April 29, 2019

A man in glasses talks with his hands.

Graduate students competed for the top prize in the Research Day poster competition. Photo by Audrey Roloff.

Relive Research Day through a photo slideshow here.

Each year, Mizzou Engineering opens its doors to showcase the great work going on in its labs — work that has tremendous benefit and impact locally and globally.

The second annual Research Day covered a lot of ground. The day concluded with a recognition of the Dean’s Council for Research Excellence and Dean’s Council of Teaching Excellence, followed by four keynote presentations focused on the College’s four Pillars of Pursuit: Educating Engineering Leaders, Big Data Analytics, Biomedical Innovations and Sustainability inFEWSed (Food, Energy, Water, Smart Cities). Presenters included:

  • Educating Engineering Leaders // Teaching, Practicing and Inspiring Creativity in Engineering Education & Research // Heather Hunt and Ferris Pfeiffer
  • Biomedical Innovations and Challenges // Guided Nano Warheads: The Latest Precision Weapon in the War Against Drug-resistant Cancer // Raghuraman Kannan
  • Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing // Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Revolution in Science and Engineering // Jianlin Cheng
  • Sustainability inFEWSed // Engineering Food Security // Toni Kazic

“The research we conduct is very important and impactful, and this event highlights the tremendous work done by the faculty and students in our College,” said Mizzou Engineering Associate Dean of Research Sheila Grant.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa highlighted the tremendous research growth in the College in the last fiscal year.

“Our research expenditures from this time last year are up by 20 percent,” she explined. “The number of grant awards are up 24 percent, and the value of our awards is up 46 percent.”

Nearly 40 students participated in a dynamic poster session, illustrating work from across the spectrum of engineering. Graduate students competed for the top spot in the poster competition, and the winners were:

  • Yan Li (first place): “Titanium Incorporated Hierarchical Structures of Diatom Selectively Removing PPCPs in the Presence of Natural Organic Matter (NOM)”
  • Ahmed Jasim (second place): “Nanocoating of Metal Oxides on Carbon Nanotubes as Supports for Fuel Cell Catalysts”
  • Yixiang Gao (third place): “Classification of sEMG Signals for the Detection of Vocal Fatigues Based on Vocal Fatigue Index Scores”

“We want to show off our students. They’re wonderful, bright and innovative,” Grant said. “They’re going to have such an impact on the world when they leave here.”