With great excitement, many smiles and hugs, and much love our graduates, their families and friends, and our faculty and staff celebrated the achievements of our SCE class of 2015! On Sunday, May 17, 2015, the largest class in SCE history, with 263 degrees awarded, proudly received their degrees, entering into their professional careers well prepared. Congratulations to our 110 undergraduate students, 153 graduate students as well as the first 3 students to earn a graduate certificate in Engineering and Construction Management, a new SCE certificate program. Our best wishes to the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) class of 2015!
Spandana Vemulapalli, electrical engineering graduate student, has been awarded a USNC/URSI Travel Fellowship Grant Award. The program is administered by the National Academies (NAS) and is funded by USNC-URSI private funds. Spandana will use the award to present her paper at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas & Propagation and URSI/USNC Radio Science meeting, to be held at Vancouver from July 19 to 25, 2015. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Deb Chatterjee. Congratulations Spandana!
SCE congratulates our UMKC Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) student chapter on winning a 2014-2015 Distinguished Student Chapter Streamer. Each student chapter and their Post sponsor are picked by the SAME College Outreach Committee for Distinguished Student Chapter Streamers. Congratulations on all the student chapters for their hard work! Many of our student chapters have done some great programming especially in regards to STEM, Wounded Warrior and Veteran Programs, and outreach to K-12. The UMKC SAME student chapter president is Casey Webber and Dean Kevin Truman is the UMKC SAME student chapter faculty adviser.
Nine SCE undergraduate students have been awarded 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) grants. Each student will be working on research projects under the guidance of an SCE faculty researcher mentor. Our congratulations to all our student researchers and their faculty mentors!
SCE students and faculty will soon have a state-of-the-art prototyping and product development facility on the UMKC campus, a vision championed by many at UMKC, including SCE Dean Kevin Truman and Development Director Minda Mason who helped to create the partnerships needed to achieve this goal. UMatters reports Gov. Jay Nixon announced on May 12th that he is releasing $7.4 million to allow construction of the new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The state funds represent the public half of funding for the $14.8 million building, funded under a 50-50 matching program for public-private partnerships to fund capital projects at public colleges and universities in Missouri. Multi-million dollar grants from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Mo., and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are providing the private half of the match. JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced last year that it would donate a $50,000 grant for tech equipment for the center, including 3D printers to help it develop new products.
SCE faculty and students participated in our biggest ever hackathon with over 130 student participating on 34+ teams from April 16 – April 23. Twice per year UMKC students engage in a 3 day hackfest where rules are limited and creativity is encouraged. Interesting real-world use cases were given by our industry partners resulting in amazing projects done end-to-end. We congratulate all of the students that participates and the UMKC Hackathon Organization Committee members Dr. Yugyung Lee, Feichen Shen (PhD Student), Mayanka Chandra Shekar (PhD Student), Malathy Krishnan (MS Student) and Bharat Viswanadham (MS Student). A huge thank you to the industry partners – IBM, DST, Cerner, Ericsson and AdKnowledge – that provided use cases, prizes and encouragement to all involved. View the UMKC 2015 Spring Hackathon Schedule and Final Results and Hackathon Photos.
Two SCE computer science Ph.D. students, Chetan Jaiswal and Mayanka Chandra Shekar, won awards for their papers and multimedia presentations at the 2015 Community of Scholars symposium. Chetan Jaiswal (below, left), computer science Ph.D. student won best paper presentation for IGOD: Identification of Geolocation Of Cloud Datacenter. He also was selected in 2013 for the prestigious Preparing Future Faculty Scholars Program and Award and will graduate from that program in May 2015. His advisor is Dr. Vijay Kumar. Mayanka Chandra Shekar (below, right), computer science Ph.D. student won best paper presentation for A Pervasive Middleware for Activity Recognition with Smart Phones. This year, Mayanka also was awarded a 2015 UMKC Women’s Center Graduate Assistantship Fund Fellowship, for travel to an IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications. Her advisor is Dr. Yugyung Lee.
The symposium, held annually, was hosted on April 23, 2015 by the Doctoral Student Council (DSC) and the UMKC School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in the Atterbury Student Success Center. UMKC doctoral students participated in paper and multimedia presentations (12), poster displays (41) and a panel. The awards ceremony honored the symposium winners as well as the recipients of SGS research grants, fellowships and scholarships. Nine SCE students received SGS Research Awards and SCE’s Muhammad Sana Ullah was awarded the 2015 prestigious and competitive Preparing Future Faculty Award.
This the prestigious and competitive Preparing Future Faculty Scholar Award was earned this year by a Muhammad Sana Ullah, a Ph.D. student electrical computer engineering and presented to him at the Community of Scholars Award ceremony on April 23, 2015. Muhammad is a member in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council. This summer he has an internship at Microwave Packaging Technology, Inc. and also plans to continue with his research. The Preparing Future Faculty Program at UMKC provides the structure for doctoral students or students with terminal graduate degrees in their fields to augment their qualifications with a graduate certificate in College Teaching and Career Preparation. Muhammad’s advisor is Dr. Masud Chowdhury.
The student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering has been awarded the Distinguished Chapter Award for region 7, the highest award given to a student chapter. “The distinguished chapter award means we were the best, irrespective of size, and this is the first time we have won,” said John T. Kevern, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering. “The students have really taken this seriously.” UMKC’s student chapter has a track record of winning awards, having received honorable mentions the last few years.