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Designing our future. I'm very pleased to tell you about a new home for our award-winning student design teams at Missouri University of Science and Technology. In May, we plan to break ground for the Kummer Student Design Center. The 23,000-square-foot facility should be completed in time for our 103rd annual St. Pat's Celebration in 2011.

Most of our student design teams construct solar-powered cars, radio-controlled aircraft and concrete canoes that can actually float. But the design center will also house Missouri S&T's Engineers Without Borders chapter. Three EWB students from Missouri S&T recently traveled to Bolivia to continue meeting the water, power, and waste collection and treatment needs of a rural community there.

Thanks for reading,
W.K. Wray, Provost

P.S. — Please visit http://news.mst.edu for the latest news from Missouri S&T.

FREEDM for future energy. Missouri S&T is part of a nationwide effort to develop the next-generation power grid through the National Science Foundation's FREEDM consortium (Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems).

Re-engineering for hydrogen. A group of Missouri S&T students is one of 17 in the U.S. and Canada to take part in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a competition to re-engineer a GM vehicle to make it more energy efficient. The S&T students are retooling a Saturn Vue to run on hydrogen. Follow their progress on the official EcoCAR Team Blog.

Robot provides 3-D images of dangerous locations. Soldiers and first responders may soon have a better way to evaluate the interior of dangerous structures, thanks to research under way at Missouri S&T and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Nanostructures hold promise as fast, tiny RRAM switches. Building superlattices on the surface of gold may lead to a treasure for researchers interested in faster, smaller, and more energy efficient computing devices, S&T researchers report in a recent Journal of the American Chemical Society paper.

Australian lakes may hold clues to past life on Mars. By the time Curiosity, the next Mars Rover, launches in 2011, scientists on Earth will know more about the potential for life on Mars because of microorganisms that live in Australian lakes, thanks to the work of microbiologists like Missouri S&T's Melanie Mormile.

Students help reconstruct the Nile's geologic history. Missouri S&T students and faculty partnered with international researchers to study geologic formations surrounding the Egyptian Nile, painting a picture of the evolutionary history of the past six million years.

Wiimote manufacturing? Ready to give up on that New Year's resolution to get in shape? Don't put your Wii Fit up for sale yet. Integrated product manufacturing expert Ming Leu might have a use for it – or at least for the remote.

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