2010-2011 Archive




Joseph Kurtz, a freshman in the Computer Science B.S. program at Missouri S&T has won 2nd prize in the Research Proposal Poster session at the Missouri S&T 2011 Undergraduate Research Conference for his research proposal poster entitled “Balancing Limited Resources for Speech Transcription on Mobile Devices” supervised by Dr. Daniel Tauritz.








Joseph Kurtz wins 2011 Undergraduate Research Conference prize 

Computer Science 2011 Awards Banquet

Fellowships available for Doctoral Study in Information and System Assurance for Critical Infrastructure

Randy Canis receives outstanding teaching award from Global Learning

Dr. Daniel Tauritz recognized by the Provost for his efforts in S&T’s LEAD program 

Dr. Jennifer Leopold receives 2010 Teaching Award

Joanna Kovarik named to 2010 ESPN the Magazine College Division All-District 7 First Team for second season in a row!

Dr. Ralph Wilkerson, Mr. Randy Canis, and Mr. Matt Buechler receive 2009-2010 Outstanding Teaching Award

Keeping the Smart Grid Secure

Matt Buechler receives Miner Alumni Association Outstanding Student Advisor Award


IEEE Computer Society Award

Bruce McMillin (Professor, Computer Science) was awarded the Computer Society’s Outstanding Contribution award  For Twenty Years of Outstanding Service to COMPSAC, the IEEE Computer Society Signature Conference on Computers, Software and Applications.  This award is given to members of the IEEE Computer Society for achievements of major value and significance to the IEEE Computer Society.   There have been 232 awards since its inception within the of Computer Society nearly 85000 members. The award was presented July 20, 2010 at the IEEE COMPSAC 34th Annual Conference in Seoul, KOREA.



S&T IEEE-CS Student Branch officially recognized by IEEE

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.  The Missouri S&T Computer Society student branch of the IEEE (S&T IEEE-CS) , established in Fall 2009, has now been officially recognized by IEEE. The mission of this student branch is to serve S&T students with common interests in the Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. It provides numerous opportunities for fellowships, scholarships, and awards for its student members. It arranges various events including field trips, coding challenges, meetings with peers, lectures from renowned visiting professors, industry talks, and much more. Perhaps most importantly, it gives its student members bountiful opportunities for leadership training.



iPhone App Paying Dividends

Kenneth Perry, a senior majoring in Computer Science, is the lead developer for Interdisciplinary Design Collaborative LLC. In May the company released an iPhone application called the barcodescan which allows people to scan a product’s barcode and then find information on that product such as reviews prices, and where it is being sold. A free version of that application has over 200,000 downloads. The company is currently working on a design for a device that can monitor electrical usage in a home.  For more information on this app, visit the news article here .


NSF GRF Award Announcement

Lisa Guntly , who received a B.S. from S&T’s CS department in May 2008 and started on a Ph.D. in S&T’s CS department in August 2008 with Dr. Daniel Tauritz , Associate Professor of Computer Science, as her advisor, has been selected to receive a 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) award. Each year NSF awards this prestigious fellowship to the most able and accomplished applicants with the highest potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt. 2009 Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with an annual $10,500 cost of education allowance, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance, TeraGrid Supercomputer access, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S., or foreign institution of graduate education they choose. Lisa is one of only 1236 students nationwide to receive the 2009 NSF GRF award. For more information about the NSF GRF program, see: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

2007 -08 Outstanding Teachers

Congratulations Dr. Jennifer Leopold and Dr. Daniel Tauritz for being selected as one of the 2007-08 Outstanding Teachers on the Missouri S&T campus!  The quality of teaching is of utmost importance to the University and we appreciate your efforts.

Bridging the Cyber, Physical, and Social Worlds

Missouri S&T received funding this year for a workshop entitled: Bridging the Cyber, Physical, and Social Worlds that will be held as part of the National Science Foundation Cyber-Physical Systems effort.  This workshop has a number of internationally-recognized participants and funding agency managers.  A limited number of fellowships are available for promising young researchers to join this group.

Cyber-Physical Systems consist of the class of large-scale infrastructures that have significant cyber and physical components.  Cyber-Physical Systems have wide-ranging impact on society in their deployment.  NSF has announced a major initiative in developing Cyber-Physical Systems that bridges Computer Science and Engineering.  This workshop is an opportunity to set an agenda for NSF that includes a vision of a Cyber-Physical System program encompassing the Social Sciences along with Computer Science and Engineering.

This is an exciting opportunity to bring traditionally disparate disciplines together to develop theories that bridge the various disciplines.  The challenges to achieving this understanding are significant.  Each discipline represents a different school of thought. Engineers think differently than computer scientists who, in turn, think differently than social scientists.  Participants of this workshop will be encouraged to think about possible new advances and possible ways of expanding each discipline.

The benefits to the research community are twofold: 1) identifying salient features of existing theories that may be applied to relate the disciplines and 2) breaking down barriers that exist among different schools of thought.  This can lead to new areas of research, new areas of funding, and more comprehensive solutions to societal-technical problems.

The workshop will run from May 27-28, 2008 in Kansas City, MO.  

Partners in this workshop include Missouri S&T, the Great Plains Network, Kansas State University and Washington University in St. Louis.

For more information contact workshop organizers or visit http://collaboration.greatplains.net

Bruce McMillin and Greg Monaco

ff@mst.edu, greg@greatplains.net


ASEE awarded Dr. Sanjay Madria 2009 AFRL Summer Faculty Fellowship

Dr. Sanjay Madria, Associate Professor of Computer Science, has been awarded an Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) visiting summer faculty fellowship for 2009 by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8 to 12 weeks research residencies at participating AFRL facilities. The selection is through an open competitive process which involves submission of a research proposal. Evaluation of the applications received from eligible research candidates, which also considers Air Force relevance of the proposed area of research, is performed by a panel of experts designated by ASEE and approved by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).


Check out the Department's Distance Education Program

The Annual "Get Acquainted Family and Friends Picnic"  

Amphibian Anatomical Ontology Workshop

Researchers from Missouri S&T’s Departments of Computer Science and Biological Sciences hosted the second annual Amphibian Anatomical Ontology workshop and board meeting Nov 7--9 in St. Charles, MO.  The National Science Foundation supported the meeting through an award to Jennifer Leopold, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Anne Maglia, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, and their colleagues. Forty-four researchers representing eight countries were in attendance, including the world’s leading experts in amphibian anatomy, systematics, and developmental biology. The scientists met to help build an ontology (or controlled vocabulary) of amphibian anatomy, and to test the usability of software Leopold and her team developed that allows online collaborative ontology building. More information about the project and workshop can be found at: www.amphibanat.org

Experts in amphibian biology use software developed by Missouri S&T computer scientists to build the Amphibian Anatomical Ontology.


14th Eunice Open European Summer School

Dr. Sanjay Madria , Associate Professor of Computer Science, has been invited to deliver a keynote at the 14th Eunice Open European Summer School, 8-10 September 2008 ( http://conferences.telecom-bretagne.eu/eunice2008/program/ ).   This summer school is organized by the EUNICE network ( http://www.eunice-forum.org ) and has been created to foster research among students, faculty members and research scientists working in the field of information and communication technologies and to promoted educational and research cooperation between its member institutions all across Europe.