Professor Praveen Rao featured in IBM’s developerWorks

Computer Science Professor Praveen Rao has developed and is teaching innovative coursework that utilizes IBM’s SmartCloud technology. His work and results were recently featured in IBM’s developerWorks. Don’t’ miss hearing first hand from Dr. Praveen Rao how SCE faculty are utilizing the IBM Academic Skills Cloud in their coursework.

Darren Mullin selected for 2012 Distinguished Master’s Thesis award

Darren Mullin, master student in mechanical engineering, has won the UMKC 2012 Distinguished Master’s Thesis award for his research into deception-related effects on posture. Darren employed innovative techniques in his research including the first ever use of force platforms. The new techniques Darren employed could provide security forces a discrete and effective method when conducting security screenings in counter-terrorism environments. His research was funded by the Center for Identification Technology Research and his thesis is titled “Effects of Deceptive Behavior on Biomechanical Measures of Standing Posture” SCE congratulates Darren on his award! Dr. Greg King, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is his advisor.

Brazilian Government Selects Deep Medhi for Faculty International Collaboration Funding

Deep Medhi, Curators’ Professor, will be headed for Brazil for the next several summers. His Brazil’s Science Without Borders Program proposal in the “Special Visiting Researcher” category submitted in partnership with State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil has been funded. According to the program’s webpage, “Senior researchers who are internationally recognized in the science field are encouraged to collaborate with Brazilian research groups, and to work in Brazil for up to three months each year . . . Doctoral and post-doctorate students will be supported to work in the project both in Brazil and abroad. These individuals will receive financial support for living expenses in Brazil and funding for the local laboratory.” Science without Borders is an initiative of President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and the Brazilian Government. It aims to send 100,000 Brazilian students to study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at universities across the world, and to bring international leading researchers in STEM fields to the country.

Dr. Medhi will receive funds for five total months of research during summers in Brazil over the next three years . His hosts will be Professors Edmundo Madeira and Nelson de Fonseca at the UNICAMP. The Brazil’s Science Without Borders Program will fund Dr. Medhi’s international airfare, his collaborator’s research expenses and the expenses for a post-doc at the University of Campinas to visit him while in Brazil. Our congratulations to Dr. Deep Medhi, he is the only UMKC faculty to be funded under this program. We hope that through this program UMKC and SCE will find more collaborative opportunities with Brazil’s scientific and academic communities. Brazil’s economy is now ranked 6th in the world, matching its soccer prowess, according to Bloomberg.com.

Trent Guess Co-Recipient of the Franklin D. Dickson/Missouri Professorship in Orthopaedic Research.

SCE encourages all students, faculty and staff to take a minute to congratulate Dr. Trent Guess on being named a co –recipient of the Franklin D. Dickson/Missouri Professorship in Orthopaedic Research. This is a great honor for Dr. Guess and co-recipient Akin Cil, M.D. and is indicative of the desire for collaborative research between our UMKC School of Medicine and School of Computing and Engineering. See the UMKC Today story “UMKC Announces Joint Appointment in Orthopaedic Surgery Research” for more details.

Curators’ Professor Deep Medhi Searches for a New Paradigm

Dr. Deep Medhi is an internationally known telecommunications and networking researcher. A Curators’ Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, an honor awarded to only a handful of University of Missouri researchers, Deep Medhi’s research has brought national and international recognition to UMKC and our computer science research and programs. He is now working on “the fourth mode, a new paradigm for communication” in his networking research. A recent University News interview of Dr. Medhi reveals his passion, creativity and predictions for the future.

SCE professors and students promote solar energy awareness

SCE professors Cory Beard, Vijay Kumar, Yugyung Lee and Praveen Rao teamed up with KCP&L and Kansas City Public Schools to host a solar energy workshop for high school students attending the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. For more information see the UMKC Today article “Solar Energy Workshop Empowers Students.”