It’s Springtime In The Ozarks!

The dogwoods are blooming, turtles are crossing the road en masse, thunderstorms are brewing and S&T’s design teams are on the road. SolarCarDSC_6875
A revitalized solar car team took a weekend training run on the Licking race circuit, aka US highway 63. They’re wringing out Solar Miner VIII to make sure the battery management system is doing its critical job. SolCarDSC_6824Cloudy weather, road kill and brittle battery tabs limited the car to a mere 90 miles, but before long they’ll wire in the new, and much more energy dense battery pack.

Tomorrow morning four teams head out to intercollegiate competitions. Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe head to KU at Lawrence, KS for the ASCE Mid-continent student conference while two other groups head to drought-plagued California; Human Powered Vehicle to San Jose and Advanced Aero Vehicle Group/SAE Aero to Van Nuys. The HPVC team will debut Leviathan, the amazing leaning recumbent trike. We’ve seen other vehicles made up as cattle, but never has a team showed up with a sea monster beautifully painted on their bike, trike, or whatever.

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The Miners have built their best boat in years and dubbed it (cue Star Wars theme) Joebi-Wan Canoebe. A concrete cross-section is nestled in R2-D2’s belly and miniature TIE fighters make the cutest little materials containers you ever saw.

Steel Bridge’s over-arch design is a radical departure from last year’s winning entry. It’s much lighter and there’re holding last-minute practice this evening.

Tonight’s a packing frenzy. Loading gear, checking lists for the 10th time, just another evening on a design team.

Stay tuned for more anecdotes and pics. It’s gonna be a busy weekend!

When a New Team Gets Their First “Title” Sponsor

During a recent visit to S&T design team facilities Formula Electric team leader Nathan Bookout shows Executive Vice-President of Umicore USA Inc  Mark Caffarey some battery connectors the team produced on a 3D printer.

Missouri S&T’s Formula Electric Vehicle Team is set to unveil their first car in June, a project that’s been two years in the making, but right now they’re celebrating their first big sponsorship deal. Materials technology and recycling company … [Continue reading]

Spring Break. ROAD TRIP!!!

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Competition season is less than a month away so teams are ramping up their efforts. Instead of late-night cramming for exams it’s late-night composites, machining and testing. While average students at average universities hollered “Road Trip!” and … [Continue reading]

It’s Late On A Saturday Night. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

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Your kids (well, college students) have moved out and don't answer your calls or texts. Unless they're broke. Ever wonder what they're up to at night? Well, if you were to sneak onto campus one (or most any) evening, you'd discover: Ignite … [Continue reading]

The Wonder of Social Media

One could argue that email is the controlling force in our lives. It's a vital link between us and our family members, our business and customers both internal and external, our shopping, even our doctors, making that 8:00 login an essential daily … [Continue reading]

The Science of Halloween. Or, how E. coli can be your friend.

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Halloween in Boston, and the annual iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines Giant Jamboree. One weekend, two parties, and the line between the two was, uh, blurred. Where else could you find the world’s most promising young scientific … [Continue reading]

Engineering Scholarships For Former Golf Caddies?

Really? … [Continue reading]

Advancing Business Through Technology. Bored Engineers. And “Like Trying To Catch A Blender!”

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So said one member of S&T's Formula SAE Team when it was time to recover the "flying menu." But if that was the scariest thing at Saturday's S&T Autocross Invitational, then it was a pretty good day. Purdue, Wichita State, Toledo, … [Continue reading]

Christmas In September

Yeah, it's a cliche, but we're not talking about Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas decorations on store shelves before the summer even ends. It's a fact of life that design team students must project their manufacturing/material needs many … [Continue reading]

It’s SHOW TIME!

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Opening Week at Missouri S&T means over a thousand wide-eyed freshmen running hither and yon, moving into dorms and having fun in everything from parties to academic workshops, Project X to a pig roast, all under the loving and watchful eyes of … [Continue reading]