The essential creative experience

The essential creative experience

Laurie Myers leads students of all majors on a creative journey that combines artistic expression with digital technology in her Exploring Digital Art class. Photo by Sam O’Keefe

Each week when Laurie Myers steps into her Castleman Hall classroom to teach Art 3001, she is more than a lecturer. She is a guide for students exploring digital art, problem-solving and professional development. [Read more…]

Carrying the torch

Carrying the torch

Engineering management graduate Bob Zdvorak with his sons David, (right) a senior, and Chris, (left) a freshman — both second-generation Miner soccer players. Photo by Sam O’Keefe

Once a wing defender in the early days of Miner soccer, Bob Zdvorak is back in the Missouri S&T soccer complex – this time in the stands cheering on his sons, who are the first second-generation players in the history of the program. [Read more…]

Remaking America

Re-making America

Additive manufacturing processes, like 3-D printing, enable complex structures to move from the design phase to production more quickly. Photo by Sam O’Keefe

Over the past decade, many of the world’s top corporations and industries have called on Missouri S&T researchers to improve existing manufacturing processes and develop new approaches and materials.

“We’re always looking for ways to create new capabilities, improve performance and increase productivity,” says Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing at Missouri S&T.

Introducing advanced manufacturing processes is important to the nation’s long-term, sustainable economic growth. U.S. manufacturing accounts for 12 percent of gross domestic product, 70 percent of private R&D spending and 86 percent of exports.

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“To me, the hybrid aspect of traditional manufacturing and additive manufacturing is the future for the U.S. to remain competitive,” says Jagannathan Sarangapani, the William A. Rutledge-Emerson Electric Co. Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering at Missouri S&T. “This aspect requires skill sets from researchers in a variety of disciplines.”

One of S&T’s four signature areas for teaching and research, Advanced Manufacturing has strengths in the emerging fields of additive manufacturing; energy manufacturing; micro- and nano-scale manufacturing; network-centric and cloud manufacturing; advanced materials for manufacturing; and intelligent, sensor-enabled manufacturing.

For example, S&T researchers are working to create “smart parts” by embedding sensors and communication circuits that allow goods to be tracked throughout the supply chain.

“Recording the chain of custody from the point of manufacture of all of the product’s components to the point the customer receives it is helpful when products are recalled,” Sarangapani says. “It also can be used to help stop counterfeit, a rising problem worldwide.”

In the advanced manufacturing area, S&T also has particular strengths in additive manufacturing, composites manufacturing and metal casting. In addition, its micro- and nano-manufacturing program has seen rapid growth in recent years.

“By building components one layer at a time using data from CAD models, additive manufacturing has the potential to fabricate 3-D components with novel material compositions with properties and functionalities that would otherwise be very difficult to create conventionally,” Leu says. “In this area, S&T researchers have developed unique processes for making functionally gradient materials, a new concept for creating composites of continuously varying materials.

Missouri S&T’s expertise in advanced manufacturing has been nationally recognized, which has opened up many collaborative opportunities. Most recently, S&T was one of 23 universities selected to join with industry, governmental agencies and other organizations to form the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, a new national innovative manufacturing institute based in Chicago. S&T is also a member of America Makes — National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, an organization focused on helping the country grow capabilities and strength in 3-D printing.

“During the Henry Ford era, manufacturing was focused on mass production — just making enough quantity so the price could be reduced,” Leu says. “Then came mass customization, where smaller quantities with more variety were offered. Now we’re at the personalization era where parts are designed and fabricated for the individuals. The goal is to make a one-of-a-kind product at or near the same price as the mass production.”

Advancing manufacturing

By developing tailored materials and fabrication methods, S&T researchers are paving the way for a number of manufacturing processes. Here are a few examples:

Greg Hilmas, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering, and Robert Landers, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, demonstrated the additive manufacturing of a 3-D part by grading two ceramic materials, alumina and zirconia, which have different properties.

Umit Koylu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is using selective laser sintering to create bipolar plates of different flow field designs for PEM fuel cells, a key issue for improving fuel cell performance.

K. Chandrashekhara, Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is using fused deposition modeling to manufacture sparse-build molds and dies to save material and cost for composites manufacturing and hydroforming.

Frank Liou, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Joe Newkirk, associate professor of materials science and engineering, are working with Boeing and GKN Aerospace to repair worn components and to make components with gradients of two different metals.

Suzanna Long, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, is working to ensure that the nation’s supply network is efficiently and seamlessly connected — from raw materials to finished products. She says it’s critical for the health and vitality of the U.S. and world economy.

Story by Mindy Limback. Video by Terry Barner. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

A league of his own

A league of his own

Historian and former minor league first baseman Russ Buhite has a unique perspective on baseball’s last serious attempt to form a third major league, the Continental League. Photo by Sam O’Keefe

Before he became an author and a history professor, Russell D. Buhite was a minor league first baseman and outfielder for the New York Giants, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Senators. [Read more…]

Saying good riddance to soggy buns

Saying good riddance to soggy buns

Freshman Tyler Richards helped design a cap that keeps separated liquid from escaping a ketchup bottle. Photo by Sam O’Keefe

The solution to the soggy bun epidemic may be the brainchild of Missouri S&T freshman Tyler Richards and his friend, Jonathan Thompson. And it all started as an assignment for their high school Project Lead the Way capstone course, Engineering Development and Design. That’s when the Liberty, Mo., teens decided to tackle a common problem – how to keep water from running out of the ketchup bottle when it’s squeezed. [Read more…]

For family, for country, for the future

For family, for country, for the future

Luis Pereira helps organize an annual recruitment retreat for Hispanic and Latino high school students who want to learn more about STEM fields. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Nearly everything Luis Pereira does, he does for future Hispanic college students, especially his four-year-old brother, Johann. [Read more…]

The turf is always greener

The grass is always greener

Missouri S&T students and alumni partnered to cover Jackling Field at Allgood-Bailey Stadium with synthetic turf.

Last fall, the intramural field near Missouri S&T’s Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building was torn up to make way for the campus’s geothermal energy project. Rather than reseed the field, Missouri S&T students voted to use $1.8 million in activity fees to cover the intramural field – and Jackling Field in Allgood-Bailey Stadium – with artificial turf. [Read more…]

Championing STEM for minorities

Championing STEM for minorities

Electrical engineering junior Emily Hernandez wants to see more diversity in the engineering fields and she is doing her part to help.

Emily Hernandez didn’t wait until college to start recruiting fellow minorities to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She started as an eighth-grader during a University of Memphis camp called Girls Experiencing Engineering near her Germantown, Tennessee, hometown. [Read more…]

Film for thought

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Max Tohline uses movies to inspire students to “come up with questions that have never been asked.”

Max Tohline came to Missouri S&T from Madeira, Ohio, in 2002 with a plan to study aerospace engineering. But it was an elective course in film that caused his true passion to take flight. [Read more…]

Top 10 things you missed this summer

The new Ph.D. in explosives engineering wasn’t the only new offering to explode onto the Missouri S&T campus over the summer. The campus erupted with young students in summer camps, teachers came for Project Lead The Way instruction, and a new walkway is being constructed next to the Havener Center. Here are a few of the things you missed over the summer:

Turf installation

Artificial turf at Missouri S&T
Construction crews installed the artificial turf at Allgood-Bailey Stadium the first week of August. The Miners play their first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 20. Crews also began installing turf on the intramural field this summer. The fields are striped for both soccer and football. [Read more…]

Meet the Class of 2018

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This week marks the arrival of Missouri S&T’s incoming Class of 2018. The majority of this first-year class calls Missouri home, although the 1,300-plus members also hail from 32 other states, the District of Columbia and five foreign countries. Nearly one-in-four of them will be first in their family to attend college.

Popquiz-3Not surprisingly, the Class of 2018 is no stranger to STEM fields. Roughly 36 percent were involved with Project Lead The Way and 21 percent were involved with FIRST Robotics in high school.

We asked a few members of the Class of 2018 what was on their mind as they entered college. Here’s what they had to say:

What are you most looking forward to as an incoming freshman?

“The college life – living in the dorms and meeting new people.” – John Scott, Bryant, Ark.
“Meeting new people and getting opportunities to do engineering projects.” – Michael Alexander, Blue Springs, Mo.
“Not being in high school. That makes me happy!” – Leslie Bixler, Grain Valley, Mo.

Why did you choose Missouri S&T?

“Because it’s a great engineering school. I grew up hearing about it.” – Jason Buckingham, Cedar Hill, Mo.
“It was the best choice financially and academically.” – Abdullah Khan, St. Louis
“I came to Missouri S&T because it had my major – ceramic engineering. I like the chemistry of it.” – Evan Musterman, Troy, Mo.
“It seemed like a really good school, and I was willing to go out of state for it. On top of it, it’s cheap.” – William Kyle, Irving, Texas

What student organizations are you planning to join and why?

“I’d like to join a design team and find something like rock climbing.” – Logan Moore, Collinsville, Ill.
“I plan to join NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers).” – Kyla James, St. Louis
“I want to join the Spelunking Club.” – Simin Wu, Springfield Mo.
“I’m going to join the Cycling Club. It’s been a hobby of mine since I moved to Rolla.” – James Logiudice, Rolla, Mo.

Which degree do you hope to pursue and why?

“Chemical engineering. I find it very interesting.” – Katie Dundon, Arnold, Mo.
“Mechanical engineering. I like building stuff and it’s one of the most diverse engineering degrees.” – Madeleine O’Neill, Manchester, Conn.
“Biological sciences. I want to get MD Ph.D. and do research.” – Jenna Oldman, St. Louis
“Nuclear engineering. I like calculus!” – Whitney Vermillion, Marshfield, Mo.

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