Blood drive planned next week

Staff Council will sponsor a “Hometown Heroes Save Lives” blood drive 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30, in St. Pat’s A and B of the Havener Center. Free t-shirts and snacks will be given to all participants.

Take a break, help homeless

The global learning staff will host an opportunity for you to join a departmental service project 3-5 p.m. in the lobby of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the following dates:

  • Monday, June 12
  • Monday, July 10
  • Monday, Aug. 14

Take a “brain break” and stop by to learn about making “plarn” (plastic yarn) from recycled plastic shopping bags, and turning them into sleeping mats for homeless individuals. This is a drop-in event; there are no fees and all supplies will be provided.

World champs: Student team wins Mars rover competition

The Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team has won the 2017 University Rover Challenge, an international design competition where teams showcase potential next-generation Mars rovers.The team finished first among 35 collegiate teams at the University Rover Challenge (URC), held June 1-3 at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. Read more.

Two professors ranked among best in information systems field

Dr. Keng Siau and Dr. Fiona Nah are among the most prolific management information system researchers in the world, according to a University of Arizona study that assesses researchers based on their “h-index.” Siau is a professor and chair of business and information technology. Nah is a professor of business and information technology.

Three receive NSF CAREER awards

Three Missouri S&T faculty researchers recently received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. It is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Recipients are:

Oerther receives national environmental engineering award

Dr. Daniel Oerther, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, received the The Frederick George Pohland Medal. Awarded jointly by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and the Pohland family, the award recognizes Oerther for his “sustained and outstanding efforts to bridge environmental engineering research, education and practice.”

CEC names 10 students as Dean’s Ph.D. Scholars

Ten doctoral students in the College of Engineering and Computing have been named Dean’s Ph.D. Scholars in recognition of their scholarly excellence and research productivity. The award winners were nominated by professors in their home departments and honored at an end-of-semester campus reception in May. The recognition follows the launch of similar CEC awards in the 2016-17 academic year for top faculty researchers and those who excel in the classroom. The award winners, their hometowns and a brief description of their research are as follows:

Military program matches grad student with research mentors

Ph.D. student Barbara Rutter discovered that she would like to work for the Department of Justice on counter-domestic terrorism research after she graduates, thanks to an educational program offered by the U.S. Army. Rutter, a graduate student in explosives engineering and a veteran of the U.S. Marines who served a tour in Afghanistan, was selected for the Army Educational Outreach Program’s (AEOP) College Qualified Leaders (CQL) program. She was featured in the AEOP Alumni Spotlight newsletter in March.

ElGawady shares expertise in four Asian countries

Dr. Mohamed ElGawady delivered the keynote address at the seventh annual International Jordanian Civil Engineering Conference, in May in Amman, Jordan. He also presented a pre-conference workshop about design of masonry structures. ElGawady is an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, and Benavides Faculty Scholar.

Geosciences graduate student garners scholarship

The Society of Economic Geologists has awarded Yuanyuan Xia a student research grant from the Hugo T. Dummett Mineral Discovery Fund for innovation and technology development in exploration. Xia is a mast