Archives for February 2011

The tradition continues


The story of the first Best Ever St. Pat’s

2011_stpats_discover_image2.jpgDr. Lance Haynes, faculty adviser to the St. Pat’s Board.

St. Patrick lived roughly 1,600 years ago and historians will tell you he wasn’t really Irish – he was probably Welsh. Legend has it that he was kidnapped as a teenager by pirates and taken to Ireland, where he was enslaved. He escaped and eventually became the patron saint of Ireland. (After becoming a Bishop, he went back to Ireland and ultimately died there.) He was never an engineer and there haven’t been snakes in Ireland since before the last ice age.

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A concrete way to help the environment


Jeffery Volz, Missouri S&T assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering. Photo by B.A. Rupert

A researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology is leading a study to increase the amount of fly ash used in concrete. If successful, the effort could divert millions of tons of the waste product away from ponds and landfills and reduce CO2 emissions.

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Mining on the moon?


Dr. Leslie Gertsch, Missouri S&T associate professor of geological engineering. Photo illustration by communications staff

While lunar mining might some day be economically feasible for countries and companies, a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher believes strongly that mining in space is essential to the very survival of our species.

“Humanity eventually needs to live in more than just one place, other than the Earth,” says Dr. Leslie Gertsch, an associate professor of geological engineering at Missouri S&T.

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Clean water for Bolivia


Jennifer Hoffman, Missouri S&T student. Photo by Tom Shipley

For many students, spring break and summer vacations are perfect times to kick back and relax. But for members of the Engineers Without Borders student chapter at Missouri S&T, those are perfect times to go beyond their own backyards to solve real-life problems in developing countries.

“EWB was one of the main reasons I was attracted to S&T,” says Maria Heath, a sophomore in mechanical engineering. “I really wanted to apply what I learn in classes to help others. It turns out that I am learning many practical lessons through EWB before I learn them in class.”

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Stepping out


Ron Lytle, Missouri S&T student, talks about stepping. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Stepping or step-dancing is a tradition among African American fraternities and sororities. Popularized by movies like Spike Lee’s School Daze and more recently, Sylvain White’s Stomp the Yard, the practice originated in the mid-20th century, according to Ron Lytle, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Missouri S&T. Lytle and his fellow Alphas perform step shows at various events.

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