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Yearly News Archives: 2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 Year in Review

From white-out snow days to green lights shining atop some of the University of Missouri’s best-known buildings, Mizzou Engineers have much to look back on for 2013.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Students write successful IBM Big Data proposals

The “Students for a Smarter Planet” program’s winning proposals receive a requested budget award of up to $3,000, and if selected, teams must agree to blog about their projects as they progress. IBM selected two proposals from student teams in Susan Zeng’s class.

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Iraq, U.S. college reps visit respective campuses

The University of Missouri College of Engineering strengthened its partnership with University of Technology-Baghdad after a team delegates spent three weeks in Missouri.

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Oscillating heat pipes offer elegant thermal management

Common cooling solutions in heat transfer are not sufficient for today’s electronics. Researchers around the world, including Hongbin “Bill” Ma, are looking for solutions to this pervasive and growing problem.

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Biological patches may treat diseased blood vessels

Modified vascular tissue patches developed in a bioengineering lab at Mizzou and implanted into pigs showed better integration than existing commercially available biological patches. The results have potential to improve such material currently being used in human surgical procedures.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Research seeks efficient, inexpensive retrofit for power plant carbon dioxide capture

A chemical engineering research team is working to develop a solution to help existing power plants capture and store excess carbon dioxide emissions.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Embracing Big Data’s big bang

In the Fall 2013 semester, the Computer Science Department began offering a Big Data analytics course. IBM has supplied the use of its software, InfoSphere BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams, and access to IBM academic cloud for the endeavor.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

In the field: Cross disciplinary research uses robots for data collection

Electrical engineers worked with a computer scientist and a computational biologist to create and utilize a robot that would automatically collect the latter pair’s data for research into maize phenotype mutants.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Love makes a Christmas gift of education

Barbara DeMaire decided that the perfect Christmas gift to her husband Doug would be a scholarship in his name to the MU Industrial Engineering Department, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Iraq connection: Students and faculty benefit from emerging collaborations

MU Engineering recently signed two MOUs that act as umbrellas to present a broader framework for multiple projects with several universities in Iraq.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Engineering foundation receives affiliation approval

In May, the University of Missouri formally recognized the MU College of Engineering (UMCOE) Foundation as an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, after approval from the Chancellor’s Office and the University Board of Curators. The affiliation status allows UMCOE Foundation to accept and act as stewards of gifts to MU Engineering with University partnership.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Vandelicht’s service recognized with 2013 Moulder Award

Walter F. Vandelicht received the 2013 James E. “Bud” Moulder Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Missouri College of Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1949.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Flora receives UM System award

College of Engineering alumnus Don Flora, BS IE ’66, MS IE ’68, MPH ’71, received the 2013 Presidential Citation Award from the Alliance of Alumni Associations on behalf of the Mizzou Alumni Association.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Alumni Association honors Chambers

Ward Chambers, a 1967 University of Missouri electrical engineering graduate, was among 16 outstanding MU faculty and alumni honored by the Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) on Friday, Oct. 18.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Alumni Notes

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Friday, December 6th, 2013

Changes made to mentoring program for female engineers generate success

The Mizzou Women Mentoring Women program, halfway through its second year, has implemented suggestions from first-year participants to support the goal of retaining female engineering students.

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Free bike repairs put engineers’ skills to use

Joshua Johnston and Nathan Dierkes have found a niche working with the Environmental Leadership Office’s Bike Resource Center, The pair fixes bikes for MU students for free.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Sophomore jumps into research

As an incoming freshman, Charles Meyer didn’t know anything about research. But when he was encouraged to apply for the Discovery Fellow undergraduate research program. Now, he’s not only acclimated to research — he’s thrived.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Diversity alumnus spotlight: Trenisha Tait

Changes came two-fold for Trenisha Tait after her 2012 graduation. She got married and started a new job. But when her company’s plant closed, she was forced to look for another job, which proved easier than she thought it would.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Native Californian finds refuge in the Midwest

Marco Hinojosa intended on majoring in accounting but found his niche in mechanical engineering. As a senior, he feels quite at home at Mizzou and in Columbia. Though that wasn’t always the case.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Donation covers nearly half of team’s yearly expenses

This year, MU Concrete Canoe team members are able to spend a little more time on the canoe and a little less on fundraising as they received a $2,000 donation from MoDOT.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Coders complete first large-scale MU hackathon

Hack Mizzou, MU’s first university-wide coding blitz, marked what organizer Daniel Silver predicts will be a new tradition for computer science at the College of Engineering.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Passion for student learning drives ECE professor

After a sabbatical in Ireland, Robert O’Connell brought back a modern teaching method for use in the undergraduate engineering classroom and also began a new study abroad course to Ireland.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Undergrad turns setback into new opportunity

A medical setback became a new opportunity for an ECE undergrad who received a scholarship from a foundation focused on the same research she began after that setback.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

What’s new with ECE student organizations?

Student organizations associated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s were busy last year inducting new members and helping out in the community.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

ECE faculty, staff, students honored at annual banquet

Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty staff and students were among those honored at the college’s annual Missouri Honor Awards banquet in March.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Quick understanding helps grad researcher secure internship

A man of few words, graduate student Xiang Wang isn’t shy on skills. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Shanghai University in 2011, and now is a master’s degree candidate at Mizzou.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Med school beginnings lead to engineer’s career in medical devices

A foray into the medical field was forestalled when one alumnus’ interests lured him into electrical and computer engineering. But a twist of fate took his career back into the medical field.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Research program draws Presidential Scholar

Corey Matzat accomplished a great deal before coming to MU — including a perfect 36 on the ACT. Now, the Presidential Scholar is studying electrical and computer engineering and doing research as part of the Discovery Fellow undergraduate research program.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Engineers transition swimmingly from the pool to the lab

Engineering’s curriculum could rival athletics’ schedule for the title “most rigorous.” However, seven members of the Mizzou men’s swimming and diving team are taking on both.