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Friday, July 24th, 2015

Civil engineering chair retiring after nearly four decades at MU

Mark Virkler will retire on Sept. 1, having served the last 10 years as chair of the Civil and Engineering Department. He additionally spent three years as director of graduate studies and three more years as director of undergraduate studies, in addition to his research and teaching work.


Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

MU researcher develops more efficient way to heat poultry barns

Shawn Xu developed a waste heat recovery system to make heating of poultry barns more even, more efficient, and perhaps most importantly, more cost effective by driving down the amount of propane required to heat the barns in the winter.


Monday, July 13th, 2015

Three MU teams place at national airport design needs competition

Carlos Sun’s airport engineering course provided the impetus, and three student teams from the University of Missouri earned accolades from the Airport Cooperative Research Program/Federal Aviation Administration’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs.


Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Retiring faculty member reflects on tech, teaching changes over last 30 years

ECE Professor Harry Tyrer will retire Aug. 1, 2015. He leaves behind a more than 30-year career with Mizzou Engineering.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Four women faculty members join forces on sensor project

Four engineering faculty members and an associate professor of family and community medicine are partnering on a grant proposal for a project to create a sensor to measure stress levels, and all five principal investigators happen to be women.


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.


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Research seeks inexpensive solution for detection of tuberculosis

Electrical and computer engineering Professor Shubhra Gangopadhyay, is partnering with Carole McArthur, professor of dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, on a project funded by the Coulter Translational Partnership Program titled “Identifying Tuberculosis.”


Friday, June 5th, 2015

MU team takes its sustainability project to EPA competition

A University of Missouri bioengineering capstone team was one of just 42 selected to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Design Competition for Sustainability in April in Alexandria, Va.


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).


Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

New scholarship a surprise honor for chemical department’s Chan

Paul Chan, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Chemical Engineering Department, went to start a scholarship of his own, only to find out some of his former students had started one as a surprise in his name.


Thursday, May 28th, 2015

AASHTO names diverging diamond interchange project to ‘Sweet Sixteen’

A team of University of Missouri researchers recently saw its research on diverging diamond interchanges named one of 2015’s “Sweet Sixteen” High Value Research Projects by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Research Advisory Committee.


Thursday, May 28th, 2015

RNAMiner makes transcriptomic, genomic data analysis easier

Jianlin Cheng, associate professor of computer science, and doctoral students Jilong Li and Jie Hou recently developed RNAMiner, a website making it easier for those in the biological sciences to analyze genomic and transcriptomic data.


Friday, May 15th, 2015

Civil engineering doctoral alum earns top marks from ASCE conference

Dan Ding earned first-place honors in the student poster competition at the American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Annual Kansas City Geotechnical Conference on April 23 with her poster, titled “Reliability of Shallow Foundations Designed Using LRFD (Load and Resistance Factor Design) with Different Numbers of Strength Measurements.”


Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Walker, director of administrative services, retires

A staple of MU Engineering, Marty Walker brought a decorated career to a close with his recently announced retirement.


Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Robotics Design Challenge engages Missouri youth

Problem solving and communication were big aspects of the 10th Annual Robotics Design Challenge, also known as the LEGO Challenge, which took place in the auditorium of MU’s Engineering Building West on April 11. Around 145 elementary and middle-schoolers from across Missouri came to Columbia for the event.


Monday, May 4th, 2015

Iraqi pioneer shares expertise during one-year visiting professorship

In 2014, Saba Adnan Gheni served as the first woman president of an Iraqi university. She now is teaching Mizzou students as a visiting professor with a one-year appointment in the Chemical Engineering Department.


Monday, April 27th, 2015

Bioengineering students impress at bioethics essay, poster competitions

It was a clean sweep for the University of Missouri in the 2015 Institute of Biological Engineering Bioethics Essay Competition, as well as a Students’ Choice Award in the poster competition. The awards were handed out at the IBE Awards Banquet in St. Louis recently.


Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

ECE professor earns honorary professor status from UK university

James Keller, a Curators Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science departments, recently was named an Honorary Professor by the University of Nottingham and spent time at the British university giving a pair of talks and further building relationships with other researchers.


Monday, April 6th, 2015

Building Update: Relocation nearing an end, groundbreaking scheduled

Lafferre Hall renovation work continued to ramp up this last month, with plenty of pieces and people moving to facilitate the beginning of construction work, and a campus groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for April 13.


Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Standout ECE students and faculty honored at Engineering Awards Banquet

Michela Becchi, Grant Scott and four students were honored at the annual Engineering Awards Banquet, held on March 13 as part of Engineers’ Week.


Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Mizzou and Russian engineering students exchange automotive racing knowledge

During Mizzou’s spring break, some MU College of Engineering students talked engineering with Russian students as nine members from MU’s SAE Formula Car and Mizzou Eco Racing teams traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, to swap stories and expertise with students from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University (SPBSTU).


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.


Monday, March 30th, 2015

Computer science students, adviser honored at Engineering Awards Banquet

Academic adviser Adrianna Wheeler and four Computer Science Department students received awards at the Engineering Awards Banquet on March 13.


Monday, March 30th, 2015

Two Bioengineering faculty members and four students honored

Associate professor Steve Borgelt, assistant professor Heather Hunt and four students were honored at the Engineering Awards Banquet on March 13.


Friday, March 27th, 2015

MAE professor, students lauded at Engineering Awards Banquet

Four students and Professor Qingsong Yu were honored at the annual Engineering Awards Banquet on March 13.


Friday, March 27th, 2015

CiE students, staff member honored at Engineering Awards Banquet

Four students and administrative associate Mary McCush were honored at the annual Engineering Awards Banquet, held on March 13.


Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

MAE assistant professor working to fill gaps in carbon nanotube forest understanding

Matt Maschmann, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Missouri, will publish an article in the upcoming edition of the journal Carbon outlining his findings on the characterization of carbon nanotube forest formation and their resulting mechanical properties.


Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Bioengineering senior selected to Mizzou ’39

Brock Scoville, a senior bioengineering major, recently was selected as a 2015 Mizzou ’39 award recipient. Mizzou ’39 is an honor bestowed on 39 MU seniors annually in recognition of “their academic achievement, leadership and service to Mizzou and the community.”


Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

MU researcher testing limits of human perception capabilities

Jung Hyup Kim, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at MU, and his student research team recently began using motion-capture and eye-tracking technology to investigate the relationship between human perception stress and performance using human-in-the-loop simulation.