Materials Science Engineering
223 McNutt Hall
1400 N. Bishop
Rolla, MO 65409- 0330
Ready to put your classroom knowledge to work - and learn some valuable life lessons in the process? Then join one of Missouri S&T's world-class student design teams! You can help build a canoe out of concrete (yes, it really floats), design and build a formula-style racer or a sleek, sun-powered car (or house), or put together a steel bridge in record time. You can even take a trip back in time and get your hands dirty with some old-fashioned mining techniques.
Missouri S&T's reputation for excellence in student design is well-known around the world. Recent design team accomplishments include:
The Missouri S&T Solar Car Team's decisive victory in the 2003 American Solar Challenge (ASC), a 10-day, 2,300-mile race from Chicago to L.A. The Missouri S&T team and its championship car, Solar Miner IV, completed the event in record time. The 2003 victory was Missouri S&T's second championship in the past three competitions, as Missouri S&T won Sunrayce'99 (the predecessor to ASC) and finished second in the inaugural ASC in 2001.
The two-time championship Human Powered Vehicle Team, which won the 2002 and 2003 competitions.
The Advanced Aero Vehicle Group, which designed one workhorse of a radio-controlled airplane. Their creation won the 2003 AAVG Competition, an international event.
The Missouri S&T Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge Teams, both of which finished second in regional competitions in 2003.
No matter which design team interests you, you'll find the organizations to be an exciting way to compete in regional, national and international contests - and a terrific way to apply what you've learned in the classroom in a real hands-on project. You'll also have the opportunity to learn new skills - such as fund-raising, public relations and team management - that will pay huge dividends in the future.