INSPIRE Newsletter

Biannual News Publication

The INSPIRE UTC will publish theme-focused newsletters every six months.

Volume 4 - Issue 1- Spring 2020

Volume 3 - Issue 2- Fall 2019

Volume 3 - Issue 1- Spring 2019

Volume 2 - Issue 2 - Fall 2018

Volume 2 - Issue 1 - Spring 2018

Volume 1 - Issue 2 - Winter 2017

Volume 1 - Issue 1 - Summer 2017

 

Recent News

News and Announcements

Kaleidoscope Discovery Center-March 1st

On March 1st 2020 the INSPIRE University Transportation Center (INSPIRE UTC),  participated in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics team and the FLL Junior robotics team with the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center in Rolla, Missouri. Students of Inspire UTC demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle display at the exposition. Approximately 30 students ranging in age from 6-14 and their parents attended.

The KDC’s mission is to provide opportunities that advance the understanding and appreciation of: engineering, science, technology, the environment, arts and math (ESTEAM); through hand’s on learning experiences, which inspire everyone to imagine, explore and create a better world. For more information visit the KDC at https://thekaleidoscope.org and the INSPIRE UTC at http://inspire-utc.mst.edu.

S&T faculty and students INSPIRE Missouri high school students at the NSBE Pre-College Initiative

Faculty and students from the INSPIRE University Transportation Center and Mid-America Transportation Center led a workshop for 17 Missouri high school students at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Pre-College Initiative (PCI) held February 29 on the Missouri S&T campus.  The workshop was presented by Dr. Ruwen Qin, Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, and Ph.D. students Xinzhe Yuan and Pengfei Ma.  Participants were engaged in a hands-on bridge engineering competition, and visited the Driving Simulation Laboratory for a demonstration of driver’s behavior-related transportation research.

PCI is an on-campus visit program for African-American students who may be considering a future career in math, science, computing or engineering.  PCI is sponsored by S&T’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Student Diversity Initiatives department.

Center for Intelligent Infrastructure Positions Available

The Center for Intelligent Infrastructure (CII) has recently been established  at the Missouri University of Science and Technology is seeking to expand its research capabilities in autonomous inspection and maintenance of civil infrastructure (e.g., bridges and tunnels) by inviting applications for a non-tenure research faculty position, commencing around October 15, 2019.  The appointment is anticipated to be made at the Research Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on candidates' background and expereince in robotics and system integration research and  infrastructure inspection and maintenance.  The initial appointment will be at the 75% FTE (up to $72,000/year).  The successful candidate will seek external funds to pay additional 25% work hours.  The candidate is required to work in laboratory and field environments, doing heavy lifting and travelling long distance to job sites for a few months per year.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should visit https://hr.mst.edu/careers/ to apply for position #00075310.  

CII is also seeking to hire a Research Engineer to expand research capabilities in autonomous inspection and maintenance of civil infrastructure beginning around October 15, 2019.  The annual salary for this position with full benefits is around $60,000 depending on candidates' background and experience.  Candidates must have earned undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET/EAC accredited program or equivalent, and at least one (1) year of practical experience in bridge inspection and maintenance, particularly with the state department of transportation.  The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate ability to work in laboratory and field environments and willingness to do heavy lifting and long distance travel.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should visit https://hr.mst.edu/careers/ to apply for position #00075187