Ever since Enos Inniss came to MU as an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering a short time ago, he has kept remarkably busy on various research projects involving water quality and safety.
Shubhra Gangopadhyay is the one of the few female faculty at MU’s Center for Micro/Nano Systems and Nanotechnology. She’s also the one in charge of developing the center. In the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, of which Gangopadhyay is the LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor, she is one of three women. “There is a shortage of female scientists and female professors, in general,” Gangopadhyay says. “And in engineering, it is really not good.”
Fifth-year senior Mitchell Drury stands upright with his violin resting on his shoulder. He zeroes in on a sheet of music and begins playing the notes, carefully gliding his bow across the violin’s strings. His teacher, MU violin and chamber music professor Eva Szekely, hums to her student’s rhythmic tranquility. “The note before is the one you want to emphasize. Sustain without rushing,” Szekely instructs her intrepid pupil. “That’s beautiful.” Drury plays a work by renowned nineteenth-century violinist/composer Niccolò Paganini, one of Szekely’s favorite composers.
Stealey discusses the interdependence of her creative thinking and teaching.
Just as his students have benefited from their participation in the research process, so has Inniss: “I think the research also helps with the classroom experience—teaching—from the standpoint that there are real-world experiences that I can share."
Inniss’ students are regularly involved in his research projects, graduates and undergraduates alike. “They want to see what we’re doing outside of the classroom; they want to see the applications of the stuff that we’re actually teaching them,” he says.
When it came time for Gangopadhyay to earn her PhD, she decided she wanted to attend a prestigious school, India Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. “It was a major step for my family to let me go,” she says. Convincing her father was the hard part; he didn’t want his daughter living more than 1,000 kilometers away. But Gangopadhyay was stubborn and told him she wouldn’t accept a “no.” He finally agreed, so long as she agreed to stay with an uncle who lived in Kharagpur.
During her tenure at MU, Szekely has taught many students and tries to personalize her lesson plans around each individual. The repertoire list for the violin is so vast, she explains, that she can only strive to cover major examples from each historical period on her syllabus.
As a researcher at MU, Chicone spends a large portion of his time working with students. As an instructor involved with both graduate and undergraduate students, Chicone says that he learns a great deal from those he teaches.
MIller talks about the extraordinary talent at Mizzou and the difference it has made.