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Author Archive: Jan Wiese-Fales

Monday, April 7th, 2014

IT Program keeps pace with evolution of technology

MU associate teaching professor Dale Musser has been an “early adopter” of wearable technology. He has both a personal and a professional interest in technology’s ever-accelerating trends.


Monday, April 7th, 2014

A friendship that led to a career in engineering later launches a scholarship

Guy and Louise Hackman recently established a new scholarship endowment for MU mechanical engineering students.


Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

AZZ follows CEO’s lead, funds scholarship

A $10,000 scholarship will simultaneously benefit ECE recipients starting next fall and memorialize a man who sought to strengthen a company’s relationship with higher education.


Monday, February 10th, 2014

Pulsed power research takes aim at brain cancer

Researchers working in the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine are finding ways for gold nanoparticles to combine with pulsed power to combat brain cancer.


Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Company foundation motivates, matches recent alumnus’ giving

Through his company’s charitable foundation, 2012 graduate Alex Nowak receives a match to all the charitable gifts he gives back to Mizzou Engineering.


Friday, January 31st, 2014

Collaboration is key in lab renovation; mobile apps class is one beneficiary

New computer lab spaces in Lafferre Hall utilize fresh technology to teach and allow students the chance to work on collaborative projects.


Monday, January 27th, 2014

Team takes top rankings in computer vision ‘Olympics’

A team of electrical and computer engineers from Mizzou placed second in the International Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge 2013 and was the first among all U.S. teams.


Monday, January 27th, 2014

New fast track program combines IT, MBA

Freshmen entering the College of Engineering in the fall of 2014 will have the opportunity to take advantage of a new IT/MBA Fast Track program in the Computer Science Department, where they may earn their undergraduate IT degree and an MBA in five years.


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.


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

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, 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.


Monday, October 7th, 2013

Engineering Legacy: Chemical engineering celebrates 110 years

As the Chemical Engineering Department prepares to celebrate its 110th anniversary, read a brief history about the department’s progress over the last century-plus at MU.


Friday, October 4th, 2013

Triplett named SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellow

Gregory Triplett is one of four University of Missouri faculty members to be named a 2013-2014 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellow.


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Engineering, medicine faculty receive Coulter Awards

The MU Coulter Translational Partnership Program in September announced funding for six biomedical research projects, each a collaborative effort by an engineer and a physician.


Friday, September 13th, 2013

Professor joins young ME program at Baylor

After 11 years as a faculty/researcher in the MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Professor Doug Smith’s career path has joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Baylor University.


Thursday, September 5th, 2013

As annual gifts grow, so do the entities they support

A company without operational support won’t succeed and the same is true for Mizzou. It’s through annual giving that MU has the ability to do more, and be more, year after year.


Friday, August 30th, 2013

Reading the mind by tracking the eyes: Computer attempts to understand humans’ visual reasoning

New research uses the built-in camera on a computer to track and record the eye movement of health professionals as they viewed identical radiography images on the computer screen.


Friday, August 30th, 2013

New faculty member receives software grant

Emmanuelle Wallach joined the College of Engineering faculty as an adjunct instructor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Department. She brings access to Simio Enterprise Edition, state-of-the-art simulation software, thanks to a grant valued at $228,000.


Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Outstanding professor, students recognized

In 2013, one of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department’s faculty members received recognition and six students from the department were honored for their achievements at the annual Missouri Honor Awards banquet.


Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Capital investment takes innovation a step closer to commercialization

In March 2013, China-based backers committed to invest $7 million in Nanova, Inc., a company co-founded by two associate professors of mechanical engineering and its chief scientist, to bring the company’s products to market in the U.S. and China.


Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Big Data course added to computer science curriculum

MU Engineering’s Computer Science Department has partnered with IBM’s “Academic Initiative” to offer a “Big Data Analytics” course this fall.


Monday, July 1st, 2013

Academy is a good idea that keeps getting better

Each year, up to 10 civil engineering alumni are inducted into the department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Started in 1996, the academy recognizes alumni who’ve earned recognition for their careers and who serve as a role model for students.


Friday, June 28th, 2013

Novel intersection treatment scrutinized

In an effort to increase motorist safety and traffic-flow efficiency, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has implemented some novel intersection treatments on the state’s roadways. Two of these designs have been selected for implementation on roadways in or near Columbia.


Monday, June 24th, 2013

What does it take to be a faculty entrepreneur?

Several on the University of Missouri College of Engineering faculty are “doing,” having launched businesses based on their research breakthroughs. What follows is an examination of how faculty launch start-up ventures and a look at a handful of some of engineering’s adventurous risk-takers’ efforts, in various stages of development.