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Monday, August 31st, 2015

Foundation celebrates life of MU engineering alum

The Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation was established in the memory of 2001 MU mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate Josh Seidel, who died in 2013 while repairing equipment at his company, Caliber Cast Stone.


Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Family encouragement leads doctoral student to academic success

In May 2015, Amal Al-Yasiri earned her doctorate from MU in nuclear engineering/medical physics. The second of seven children in the Al-Ghazaliya neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Al-Yasiri’s father, proud of her academic success, urged her to earn her doctorate, advising her to study abroad.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Campus breaks ground for Lafferre Hall renovation

Mizzou Engineering has broke ground on the renovation for Lafferre Hall, which will replace thousands of square feet of space in the building’s 1935 and 1944 additions.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Consequences, problem-solving ‘within and around wires’ serves alumna well

The Air Force Academy’s loss was the University of Missouri’s gain as a bright, ambitious Mexico, Mo., native with a passion for solving technical problems came to the MU College of Engineering.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Adapted infrared technologies prove effective in detection of subsurface erosion in bridges

Glenn Washer, a civil engineering professor, has adapted existing handheld and mast-mounted infrared imaging technologies to detect sub-surface corrosion damage in concrete components as well as methodologies to increase the quality of data produced from the imaging.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

MU Engineering launches a Women in Engineering Center

The College of Engineering launched a Women in Engineering (WIE) Center early this year thanks to a generous gift on the part of an MU engineering alumna with an interest in supporting the success of women students.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

SoyKB: a powerful tool at the junction of plant biology and computer science

The University of Missouri expanded its investment in soybean research in 1999 by hiring four faculty members with expertise in breeding, genetics, genomics and economics to fill endowed chair positions funded by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) with assets that came directly from the state’s soybean growers.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

SoyKB project provides student researchers real world experience

Two students who got a taste of computational scalability and the other benefits of involvement with SoyKB are Michael Fitzpatrick and Danny Franklin.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor earns prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Michela Becchi in MU Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.


Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Mizzou NAI chapter inducts two from engineering

Shubhra Gangopadhyay and Sheila Grant were among the 10 founding members inducted into the Mizzou Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).


Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Mother/Daughter Engineering Day a success

Mother/Daughter Day is aimed at young women and includes mothers who actively will be involved in helping their daughters make decisions about their futures. Activities may serve also to introduce mothers to “what engineers do.”


Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Bioengineering assistant professor earns award from 3M

Heather Hunt, assistant professor in the MU Department of Bioengineering, was awarded a 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award from the global innovation company with operations in more than 70 countries, including a facility in Columbia, Mo.


Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Chance meeting results in conference, research opportunities and collaborations

A chance meeting with engineering faculty from India’s Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) and a reciprocal visit to India by MU LaPierre Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Sanjeev Khanna resulted in a memorandum of understanding for research collaborations between MU and MNNIT in 2011.


Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

MU Engineering alumnus presented with Presidential Citation Award

Ron Wood, who earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1964 from the MU College of Engineering, was MU’s 2015 Presidential Citation Award honoree.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

IMSE alumna sprints toward her goals

Christine Pierson, who currently serves as executive vice president and head of the consumer division at UMB Financial Corporation, is an active fundraiser for the IMSE Hall of Fame’s Development Committee.


Friday, February 27th, 2015

College of Engineering and School of Medicine team up on knee ligament tears

Aaron Gray, an assistant professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and Marjorie Skubic, MU professor of electrical and computer engineering, have joined forces with a diverse group of faculty and student researchers to study the problem of ACL tears in adolescent female athletes.


Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Engineer siblings’ scholarship honors parents

Mike, Keith, Paula and Larry Sims, recently endowed an MU College of Engineering scholarship in their parents’ honor. The Sims Engineering Scholarship will support engineering students with financial need.


Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Anonymous gift used to launch Women in Engineering Center

MU Engineering opened its new Women in Engineering Center in 2015. Professor Kate Trauth serves as center director, and Jayme Gardener has been hired as its programs coordinator.


Monday, January 26th, 2015

Engineering’s spring career fair approaches; get the app and get ready

Engineering students whose next summer’s to-do list include an internship, co-op or a fulltime job should begin preparing for MU Engineering’s spring career fair, scheduled to take place on the Hearnes Center Concourse from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.


Friday, December 5th, 2014

Breipohl family gives teaching fellowships a helping hand

On a recent visit to the College of Engineering, alumnus Art Breipohl and his wife Shirley were so impressed with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s teaching fellowship program, they made a gift to the department to fund a fifth fellow for this academic year.


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Transportation inspiration

Whether gathering data in the field or analyzing it in the lab, MU’s civil engineering’s transportation research team works to make our mobile lives smarter, safer and more economical.


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Recipe for biomedical research success

Raghuraman Kannan has combined his background in chemistry, joint appointments in bioengineering and radiology, entrepreneurial roots, collaborative spirit and tireless […]


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Civil engineering’s virtual Transportation Infrastructure Center is a collaborative powerhouse

Thus the highly successful, virtual Transportation Infrastructure Center (TIC) with Charlie Nemmers at its helm was conceived and created to build teams of researchers to respond to areas of existing transportation. But research under the center’s umbrella hasn’t strictly adhered to the tradition of transportation as Nemmers has sought out partners to fill associated research needs.


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

UM System president’s chief of staff named interim dean of MU College of Engineering

Effective Sept. 1, 2014, Robert W. Schwartz, chief of staff and custodian of records for the UM System, began serving as interim dean of the College of Engineering.


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Hubbard scholarship endowed for love of education in honor of a cherished husband

Although Lloyd and Lucille Hubbard had no children of their own, they had a soft spot in her heart for children. Lucille died in July 2012, and recently, the college learned that a bequest in her will swelled the Lloyd S. Hubbard Memorial Fund to nearly $1 million.


Monday, December 1st, 2014

Associate Dean Tzou’s book updated, back on shelves

James C. Dowell Professor Robert Tzou, MU Engineering’s associate dean for academic programs, recently had a second edition published of his book Macro- to Microscale Heat Transfer: The Lagging Behavior.


Monday, December 1st, 2014

Nanova Biomaterials, Inc. cuts ribbon on new facility

Nanova Biomaterials, Inc. (NBI), a company founded and operated by MU Engineering faculty members Hao Li and Qingsong Yu; orthopedic physician Kenneth Lambert and their chief scientist Meng Chen, recently opened a new 6,000 sq. foot facility.


Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Donor touched by letters from scholarship recipients

Ruth Atkinson, a 1940 graduate of the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, endowed the Donald B. Atkinson Scholarship Fund in memory of her late husband. She kept every letter she received from grateful recipients.


Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

$38.5 million approved to renovate Lafferre Hall

On Oct. 16, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon convened a meeting of the state’s Board of Public Buildings to approve the state’s issuance of $38.5 million for the repair and renovation of the 1935 and 1944 sections of Lafferre Hall, the main building of the MU College of Engineering.


Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Engineering path leads Schwartz to interim dean job at MU

Robert Schwartz said an opportunity to again experience working within an academic unit is, in part, what influenced him to accept the position as interim dean of the College of Engineering.