FY16 Outcomes

The goal of this project is to take a pre-existing Missouri S&T product (borate bioglass) and increase its clinical market by combining it with adipose stem cells. This project has brought faculty and student researchers from both colleges at Missouri S&T together with local clinicians. One of the exciting aspects of this project is the ability to acquire adipose stem cells from the local diabetic population. Research for this proposal is ongoing.

The smart chair is in use at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) for pilot studies with real patients of cognitive health. Regarding the wearable device design, after two iterations the goal of designing, manufacturing, and stress testing has been achieved. The wearable casing is 3D printed in the Missouri S&T library printing facility. The team presented research to the US Army from Fort Leonard Wood at our facility in June.       

Innovation funds brought together multiple constituencies to learn about and discuss synthetic biology. The forum brought together 40 people (students, staff, faculty and community members) to work through a case study and discuss the ethics of using synthetic biology to fight mosquito borne illnesses. The meet-up included presentations by each team, social activities, team building and a public event for children in the community to participate in hands-on science activities.

The Maker Space provides a place for students and other members of the university community to design and build personal projects.  Equipment in the space includes a stereolithographic 3D printer, a CNC router, an electronics lab and general shop space.  The space is located in the basement of the IDE building, and incorporates several existing shop spaces into one inclusive manufacturing environment. 

KMST implemented processes and standards for training students on interview skills, radio feature recording, and production.  Features have been produced and aired on KMST on topics including Project Lead the Way, cutting-edge power systems, and graduate research.  KMST is working with the Technical Writing faculty in the English department to begin a process of transcribing the recordings and editing the spoken content for the web and social media.

As a result of the innovation funding, MMM acquired certain equipment and made a wide variety of videos throughout the 2016 academic year. Among the equipment bought, having additional cameras helped the recording of events such as Greek Sing 2016, where multiple dynamic shots were taken, making the final video more interesting. Furthermore, the quality of videos was increased due to having higher quality equipment and standardized formatting system; in fact, the MMM YouTube Channel shows it had an increase of almost 700 views for last quarter of the year. Finally, the overall benefits received from this grant can be seen in the group's latest video: Student Affairs Video Promo.

Funding is being used on two projects: 1) the electric tractive system, electrical design has been completed and is under review; and 2) the motor dynamometer in E3 Commons,  which was completed thanks to a partnership with the MAE department and the Formula Electric design team. It will be available for use at the end of the fall 2016 semester when software integration is complete.

Four Innovation in Education grants have been awarded to Missouri S&T faculty for 2016-2017. The program is administered through CERTI and seeks to infuse one or more of the following skill sets into undergraduate student curriculum: creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation or design thinking. Results of funded research will be shared with the campus at the Missouri S&T Teaching and Learning Technology Conference in March 2017.

The team created an all-new sample bay, containing options for collecting six sample tubes, repaired the Raman-Fluorescence spectrometer, used a new and innovative technique of embedding the pH and soil sensors into the drill sheath. All of these aspects allowed for more accurate data readings and resulted in the Mars Rover team taking 1st place in the Phobos Division of the University Rover Challenge. In addition, the group received the John Berenka Science Award, given to the team with the most complete and through approach to the Sample Return task.

The team developed fuel cell flow field designs for an active area around 600 sq. cm, representing a big step towards commercialization. These designs still embody the core features of the laboratory-scale designs. In addition, the parasitic losses have been greatly reduced and the design complexity has also been reduced meaning these designs would be easier to manufacture. The team is continuing to take steps towards commercialization, which include further studies, publications, seeking follow-on funding and industry partners, and working out intellectual property issues.

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.

The miniature rover platform was used in the 2016 spring and fall semesters as a project for new design team members. Students successfully created and drove an operating miniature rover by the end of the spring semester. The miniature platform allows students rover experience on a scaled down model before contributing on the full-scale rover.

Twenty-one students participated in the workshop and learned about topics such as the Business Model Canvas and Design Thinking Process. The workshop’s main project challenged students, in groups, to identify a problem with the Missouri S&T campus or any college campuses in general, find a solution for that problem, and pitch a created product or service to a panel of judges at the end of the week.

An Acupuncture-MRI probe was invented and developed which increases the sensitivity of MRI/MRS signals by three orders of magnitude, and thereby reduces the volume of the cancer cells that can be accurately diagnosed from approximately one cubic centimeter to one cubic millimeter.

The research team developed a new drug delivery system by depositing a thin layer of bioresponsive polymer coating on drug nanoparticles for the treatment of breast cancer. CPT-PCL-TTZ nanoparticles have been shown to inhibit breast cancer cell growth by 60% in BT-474 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells.