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The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) has a rich history in Kansas City. The University of Kansas City offered a General Engineering degree in the 1950s. The master’s programs in CME were started in 1964 and the undergraduate programs were added in the early 1970s. Since 1977, the undergraduate Civil and Mechanical Engineering degrees have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The CME department combined with the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department to become the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) in January 2001 and is housed in Flarsheim Hall. The CME programs have a diverse student population composed of local, national and international students. The Kansas City area has many engineering employment opportunities, so our students and alumni are well-employed in the region.

Civil Engineering (CE) Program

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) defines civil engineering as “the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically, the materials and forces of nature for the progressive well-being of humanity in creating, improving and protecting the environment, in providing facilities for community living, industry and transportation, and in providing structures for the use of humankind.” The CE program aims to prepare students with a breadth and depth in the technical knowledge so that they can work immediately in most areas of the profession including geotechnical engineering; hydraulics, hydrology, water resources; structural engineering; and transportation/traffic engineering.

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program

The ME program is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, and, thus, mechanical engineers are the generalists of the engineering profession. Mechanical engineers design, construct, test, and operate many types of mechanical, thermal and biological devices. They are involved in almost every industry, including aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, communications, electronics, energy, food processing, HVAC, manufacturing, power generation and refrigeration, as well as business, government, and academia. The ME program aims to prepare students with a breadth and depth in technical knowledge so they can work immediately in most of the areas of the profession.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CME department is to turn out high-quality graduates who meet the needs of our society. Specifically, this means CME graduates must be prepared and confident in their abilities to assist industry, and that they will advance within the industry’s ranks. Moreover, the CME programs should strive to serve the community’s need for continuing education. The CME programs should also attempt to build a business component into their programs without requiring the time and expense it takes to earn a second degree. UMKC CME graduates must be equipped with a broader complement of skills than has previously been provided in engineering curriculums so that they may operate in the increasingly competitive global community.

Program Educational Objectives

Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives
The Civil Engineering program educational objectives (PEOs) support the missions of the institution and SCE. The PEOs are published on the Civil & Mechanical Department website (http://sce.umkc.edu/our-school/cme-department.asp) under the CME mission statement.

The Civil Engineering Program at UMKC expects the graduates within a few years of graduation to attain the following:

  • Graduates are successfully employed in an engineering or related field or accepted into a graduate program.
  • Graduates apply the necessary problem-solving, design, and application skills for successful careers in Civil Engineering.
  • Graduates utilize their educational foundation and communication skills to effectively lead, work, and communicate in diverse career paths.
  • Graduates succeed in the complex social, business, and technical environment in which their engineering contributions will be utilized.

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
The Mechanical Engineering program educational objectives (PEOs) support the missions of the institution and SCE. The PEOs are published on the Civil & Mechanical Department website (http://sce.umkc.edu/our-school/cme-department.asp) under the CME mission statement.

The Mechanical Engineering Program at UMKC expects the graduates within a few years of graduation to attain the following:

  • Graduates are successfully employed in an engineering or related field or accepted into a graduate program.
  • Graduates apply the necessary problem-solving, design, and application skills for successful careers in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Graduates utilize their educational foundation and communication skills to effectively lead, work, and communicate in diverse career paths.
  • Graduates succeed in the complex social, business, and technical environment in which their engineering contributions will be utilized.

Program Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Chair's Welcome

Mark McClernon, CME Department Chair

Mark F. McClernon, Ph.D., P.E.

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Kansas City is a world-class engineering city, estimated to be the fourth-largest engineering community (and the largest per capita engineering community) in the United States. As home and headquarters to engineering giants such as Black & Veatch and Burns & McDonnell, as well as scores of other large and mid-size firms, the area provides a rich environment for engineering education and research. It is our active engagement with Kansas City engineering that makes CME at UMKC unique.

Although our department has quadrupled in size since 2004, reflecting the growth of the engineering community around us, we are still a relatively small department that offers small class sizes, infrequent class closings, and a personal relationship with the faculty. We continue to add new faculty positions, and nearly all of our classes are taught by full-time faculty or adjunct faculty composed of some of the top engineering talent in the world. Many of our students actively participate in engineering internships during the regular school year, providing “real-time” reinforcement of their education. Virtually all of our students have the opportunity to actively participate in Student Teams such as Mini-Baja, Human Powered Vehicle and the Steel Bridge Competitions.

In addition to our undergraduate programs, we have active graduate and research programs in hydrology, materials, structures, biomedical and HVAC. Our faculty is currently involved in more than $3 million of research, providing exciting opportunities for our full-time graduate students. We also offer an ever-increasing number of degree options and classes for working professionals from the Kansas City engineering community. Many of these classes are hosted by area engineering firms and taught in cooperation with professional organizations.

As you look through our website, I hope that you will gain a sense of the level of energy that is propelling us through these great times for the engineering profession. We hope that our site is effective in answering your questions and in encouraging you to learn more about the great career opportunities in professional engineering. Again, on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, welcome!

Mark F. McClernon, Ph.D., P.E.
CME Department Chair

Advisory Board

The purpose of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) Advisory Board is to foster an ever-increasing level of excellence in the University of Missouri-Kansas City engineering program.

In order to provide the highest quality education to our students, the Advisory Board assists the Chair and faculty in developing industrially relevant programs by providing recommendations for improving the curriculum with respect to the needs of the community. It is active in assessing the outcomes of the CME academic program. The Board is instrumental in cultivating a network of individuals and corporations to support the continued improvement of CME facilities and resources, and it increases the awareness of the broader community of the quality of the students and programs.

Current Board Members

Linus Drouhard, P.E., Board Chairman
Assistant General Manager, Engineering
Kiewit Power Engineers Co.
9401 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66219
Phone: 913-928-7454
E-mail

Mike W. Shelton, P.E., Vice Chairman
Assoc. Vice President, Architecture
HNTB Architects Engineers Planners
715 Kirk Drive
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-527-2271
E-mail

Erich Schmitz
Water Resources & Environmental
Practice Leader
TranSystems Corporation
2400 Pershing Road, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-329-8656
E-mail

Larry Drbal, Ph.D., P.E.
Retired
Black & Veatch
6601 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211-1597
Phone: 913-458-2198
E-mail

Jerry Bauer, P.E.
Associate
Burns & McDonnell
9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
E-mail

Jim Breed, P.E.
Transformation Manager
Kansas City Site Officer
Honeywell FM&T
2000 E 95th Street
Kansas City, MO 64133
Phone: 816-997-3918
E-mail

Mary Lappin, P.E.
102 NW 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816-455-1241
E-mail

Mark McClernon, Ph.D., P.E.
Ex officio
CME Department Chair
UMKC School of Computing and Engineering
352 Flarsheim Hall
5110 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Phone: 816-235-2706
E-mail

Ronald L. O'Kane, P.E.
Partner
Leigh & O'Kane, Structural Engineers
9201 Ward Parkway, Suite 301
Kansas City, MO 64114
Phone: 816-444-3144
E-mail

Selena Albert
Administrative Assistant, Recorder
UMKC SCE Civil & Mech. Engr. Dept.
552 Flarsheim Hall, 5100 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Phone: 816-235-5268 / 816-237-0118
E-mail

Previous Board Members

Mike Meyers, P.E.
Senior Project Manager
TranSystems Corporation
2400 Pershing Road, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-329-8757
E-mail

James F. Mahoney, Jr., P.E.
Senior Project Manager
Honeywell FM&T
2900 E. 95th St.
Kansas City, MO 64133
Phone: 816-997-5158
E-mail

Robert J. Lambrechts, P.E., Esq.
Lathrop & Gage, LC
2345 Grand Blvd., Suite 2800
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-292-2000
E-mail

Scott Jones, P.E.
Sr. Energy Consultant
Kansas City Power & Light
1201 Walnut
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-556-2458
E-mail

Steven T. Hague, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
Chairman
Assoc. Vice President, Chief Structural Engineer
HNTB Architects Engineers Planners
715 Kirk Drive
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-472-1201
E-mail

Thomas J. Kimes, P.E.
Senior Water Resource Engineer
HDR Engineering, Inc.
4435 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-360-2737
E-mail

CME Faculty & Staff
Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Academic Administrators

McClernon, Mark, Ph.D., P.E.
Chair of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Associate Professor

Mark McClernon, Ph.D.

Office: 352H R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone:
E-mail

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Engineering Science, 1975 University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame
  • M.S., Engineering Science, 1972 University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame
  • B.S., Engineering Science, 1970, Rockhurst College

Dr. McClernon has taught over 15 graduate and undergraduate courses at three universities in a teaching career spanning over 30 years. Undergraduate courses include:

  • Automatic Controls
  • Digital Controls
  • System Dynamics
  • Thermal System Design
  • HVAC Design
  • Power Plant Design
  • Computer Programming for Engineers
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Engineering Probability

Graduate classes include

  • Design & Analysis of Experiments
  • Mathematical Programming
  • Engineering Statistics & Prediction
  • Response Surface Optimization
  • Forecasting

Dr. McClernon worked in industry for over 25 years prior to accepting a full-time academic position at UMKC in 2003. His main areas of technical expertise included:

  • Computer Modeling and Analysis
  • Engineering Statistics and Prediction
  • Reliability and Availability of Large Systems
  • Noise and Vibration Control

Drbal, Larry, Ph.D.
CME Executive Engineer
Adjunct Professor

Larry Drbal, Ph.D.

Office: 352F R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-5647
E-mail

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, 1975, Kansas State University
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, 1971, Kansas State University
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1967, University of Nebraska

Courses Taught

  • Power Plant Design
  • Power Generation Systems
  • Introduction to Nuclear Engineering

Faculty

Becker, Bryan, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASME
Professor

Bryan Becker, Ph.D.

Office: 350C R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1255
E-mail
Website

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Engineering Science, 1979, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, 1975, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1971, University of Missouri, Rolla

Research Interests

  • Numerical analysis of heat transfer and fluid flow phenomena pertaining to energy systems utilizing both finite element and finite difference techniques
  • Modeling of food refrigeration
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat Transfer

Bloemker, Katherine, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Katherine Bloemker, Ph.D.

Office: 370B R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-5639
E-mail

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Courses Taught

    Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Graphics (3D Computer Aided Design)
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanical Component Design
  • Mechanical Design Synthesis

Chen, ZhiQiang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

ZhiQiang Chen, Ph.D.

Office: 350F R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1279
E-mail
Website

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA, 2008
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, MI, 2004

Courses Taught

  • Structural Analysis

Research Interests

  • Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction
  • Model verification and validation of soil-structure systems
  • Performance-based Earthquake Engineering
  • Nondestructive and Remote Sensing of Civil Infrastructure Damage
  • Application of Machine Learning and Engineering Informatics

Fields, Travis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Travis Fields, Ph.D.

Office: 370H R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1291
E-mail
Website

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2013, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2009, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2008, University of Nevada, Reno

Courses Taught

  • Instrumentation
  • Intermediate/Advanced Dynamics
  • Mechatronics
  • Aerodynamics

Research Interests

  • Autonomous Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems
  • Unmanned Arial Vehicles
  • Robotics
  • Vehicle Path Planning & Control

Halmen, Ceki, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor

Ceki Halmen, Ph.D.

Office: 350J R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1286
E-mail

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2005, Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Construction Science, 2000, Texas A & M University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, 1998, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Courses Taught

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Advance Concrete
  • Corrosion

Research Interests

  • Innovative and durable construction materials
  • New and efficient test methods for construction materials
  • Durability, service life, and life cycle cost of infrastructure projects
  • Deterioration mechanisms of cementitious materials
  • Corrosion of reinforcement embedded in cementitious material systems
  • Construction engineering and management

Hanlin, Robert, M.S., P.E.
Instructor

Robert Hanlin, M.S.

Office: 350B R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1278
E-mail

Degrees

  • M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Courses Taught

  • Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Materials
  • Manufacturing Methods
  • Materials Selection in Mechanical Design
  • Failure Analysis
  • Materials Science for Advanced Applications

Kevern, John T., Ph.D., LEED AP
Assistant Professor

John Kevern, Ph.D.

Office: 370H R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-5977
E-mail
Website

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2008, Iowa State University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, 2006, Iowa State University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, 2004, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Courses Taught

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Construction Engineering
  • Advanced Concrete Materials
  • Pavement Design, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation
  • Civil Engineering Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Pervious Concrete
  • Optimizing Sustainability of Insulated Concrete Forms
  • Curing Concrete with Soybean Oil
  • Internal Curing with Super Absorbent Polymers
  • Performance of Highly Greened Concrete

King, Gregory, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Gregory King, Ph.D.

Office: 350H R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-2350
E-mail
Website

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2006, University of Kansas
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2002, University of Kansas
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1999, University of Kansas

Courses Taught

  • Electric Circuits
  • Intro. to Biomechanics

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics, with specific emphasis on the kinetic, kinematic, and electrophysiological components of human balance, ambulation, and motor control

Muleski, Gregory, Ph.D.
Instructor

Gregory Muleski, Ph.D.

Office: 370D R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-5936
E-mail

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Engineering Science, 1981 University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame
  • M.S., Engineering Science, 1978 University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame
  • B.S., Engineering Science, 1976, Rockhurst College
  • B.S., Mathematics, 1976, Rockhurst College

Courses Taught

  • Statics
  • Engineering Computational Statistics

Research Interests

  • Characterization and control of open air pollution sources
  • Numerical modeling of particulate emissions

O'Bannon, Deborah, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Professor

Deborah O'Bannon, Ph.D.

Office: 370K R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1287
E-mail
Website

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1988, University of Iowa
  • M. Eng (Environmental), 1983, Manhattan College
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, 1979, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Courses Taught

  • Essential Engineering
  • Engineering Statics
  • Intro. to Factorial Design
  • Water and Wastewater Design
  • Civil Engineering Capstone Design
  • Water Quality Modeling
  • Environmental Engineering Microbiology
  • Limnology
  • Engineering Leadership and Ethics

Research Interests

  • Engineering education
  • Leadership in engineering organizations
  • Water quality modeling in surface waters
  • Urban stormwater mitigation
  • Dispersion in rivers and impoundments

Richardson, Jerry, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE
Associate Professor

Jerry Richardson, Ph.D.

Office: 370J R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1282
E-mail

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Research Interests

  • Surface Water Hydrology
  • Sediment Transport
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • River Mechanics
  • Stream Stability and Scour at Bridges

Thiagarajan, Ganesh, Ph.D., P.E.
Director of Graduate Studies for Civil Engineering
Associate Professor

Ganesh Thiagarajan, Ph.D.

Office: 350J R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1288
E-mail
Website

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Structural and Computational Mechanics, 1996, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, 1988, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, 1985, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Courses Taught

  • Structural Analysis
  • Steel Design
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Advanced Steel Design
  • Seismic Design of Structures
  • Pre-stressed Concrete
  • Advanced Strength of Materials

Research Interests

  • Structural Engineering
  • Fracture Mechanics and Material Modeling
  • Computational Mechanics/Biomechanics

Visiting Faculty

Lowe, Forrest
Associate Professor
E-mail

Adjunct Faculty

Achelpohl, Ron
E-mail

Baker, Donald
E-mail

Black, Anthony
E-mail

Blancett, John
E-mail

Christianson, David
E-mail

Drbal, Larry F.
E-mail

Funk, Patricia
E-mail

Harman, Scott
E-mail

Hart, Megan
E-mail

Hill, Douglas J.
E-mail

Hoisington, Jacque L.
E-mail

Justice, Dan
E-mail

Lambrechts, Robert
E-mail

Lowe, Forrest
E-mail

Mader, Curt H.
E-mail

Mahoney, James
E-mail

Meister, Anthony
E-mail

Montgomery, Mark A.
E-mail

Nowling, Una Catherine
E-mail

Sharma, Lok
E-mail

Sprague, Harold
E-mail

Randolph, Dennis A.
E-mail

Richardson, Mark
E-mail

Rychlewski, Walter
E-mail

Williams, Chuck
E-mail

Wright, Jeff
E-mail

Yord, William
E-mail

Staff

Albert, Selena
Administrative Assistant

Selena Albert

Office: 352G R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-5268
E-mail

Day, Jo Ann
Academic Adviser/Faculty Advising Support
Student Adviser for Ph.D., MSME, MSCiv., BSME and BSCiv. Students

Jo Ann Day

Office: 352J R. H. Flarsheim Hall
Phone: 816-235-1461
E-mail

Guess, Thuy
Academic Adviser/Faculty Advising Support