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Finding new causes for polar ice sheet changes

The Antarctic ice sheet may grow thinner or thicker from natural changes in snowfall that are unrelated to long-term trends, according to a recently released study co-authored by a University of Missouri engineering researcher. Experts are keeping a particularly close eye on changes in polar ice sheet thickness and mass as possible indicators of global […]

Mizzou Engineering student careers receive boost from rocket launching competition

Space travel isn’t just for government anymore, many enthusiasts believe. That belief helped spark a national rocket launching contest in which Mizzou Engineering’s student aeronautics team will compete for the first time later this month. The MU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student chapter has built a 10-foot tall rocket that can climb […]

New MU engineering team designing against natural hazard

More than 15 major earthquakes occur throughout the world in an average year, federal statistics show. In a year that has borne out that statistic all too conspicuously, Mizzou Engineering students have formed a team focusing on the skills required to reduce earthquake damage. The Mizzou Seismic Design Team has been working since last February […]

Mizzou Engineering researcher studying environmental impact of popular nanotechnology

A University of Missouri researcher has found an increasingly popular nanomaterial kills bacteria used to clean the nation’s wastewater, and is launching a follow-up study to determine the levels at which it becomes toxic. Zhiqiang Hu, an MU civil and environmental engineering assistant professor, found in a National Science Foundation-sponsored study that silver nanoparticles destroy […]

Mizzou team steering towards the hydrogen highway

The University of Missouri’s alternative energy team has undergone a transformation that may prove prophetic. After 15 years of building a solar car for competition, the team decided in late 2005 to steer instead towards the “hydrogen highway” by constructing a fuel cell car. It’s a course with few maps but great potential to revolutionize […]

Mizzou Engineering student team designs better septic tank

A Mizzou Engineering student team is devising a new type of septic tank that would better protect the environment. About 25 percent of the U.S. population—and 40 percent of new developments—use septic systems, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site statistics. But wastewater treated and released by many septic systems still contains nutrients, primarily […]

Mizzou Engineering geotechnical team reinforces success

Geotechnical team leader Daniel Huaco cuts strips of paper to reinforce Mizzou Engineering’s winning retaining wall during a regional competition. Having taken top honors in another civil engineering competition, the Mizzou Engineering geotechnical team plans to apply this year to become an official university organization. “We’ve been competing—and winning—regularly for three years, and we’d like […]

New Mizzou Engineering student organization on tap

Water quality will be the focus of a new Mizzou student organization now in the works. Prompted by requests from environmental engineers throughout Missouri, MU’s College of Engineering is laying the foundation for a student chapter of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Only two other Missouri universities—the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Washington […]

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