Alex McCaskill wins National Dam Safety Scholarship

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has selected Alexander McCaskill – a senior Civil Engineering student in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering – as the sole recipient of its 2011-2012 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship. McCaskill’s application was chosen from about 40 submissions received from schools across the U.S. He will receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year, as well as a travel stipend to attend ASDSO’s national conference in September in National Harbor, Md. McCaskill is vice president of the UMKC student chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, and also holds student memberships in ASDSO, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Association of Engineering Geologists. His honor society memberships include Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. See UMKC Press Release for full story.

KCP&L partners with UMKC SCE and the KC STEM Alliance for summer energy camp

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) partnered with UMKC SCE and the KC STEM Alliance with the aim to inspire excitement in middle school aged students about science and engineering. On Aug. 2-4, 2011 UMKC SCE and the KC STEM Alliance were proud to help host the KCP&L’s Get Into Energy Camp. “Hosting these students on the UMKC campus is a great way to introduce them to the field of engineering and give them the chance to see what a college campus is like,” said Kevin Truman, dean of the School of Computing and Engineering. “We are excited to partner with KCP&L to pilot the energy camp this summer and hope to see it grow along with other summer programs that get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).” See the UMKC Press Release for the full story.

NSF hosts veterans’ STEM education think tank through UMKC

Several national leaders attended the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored July 27-28 Transition STEM: A Wounded Warrior Think Tank to examine the needs of veterans with service disabilities returning to higher education for degrees in the STEM fields and how best to support these veterans as they pursue their higher education degrees in STEM. Their recommendations, based on input directly from veterans and organizations that support veterans and the participants’ experience and expertise, will soon be available. For more details see the UMKC Press Release and the Transition STEM webpage. UMKC was asked to host this event via the KC-BANCS grant NSF funded in 2009. Kevin Truman, Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering at UMKC, is co-PI on the KC BANCS grant.

MoDOT uses Civil Engineering students’ design

Students in the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering’s Fall 2010/Spring 2011 Civil Engineering Capstone Design course have created a design that the Missouri Department of Transportation will use to improve traffic operations along Route 50. The course is taught by Professor Deborah O’Bannon; Thomas Kimes, an adjunct instructor and engineer; and Erich Schmitz, an adjunct instructor and engineer.  

In early 2010, MoDOT partnered with UMKC to give several engineering students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience while creating a design to improve traffic operations at intersections along Route 50. The students were tasked with the job of using innovative design techniques to find viable solutions to improve these areas. Through close interaction with MoDOT engineers, the students created a design that met MoDOT’s approval and will be constructed along this section of Route 50. For more information, click here.