Stars shine on observatory once more

Ken Goss, a senior in computer science and computer engineering, poses with the S&T Observatory's 16-inch diameter telescope. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Ken Goss, a senior in computer science and computer engineering, poses with the S&T Observatory’s 16-inch diameter telescope.

An educational asset has reopened to the public, thanks, in part, to the passion and dedication of one Missouri S&T student.

Ken Goss hosted the S&T Observatory’s first Visitors’ Night in over two years on Aug. 20, 2015, giving over 100 community members, faculty, staff and students the chance to get an up-close look at Saturn and its rings through the university’s 16-inch diameter telescope.

Goss says the event went smoothly. “I have enjoyed providing this service for the public, and it seems the public has responded well, so far.” [Read more…]

Testing it out


Tim Victor, a mechanical engineering senior, spent his summer working as a hydraulic development intern at a Caterpillar facility in Peoria, Illinois.

In today’s job market, practical work experience gives new graduates the edge they need to land the most sought-after positions. If that’s the case, senior Tim Victor should have no problem landing his dream job when he graduates from Missouri S&T. The mechanical engineering major from Manchester, Missouri, just completed a hydraulic development internship with Caterpillar’s Product Development & Global Technology Division in Peoria, Illinois. It was the third opportunity he’s had as a student to gain on-the-job experience.

A typical day for Victor starts with checking a rigorous endurance test of a hydraulic control valve to see if a shutdown occurred overnight. It’s a responsibility that puts the fluid dynamics and control theory he learned in class into practice.

“If I had a shutdown, I go through the data collected and discover the reason,” he says. “I use this data to hypothesize the location of a possible leak or malfunction in the valve being tested and use my resources to have the leak fixed or instrumentation replaced.” [Read more…]

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