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Nearing an NICU breakthrough

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses have plenty on their plate on a daily basis. A Mizzou Engineering researcher is part of a team working on a new device that could help lessen their load. Roger Fales, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is partnering with Ramak Amjad and John Pardalos of MU’s Department […]

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Mizzou SEDS rockets to a repeat

The Mizzou chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is no stranger to building championship-caliber rockets. And their latest competition entry was no exception. Mizzou SEDS won the 2017 University Student Rocketry Competition. It marks the second consecutive victory in the competition for the MU Engineering student organization. The rocket Mizzou […]

MU’s Grant selected to join latest group of NAI Fellows Open Image

MU’s Grant selected to join latest group of NAI Fellows

Sheila Grant’s extensive work in the areas of sensors and biomaterials has led to the formation of companies, cutting-edge research breakthroughs, patents and more. And all of that success has led to yet another world-class accolade. Grant, professor of Bioengineering and the College of Engineering’s associate dean of research, recently was selected as a National […]

Flagging down a competition victory

MU Civil Engineering graduate students Zhu Qing and Siyang Zhang earned first-place honors for their poster, “Evaluation of Automated Flagger Assistance Devices in Missouri.”

Special visit helps build upon young girl’s love of engineering

It’s not unexpected around Lafferre Hall to hear engineering students discussing mathematical theories, various inventions and great scientific and mathematical minds such as Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Leonhard Euler. But it’s not every day you hear those conversations coming from a 9 year old guest.

Laser focus

What Vitaly Gruzdev hopes to prove in the near future is that laser technology can modify molecules in a similar way to current chemically-based methods.

Family matters

The Trauths —mother/ Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kate and daughter/recent MU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department alumna Ginny — recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps grant to support development of an improved method of storm-water redistribution.

Faculty, grad student co-authored textbook lands atop Amazon best-seller list

Mark Prelas, professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and five of his graduate students — Matthew Boraas, Fernando De La Torre Aguilar, J.D. Seelig, Modeste Tchakoua Tchouaso and Denis Wisniewski — wrote Nuclear Batteries and Radioisotopes, published by Springer Press in its prestigious “Lecture Notes in Energy” series earlier this year. The book spent time as the No. 1 new release in Nuclear on Amazon.

MU engineer lends water quality expertise to federal, state agencies

Baolin Deng, C.W. LaPierre Professor of civil and environmental engineering, will serve on the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board’s Drinking Water Committee until 2018. He’ll also serve on a task force to update the Missouri Water Plan, an effort being undertaken by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

MU Engineering hosts record-setting Career Fair

The Fall 2016 University of Missouri College of Engineering Career Fair, held Sept. 13 at Mizzou Arena, proved to be a record-setting success. A total of 190 companies participated in the event, topping the previous record of 175.

Transcription app earns students seat at Silicon Valley table

Recordly, a mobile service that allows journalists to use the Apple Watch to transcribe, track and highlight interviews recorded on their iPhones, won the ninth edition of the annual competition that partners students from the College of Engineering and School of Journalism as well as some students from the College of Business to create innovative new iOS applications.

MU researchers monitor health with bed sensors

Marjorie Skubic, MU professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the MU Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology, said the bed sensors’ purpose is to detect any possible health problems while helping patients to “age in place” in the comfort of their own homes.

Three papers outline new ways to look at interchange safety

Faculty members and students from the University of Missouri Civil and Environmental Engineering Department recently published three papers in the Transportation Research Record, the publication of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, on the safety of innovative roadway interchange designs, particularly Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDIs).

MU Engineering gives aid to Army Ants

Kevin Gillis, a University of Missouri professor of bioengineering, is Columbia’s FIRST robotics team’s coach and chief mentor, and the Agricultural Engineering Building on the MU campus is the team’s base of operation.

Generosity enables hiring of renowned pavement, materials engineer

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department recently selected Buttlar for the newly endowed position of Barton Chair in Flexible Pavement Technology, named for 1961 civil engineering alumnus Glen Barton, who helped fund the position along with the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association.

Chemical engineer lands Research Starter Grant in Pharmaceutics

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation selected Assistant Professor Bret Ulery as a recipient of a Research Starter Grant in Pharmaceutics in December. He received the one-year, $100,000 grant to continue his work on vaccine delivery systems.

Trio of IMSE students shine at CELDi symposium

IMSE graduate student Lauren Himmelberg and undergraduate Kyle Dorge took home the Student Poster Award, and Steve Piedimonte earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Achievement Award at the CELDi Fall 2015 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting and Research Symposium, held Oct. 28 and 29 in Chicago.

Dean Loboa announces four leadership appointments

Elizabeth Loboa, the dean of the College of Engineering, recently announced the appointment of three faculty members to new leadership positions — Sheila Grant, Hani Salim and Cerry Klein. Associate Dean Steve Devlin also will continue in his role.

Acclaimed engineer, honorary consul of Peru, gives talk to MU Engineering students

Francisco Benavides, executive director for consulting services of PENTA Engineering Corp. and honorary consul of Peru in St. Louis, gave a talk called “Developing Global Leadership for Engineers” on Nov. 18 as part of International Education Week. Benavides has 40 years of experience in management, engineering and construction and has overseen the construction over several […]

MAE senior receives national ASME award

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department senior Jonathan Jennings was recently awarded the Charles T. Main Student Leadership Gold Award. Recognized for his individual achievements with both the MU student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as well as the regional chapter, Jennings was presented with the award at a banquet during the […]

Teaching harmoniously balances with new MAE instructor’s hobby

The process for composing music is not always linear; it is a multi-layered experiment, trying various melody sequences, creating the arrangements and listening for a harmonious result. To science-minded composers, instruments are variables, each having unique properties that allow only some to mix. It’s the experimentation new Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Instructor Josiah Bryan […]

Civil engineering grad student earns top marks in paper competition

Amirhossein Khezerzadeh will present his preliminary research at an expenses paid trip to the annual Transportation Review Board meeting in January in Washington, D.C. In addition, he will have the opportunity to publish his final findings in the July edition of TRB’s journal, Transportation Research Circular.

Chemical engineering professor lands competitive Department of Energy grant

Chad Xing, a professor in the MU Chemical Engineering Department, put forth a proposal for a project that will develop a process for low-cost production of battery materials for lithium ion batteries and beyond. The Department of Energy’s award of $2,215,560 will allow Xing to develop his proposed manufacturing technology over the course of the next three years.

Civil Engineering Department relocating to Heinkel Building

The Lafferre Hall renovation project includes some renovation of the original 1882 structure where much of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is located. The administrative staff — interim chair Erik Loehr and undergraduate adviser Enos Inniss, as well as office personnel Mary McCush, Connie Taylor and Laura Pierce — already are situated in their […]

College hosts record-setting Career Fair

Fully 175 companies participated in the fall Career Fair at Mizzou Arena, a 17 percent increase over the previous record. And nearly 2,000 engineering students with résumés in hand circulated and chatted with potential employers — a 10 percent increase over the next highest number of participants.

Coulter Program provides support to engineering, medical faculty collaborations

The University of Missouri’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program awarded grants totaling $500,000 to five teams of researchers on Sept. 24. Each two-person team, consisting of an engineering faculty member and a clinician from the MU School of Medicine, received $100,000 to fund projects that have the potential to improve or save patient lives by addressing a well-defined health care need.

Study abroad trip offers unique look at nuclear science and technology

The French Alps Nuclear Science and Technology program is a collaboration of the College of Engineering, the MU Research Reactor [MURR], and the College of Arts & Science Physics Department. The goal of showcasing the many applications of nuclear science matched the International Atomic Energy Agency’s “Peaceful Uses Initiative.”

GAANN fellowship aims to train new teachers

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Missouri Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering a grant to fund talented doctoral students with financial need who anticipate a career in academia. GAANN grants are funded in order to remedy a shortage of college professors.

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.

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.

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 energy into promising research for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Raghuraman Kannan was very close to his to his cousin Jegan, a chemist who ran his own lab in India. When the younger man […]

First water-based nuclear battery developed at MU

Think about how many devices you come across each day that are battery powered. The list is almost endless, and for that reason, researchers and scientists constantly are searching for the next big improvement, the next battery breakthrough.

$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.

New fast track program combines IT, MBA

Freshmen entering the College of Engineering in the fall of 2014 will have the opportunity to take advantage of a new IT/MBA Fast Track program in the Computer Science Department, where they may earn their undergraduate IT degree and an MBA in five years.

New faculty member receives software grant

Emmanuelle Wallach joined the College of Engineering faculty as an adjunct instructor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Department. She brings access to Simio Enterprise Edition, state-of-the-art simulation software, thanks to a grant valued at $228,000.

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.

Blast-resistant glass research places third

A University of Missouri College of Engineering student in mechanical and aerospace engineering won third place at a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop for his work in producing a new, thinner variety of blast-resistant glass.

IT students delve into system prototyping

IT instructor Matthew Dickinson’s course on “System Prototyping with Hardware and Software,” is giving the students a crack at modifying and repurposing existing products, using open-source components and a bit of coding know-how.

Small materials have big potential

When it comes to maintaining quality water resources, it turns out that even the smallest solution can have a major impact. Researchers from both the Chemical and Civil and Environmental Engineering departments have discovered that some very tiny materials can effectively treat water.

Student pioneers revived dual-degree program

Johnny Tucker didn’t intend to be a trailblazer. But his interest in improving health care led him to become the very first student in the dual master of health administration (MHA) and master of science in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE).

Opportunities take IMSE student to new places

Jesse Schmidt has no fear of the unknown. When choosing a school or a program to study, he didn’t mind trying something new. When traveling, he chose a destination fewer people picked, and when talking about the future, he doesn’t mind the thought of exploring the world outside of his suburban, Minnesota town.

MU CELDi team earns third ‘Success Story’

The College of Engineering’s National Science Foundation-supported Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) achieved its third “Success Story” for its work on a project for CELDi industry member the Boeing Co. The project examines network design for the company’s distribution facilities.

MU computer science program earns ABET accreditation

After six years of dedicated preparation, the University of Missouri’s computer science program learned in August it had earned accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET is this country’s leading agency to sanction post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET’s nod to the computer science program brought […]

White House initiative expands research into eldertech research

Speaking at a Washington, D.C. event to unveil the White House’s US Ignite initiative, National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh spoke with pride of the of the agency’s legacy of providing funds for fundamental research and its many positive outcomes. Among lauded projects was MU computer and electrical engineering Professor Marge Skubic’s eldertech work. Since […]

Radiopharmaceutical production in the face of nuclear nonproliferation

According to the World Nuclear Association, approximately 90 percent of nuclear medicine procedures conducted worldwide are diagnostic in nature and fully 30 million of them utilize the radioisotope technetium-99m (Tc-99m). More than half of these procedures occur in the United States, and for nearly a decade, there has been an international effort to ensure that […]

Working out the logistics of biomass as a viable energy resource

Biomass is one obvious answer to the question of how this country will address its needs for renewable, sustainable energy resources. But logistical questions and related financial considerations surrounding the initiation and operation of biomass supply and energy output facilities — location, production, harvest, storage and transport, to name a few — are less obvious. […]

Breaking new ground: Ground-based radar device detects shifts in land, structures

  For several decades, geologic scientists have used satellite radar imagery and a technique called interferometry to remotely measure deformation of the ground associated with groundwater pumping, volcanic activity, earthquakes and other natural phenomena.  More recently, similar techniques have been used to measure potentially dangerous structural movement in dams, buildings and earth slopes. On the […]

MU CELDi helps company save more than $2 million

Proprietors of any household budget would rejoice in the discovery of a way to save a few dollars. However, when the budget is for a multi-billion dollar company, and the savings are in the millions of dollars, a little more than a celebration may be in order. Such is the case for Bayer CropScience’s Kansas […]

MoDOT partnership creates real-time research opportunities

As a semitrailer driver trucks along the highway toward Illinois, a digital sign ahead reads, “I-57 Detour, I-55 to MO 74, Exit 93.” As the driver ponders which route to take, that decision is captured on one of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) closed-circuit cameras. And because of a partnership between MoDOT and the […]

Mizzou Engineering Electric Car Club contributes to national safety effort

Students joining the University of Missouri’s Electric Car Club as an extracurricular activity never imagined they’d play a key role in a national agency’s effort to educate emergency first responders to the intricacies of alternative fuel vehicles. But that opportunity for one of the newest clubs within Mizzou’s College of Engineering materialized when motive and […]

Computer science French connection results in collaborative research, internships and cultural exchange

As a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of University of Missouri associate professor Kannappan Palaniappan, Adel Hafiane worked on an image processing and computer vision research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The project involved histopathology, or the examination of tissue images for cancer detection, classification and grading, a field of research in which […]

Civil Engineering students score high at 2011 FAA Design Competition

Three teams of MU civil engineering students received top-tier placements for their paper proposals in the 2011 FAA Design Competition last June.  The students spent a semester preparing for the competition in Carlos Sun’s Fall 2010 Airport Engineering course with the end goal of submitting a design project of their choice to compete in the […]

MU’s stormwater best management practices focus of undergraduate research

A diverse group from across campus came together this semester to sponsor an undergraduate research project looking into stormwater best management practices at the University of Missouri. The student team is laying groundwork to evaluate existing projects in preparation of data collection that will be used to inform future decisions. It is hoped the effort […]

Computer science, journalism and business students collaborate on Android apps

There’s an Android battle going on at MU! But don’t worry; swarms of robotic assassins aren’t overrunning the school. The fourth annual RJI Student Competition is between teams trying to create the next hot app for the Android smart-phones. The contest, sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Hearst, Sprint, Google and Adobe — in collaboration […]

Research project a big opportunity for electric car club

The electric car club is still an upstart, but a project with grant money attached could be just the thing it needs to take off. Automobiles have been on the road for more than a century now. Constant technical and aesthetic improvements have been made along the way, but the cars parked all over campus […]

Microbe plays major role in wetland research

As organisms go, the microbes that are the heroes of this healthy wetland tale are among the toughest and tiniest. They can live in an environment that lacks both oxygen and sunlight, and roughly four hundred of them will fit into the period at the end of this sentence. University of Missouri Civil Engineering Assistant […]

Civil engineering students conduct accessibility survey for the city of Columbia

In late August, while most people in downtown Columbia shopped for end-of-summer bargains, a team of University of Missouri civil engineering students devoted their time to an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility survey in the area of Columbia that has been designated “The District.” Officials from the city initially approached the College of Engineering […]

How I spent my summer: three Mizzou engineers recap their summer internships

Forrest Meyen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology “Welcome to the no-sleep zone,” was the greeting Forrest Meyen received on his first day as an intern in the MIT Summer Research Program. It might have been intimidating if it meant early mornings and late nights slumped over a desk in a cramped cubicle. But luckily, though Meyen […]

Neuro-LEGO Robotics program thrives at Mizzou

Five years ago University of Missouri engineering faculty submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the goal of training engineering graduate students in professional skills by partnering with the Columbia Public Schools and other mid-Missouri schools. The team – who adopted the name Incorporating Science, Industrial Technology and Engineering (InSite) – worked […]

Formula SAE car team finishes seventh in Fontana

“My goal was that we would place in the top 15, so I was pretty proud to learn that we placed seventh,” Mizzou Engineering’s Formula SAE Car co-captain Ryan Sobotka said. “It was a real high point of my year.” The team competed in Society of Automotive Engineer’s SAE International on the Auto Club Speedway […]

Engineering’s competition teams

Mizzou Engineering’s competition teams are student run and managed — each with an advisor to give advice, and to accompany teams on the road. Students conceptualize their own “products,” raise their own funds, largely through corporate-sponsorship, and spend time working together to make the strongest, most efficient, most serviceable, fastest, best constructed, highest precision, coolest […]

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Mechanical engineers turn focus to orthopedics

Josh Arnone and mechanical engineering professor Sherif El-Gizawy have worked together since 2007 when Arnone was starting work on his doctorate. Their initial research involved one of El-Gizawy’s Boeing-funded projects that involved the investigation of a rapid manufacturing technique using a novel plastic and its possible use in aircraft production. Even as they labored to […]

Researchers explore ways to give amphibians rights of way

Story by: Sarah Scully Kathleen Trauth, an associate professor in the civil and environmental engineering at the University of Missouri, and Ray Semlitsch, a curators’ professor in biological sciences at MU, aim to guide future rights-of-way (ROWs) designs and placement of mitigation wetlands. They also plan to create experimentally proven methods to relocate rare, declining […]

Building bridges safely and efficiently

As phobias go, the fear of bridges — gephyrophobia — is fairly common, and irrational indeed, given that actual bridge collapses like the 2007 mishap in Minneapolis, Minn., are extremely rare. The government would like to keep it that way, and beginning October 1, 2007, the Federal Highway Administration required all states to adopt Load […]

Filming on “Vengaza Azteca” to begin on campus

Legendary masked Mexican film star Mil Mascaras returns to Columbia and the MU campus next week for a third student and faculty produced feature film, thanks to a grant from MU’s Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund. Two previous films, “Mil Mascaras: Resurrection” and “Academy of Doom,” were produced by the College of Engineering’s IT program. The first […]

Creating new energy and opportunity

Marine veteran Neil Ouellette sees both public service and personal opportunities in a renewable energy training program Mizzou Engineering is helping teach. Injured during the Gulf War and subsequently discharged in 1991, the 39-year-old Kirkwood, Mo. resident returned home to work as a truck driver and a builder before launching a successful outdoor landscaping business. […]

MU College of Engineering research centers win federal backing

Two new MU College of Engineering research centers will receive $3.75 million in federal funding this year, Sen. Kit Bond recently announced. The CoE Center for Micro/Nano Systems and Nanotechnology, which researches and develops miniaturized technologies that can be used for both military and private purposes, will receive $2 million in Department of Defense funding, Bond said during a Jan. […]

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Research facilitating research

The University of Missouri’s unique Data Science and Analytics master’s degree program boasts concentration areas in geospatial analysis, biotechnology, high-performance computing, data journalism/strategic communication and human-centered design for data. These areas are tailor-made for professionals looking to expand their horizons or companies looking to stay on the cutting edge of data science. The curriculum and […]

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Manufacturing a tasty cocktail

Dan Batliner earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mizzou in 1992, then spent the bulk of his career as a consultant in the water treatment industry. When an opportunity arose to become the co-owner of his own ethanol production plant, he took it. Actually, “ethanol production plant” isn’t 100 percent accurate. Much of […]

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Survey app aiding study into alcohol-impaired driving

Yi Shang has worked for years on perfecting a customizable mobile survey app to allow researchers to pair specific survey questions with data collected from wearable technology to unlock new methods of data collection. Now, his work will help break new ground in alcohol-impaired driving research. Shang, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science […]

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An RNAmazing research breakthrough

Understanding ribonucleic acid (RNA) and its chemical properties and biological mechanisms is a key area of focus in health research. RNA is critical in the processing and movement of genetic information and gene expression. The way RNA folds into various tertiary structures determines its biological function, and being able to dissect and alter that process […]

Mizzou freshmen compete in Engineering Olympics

A total of 10 student teams made up of participants in Mizzou Engineering’s Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs) gave presentations in an attempt to take top honors in December’s Engineering Olympics. Out of those ten teams, the top honors ended up going to the team of Anna Merkel, Samantha Sample and Justin Lannin. This year’s edition […]

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Joint effort leads to joint patent

University of Missouri researchers recently received a patent on a method of joint repair that will be beneficial to the health of patients’ joints. Ferris Pfeiffer, assistant professor of bioengineering and orthopaedic surgery; Aaron M. Stoker, associate research professor of orthopaedic surgery; and James L. Cook, professor of orthopaedic surgery, received the patent for their […]

Capstone cultivates creativity in solving real-world problems Open Image

Capstone cultivates creativity in solving real-world problems

University of Missouri capstone courses are the culmination of years of undergraduate education, a chance for graduating seniors to bring the fruits of their labor to bear in one final course. Mizzou Engineering puts a twist on its capstone courses, frequently partnering with outside clients to give students the opportunity to tackle real-world problems. Take […]

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