Rising juniors and seniors from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) join S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing this year for an eight-week summer research and mentoring experience as part of the third annual Summer Engineering Research Academy (SERA). This year, students in SERA visited Rolla from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, Tennessee State University in Nashville and Morgan State University in Baltimore.
During the two-month program students were involved in a range of research projects, including hypersonic flight materials, arsenic mobility in groundwater, additive manufacturing in laser 3D printing, fiber optics in steel manufacturing and other applications, and self-escape in mining.
The SERA program also allows Missouri S&T to further build bonds with the participating HBCUs and collaborate with the schools to continue research when the students return to their home campuses.
Eight students participated in SERA this summer:
- Gerald Amory of Frederick County, Maryland, a student at Morgan State University
- Joshua Campbell of Ripley, Tennessee, a student at Tennessee State University (attended in 2019 and has returned for a second summer)
- Emmanuel Edorodion of Jackson, Mississippi, a student at Jackson State University
- Godwin Chierika Eke of Baltimore, a student at Morgan State University
- Grayson Mejia of Atlanta, Georgia, a student at Oakwood University
- David Pembamoto of Baltimore, a student at Morgan State University
- Marcus Sarpong of Owings Mills, Maryland, a student at Morgan State University
- Dorren Searcy of St. Louis, a student at Tennessee State University.