mechanical engineering

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150 Years of Leadership: Steve Pelch

Many successful companies in today’s economy depend not only on outstanding service and best-in-class technology, but also rely upon creativity, unique business models and go-to market strategies, pervasive marketing outreach, authenticity or a global perspective that embraces aspects of both science and art. Steve Pelch, BS ME ’87, understands this. That’s why billion-dollar companies hire…


Ma Elected National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hongbin “Bill” Ma was elected to the level of Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). This is the top professional designation for academic inventors worldwide. “I am very excited about being named a Fellow,”…

Portrait of Bill Ma

Improving Efficiency of Gas-Powered Water Heaters

A faculty-led research team at Mizzou Engineering is collaborating with a national laboratory and private industry to develop technology that may ultimately lead to less natural gas consumption in consumer-grade gas water heaters.

Eduardo Torres Dominguez performing lab work

Avoiding food contamination with a durable coating for hard surfaces

In the future, a durable coating could help keep food-contact surfaces clean in the food processing industry, including in meat processing plants. A new study from a team of University of Missouri engineers and food scientists demonstrates that the coating — made from titanium dioxide — is capable of eliminating foodborne germs, such as salmonella and E. coli, and provides a preventative layer of protection against future cross-contamination on stainless steel food-contact surfaces.

Portrait of Chanwoo Park

Improving the Performance of UAVs

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a major tool in the current arsenal for the U.S. military. They are used ever increasingly for a variety of missions to help keep personnel out of harm’s way.

Intersection at the Transportation Research Center working on Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Mizzou Engineering Alum Leads Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Imagine your hour-long commute to work, typically taken up by podcasts, the radio or listening to music. But what if you could do more with this time? Mizzou Engineering alum Tanner Thiessen is at the forefront of testing and developing…

Mark Magnante at Arches National Park in Utah

Career Liftoff

Mark Magnante’s internship at Northrop Grumman in Ogden, Utah is helping him learn the role of a test engineer.

Placement of final steel beam on NextGen Health Institute building

Alumni help build facility for the future of Mizzou research

Jennifer Sullivan is a facilities project manager on the University of Missouri’s planning, design and construction team. She played a role in early site development for the NextGen Precision Health Institute, the university’s newest research facility. The institute, a cornerstone of the University of Missouri System’s NextGen Precision Health Initiative, is expected to be completed by Oct. 19, 2021.

Image looking inside carbon nanotube.

Mizzou Team to Use AI to Grow Carbon Nanotubes in Mass Quantities

A team of Mizzou Engineers is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help grow and control large quantities of carbon nanotubes—tiny, cylinder-shaped molecules made of rolled sheets of carbon. Using AI is a novel approach to mass producing them, a problem that has plagued scientists for decades. Now, the National Science Foundation is backing the idea with an award funding the group’s research for three years.

MCAA students in in front of the U.S. Capitol.

MCAA Mizzou Student Chapter Recognized as Finalists for National Competition

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently recognized the Mizzou student chapter as one of its four finalists for the organization’s 2020 Student Chapter Competition.