Celebrating the end of our academic year, our SCE family shared memorable moments and success stories at the 4th annual SCE picnic at Taliaferro Park on June 13, 2013. SCE faculty, staff, alumni board members, industry supporters and program advisory board members and our UMKC collaborators and supporters enjoyed the beautiful weather while renewing connections with each other. All agreed it has been a great year for SCE as we have engaged with our students, community and each other! We were also very proud to welcome and visit with the teachers attending the ASM Materials Camp for Teachers at SCE. Our cooks, SCE faculty Mark McClernon, Jerry Place and Jerry Richardson, made sure the 120 in attendance had as many brats and burgers as they wanted. They even discovered a better way to cook the veggie burgers – steamed on the grill – delicious.
The UMKC Baja Buggy Team proudly took “The Duke” on the road to the April 18-21 Baja SAE Tennessee Tech and June 6-9 Baja SAE Rochester racing competitions. Our UMKC Baja team finished in the top 50 of the endurance race at Rochester and were especially proud that the buggy remained in working order over the 4 hour course. Drivers for the Rochester competition were: 1) John Smith for the Acceleration event; 2) Jared Kleinowski for the Hill Climb event; 3) Michael Snowden for the Maneuverability event; 4) Cody Wallingford for the Suspension and Traction event; and 5) Cody Wallingford and Levon Pogosov for the Endurance Event.
KCUR-FM Central Standard discussed the UMKC Veterans in STEM program with Dean Kevin Truman during the June 12 radio segment. Coordinated by the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and the UMKC Institute for Human Development, Veterans in STEM is provided by KC BANCS, an NSF funded project and includes free academic supports for veterans. For more details, see UMKC Today article, UMKC Program Helps Veterans Get a STEM Education.
With the addition of a new and extensive wall etching, SCE’s new student lounge re-opened this week after being closed for two weeks. The etching, designed by SCE student Dylan Stanfield, reflects SCE’s programs and clearly designates the lounge for UMKC SCE students. The fourth floor Flarsheim Hall student lounge, which opened in Fall 2012, has been undergoing refinements during its first year as students identified ways to improve its “chill factor.” SCE Student Affairs Director Whitney Molloy worked with UMKC’s Campus Facilities Management and Student Affairs Administrative Assistant Jodi Vinnage to create the lounge in response to SCE students identifying it as a priority. During Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 the space was filled with students. Continue reading
SCE alumni and supporters participated in our annual SCE Alumni Golf Tournament on June 5, 2013 at the Deer Creek Golf Course to raise funds for SCE scholarships. The rain storm earlier in the morning created a few challenges for the afternoon golfers including a bridge washing out making the 4th tee inaccessible and giant, muddy water splashes as carts pushed through low lying water. Twelve teams braved the course and were rewarded with delightfully cool, yet comfortable, weather and a great show from Deer Creek’s fast, gushing waters and even some rapids due to heavy rains much of the week prior to the event. The day concluded with a clubhouse dinner and presentations. Continue reading
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter has committed to building a foot bridge in Vallecito, Panama starting 2013-2014. In Fall 2012, the EWB student chapter decided it was time to depart from the Dominican Republic, where it had been working with the support of the EWB Kansas City (KC) professional chapter since 2009, because the projects left to be completed were beyond the scope of the students. Over the next two years, only EWB KC professional chapter members will travel to the Dominican to finalize the program. Thus the UMKC EWB student chapter members starting looking for a new program. While there were lots of opportunities in Africa, SCE students decided to stay in the America’s due to logistical costs. After reviewing options, it was decided that Panama would be a good place to pursue a new program as EWB-Panama needed help with building footbridges. Incentives for choosing Panama included one of the EWB mentors being a native of Panama with her mother living in Panama City and a member of EWB-Panama.
SCE’s Kaustubh Dhondge showcased his research paper, FUEL: Fast, Ubiquitous, Easy-to-use, and Low-cost Authentication for Smartphones, a “scheme for authenticating users by leveraging existing ambient light sensors on smartphones”, at the May 29-31, 2013 GPN (Great Plains Network) 2013 Annual Meeting. His research, conducted with Hyungbae Park and his advisor Dr. Baek-Young Choi, has resulted in a prototype that “utilizes a light sensor available on smartphones and a low-cost hardware token in order to authenticate a user of a smartphone to unlock it or to allow access to web and cloud services.” Continue reading
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) President Elect Randall (Randy) Over, P.E., F.ASCE visited SCE on May 15, 2013. Annually, the ASCE President Elect travels to Kansas City to meet with and address the Greater Kansas City ASCE Section, and while in KC, often stops by UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering to meet with faculty, students and the dean. According to the ASCE profile, ASCE is America’s oldest engineering society and represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. Continue reading
Two very well-respected SCE professors will be promoted effective September 1, 2013. We congratulate Dr. Praveen Rao on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department of SCE and Dr. Ganesh Thiagarajan on his promotion to full Professor in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department of SCE. Their promotions represent significant career milestones and we celebrate with them on achieving this well-earned recognition and acknowledgement of their excellence in teaching, research and service.