Submitted Proposals

July 2014

Providing cloud computing allows for expansion of traditional courses, creation of online courses and enhances student learning. Many students download trial versions of software that are not compatible with software versions offered on campus which is a challenge for students and faculty. Students no longer view software as a tool to be used at a fixed location. Cloud computing will enhance student success and faculty student engagement.

August 2014

Bridging the gap between process industry and academia through development of a course, "Health, Safety and Environment Risk Management in the Oil Industry," which fosters a culture of safety and ethical responsibility. This course will be the corner stone for establishing a new petroleum engineering focus area and the possible development of a certificate program.

August 2014

Combine business intelligence and analytics in a format that allows users to access the information on mobile devices.

August 2014

Integrate iPads into the Writing Center tutoring sessions. Use digital copies of student work, record audio of tutoring sessions, utilize online resources, implement electronic exit questionnaire and an easier process for follow up appointments.

August 2014

The center will promote effective communication among scientists, engineers, humanists and the public. This center will support collaborations that bring together scientists, engineers, and humanists to address issues of practical importance, conceptual significance, and broad societal concern.

August 2014

Leveraging big data and visualization to design an in-memory database to support computational model research and visual discovery in ASD, create teaching cases and develop an engagement framework.

October 2014

Alpha Psi Omega and Counseling Services are partnering up to create a week of Mental Health Awareness in conjunction with the university's production of "Next to Normal", which tells the story of a family suffering from mental illness. 

December 2014

International alumni events would be developed to increase the relationships with international graduates and Missouri S&T.

December 2014

Student teams will investigate a real problem and garner a solution. The end result would be a collaborative learning experience and a possible solution to a real problem. Prizes would be offered to the winning teams.

December 2014

COER will develop an online interview room with a high resolution webcam and a Missouri S&T backdrop. This room will provide a professional setting for online student interviews. The department will also purchase iPads to record mock interviews for training purposes.

December 2014

Bridge higher education with at-risk youth through project H.O.P.E. Provide a holistic program that includes college preparation, mentoring and collaboration experiences.

December 2014

Modernize health and wellness through social media, automated messaging, mobile alerts and wellness monitoring.

December 2014

Events that promote artists and encourage collaboration among the various academic departments. A collaboration event with Leach theater, electrical engineering students, environmental engineering students, and artists to create a Tesla coil.

January 2015

The Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development requests funding for a second year pilot of the entrepreneurial internship and cooperative education program.

February 2015

The C.L. Wilson Library would like to digitize "The Missouri Miner" student newspaper for future reference needs and campus historical conservation.  The paper has been published continuously since September 1933. 

March 2015

IT RSS is requesting the sponsorship of an innovation competition among students to develop products or services on campus.  5 student teams would be selected to participate based on submitted proposals.

March 2015

Career Opportunities and Employer Relations is requesting funds for a proposed Miner Trek each semester. Sophomores and Juniors would visit employer sites to aid in professional development and increase their exposure to employers for employment potential.

March 2015

The Technical Innovators and Entrepreneurs Society (TIES) would like to capture their twice a month speaker series to expose a wider audience to the entrepreneurial talks.

March 2015

The creation of a Technical Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor on campus to improve student capability of tackling open-ended problems, soft skills, and collaboration.

April 2015

As part of the renovation of the new Student Diversity, Outreach and Womens' Programs new location at 605 W. 11th Street, a former garage is being converted into a unique collaborative space for diversity-focused student groups. 

June 2015

The Health Hut is a mobile baby gazebo that allows wellness programming to reach students in a variety of locations. This equipment would allow Student Wellness to provide evidence-based programming. 

June 2015

Career Opportunities and Employer Relations is seeking an innovative approach in ensuring that our student veterans, active duty military students, alumni, and the overall student body seeking federal employment are equipped with the skills and information necessary to be competitive in the federal job market.  

Staff Council is proposing the following ways to make our campus more appealing: tables or benches be added around campus especially in the center campus area and a mural on the side of Engineering Research Laboratory.

This program will provide for the resources necessary to implement the event management module within OrgSync with card swipe access. The module, combined with departmental user practices, will allow for more precise management of data related to experiential learning events such as participation in individual programs, in a leadership role, or a series of progressive opportunities.

Joshua Kane is a working actor from New York City and has agreed to give two workshops while on campus. Kane will give his first workshop in the Theatre Lab of Castleman Hall entitled “Magical Thinking,” which will explore body language, language patterns, lie detection, and brain games. Kane’s second workshop, called Shakespeare, Verse and Voice, will be a crash course in performing Shakespearean verse.

The system implements Formal Concept Data Analysis Research as well as Machine Learning. The goal is to create something comparable to Pearson Online Labs which are used by introductory courses at Missouri S&T, high schools, and universities across the nation.

A design for a vehicle that runs off of Oxy-Hydrogen gas made from the ionic separation of water molecules induced via electromagnetic current. The current issue is the oil usage in the automotive industry and this design is attempting to create an alternate fuel source that is affordable, safe, and efficient, so as to relieve the oil stress on the market.

Current fuel cells are not able to operate at high power densities due to the accompanying increase in transport losses in their flow fields, especially from the formation of water. With the help of our bio-inspired flow fields, fuel cell manufacturers will be able to run their fuel cells at up to 30% higher power density. 

The idea of this proposal is to develop a safe drug delivery system that delivers, and releases toxic drugs only at the target disease site (e.g., breast cancer) without affecting healthy cells in the body. Here, we propose to encapsulate drug nanoparticles, prepared from pure anti-cancer drugs, using a bioresponsive polymer.

This project will use the Missouri S&T solar village as a living laboratory in order to investigate the human side of technology diffusion. Newly developed “smart” power grid systems are designed to control power distribution and usage in homes through sensors, both inside and outside the home. 

The control of microbial infections is critical for the use of drinkable water, biological medium including buffer solutions, cell culture medium, and drug formulations, among many others in order to prevent lethal septic shock. 

Miner Multi-Media (MMM) is a student-run organization that helps promote student body information through the use of video media. MMM’s goals are to work closely with Missouri S&T departments and student organizations to create better student marketing through video content, focus on the quality of creative components throughout the videos to generate interest in the events while crafting persuasive messaging, and engage the student audience by providing creative, high-quality videos that are easily sharable across a multiple of platforms including OrgSync and other online websites. 

My idea for innovation at Missouri S&T will be investigated through the Solar House Design Team. The innovative idea is to use Electric Privacy Film or EPF. This technology is an upcoming product that would be applied to windows in the most recent project, the Nest Home, which is currently competing in Irvine, California. 

A "Renaissance Fair" to recreate and/or improve on innovations from the Renaissance period of history. This project will bring together nearly every academic element on campus, from performing artists to historians to architectural engineers to student design teams.

Create a plan to deliver on-line professional development training in the areas of sustainability, climate change awareness, energy management, and environmental management systems. This idea is innovative because many corporations have recently appointed or hired individuals who have direct responsibility for sustainability and/or climate change issues.

Our idea is to set up a student-run, faculty-advised Usability Lab at Missouri S&T. The Usability Lab will be set up and operated by the students of the Technical Communication program under the able guidance of experienced faculty. The Usability Lab will offer usability testing services to the student design teams on campus, academic and administrative departments, local businesses, corporate partners, and possibly other UM campuses for a modest fee. 

MRDT wants to continue to develop their sample bay in order to not only challenge what other university rover teams across the world have done, but to also challenge what is being done on the rovers currently on Mars. This project would encompass research and development of a quicker drill and sample collection mechanism, sample containment carousel that allows for analysis of multiple samples, new sensors, iterations of the spectrometer, and finally publication of designs and data in order to promote further developments in space technology and to encourage other rover teams to move forward.

At this moment, MRDT is in need of more tools enable team members to continue to gain hands-on experience as our membership continues to grow. Supplying a design team with tools may not seem to be particularly ‘innovative’ at first glance, however this proposal aims to demonstrate that the MRDT already fosters exactly the kind of innovative thinking and experiential learning opportunities that the Campus Strategic Plan seeks to encourage.

Advance Missouri S&T toward becoming a Bicycle Friendly University by partnering with the City of Rolla as they pursue a new “Complete Streets” initiative. An approved Innovation Grant would fund expert consultant services with Alta Planning – the firm recently hired by the City of Rolla to guide their efforts. The funding will also allow us to deliver bicycle safety training programs, develop campus bicycle policies, implement a bike-sharing program, and host bicycle-friendly campus events. 

“Heartland Synthetic Biology Consortium" will bring together International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) design teams from throughout the Midwest to share ideas, develop collaborations and prepare for the international Giant Jamboree competition. This two day event will bring iGEM teams from throughout the Midwest to present the projects they are working on for the 2016 Giant Jamboree, share human practices ideas and discuss challenges. 

Students on this campus need access to modern manufacturing equipment. Within the MAE department, we have begun to address this matter with the creation of the PICC Student Machine Shop.  What is missing from this shop is a full CNC lathe. This lathe will give students general purpose access to a machine they cannot access anywhere else on campus.     

There was no interaction or only rare communication between undergraduate students and NMR GTA. Currently we cannot offer students access to existing NMR instrumentation and space. With the new showcase working space, students can discuss with NMR GTA and have hands-on experience in front of the NMR instrument. 

There is a need for a vial that can provide an independent water source so that flies have the option to take in fluids without taking in salts and other osmolytes from the food as well. Such a device should improve the general health of the flies, the tolerance of stressful diets, and the oral delivery of other substances. 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are the most powerful analytical tools for investigating materials and living tissues. We propose to use state-of-the-art low- and high-field NMR spectrometers and MRI systems, available at S&T, to investigate porous wall hollow glass microspheres as hosts for therapeutic agent guests in drug delivery and other advanced medical applications. 

The acupuncture MRI probe will afford enhanced sensitivity to detect early-stage disease and provide a high-resolution radial profile of the diseased skin tissue. While the innovative MRI probe is mildly invasive, it offers the advantages of very high sensitivity and specificity, as well as quiet operation. 

A team of three graduate students has proposed an innovative, portable sampling kit for preconcentration of trace metals associated with breast cancer and possibly other cancers using a novel and potentially transformative “green” chemistry approach we have pioneered. Specifically, we have developed two chemically-modified adsorbents derived from rice and soybean hulls that we have shown to have excellent selectivity toward heavy metals and may be further modified to alter selectivity toward specific metal species. 

The Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit is a set of events and resources to develop students into successful entrepreneurs. The toolkit consists of three parts: on-campus events such as hackathons for exposing students to innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E); student travel funding to provide students the opportunity to travel to conferences, competitions, and networking events to promote their education in I&E; and finally a student business “launch fund” to help students cover some of the early costs of starting a business. 

The fuel cell market in North America is projected to grow at almost 40% per year between 2014 and 2019 and power density is the key metric that will give early adopters an edge in terms of market share. All the major fuel cell manufacturers are working on their respective “next generation” fuel cells and we want to position ourselves as a key partner that provides state-of-the-art water management for PEM fuel cells. With the help of our bio-inspired flow fields, fuel cell manufacturers will be able to run their fuel cells at up to 30% higher power density.

The innovative aspect of our idea will be producing an beverage with natural ingredients that would maintain its perfection from the beginning of the distribution process into the freezer of the end user. Our custom flexible packaging for this product will provide a practical solution for the main challenge associated producing frozen beverages in mass volume while being the most aesthetically appealing product on the market.

The Innovation in Education Grants  provide funding for faculty to further facilitate learning opportunities in the classroom that prepare students to enter the work force as technically savvy, innovative, flexible and real world-ready employees. Additionally, it provides new career development opportunities for faculty and brings our curriculum up to date with peer universities who are already ahead of us in the following focus areas: creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking and leadership.  Finally, this program has the potential to alter our campus culture by developing skills and a mindset that permits our students to create, see, understand and define opportunities, provide leadership, and build teams to produce economic and social value. The goal of the project is the increase integration of experiential learning for undergraduate curriculum in the following focus areas:  entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and/or leadership. Projects need to be assessed with clear objectives and outcomes relative to the course being developed or modified.

The Usability Lab will be set up and operated by the students of the Technical Communication program under the able guidance of experienced faculty. The Usability Lab will offer usability testing services to the student design teams on campus, academic and administrative departments, local businesses, corporate partners, and possibly other UM campuses for a modest fee. The Usability Lab will include a specially designed space, be staffed by students trained in usability, and will produce comprehensive usability reports to help our clients improve their products. Products we test will include websites, mobile applications, promotional materials, user guides, pitches, presentations, interfaces, and hardware.  The Usability Lab will conduct usability studies conforming to the current industry standards in user experience testing.

The Formula Electric Racing team is proposing to design and develop an electric tractive system that includes electric hub motors, a DC/AC motor controller for use in multi-motor systems and the testing equipment required to verify the tractive systems design. The proposed tractive system includes a small and efficient three phase synchronous AC motor which can be run at low RPMs. This feature means it can be used in many direct drive applications for low speed vehicles without the need for additional gear reduction or transmission components. The design removes the need for additional mechanical gearing or transmissions which can greatly simplify design while reducing cost and increasing efficiency.

Two University Innovation Fellows and Dr. Bonnie Bachman in Economics with Patty Frisbee in New Student Programs have respectively begun developing and approving a curriculum for a new Opening Week Workshop that will be offered in 2016 titled Igniting Innovation. The workshop will introduce 24 new students interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) to the campus resources available to aspiring entrepreneurs, presentations from Design Team leaders, Entrepreneurship faculty, and a variety of activities centered around design thinking, team-building, and the creative process. Pending further collaboration with Student Design Center leaders, students interested in joining Design Teams will also be offered general safety and/or basic machine shop training that will enable them to join teams as productive, trained members. The week will culminate in a Hackathon where teams of students will prototype a product and will present it at a Pitch Competition hosted by the workshop coordinators.

Five University Innovation Fellows were invited to the annual meet-up at Stanford from March 17 to March 20, 2016 and are applying for funding to cover only the cost of travel, as lodging and food is provided. The University Innovation Fellows is a program run by Stanford and the National Science Foundation that trains student leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) who, with their training, create new clubs, programs, academic opportunities and entrepreneurial spinouts on their campuses to help grow their I&E ecosystem. This meetup will offer the students the opportunity to meet with Fellows from over a hundred other colleges across the country to discuss their ideas and collaborate on improving our respective campuses.

For the past two years, the Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) has built a robotic arm that costs half of the price of other options on the market, yet outperforms them. MRDT has already made two six-axis robotic arms that utilize differential joints created out of 3D-printed gears. This creates one joint with two axes of rotation, which distributes the loads of the joint across two motors and allows for smaller motors to be used, reducing cost and weight. This year, the team is adding a network of encoders to the arm to allow for better movement control and we hope to eventually implement inverse kinematics. Our robotic arm is completely student designed and fabricated. Our arm also has a standardized end-effector interface which increases functionality of the arm and allows for in-field tool change. The arm can be remotely driven through the internet and has outperformed other robotic arms designed by students from all over the world at the University Rover Challenge.

The Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team has a history of innovating and we wish to continue that legacy by developing a miniature rover platform. This scaled version of our current rover will allow new members to develop and test code while they build confidence in their skills and it will also allow for experienced members to test code without accessing a previous competition rover. There is no platform like this on the market and besides providing training opportunities, it can also be used as a recruitment and retention tool for the team.

This project will introduce and develop a new solar inverter using Gallium Nitride (GaN) switch technology. This "Ganverter" will allow for a low cost, low footprint, and high efficiency conversion of energy captured from solar panels to a suitable energy for the utility grid. The innovation of this project is the utilization of GaN in a grid tied inverter to increase the efficiency and reduce the footprint of the converter. No similar commercial product is available in the market.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) requests funding to continue piloting its Entrepreneurial Internship and Cooperative Education Program (EICP) for another year. TTED would like to continue testing and validating several modifications to the program. The EICP is designed to encourage Missouri S&T students to explore and consider entrepreneurship as a career option and learn key entrepreneurship skills, particularly the process of searching for a scalable business model, as well as innovation and creativity skills. TTED provides funding to students that is competitive with salaries they could earn at internships and co-ops with traditional employers.

This idea for innovation at Missouri S&T will be implemented in the 2017 Solar House, SILO, but has the potential to be implemented throughout campus. We will have a wearable device (e.g. a watch) that enables the user to have pre-set modes that activate and apply those pre-set modes to the house. For example, one person may have a simple pre-set mode where he/she wants to set the house temperature to 70 degrees and have the lights dimmed to 60% at night. Typically you have to buy several products from the same company to have a complete system which can be costly. This can connect almost any product from different manufacturers in one device. This type of product is normally only available for devices like smart phones or tablets, not a wearable device like a smart watch. Having a central wearable device gives a more open environment to control more than what typical systems offer.

The idea is to design a novel research and development solution for cognitive health assessment and care in elderly people and in patients under rehabilitation. The goal is to design more robust and predictive measures of cognitive health with the help of multi-modal sensing and machine learning based complex sensor data analytics. More specifically, we aim to design smart chair for use during questionnaire based assessment tests, and smart wrist-worn wearable during kitchen-based task quality assessment. The questionnaire and kitchen task methods are frequently used in hospitals to detect cognitive impairment (e.g. due to dementia) and to assess degree of rehabilitation in patients (e.g. recovering stroke patients). But these methods are mostly based on qualitative measures which vary largely due to human observer judgments. In this project we aim to rather design a quantitative performance evaluation method instead, and validate it in the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).

Miner Multi-Media (MMM) is a student-run organization that helps promote student body information through the use of video media. MMM uses video services to market other campus departments, student organizations and their events. Video media is not widely used on campus, and it has great potential to grow and develop at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T). According to a study conducted by Animoto, 60% of millennials prefer to watch a video over reading a newsletter. There is a growing trend of video marketing and it is predicted to reach 79% of all internet traffic in the next few years. Currently, most student organizations at S&T are marketing their events by using the Student eConnection, posting paper flyers, using OrgSync and social media. Although video marketing isn’t a new concept, marketing to S&T students through video marketing is an innovative, new method of promoting on campus events. MMM works with S&T departments and student organizations to create and provide videos they can share on a variety of platforms, increasing the visibility of their department, student organization and events. In order to provide the best quality videos, we are seeking funding for video equipment.

This proposal is focused on using multifunctional magnetic Au-Fe3O4 nanomaterials for early detection of cancer and treatment through magnetic fluid hyperthermia. Densely packed arrays of uniformly sized Au-Fe3O4 nanorods will be grown by a novel protocol developed in the Nath laboratory.

We would like to propose an online platform for university students to easily join and create study groups to boost their academic performance. Students would be able to create and search for relevant study groups based on the courses they have taken for the current semester as well as their indicated interests in other fields of learning. Compare to traditional tools or services designed for study groups, such as study sessions organized by campus organizations, our personalized online platform will allow a greater time flexibility along with more options for students seeking for study groups. As an innovative feature, STUBY utilizes Artificial Intelligence to recommend best-fitting study groups to students based on courses they have taken, new subjects they are interested in, and extracurricular activities they do as hobbies. Furthermore, we strive to seamlessly integrate any existing Student Life application with STUBY, such as Orgsync, to allow students to form study group circles within their organizations if desired. Finally, the online platform would be available in many forms, including web applications that could be accessed through desktops or laptops, and mobile applications that could be easily used via smartphones and tablets.

Maker Spaces allow community members to design, prototype and manufacture items using tools and materials that would otherwise be inaccessible or unaffordable. What makes a successful Maker Space? They come in all shapes and sizes, but they all are focal points for tools, projects, mentors, expertise and community. The main idea behind these collaboration spaces is for the free exchange of ideas and creative endeavors. It is about the informal combination of spaces such as labs, shops and rooms supporting ideation, collision, prototyping and fabrication. These elements coalesce to form a compelling argument for learning through collaborative hands-on experience. Currently, Missouri S&T students have limited work spaces where they can go if it is not associated with a specific course, a specific professor’s research or student design competition teams. The campus spaces available for this type of activity are limited (fabrication using robust 3D printers in Curtis Laws Wilson Library and high end sophisticated machining equipment in the Product Innovation and Creativity Center Student Machine Shop). Our university needs to move at speed in order to catch up to our peer schools in the creation of other Maker Spaces which can provide resources to all students that do not exist today at Missouri S&T.

Over 110,000,000 landmines have been planted since the 1970s. This number doesn't include other ordnance that failed to detonate but still pose a threat. Half of the victims hurt or killed by forgotten landmines annually are children. Using remote sensing techniques would allow for rapid detection of landmines and UXOs and puts distance between danger and those searching.

The goal of this project is to take a pre-existing S&T product (borate bioglass) and increase it’s clinical market by combining it with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Before taking our preliminary results to clinical trials, further work in an animal model needs to be done to evaluate safety and efficacy.

The Department of Residential Life would like to establish an Education Intern position. This position would specifically assist in the development of the Residential Curriculum, a student-centered curriculum driven by student learning outcomes. The Residential Curriculum Model reinvigorates the way that the Residential Life Team approaches student learning in the residential areas, with our student staff, and with our professional staff. This internship will be an innovative learning experience for a Missouri S&T student, who will assist in the composition of lesson plans and dive into scholarship and research to enrich the residential curriculum experience in all facets of development.

RoveWare is intended to be an Open Source Hardware development platform to facilitate the creation of inexpensive general labor robotic droids. The RoveWare initiative consists of three system modules that can be added to any existing Robot build, in order to increase the range of radio control, the range of video monitoring, and the strength and dexterity of the worker droid. There are already many system modules for robot drones and remote control vehicles that can travel at range, but none with the strength and dexterity of an average human worker.

An investment in professional photography equipment to promote campus-wide innovation by fostering visual innovation for staff and student photographer(s) to document and promote faculty, staff, students, alumni, prospective students, corporate and legislative representatives. The equipment would supply student photographers an experiential learning opportunity to exercise their photography skills with the Marketing and Communications Department. Adding the tools to show Missouri S&T’s 146 years of growth and tradition from a new creative and innovative perspective will build on its history and add to future successes. New photography equipment will inspire campus photographers, staff members or students, to view Missouri S&T in a new way which can be shared with the world to accurately present Missouri S&T as the world’s leading institution for scientific, technological and creative innovation.

KMST proposes to form a student news group who will create radio features about interesting activities on and around campus.  These features will be aired regularly during our drive-time newsmagazine programs.

We want to create an online platform, called HobbyCoop which allows one class of people i.e. Owners to rent the owned tools to the other section of people who want those tools, but don't want to buy the new ones. For minimum viable product (MVP), we want to build a well-organized online platform, called HobbyCoop for University students where we enable students of a particular university can do the transaction with their fellow university colleagues. We are also aware of the opportunity that different departments and organizations would be interested in using the platform to interact with the university students and other university organizations.

Miner Multi-Media (MMM) is a new recognized student organization that helps promote student body information through the use of video media. MMM uses video services to market other campus departments, student organizations and their events. Video media is not widely used on campus, and it has great potential to grow and develop at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T). According to a study conducted by Animoto, 60% of millennials prefer to watch a video over reading a newsletter. There is a growing trend of video marketing and it is predicted to reach 79% of all internet traffic in the next few years. Currently, most student organizations at S&T are marketing their events by using the Student eConnection, posting paper flyers, using OrgSync and social media. In order to continue our growth, we are seeking funding for the rest of our video equipment and intensifying our recruitment efforts.