Saravan Rajendran was recently promoted to Vice President of Engineering, Data Center Group at Cisco. He completed a Masters in Computer Science and Telecommunications in 1992 at UMKC. He also holds over 17 patents in the areas of switching, service chaining and virtual networking Rajendran is responsible for the Nexus 1000V product line across multiple hypervisors, Nexus 1010 and projects in the areas of virtual and cloud services. He is also responsible for the Virtual Interface Card (VIC), third party adapters as well as storage solutions in Cisco’s flagship server platform – Unified Computing System ( UCS). Rajendran has an active role across Cisco and with partners in the development and execution of Cisco’s virtualization strategy.
Rajendran is one of three founders of the Nexus 1000V concept and led the execution of the product to market in partnership with VMware. During his 14+ years at Cisco, he has been a key architect of L3 switching concepts in the Catalyst 6500 platform, led a number of L4-7 load balancing projects and incubated the Application Oriented Networking (AON) BU. Rajendran was a co-founder of Desana Systems which grew from a company of 8 to 120 employees delivering an intelligent L4-7 switch in 2001.
UMKC now has three alums who are Vice Presidents at Cisco. Dr. Deep Medhi, UMKC Curators’ Professor of Computer Science, remembers Saravan Rajendran as his first ever graduate research assistant when he was a new faculty member in the Computer Science Telecommunications program at UMKC. Dr. Adrian Tang was Saravan Rajendran’s UMKC MS faculty advisor. UMKC and SCE congratulate Saravan and thank his company, Cisco, for the equipment Cisco has provided for our UMKC SCE computer science and telecommunications laboratories.
SCE salutes the efforts of our UMKC Sustainability Team. Their efforts have resulted in UMKC being ranked nationally in the top 50 Sierra Club Cool Schools. This is the 6th year the Sierra Club has annually ranked schools and UMKC went from 95th in 2010 to 50th in the ranking just released! As the team’s coordinator Kaye Johnston noted, “All of our collective efforts are what have moved us up in the rankings and we should be really proud of the work we are doing”. We couldn’t agree more – teamwork is the KEY.
Our SCE UMKC Sustainability team members include SCE staff Selena Albert who serves as a co-chair of the Education and Funding Committee, Christina Davis and Lynn Hurd. SCE faculty Involved are Dr. Vijay Kumar and Dr. Zhiqiang Chen who both serve on the Voluntary Energy Management sub-committee. One of the research areas of their E-Save Team is the promotion of social justice in energy related issues. Dr. Chen also is a member of the Provost’s Sustainability Committee. Dr. John Kevern helped install a pervious concrete demonstration section and developed the low co2 concrete mix being used in the construction of the new Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the Bloch School of Management. In addition the Geomaterials course Dr. Kevern teaches is developing a concrete mixture which incorporates the use of ripple glass waste. He hopes to place some of mixture on campus this upcoming spring. It is efforts like these that helped UMKC jump into the top 50 Sierra Club Cool Schools.
UMKC Sustainability Team Mission Statement: The UMKC Sustainability Team at the University of Missouri-Kansas City aspires to provide the framework for environmental stewardship, natural resource conservation, emissions reductions, and sustainability. The team will act as a resource to support and promote the University’s environmental commitments and policies. The UMKC Sustainability Team is committed to enhancing awareness and understanding of the principles of sustainability throughout the University community.
Alum Jane Zupan has recently been promoted to Vice President of Marketing at Nuxeo. Jane obtained her Master in Computer Science (MS-CS) from UMKC SCE in 2001. After completing her MS, Jane worked in Paris for eight years – first for optical networking company Corvis – and then she moved into the software space. She is now based in Boston, traveling to Paris often because of her work. Jane remains in touch with SCE professor Dr. Medhi, her MS advisor while here at UMKC SCE.
Dr. Baek-Young Choi worked on an energy-efficient cooperative and opportunistic positioning system for heterogeneous mobile devices at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) located in Rome, NY during the 2012 summer break. She has also been working on a book titled ‘High Performance Semantic Cloud Auditing’ with collaborators at the AFRL. The fast growing popularity of smartphones and tablets enables us the use of various intelligent mobile applications. Many of those applications require position information which smart mobile devices provide using positioning methods such as GPS, WiFi, or Cell-ID based positioning services. These positioning methods have different characteristics of energy efficiency, accuracy, and service availability. Her work is to combine those positioning methods for resource-constrained environments. While at the AFRL, Dr. Choi gave a couple presentations on site and at an Air Force bi-annual conference, the Cyber and Information Challenges Conference, in Utica, NY.
Working professionals in engineering and construction can now earn a 12 credit-hour graduate-level Certificate in Engineering and Construction Project Management in the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The certificate program is designed to cover the key areas critical to the successful planning and completion of construction projects. “Construction and engineering companies are increasingly emphasizing project management skills for those who hold technical degrees,” said Kevin Truman, Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering. “With this program, working professionals can add to their skill sets and become better positioned to be successful in their organizations.” Students in the program will attend convenient evening classes taught by an expert faculty of professional engineers, bringing the most up-to-date experience into the classroom. Engineers successfully completing graduate certificate courses may be eligible to have credits applied toward a Master of Civil Engineering degree. SCE Continuing Education Director Christina Davis developed and implemented this exciting new program. Professionals seeking more information or wishing to enroll for the fall semester should contact Christina S. Davis, Director of Continuing Education, at 816-235-1262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective students can also apply online at the Continuing Education page . See the UMKC Press Release for the complete story.
UMKC SCE Alumna Taya Upkes was featured in Tuesday’s July 24 Kansas City Star article, Engineering challenges: Keep female graduates, stoke interest among girls. The article focuses on the opportunities for female engineering graduates and the unfortunate nationwide trend of fewer women choosing engineering as a career. Laura Loyacono, Director of the Kansas City based KC STEM Alliance, said that “the perception that engineering is for boys only remains a big deterrent”. The KC STEM Alliance was funded and supported one year ago by the Kauffman Foundation. Kevin Truman, Dean of the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering, was instrumental in obtaining the KC STEM Alliance grant and currently serves as the chair of its board of directors.
KCTV5 featured start-up EyeVerify in its June 7th Building An Entrepreneurial City segment. The start-up company, headed by entrepreneur Toby Rush, is using the biometric technology developed by Dr. Reza Derakhshani and colleagues in an application that will make your eye the only password you will ever need to secure your smart phone and mobile devices. The company has raised $1,400,000 and plans to pilot the product this Fall with the commercial release in early 2013. EyeVerify was recently featured in VentureBeat and also listed as one of Silicon Prairie’s notable tech start-ups in the Kansas City Star article, Tech startups sprout on Silicon Prairie.
Kyle Dunning, SCE civil engineering graduate (BSCiE 2012), was featured as a Tau Beta Pi Scholar in the Summer 2012 issue of THE BENT OF TAU BETA PI. Only 200 Scholars were selected in 2012-2013. Kyle received the James Fife Fellowship which was established by William Fife in honor of his father. According to his FIFE Fellow bio Kyle, “is pursuing a master’s with plans to advance research on carbon nanotube (CNT) carbon reinforcement to improve the material’s usefulness and cost-effectiveness. Kyle believes the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and inefficient design call for a reinvention of the way we build and repair. ”
SCE is proud to congratulate two SCE graduates that have announced new start-ups. Aniruddha Shukla, Director of Innovating Solutions, is responsible for launching a new document management system for businesses, Innodocx. According to Marketing Director, Jake Bourret, “With Innodocx, you create your own private cloud by organizing your documents neatly on a central repository with first-level folder security and allowing customers, clients, employees, etc. access through mobile apps customized for your business’s branding.” Aniruddha participated in UMKC’s E-Scholars program whose graduates are trained to pursue fresh, entrepreneurial ventures and received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from UMKC in 2011. While at UMKC, he became associated with Innovating Solutions President Gina Bourret whose company is one of several headquartered at UMKC’s Innovation Center.
Amol Kher, after working for Microsoft, Google, and Netfix, is launching a new company called Wello that helps people get and stay healthier. According to Amol who received his Masters in Computer Science from UMKC in 2000, Wello makes it easier to get and stay fit by connecting fitness professionals with consumers over live, interactive video for convenient, accountable workout sessions. You can do yoga, pilates, martial arts, strength training, you name it, all with the guidance and motivation from a live trainer. Wello provides an easy way to discover, schedule, and connect with Wello fitness professionals. Wello sessions can be done anywhere; your home, a hotel room, office or local park. A laptop, webcam and internet connection is all that’s required – no fitness equipment needed. Go to: http://www.wello.co/ and get your sweat on today! If you are interested in booking a Wello session, use the discount code FRIENDSOFAMOL for 40% off your first session!