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Researchers ‘watch’ crystal structure change in real time

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time. » More …

NASA grant to improve fluid flow in outer space

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

Mesarovic-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Future astronauts may boldly go farther than ever before, thanks to research at Washington State University recently funded by NASA to study fluids in space. » More …

International agreement bolsters WSU graduate education

agreement-signedPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has entered into an agreement with Shandong Chambroad Holding Co. Ltd., a private Chinese corporation, to educate WSU doctoral students to meet significant societal needs in energy and environment. » More …

Professor named a fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Bandyopadhyay-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Amit Bandyopadhyay, a Washington State University researcher who developed a way to make tools out of moon rock and artificial bone on a 3D printer, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). » More …

Research aims to improve hip and knee replacement success

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Bose-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. » More …

One-woman office a multi-faceted resource

Lori Bruce may be the lone employee in WSU’s materials science program, but she never gets lonely. In fact, she appreciates the solitude.“There are no office politics,” said Bruce, principal assistant in the materials science program and assistant to the chair of chemistry. “When things go wrong, I don’t have anyone to blame but myself. I hold myself accountable.”The materials science program is a joint venture between the College of Science and College of Engineering and Architecture. Students in materials science take classes in physics, engineering and chemistry. Faculty members who teach in the program are either engineering faculty or science faculty. Bruce is the … » More …

‘Breakinator’ gives peek into materials science

PULLMAN — Some kids play nicely with toys. And, some kids love to smash, hit, throw and destroy them. It’s for the second group, and in the name of good science, that a group of Washington State University students built the “Breakinator.’’ The machine, which uses a winch and spring system to loudly smash things into tiny bits, will be part of a new display on materials science and engineering at the Palouse Discovery Science Center, 2371 N.E. Hopkins Court, in Pullman. Children will be able to bring their own toys from home to destroy. The Breakinator will be on display at the Palouse Family … » More …