School of Computing and Engineering

School of Computing and Engineering

Thank you for exploring the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) at UMKC. The SCE vision is to provide students with exceptional educational, research and extracurricular experiences within computing and engineering. This commitment to being student-centric has sparked a significant growth from 780 students in 2008 to nearly 950 students in 2010. Our student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1 allows us to provide a personal, quality education – feeling much like a small liberal arts college.

As part of this personal experience, we encourage and are very proud of our students' involvement in extracurricular competitions sponsored by our numerous student professional organizations.

Our successes include:

  • Steel Bridge Team: first in regional competition — 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
    Seventh and 14th-place finishes in national competition.
  • Baja Buggy Team: 47th of 118 teams in 2010.
  • Robotics Team: top 50 percent within the national competition.

SCE and its students have had numerous recent student-based successes which reflects our students’ capabilities and the personal attention they receive from the SCE faculty and staff. Recent awards include best research paper in a national robotics conference, first place in an international earthquake modeling competition, ACM’s best overall website, and top six placement in the U.S. for our Civil Engineering Senior Capstone Design Team.

SCE and its students are strategically located in the fourth-largest engineering community (based on revenue) in the nation. Because of this proximity, our students take full advantage of co-ops, internships and part-time employment in computing and engineering firms in Kansas City. Our students' educational and extracurricular activities are truly enriched through our relationships with these companies. These companies supply adjunct faculty, mentors, job opportunities, guest speakers, tours and more. This symbiotic relationship is a win-win for SCE, the companies and most importantly, our students.

I hope you can feel the enthusiasm and excitement that I have for SCE and its continued growth. We, the SCE faculty, staff and administration, are committed to making SCE an educational experience that will serve you, not just for today, but for a lifetime. We hope that you will take the next step and contact UMKC for a tour and for more information about our school's programs.

Kevin Z. Truman, Dean