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S&T Chem-E-Car team places second in international competition - Missouri S&T News and Research

Missouri S&T’s Chem-E-Car Design Team placed second in the 2022 Student Conference Chem-E-Car Competition hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Phoenix in November. Thirty-seven teams from across the United States and around the world participated in the competition.

Missouri S&T’s car was powered by a lead-acid battery that team members built themselves, with an onboard iodine reaction to make the car stop. The team could determine how long the car ran by changing the amount of iodine in the solution.

This year’s competition challenged the cars to travel 72.2 feet and stop; the shorter the distance past the finish line, the better the score. Missouri S&T’s car stopped 1.1 feet past the finish line, only 1.8 inches farther than the winning team’s car.

Members of the Chem-E-Car Design Team are:

Timothy Long — team captain and Chem-E-Car president, a senior in chemical engineering from Brumley, Missouri. Gage Bryant — team vice captain and Chem-E-Car lab manager, a senior in chemical engineering from Kearney, Missouri. Tyler Dye — reaction sub team lead, a senior in chemical engineering from Blue Springs, Missouri. Thomas Eck — battery sub team lead, a senior in chemical engineering from Saint Peters, Missouri. Frederick Boland — battery sub team member and Chem-E-Car treasurer, a sophomore in ceramic engineering from Columbia, Missouri. Samuel Hackett — reaction sub team member, a sophomore in chemistry from O’Fallon, Missouri.

The Chem-E-Car Team is one of 19 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides teams with computer design laboratories, a manufacturing shop, office space and logistical support. Design teams mirror small start-up companies that plan large-scale projects, organize into departments, raise funds, communicate their ideas and solve open-ended design challenges. Almost every team competes annually at an event against other collegiate teams from around the country and the world. For more information about the teams, visit

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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Passenger in roll-over car crash in Clay dies, troopers say -


New York State Police released this photo of the crash late Thursday night.

Clay, N.Y. – A passenger in a car that struck a utility pole and rolled over in the town of Clay has died Friday, troopers said.

The passenger was identified as 52-year-old Jon T. Rich Jr., of Brewerton.

The late-night crash on Thursday killed the car’s driver, 55-year-old Melissa Ann Brown, when she failed to negotiate a curve on Caughdenoy Road and ran off the western shoulder of the roadway.

The 2023 Chevrolet Camaro then struck an embankment, crossed over Black Creek Road, struck a utility pole, overturned, and came to a stop in a yard on Black Creek Road.

Brown had to be extricated from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Rich was taken to Upstate University Hospital with internal injuries, police said.

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8 Cars In David Beckham's Collection That Prove He Has Great Taste - SlashGear

While, in his younger years, Beckham could get away with driving supercars everyday, now that he has a family to drive round, that's not so practical. However, when you're worth hundreds of millions of dollars, you don't need to compromise too much. The soccer player is often pictured driving around London in his black Bentley Bentayga, an SUV that's big enough to fit his whole family, yet luxurious enough to suit even the most discerning of drivers. Unfortunately for Beckham, he got a bit too comfortable driving the car, and was caught speeding in it in 2018.

The Telegraph reports that he was charged with speeding 19 mph over the legal limit, doing 59 mph in a 40 mph zone. However, after a short legal battle with a celebrity lawyer known as "Mr Loophole" at his aid, he was let off (via Sky News). His lawyer argued that because British law dictates that a notice of intended prosecution has to be delivered to the defendant within 14 days of the alleged offense occurring, the police would have to prove that the speeding ticket reached Mr. Beckham's address by that time. They couldn't, and so the judge had no choice but to let Beckham off the hook. He's not been hauled in front of the court again since then, so clearly he's been paying a little more attention to his Bentley's speedo after that close shave.

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Culligan Quality Water & Beer's Automotive win Small Business of the Year awards - Richland Source


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Caught on cam: Thieves drive over $600,000 in stolen cars right off a dealership lot in NC - WRAL News

LILLINGTON, N.C. — Ten vehicles were stolen from the John Hiester Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store of Lillington early Friday morning.

One-by-one, these expensive high-end cars were driven off a dealership lot by thieves.

The elaborate plot was captured on security cameras, showing multiple individuals breaking into vehicles around 4:30 a.m.

John Hiester, the owner, indicated these large-scale thefts seem to be part of a car theft ring, with several stores in Winston-Salem having been robbed recently from, presumably, the same group.

Ten vehicles were stolen from the John Hiester Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store of Lillington early Friday morning. The elaborate plot was captured on security cameras, showing multiple individuals breaking into vehicles around 4:30 a.m.

Ten vehicles were stolen from the John Hiester Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store of Lillington early Friday morning. The elaborate plot was captured on security cameras, showing multiple individuals breaking into vehicles around 4:30 a.m.

Jeremy Stephens, Hiester's operations manager, believes that the thieves scouted inventory online and even came to the dealership to scope out the lot and also what cars were available.

The value of the lost cars is over $600,000 – including a Corvette convertible, a Duragno SRT and multiple Challengers – and that loss doesn't even count the damage to the building.

Aside from Hiester's lot in Lillington and last week's hit in Winston-Salem, three other major dealerships have been targeted recently, including:

Brother Auto Sales in Raleigh on Sept. 12 Hendrick Dodge in Cary on Sept. 12 Deacon Jones in Goldsboro on Dec. 6

Stephens says the thieves caught on camera were athletic and fast and wearing hoodies. They broke into his building, busted into the key locker and drove the cars right off the lot.

The entire theft unfolded over a matter of mere minutes, with video showing the incident happening within a 15-minute window.

"If you look at all the camera angles, you notice them dropping them off in different parking lots," said Stephens. "They are running everywhere, almost like it was rehearsed."

Around 4:15 a.m., a U-Haul truck pulled up near the lot, and several people in hoodies ran out of the truck.

"They are just waiting for the guys to come out with the keys," Stephens said.

Eight different drivers raced the 10 cars off the lot – leaving empty spots and tire tracks where they once sat.

Thieves drove 10 cars right off the lot of the John Hiester Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Lillington.

Thieves drove 10 cars right off the lot of the John Hiester Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Lillington.

The dealership believes this is part of an elaborate car theft ring.

"We had some friends in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, they had same exact scenario," he said.

The car dealership is now working with Lillington police and the sheriff's office to tap into the car GPS systems to locate the vehicles.

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