Spotlight: Applied Computational Intelligence Lab

The Missouri University of Science and Technology hosts the largest research program in Adaptive Critic Designs, a neural-network-based generalization of dynamic programming for optimization and control. Check out the research capability that Don Wunsch and team have organized.

Donald C. Wunsch II Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Computer Engineering 131 Emerson Electric Co. Hall Rolla, MO 65409-0040 Phone: 573-341-4521 Fax: 573-341-4532 Areas of Interest Clustering Neural networks Reinforcement learning Approximate dynamic programming Adaptive dynamic programming

Spotlight: Applied Optics Laboratory

Did you know Dr. Steve Watkins operates an applied optics research lab? Check it out.

Steve E. Watkins Professor and Associate Chair for EE Undergraduate Studies 121 Emerson Electric Co. Hall Rolla, MO 65409-0040 Phone: 573-341-6321 Fax: 573-341-4532 


Missouri S&T organizes International Conference on Self-Consolidating Concrete

concreteMissouri S&T is proud to have organized the Eighth International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete and the Sixth North-American Conference on the Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC), from May 15-18, 2016, in Washington, D.C. This conference was held simultaneously with the 11th Annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference of the National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA).  SCC 2016 (Flowing toward Sustainability) was designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange the latest knowledge and tools used in building sustainable concrete structures with SCC.

Nearly 170 papers were submitted to SCC2016, from 32 countries, covering a wide range of timely and original subjects from around the world. Topics covered in the conference proceedings include SCC mix design, materials, test methods, rheology and workability, production and placement, flow modeling, pumping, formwork pressure, mechanical and physical properties, durability, structural performance, fiber reinforcement, sustainability, and case studies. These papers reflect the most recent advances in research, design, and implementation of SCC worldwide. Nearly 120 papers were presented during three parallel sessions in addition to 25 papers discussed during the poster session at the conference. The conference proceedings included a peer-reviewed volume (RILEM PRO 100) that included 47 papers and a supplementary volume with the remaining papers. Over 300 participants from around the world attended the event.

The conference also honored over 50 years of outstanding contributions of Professor Surendra Shah to the field of concrete science, including SCC research and education (shown in photo).

The primary organizers of the joint conferences were the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies (CIES) at Missouri S&T, the USDOT Tier-1 Center for Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) led by Missouri S&T, the NRMCA, as well as RILEM and ACI. Kamal H. Khayat was the Chair of SCC 2016, and Abbie Sherman of the CIES was the Conference Secretariat. Missouri S&T was well represented at the conference with 14 participants and 18 technical papers.

Kamal H. Khayat SCC2016 Conference Chair Missouri S&T

Dr. Khayat and CIES graduate students



Spotlight: Charles Blaschke and Philip Schloss

Here is a great story about two young alumni taking on a global challenge in energy. See eNEWS article.

Charles Blaschke

Charles Blaschke Managing Director Taka Solutions

Phil Schloss

Phil Schloss Business Development Taka Solutions


We have a lot to be proud of at Missouri S&T in environmental stewardship and much of that is thanks to the consciousness of the Miner students, staff and faculty. But even positive attitudes aren’t enough and the heart of the effort is the Environmental Management System.

Does this have anything to do with research?

You bet it does because investigators are expected to think through every aspect of their projects to include the implications to the environment.  But you don’t have to do that alone — contact Donna Kreisler for help thinking through various hazards and risks and to leverage the many in-place remedies.

Donna Kreisler, Environmental Health Professional I (573) 341-6441

Spotlight: Experimental Mine

A special feature of the S&T campus is the presence of a mine used for educational and research purposes. It also serves each fall as a fund raising site with the Halloween Haunted Mine. Learn more about this ‘not at every campus’ feature at this site.

It also served as a set for some shows of the Detonators.

image from Five of the Coolest College Labs

Spotlight: Academies

Did you know that Missouri S&T lists eight academies? See site.


Xiaoming He and Mingzhen Wei work together on groundwater flow

There is a nice write up in eNews on two of our very active assistant professors.


Dr. Mingzhen Wei Assistant Professor Petroleum Engineering Dept of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering (GGPE) Missouri University of Science and Technology 330 McNutt Hall Rolla, MO 65409 Email : Phone : (573) 341-4657 Website :

Dr. Xiaoming He.

Dr. Xiaoming He, Assistant Professor Ph.D. Virginia Tech 115 Rolla Building Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO 65409-0020 (573) 341-6208 Fax:(573) 341-4741 Email:


discoverer of three exoplanets

Jj bio pic.png Alumni research accomplishments include the ongoing work of this astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at Harvard.

Check him out.

scientific exploration of the Moon

F Al-Baz.jpgS&T alumni have held key positions. Do you know about Farouk El-Baz?

NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project