Engineering the future

Eight student-centric tech innovations are coming to campus.

Published on Show Me Mizzou April 30, 2024

Since its inception, MizzouForward, the transformational 10-year initiative designed to strengthen innovation in research disciplines at the University of Missouri, has spurred a wave of proposals to advance student achievement. President Mun Choi and Interim Provost Matthew Martens recently revealed the 75 funded MizzouForward projects for 2024–25. Below, we highlight eight that integrate technology into the student experience.

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Goal: Upgrade ZOUTRANS laboratory with new technologies to support learning, recruitment and workforce development by training students to use AI to design and develop smart cities. 
New gear: vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication systems, drones, autonomous jetbots and more.

Engineering and Information Technology 

Goal: Add funding to supplement the new Engineering Technology (ET) program’s hydraulics and pneumatics laboratory (Fluid Power Laboratory).
New gear: A state-of-the-art hydraulics training system and a pneumatics training system capable of modern industry-standard electrical control.

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Goal: Update and improve the department lab with new technology, including an advanced geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing tools. 
New gear: computers, monitors, scanner plotter, ArcGIS servers and GPS receivers.  

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Goal: Upgrade the technology platform for a majority of the undergraduate curriculum to support advanced AR training and decision making.
New gear: small autonomous vehicles, a drone fleet and VR/AR equipment. 

Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences

Goal: Enhance equipment to bolster student proficiency in bedside, intraoperative and trauma radiography to deepen understanding of image characteristics and streamline the evaluation of the X-ray beam.  
New gear: X-ray production and measurement labs.

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Goal: Purchase equipment used extensively in the chemical industry for the organic and quantitative analysis teaching laboratories.  
New gear: Four gas chromatographs. 


Goal: Invest in AR/VR equipment for use by the Trulaske Center for Sales and Customer Development to advance knowledge and prepare future leaders in the sales area 
New gear: Apple Vision Pro headsets.

Apple Vision Pro
Teaching for Learning Center 

Goal: Invest in the NextGen Tech Exploration Sandbox, an open-access arena at the Teaching for Learning Center designed for experimentation and creative thinking.
New gear: Advanced VR/AR technologies.  

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