Concrete, steel and fortitude: S&T hosts ASCE conference

Students from 15 colleges and universities across the Midwest descended upon Rolla on April 21-23 for the American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual student conference. As the conference host for the first time in more than a decade, S&T took advantage of a “home court advantage” to shine with a second-place finish for the Steel Bridge Team and a seventh-place finish for the Concrete Canoe Team. The Steel Bridge Team will advance to the national competition on May 27-28 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. View photos of the steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions. For a complete list of upcoming design team competitions, visit

Concrete Canoe Competition 2016

Steel Bridge Design Team Competition - April 21, 2016

Student design teams rev their engines

Spring is student design season at Missouri S&T. Throughout the semester, you’ll see young innovators driving Formula-style cars around campus parking lots, floating concrete canoes on a local lake, or flying drones on simulated humanitarian aid missions. Continue reading

S&T’s Nest Home takes fifth place in the Solar Decathlon

20150910-Solar-House-0046With recycled shipping pallets for siding, denim insulation, flooring fabricated from fishnets – and a home automation system managed by algorithm, the Nest Home designed and built by Missouri S&T’s Solar House Design Team is the epitome of salvaged sustainability.

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Miners by Design, young alumni – and a Mars rover – meet in St. Louis


Pictured (left to right): Elizabeth (Nixon) Kuba, CerE’10, Michael Kuba, MetE’10, Bradley Tissi, ME’09, and Milton Murry, EE’64, MS EE’80.

It isn’t every day that a Mars rover shows up at an alumni event in downtown St. Louis.

But that’s exactly what happened when members of Miners by Design – and students, faculty and staff from Missouri S&T’s Kummer Student Design Center – gathered with young alumni in the St. Louis area on Oct. 30 at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Dr. Chris Ramsay, MetE’83, MS MetE’85, director of the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, shop operations manager Richard Dalton, and outreach manager Bob Phelan shared how the members of Miners by Design are partnering with student design teams to provide expertise and financial support. But the star of the evening was the little crawler “Akers,” named for Missouri S&T’s first astronaut, Tom Akers, Math’73, MS Math’75. After all, how often does a Mars rover enjoy a pub crawl?




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The Mars Rover Team (left) design and build “Akers,” a remote-controlled vehicle capable of traversing the red, rocky terrain of Mars. The Steel Bridge Team (top right) advanced to the national competition. The Concrete Canoe Team (bottom right) christened its 20-foot-long, 30.5-inch-wide canoe “Gone Fishin.'”

What does a Mars Rover have in common with a concrete canoe? Or a solar house with a suspension bridge? All are Missouri S&T student design projects supported by Miners By Design, a group of investment partners who believe it takes a team to change the world.

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