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Validation: An NSF CAREER award

On the day last December when Bill Harrison learned his CAREER grant proposal had been funded, he was at home recovering from a cold and had laryngitis. When he got up to check his e-mail at around 5 p.m., he saw a message from Karl Levitt, the program director of the National Science Foundation’s CyberTrust […]

Mizzou software mapping paths to the planets

A NASA probe’s flight to Mars may well seem a daunting undertaking to those who remember America’s initial efforts to send men to the moon. Yet from Mizzou Engineering Professor Craig Kluever’s perspective, the current Mars mission is relatively straightforward. It’s NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, on its way now to Mercury using planetary gravity to guide […]

Taking the bite out of dentistry

Dental phobias could soon lose much of their bite if a Mizzou Engineering research team succeeds in its efforts to develop a low-temperature plasma brush that could replace conventional dentist drills. Qingsong Yu and Hao Li, assistant professors in mechanical and aerospace engineering, are leading a multicampus university research team that has received a $270,000 […]

Building better lives by design

For more than 10 years, Columbia resident Mel West has worked to build hand-cranked wheelchairs for disabled people in need throughout the world. West has helped mwisore than 13,000 people who othere would be immobilized through Personal Energy Transportation (PET), a faith-based nonprofit organization he founded and directs that is dedicated to providing mobility for […]

Formula car team shifts gears

Fueled by a disappointing season, the MU formula car team is changing direction to add both depth and competition time to the student organization. The Mizzou team’s plans to compete in the 2007 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula Car West race in California came to a sudden stop last June when a malfunctioning cable […]

Mizzou aeronautics team finishes high in national competition

Boosted by a powerful battery system that “set the bar” for the competition, Mizzou Engineering’s aeronautics team has brought home second–place honors from a national model airplane design contest. Mizzou defeated six other teams to finish second at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Joint Propulsion Conference Student Design Challenge, sponsored by the […]

College of Engineering at Columbia’s Twilight Festival

The College of Engineering is launching catapult and building-block arch challenges at Columbia’s Twilight Festival to introduce youngsters to the field. The college began participating for the first time last month in the Twilight Festival, held each Thursday in June and September in the city’s downtown district. College leaders plan to take part in all […]

Student aeronautics team takes off

The College of Engineering’s newest design team is entering competition this month with a preliminary victory already under its belt. Mizzou revived a dormant chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) last fall, revitalizing a group that had been inactive for about 10 years. The group’s members entered a design proposal in […]

Engineering a personal success

MU’s College of Engineering houses mechanical engineers who work on complex topics ranging from ultrafast lasers to energy conversion techniques. Yet CoE student Jess Chism is earning kudos throughout the college for resolving the much more modest engineering dilemma presented by a batch of broken bumble balls. Chism, a mechanical engineering senior due to graduate […]

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