Engineering the Future
Missouri S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing builds upon nearly 150 years of research, education and innovation at one of the first technological schools west of the Mississippi. Our nine academic departments offer 18 different undergraduate degrees and 19 master’s degree and Ph.D. programs. You can study at our Rolla campus or learn from afar with our robust distance learning program.
We’re home to the one of the oldest computer science programs in the country, the world’s first program in engineering management and the nation’s only Ph.D. program in explosives engineering.
Our students experience a wealth of out-of-classroom learning and research opportunities that apply technical knowledge to real-world problems in such venues as the Experimental Mine – repeatedly selected as one of the most “Awesome College Labs” by Popular Science magazine.
Our vibrant research enterprise crosses academic disciplines to address some of the world's great challenges in areas such as energy (traditional, alternative and hybrid systems), infrastructure, power supply, the environment, new materials, cyber security and water resources, among other issues.
Signature Research Areas
S&T emphasizes instruction and research in the emerging fields of additive manufacturing; energy manufacturing; micro- and nano-scale manufacturing; network-centric and cloud manufacturing; advanced materials for manufacturing; and intelligent, sensor-enabled manufacturing.
Infrastructure is the foundation that connects the nation’s businesses, communities and people, driving our economy and improving our quality of life. This area focuses on the rehabilitation of urban mass-transportation centers, including highways, bridges, tunnels, rail, airports, and port and water navigation channels, as well as utility infrastructure.
Missouri S&T leads in developing materials that can withstand ultra-high temperatures. Under the direction of Drs. Bill Fahrenholtz and Greg Hilmas, both Curators’ Professors in ceramic engineering, this signature area involves researchers from chemistry, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering and physics.
S&T’s research strengths in this signature area include cyber security, sustainable energy research, big data analytics, architectural design, behavioral and environmental psychology, and transportation and infrastructure to lead research and development efforts toward a more secure and sustainable society.
NASA holds universal appeal
NASA holds universal appeal When he was a teenager, Missouri S&T doctoral student and NASA employee Paul Friz looked up into the night sky, the twinkling points of light a thousand beacons in the darkness, irresistible. He was hooked.
So when he was 14, Friz saved up his lawn-mowing money and bought his first telescope – an 8-inch Dobsonian Reflector – to bring the sky’s lights up close. He looked at the gas giant Saturn; it’s the solar system’s sixth planet from the sun and looks like a star to the naked eye, but its rings and moons came to life in his telescope’s lens. Then he went farther into the heavens and out of Earth’s solar system – somewhere between 520 to 610 light years out – to view M44, or the Beehive Cluster, located in the constellation Cancer. [Read more]
'Failure is just feedback'
Steve Parks, EMgt’82, wants Missouri S&T students to discover who they are much earlier than he did.
One of the first graduates of S&T’s Minority Engineering Program, Parks says he felt like an outsider when he came to the university. At least two instructors told him that he wouldn’t graduate.
“That’s when I decided, whatever it took, I was going to find a way. I tell students, don’t set out to prove yourself to someone else — set out to improve yourself.” [Read more]