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Mizzou Engineer Magazine

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MU alumnus Gerrard keeps eyes toward the sky

MU mechanical engineering alumnus Doug Gerrard’s job at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and rocketry hobby keep him looking skyward.


Monday, June 30th, 2014

Associate professor Washer proposes new bridge inspection standards

Glenn Washer, an associate professor in MU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, recently completed a paper with the goal of creating a more risk-based set of standards for how frequently bridges require inspections.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

VIMAN lab pushes the virtual network computing envelope

GENI a cloud infrastructure sponsored by the National Science Foundation allows researchers and others to set up virtual labs to share information, resources, data and more.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Distinguished alumnus’ life is a tapestry of accomplishment

Envisioning F. Robert Naka’s life as a tapestry might be the best way to examine it: a personal history woven with many different, vibrant threads that came together to create something extraordinary.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Entrepreneur finds success by investing in human resources, focusing on what his company does best

Lucrative job offers in Kansas City and Illinois couldn’t lure Scott Boyd away from Columbia after he completed his degree in chemical engineering at the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Beverly, met at MU and both graduated in 1983, Beverly with a degree in animal science and agricultural economics.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Retired engineer finds pleasure in creative process

Ron Hollrah, BS CIE ’64, MS ’66, PhD ’71, has thrown himself into a variety of painting and woodworking projects since retiring in 2004, including a painting of Mizzou’s iconic columns he gave to College of Engineering Dean James Thompson.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Researchers refine a mechanical approach to a medical problem

To better care for neonatal infants, researchers have developed a computer model that allows a rigid machine to respond in a more delicate, more human way.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Computer simulation technique gains exposure

Twenty years after Zhen Chen’s team began investigations into what has been termed the “Material Point Method” (MPM), his research would be applied to an Academy Award-winning film.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

MAE professor receives UM System President’s Economic Development Award

Hao Li, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was surprised with the UM System President’s Award for Economic Development.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Mizzou Engineering Study Abroad to South Africa: January 4-17, 2014

What follows are excerpts of observations about life in another country — daily reflections from the pages of four student journals, with their permission.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Engineering Study Abroad Program takes flight, makes plans for the future

Miguel Ayllon likes to remind students who are considering an MU Engineering study abroad experience that as engineers in an increasingly global marketplace, they might eventually find themselves among colleagues in a country other than the United States.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Friendship influences a choice to study engineering, later models engineering scholarship

Guy and Louise Hackmann saw a photo of a longtime friend’s daughter at the Mizzou Engineering scholarship dinner representing her father’s endowment. It inspired them to also endow a scholarship.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Student Services Office takes aim at student success

Over the past four years, the MU College of Engineering’s Office of Student Services has assembled a suite of resources, a full court press of new and newly enhanced offerings, that take direct aim at student satisfaction, success and retention.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Alumni Notes

1970s John Brown, BS ME ’73, of Kansas City, Mo., was named a 2014 Southeastern Conference Basketball Legend in January […]


Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Missouri WTS chapter selects two from MU for scholarships

This spring, Missouri’s WTS chapter selected two young women — Paige Martz and Yue Zhang — majoring in civil engineering at the University of Missouri as scholarship recipients.


Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Bench dedicated in honor of Nell Lafferre

When Nell Lafferre passed away in June 2013, the Jefferson Club Trustees decided to honor the memory and efforts of their spunky colleague, doing so by dedicating a bench in her honor.


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

Share your news with fellow alumni. Email news about your accomplishments to Mizzou Engineer Senior Editor Jane Wiese-Fales at wisesfalesj@missouri.edu.


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.


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.


Monday, June 24th, 2013

Plasma ‘ring’ sets the stage for further research

Researchers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have devised a system that creates a toroidal- (or ring-) shaped plasma emission in open atmosphere.


Monday, June 24th, 2013

Researcher drives interest in cutting-edge field of parallel computing

Michaela Becchi, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri, received nearly $500,000 for research on data-intensive uses for GPU clusters.