Dr. Megan Hart was the invited speaker at the March 17, 2016 dinner/presentation meeting of the Missouri Society of Professional Western Chapter which was held here at SCE in room 531 Flarsheim Hall. Dr. Hart talked about her recent research with Dr. John Kevern into heavy metals removal using pervious reactive concrete and soil mixing using waste fly ash materials which has resulted in a provisional patent being awarded. The meeting was attended by 12 MSPE WC members, 14 MSPE student chapter members and 6 SCE faculty/staff. All found Dr. Hart’s presentation to be extremely interesting. The processes and outcomes this research is examining could very well prove to an economical and efficient method for removing heavy metals such as lead from drinking water or groundwater. For more information regarding Dr. Hart’s research and her bio, visit Dr. Hart’s webpage.
A career discussion panel featuring 3 panelists was sponsored by the UMKC Society of American Military Engineers student chapter on March 17, 2016. SCE students had an opportunity to learn about careers from Tony Hoffman, Retired Col. Private and Public Sectors; Gregory Davis, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and Vince Zink, Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting while enjoying a free pizza lunch. In addition, students that had provided resumes prior to the career panel received their critiqued resume feedback after the panel discussion. The career panel and resume review was organized by SAME student chapter president Andrew Heaton and vice president Paris Hollie with assistance from Christina Davis, the SAME Student Chapter advisor. The UMKC SAME student chapter provides career and leadership development opportunities to UMKC students throughout the year.
The School of Computing and Engineering’s (SCE) Dean Kevin Truman was honored to receive for UMKC a FIRST recognition award for UMKC’s substantial support and commitment to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for the past ten years. UMKC and the SCE have provided space and logistics as well as hundreds of volunteer hours to FIRST events. We are proud to be strong supporters of both the FRC event and the FIRST Tech Challenge competition. Pictures from the awards ceremony and this year’s FRC event can be viewed here.
19 SCE undergraduate and master’s engineering students toured Iatan Power Plant in Weston, MO on Feb. 12, 2016. Prior to the tour, students were provided a presentation on the design/build and operation of Iatan’s two units, Iatan One and Iatan Two, along with a comparison of the performance achieved with Iatan Unit 2’s supercritical boiler. The presentation also included a comprehensive review of the equipment and processes in place to greatly reduce the pollutants from burning the low sulphur coal. Everyone then donned their hardhats, ear plugs and oshatoes for a comprehensive tour of the power plant. Because Iatan Unit 2 was being serviced, students had the rare opportunity to be able to look inside its huge boiler chamber and see the tubes that are part of the superheater. Steam flows through these tubes to be heated to a final temperature of 1085 F. Then the steam is brought together from the many tubes into two large pipes that carry it to the turbine. A huge thank you to KCP&L’s John Modlin, PE who helped MSPE staff advisor Jane Vogl and faculty advisor Dr. Faisal Khan arrange the tour which was sponsored by the UMKC MSPE Student Chapter.
Two SCE staff, Rachael Steele and Kaity Woody, have been recently recognized for their dedication and commitment as volunteers. Rachael Steele received the First Call 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. First Call offers a 24/7 crisis call hotline and provides “clinical, educational and prevention services to individuals and families in the Greater Kansas City area impacted by alcohol and drug addiction.” Kaity Woody is the HALO 2016 Volunteer of the Year! The HALO Foundation “empowers youth in the greatest need to become contributing members of their communities.” All of SCE congratulates Kaity and Rachael on their well-deserved awards. Awesome work!
On February 18, several SCE faculty and staff enjoyed a unique Intelligent Transportation System “Behind-The-Scenes” tour of KC Scout which describes itself as “Kansas City Scout is Kansas City’s bi-state traffic management system. The Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation (KDOT, MoDOT) designed Scout to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, to increase safety by decreasing the number of rush-hour accidents, and to improve emergency response to traffic situations.” Faculty (Drs. Ghulam Chaudhry, ZhiQiang Chen, Travis Fields, Deep Medhi and Zhu Li) and staff (Christina Davis, Rachael Steele and Sara Vogt) learned much about the technology behind KC Scout and explored areas of potential collaboration. SCE thanks Randy Johnson, P.E., PTOE, ACTAR, KC Scout Traffic Center Manager, for hosting the comprehensive tour which is sure to spark further discussions related to the technology being utilized and future needs.
On Saturday March 5th the UMKC American Concrete Institute (ACI) student chapter hosted a regional concrete bowling ball competition. Of the 5 teams that participated, including Pitt State and MS&T, the UMKC teams handily took first and second place. The prize money will help support the team as they compete in the ACI national competition in Milwaukee during the April 17 – 21, 2016 ACI Brewing Concrete in Milwaukee Convention and Exposition. For more pictures and information on concrete bowling competitions see the UNews article Engineering Students Strike Concrete and the ACI announcement. The ACI student chapter advisor is Dr John Kevern. Team members include: Jonathon Cooksey, Jared DeLee, Craig Honeywell, Evan Jones, Andrew Ramsey, Jose Romo and Casey Webber.
Mama Roo is very proud of the 48 volunteer donors that supported our UMKC E-week blood drive on Monday, February 22. The mobile blood bus parked out on the QUAD in front of Flarsheim Hall was jammed packed from 10 am – 4 pm as students arrived to “Save A Life. Right Here, Right Now.” At the end of the day, CBC blood drive site coordinator Jane Vogl, learned that 31 units of blood were collected! Awesome Roo Spirit!
Ricky Abnos, a mechanical engineering junior here at SCE, garnered one of 18 system wide UM System Entrepreneurial Scholars and Interns Program (ESIP) awards. The award will provide Ricky with a scholarship to finish his minor in Entrepreneurship along with funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities to work on his startup (stealth mode) project. Ricky is involved with our UMKC Engineers without Borders (EWB) and Enactus student chapters in order to “use what I learn in school and relate that to projects that will both benefit myself and my community”. He also has obtained a SEARCH grant to do undergraduate research under the mentorship of Dr. Greg King. Learn more about Ricky at his webpage.
SCE student veterans and military connected students now have a place to connect and to obtain resources and referrals. The UMKC “At Ease Zone” is now open in room 239, Cherry Hall, 5030 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO. It is staffed by student veterans 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday. For more details see the UMatters article.