Audrey Barnard named 2014 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient

SCE is proud to announce that graduating senior Audrey Barnard, a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, was selected as a Spring 2014 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient. This prestigious award recognizes students “who maintains high scholastic performance while actively participating in University and community activities outside the classroom.”

Audrey’s service to SCE and UMKC has been outstanding. She has been involved in various student organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Human Powered Vehicle Team, and our student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) where she served as an officer. Congratulations, Audrey!

John Kevern and Mike Kelly are 2014 SCE Good Teaching Award Recipients

Mike Kelly, Teaching Professor in CSEE and John Kevern, Assistant Professor in CME, were recently presented with the 2014 SCE Good Teaching Awards.  Annually, the UMKC SCE Good Teaching Award is given to two SCE faculty, one from our Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) department and one from our Computer Science Electrical Engineering (CSEE) department.   Selected by a vote of the graduating SCE seniors, this award truly reflects SCE students’ appreciation and regard.

The awards were announced in front of their students and peers at the May 2, 2014 Spring Awards Ceremony and Reception held in Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.  SCE gratefully acknowledges the SCE Alumni Association Board for their support of the Good Teaching Awards. The SCE AA Board established an endowed fund to support the Engineering Good Teaching award and works each year with the dean to review the SCE students’ nominations and ratify recipients.

SCE Students Recognized for Involvement and Leadership

SCE has amazing students and we were proud to recognize their achievements at the May 2, 2014 annual SCE Spring Awards Ceremony and Reception held at Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.

SCE students participating in our student competition teams, student organizations, student mentoring and recruitment team (SMART), and our outstanding students (junior, senior, masters and IPh.D students in each discipline) as determined by the faculty were acknowledged for their leadership, involvement, dedication and hard work. Parents and guests joined SCE’s dean, faculty and staff in celebrating their excellence, commitment and drive. We send to all involved our heartiest congratulations!

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SCE Student Leaders Receive UMKC SGA Awards

Two SCE student leaders received UMKC SGA Awards at the May 5, 2014 SGA Leadership Awards Banquet.  Mechanical engineering freshman Torshawna Griffin received the UMKC SGA Emerging Leader Award, given to a freshman, sophomore or first year transfer student whose energy and vision revitalized their student org or council.  Mechanical engineering graduating senior Sierra Shipley received the UMKC SGA Best Leader of a Student Organization, the highest award given to a student organization leader.  Sierra is the 2013-2014 president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). These awards are given to 13 student leaders annually.  Nominations for the awards are evaluated by the SGA executive board which selects each years’ recipients.  Congratulations Torshawna and Sierra!

Elliott Goff wins Whitaker Fellowship in Zurich

Elliott Goff, a UMKC SCE mechanical engineering graduate student has been awarded the prestigious Whitaker Fellowship from the Whitaker International Program to spend a year conducting research in Zurich at the Institute for Biomechanics at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH).

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SCE Students Compete in IBM BlueMix Hackathon

UMKC was the first school in the country to have a 24-hour IBM BlueMix Beta Hackathon as part of the IBM BlueMix Beta Program. The fast-paced student competition began May 1, 2014. The hackathon consisted of teams of UMKC SCE students competing against each other to come up with a new BlueMix application. Each team was comprised of two to three students, including both undergraduate and graduate students.  Prizes included certificates and IBM promoting the winners. See the April 29, 2014 UMKC Today article for more details.

SCE Hosts MOU Discussions with Delegates of Canik Basari University in Samsun, Turkey

Delegates of the Canik Başari University of Samsun, Turkey, President Yunus Bekdemir and Chair Ferhat Ozturk, visited UMKC on Monday, April 28, to initiate a student and faculty exchange program between our two universities, with the mediation of Dr. Aydin, Executive Director of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest.  They were warmly welcomed by UMKC Vice Provost and SCE Dean, Kevin Truman, and international student affairs officer, Nigyar Dzhafarova.

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Feichen Shen, Sashi Saripalle, Kaustubh Dhondge Receive SGS Research Grants

Congratulations to SCE Ph.D. students Feichen Shen, Sashi Saripalle and Kaustubh Dhondge.  They were all selected for prestigious UMKC School of Graduate Studies (SGS) research grants.  This makes four SCE students receiving SGS funding as we announced MD. Nahid Hossain’s research award earlier this month.

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UMKC Free Enterprise Center Planned

SCE is excited about the recent UMKC announcement that the Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Mo., has made a significant contribution to support a new Free Enterprise Center on UMKC’s Volker Campus.  The Plaster Foundation’s contribution, described as “a significant seven-figure gift,” follows a $5 million pledge last fall from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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