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Design Teams

Student Design Competition Center

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.

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DESERT EXPLORER

Michael Bouchard studies bizarre dome-like structures in Egypt's Afar Desert.

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CHAMPIONING STEM FOR MINORITIES

Emily Hernandez wants to see more diversity in the engineering fields, and is doing her part to help.

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SELFLESS ACTIONS, GLOBAL IMPACT

Melissa Elder’s travels to her mother’s homeland of Honduras have shaped her career path and research focus.

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D-DAY RE-EXAMINED

John McManus' latest book looks at the Big Red One at Omaha Beach.

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LIFE ON MARS

Melanie Mormile studies bacteria here on Earth that could survive on Mars.

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SPELUNKING FOR A CAUSE

Michael Bradford helps protect bats and cave formations in Missouri.

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PERFECT FIT

Hannah Frye is doing research that could lead to a treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

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DANCING WITH CODE

Marquia Lewis studies computer science and is a member of the Gold Miners dance squad.

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PEOPLE PERSON

Cagatay "Ty" Atmaca has accomplished a lot since being sent to learn English in America by the Turkish Petroleum Corp. four years ago.

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PRINTING THE FUTURE

Jonathan Bopp used his 3D printer to create parts for the Mars Rover’s robotic arm.

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A PHILOSOPHY OF ADVOCACY

Kate Burns is proof that students in every major can find success.

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PHYTOFORENSICS

Joel Burken's research team use trees to detect soil and groundwater contamination.

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SAYING GOOD RIDDANCE TO SOGGY BUNS

Tyler Richards has designed a cap that keeps separated liquid from escaping ketchup bottles.

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'DOWN-TO-EARTH' SCHOLAR

Krista Rybacki studies soil samples from an area near a lead recycling smelter.

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MINERS ABROAD

Delancey Rougely studied the effects of war in France and blogged about it.

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