Archives for June 2015

Focus on CIES

Each of Missouri S&T’s interdisciplinary research centers is required to submit a five-year report. This executive extract from the CIES report highlights the accomplishments on the Center of Infrastructure Engineering Studies and will give you a relational idea of the labs, centers, signature area and conferences that such a diverse and well-organized effort creates.  Well done CIES!

Objective 1: Provide leadership in research and education for solving society’s problems affecting the nation’s infrastructure systems.

1)      The Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety National University Transportation Center grant that was awarded to the University in 2006 was fully expended by the grant’s deadline of June 30, 2014 in the amount of $16.8M, with non-federal match in the amount of $20M. The 8-year grant funded a total of 174 research, equipment, and education/technology transfer projects in addition to the allocation of some funding to enhance faculty recruitment in the transportation field.

2)      CIES led a major effort consisting of a team of investigators from Missouri S&T to lead a Tier-I University Transportation Center. Missouri S&T was selected as a Tier 1 UTC in the last round of competition in CY2012.  Our UTC, named RE-CAST (Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation), receives $1,414,100 per year, for an anticipated period of 3 years. The grant is shared with Rutgers University, Southern University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Miami. The grant has a period of execution ending September 2018.

3)      CIES was selected to lead a Best-in-Class Strategic Area of Investment effort in the area of Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure, which involves four research centers, six academic departments and 11 faculty members from across campus.  This effort necessitated serious planning and evaluation of critical needs and alliances across campus to transform existing strength on campus to new heights.  Our proposal was selected to one of the University’s four signature areas.  The faculty hiring search has begun for this initiative, and the appointments for the first three faculty hires are anticipated to begin Fall 2015.

Objective 2: Foster multi-disciplinary R&D activities in infrastructure engineering with well-focused projects tailored to address the needs of local, state, and federal agencies, and the private sector.

4)      In 2013, the CIES grew to 48 faculty members in 13 different departments / programs, from 27 different faculty members from seven different departments in 2012. In 2014, this trend continued with a total of 38 faculty from 13 departments.

5)      On April 24-25, 2014, the Advanced Construction Materials Laboratory was officially inaugurated by Chancellor Schrader.  This event was the culmination of nearly a year and a half spent procuring specialized equipment, transforming and re-purposing existing laboratory space and acquiring new space to house all of the equipment. The CIES purchased over 35 pieces of specialized equipment made possible by a major equipment grant in the amount of $2.25M from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

6)      The CIES GRA Support Funding program was initiated in CY2012 to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects leading to joint publications and/or submittal of proposals and to encourage young faculty members to recruit high-quality Ph.D. candidates. Each project required faculty from at least two departments to collaborate and co-advise the project. In total, four graduate students received 0.25 GRA funding via this program with the requirement to provide a 1:1 match towards the funding of the student in CY2014, 15 graduate students received funding CY2013, and over 15 students received funding in CY2012.  The efforts put forth to encourage interdisciplinary projects is reflected in the award projects that led to multi-Investigator projects, which accounted for 17% of the Center’s project expenditures in CY2014, 25% of the Center’s project expenditures in CY2013, 36% of the Center’s project expenditures in CY2012.

7)      In CY2013, the campus support and external expenditure that CIES received were approximately $0.242M and $6.312M, resulting in a ROI of 26:1, which was the highest of all Missouri S&T research centers that year.

Objective 3: Promote technology transfer and continuing education opportunities to the engineering community.

8)      In an effort to further foster interdisciplinary synergism on campus, CIES organized and chaired the Transportation Infrastructure Conference in September 2012 at Missouri S&T, September 2013 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, MO, October 2014 at Missouri S&T and is schedule for October 2015 at St. Louis University.  This conference is hosted in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

9)     The CIES has teamed together RILEM and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association to host the combined 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete, 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete, otherwise referred to as SCC2016 and the 11th Annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference.  The conference will take place May 15th-18th, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA, which is situated near the Ronald Reagan National Airport. We are expecting over 125 presentations from leaders in the cement and concrete field representing industry, academia and government agencies.

We Need Resilience to Survive and Thrive in this Changing World – Laufer Energy Symposium

In case you didn’t know this each year the Missouri S&T Energy Research Center holds the Laufer Energy Symposium. This is a national-level conference on energy research, trends, networking.

Check it out at here.  The event this year will be in Houston (Texas not the local one) September 9th, 10th and 11th.


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Oak Ridge

Long famous for its Department of Energy work in nuclear engineering is Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee. Missouri S&T is a member of a 100+ association of universities the non-profit Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Arlene Garrison, Ph.D. Fellow American Chemical Society ORAU Vice President of University Partnerships

S&T is pleased to welcome the ORAU Vice President for University Partnerships, Dr Arlene Garrison to visit campus July 9th. Please make plans to attend Arlene’s talk to the campus on July 9 at 2:30 PM in Butler-Carlton Room 124.

Did you catch this in RDN?

The Rolla Daily News has a nice article “S&T students to participate in rocket competition” Check it out here.

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Walter Eversman Curators’ Professor

Productive maintenance needs highlighted in new book by S&T researcher

Missouri S&T news has a nice article on Beth Cudney’s new publication Total Productive Maintenance: Strategies and Implementation Guide. Check out the story here.



Dr. Elizabeth Cudney Associate Professor Director, Design Engineering Center

Science Blog Highlights Missouri S&T Steel carries a report “New high-strength steel could help automakers improve fuel efficiency” and features comments from our Ron O’Malley at the Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center.

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Dr. Ronald J. O’Malley F. Kenneth Iverson Chair Professor in Steelmaking Technologies Director of the Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center


DARPA – Innovative Systems

United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
The Tactical Technology Office (TTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting executive summaries, white papers and proposals for advanced research, development and demonstration ofinnovative systems for military missions. Innovative systems are platforms, weapons, integrated systems or critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, and enable revolutionary improvements to the capability, efficiency and effectiveness of the military.
TTO seeks responses relating to the following Focus Areas:
1. Ground Systems
a. Soldier/Squad Technologies
b. Combat Vehicles
c. Tactical Operations in Complex (Urban, Forest/Jungle, and Arctic) Environments
2. Maritime Systems (Surface and Undersea)
a. Expanded Platform Performance
b. Cross Domain Applications
c. Defense of Maritime Forces
d. Enhanced Autonomy

3. Air Systems
a. Novel Air Vehicles
b. Hypersonic Platforms

4. Space Systems
a. Spacecraft Technologies
b. Space Situational Awareness
c. Systems for Access
d. Future Space Operations
e. Propellants and Propulsion

This solicitation focuses on the very high payoff, high risk development, integration, demonstration and evaluation of innovative systems or criticalsystems components enabled by, and incorporating, new or emerging technologies. Proposed efforts must also show significant promise to provide the U.S. military with revolutionary new mission capabilities, enable significant increases in mission effectiveness, or dramatically reduce system costs.

NASA – Unmanned Systems

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Glenn Research Center (GRC)

Unmanned Aircraft Control and Non Payload Communication Systems

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to conduct a shared resource project that will demonstrate and support the further development of UnmannedAircraft (UA) Control and Non Payload Communication (CNPC) Systems.The prototype to be developed will provide a basis for validating and verifying proposed CNPC system performance requirements. This project will demonstrate a complete CNPC system, including interfacing to a ground-based pilot station, transmission of CNPC data to/from more than one ground station, and on board reception and transmission of CNPC data on more than one UA. The project will include the development of both ground and airborne CNPC radios. The development and successful demonstration of this complete CNPC system has the potential to greatly stimulate further development and deployment of such systems on civil unmanned aircraft.Specific potential public benefits from this cooperative agreement include improved safety ofunmanned aircraft; through improved communication systems, data link technologies and protocols, and operating procedures. These improvements are intended to lead to more a complete development of relevant industry and government standards,leading to more rapid and coherent development and deployment of new CNPC systems for unmanned aircraft. As defined in this document, a CNPC Radio shall consist of the transmit and receive electronics, data i/o interface, antenna interface, and electrical power interface.



Energy – Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation

“BIRD Energy” is the implementation of a cooperation agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructure. This cooperation is based on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which includes cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on renewable energy and energy efficiency industrial research and development.

To be considered, a project proposal should include
– R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel);
– innovation in areas such as Solar Power, Alternative Fuels, Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Smart Grid, Water-Energy Nexus, Wind Energy or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology; and
– significant commercial potential: the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

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Superfund Research Program Occupational and Safety Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25)

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The over-arching goal of this Superfund Research Program (SRP) Occupational and Safety Education Programson Emerging Technologies is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.
The intent is to provide Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to develop continuing education and academic curricula on the occupational health and safety management practices in the areas of emerging technologies (e.g., emerging hazardous waste products, green chemistry, sustainable remediation, and detection technologies) to industrial hygienists and graduate students involved in the research, evaluation, management, and handling of hazardous substances. The SRP also expects that such programs will provide a unique educational opportunity to those professionals involved in the training of other personnel for careers in these new industries. These programs are also meant to expand and complement existing educational programs in occupational and safety and health and industrial hygiene.