis West County Continuing Education Center. The EEC delivers 20 to 25 courses each semester, serving 400 to 500 students in Missouri and elsewhere.

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