SCE computer science alum Sarah Withee’s talk on June 25 at the Kansas City Developer Conference attracted over 120 participants and a repeat performance request. Sarah learned via a tweet that her topic, Intro to Hacking with the Raspberry Pi, was in huge demand. Her talk was so popular Sarah was asked to do a repeat performance the following day, June 26, and attracted another 90 attendees. Catch Sarah’s talk at the upcoming November IEEE-KC Section meeting, visit Sarah’s webpage and follow Sarah on Twitter @geekygirlsarah. At SCE we are all proud of our rock star!
Twenty-five computer science students from Jazan University, Saudi Arabia are studying in Kansas City during a six-week summer program through a partnership between SCE Continuing Education and the department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Hosted at the School of Computing and Engineering, the program is designed to be both intellectually and culturally enriching. The program includes coursework from instructors in both web applications and mobile applications from Professors Mohammed Kuhail and Eddie Burris, respectively. Students’ diligent work culminates in the presentation of final projects at the end of the program. In addition to computer science coursework, UMKC’s Applied Language Institute provides English instruction. Students are also venturing beyond campus to enjoy the town at Worlds of Fun, the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Zoo, and other local attractions. In addition, students take in technical tours from Sporting Innovations and the Data Center at the world headquarters of Cerner Corporation. The mix of high quality instruction and big city attractions is what brings the students to UMKC for this unique summer program. “Our reputation, our technical offerings, and of course, our fantastic location in the heart of Kansas City, help make this connection possible,” Kevin Truman, dean of SCE, said.