Twenty-four Missouri S&T faculty members were honored for excellence and achievement in research, service and teaching during an awards ceremony Feb. 21 on campus. Each award winner received a monetary stipend funded by industry and alumni contributions. View photos from the event on Missouri S&T’s Flickr account. The 2016 Faculty Excellence Award was presented to:
Three current advisors of S&T student organizations received awards at a breakfast ceremony hosted by student life on Feb. 16. One advisor was honored posthumously with an award. Check out photos on Missouri S&T’s Flickr account. Nominated by students, the award recipients are:
Dr. David Westenberg’s passion for educating the public will be recognized with the Academy of Science St. Louis’ Science Educator Award during the 23rd Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards on April 6.
Los Angeles Times reporter Ralph Vartabedian sought the expertise of Dr. David Rogers for his article, “Damage to Oroville’s Main Spillway ‘Was an Accident Waiting to Happen,’” published Feb. 20. Rogers is a professor of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering and Karl F. Hasselmann Missouri Chair in Geological Engineering.
Dr. Jeff Schramm, associate professor of history and political science, was interviewed by Christopher Elliot for the opinion piece, “Blurred (Transit) Lines: Apps Like Uber are the New Public Transport” in a Newsweek article published Jan. 29. The article was republished Feb. 22 on Mobility Lab’s website.
Dr. Genda Chen was a guest speaker at the 2017 Missouri Transportation Conference held on Feb. 16 in Jefferson City. Chen is the Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Chair in Civil Engineering at Missouri S&T and director of a new University Transportation Center. In his presentation, “Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE),” he spoke about the center’s vision, upcoming research and innovative workforce training.
Dr. Donald Wunsch, the Mary F. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Computer Engineering, presented “No-boundary Thinking in Big Data” at Beijing University of Science and Technology Feb. 24.
Dr. Jossalyn Larson, an assistant professor of English and technical communication, wrote a book chapter for an edited collection on the HBO series “Sons of Anarchy.” In the chapter, “Motorcycle Monasticism: Masculine Religiosity in Sons of Anarchy,” Larson investigates the allure of religious symbolism in motorcycle club culture to determine why men are drawn to the motorcycle club culture’s religious symbology while they are also statistically abandoning other religious institutions. The book, “Gender and Masculinity in Sons of Anarchy,” will be edited by Susan Fanetti and published by McFarland.
Dr. Daniel Oerther, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, was registered as a Chartered Engineer by the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom. Chartered Engineer, identified through the regulated use of the post nominal CEng, is a protected title in the UK reserved for the pinnacle of professional engineering recognition.
In February, the Department of Higher Education’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education approved a pilot program proposed by East Central College in Union and Missouri S&T. Through the program, students can take courses for credit at both institutions during the same semester. Approximately five to 10 students are expected to participate in the program when it begins next semester.