The Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department offers students a chance to design, problem-solve and build to improve society. The department has undergone tremendous growth in the last decade in response to marketplace demands for more engineers, especially in Kansas City.
Innovative thinking is hardly a new concept within the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). We have focused firmly on 21st-century careers since the University of Kansas City offered its first General Engineering degree in the 1950s. The program – and the university, now UMKC – has undergone revolutionary change since then. The university added master’s programs in CME in 1964 and undergraduate programs in the early 1970s. The CME department combined with the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department to become the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) in January 2001. By 2003, Dean William Osborne had organized the School of Computing and Engineering into departments, forming the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department and the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department.
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 they can work immediately in most areas of the profession, including geotechnical engineering; hydraulics, hydrology and water resources; structural engineering; and transportation/traffic engineering.
Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program
The ME program is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, 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.
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.
John Kevern, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
Welcome to the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at UMKC. Our program is located in a thriving engineering city that provides a rich environment for engineering education and research. CME regularly collaborates with local businesses, be it through guest lecturers, campus presentations, mentor programs, internship opportunities, research, Continuing Education and ultimately jobs for our graduates.
The engineering industry has undergone tremendous growth, and so has our department. The program has quadrupled since 2004, but it hasn’t changed our philosophy. We’re still known for small class sizes and personal attention to students. Our classes and research programs are led by some of the top engineering talent in the world. As you look through our website, we hope you’ll explore the exciting careers opportunities and possibilities that await in civil and mechanical engineering. Then let us know how we can help.
John Kevern, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
CME Department Chair
CME Advisory Board
Civil and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board
The Civil and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board includes professionals, industry leaders and alumni who lend expertise and perspective in their fields.
Linus Drouhard, P.E.
Director of Operations, Engineering Services
Kiewit Engineering & Design Co.
Mike W. Shelton, P.E.
Assoc. Vice President, Architecture
HNTB Architects Engineers Planners
Erich Schmitz, Vice Chair
Senior Project Manager
Wilson & Company, Inc. Engineers & Architects
Larry Drbal, Ph.D., P.E.
Black & Veatch (retired)
Jerry Bauer, P.E.
Associate Environmental Engineer
Burns & McDonnell
Jerry Bauers, Rockhurst Representative
Jim Breed, P.E., Rockhurst Representative
Director, Engineering and Computer Science Program
Mary Lappin, P.E., Chair
Mark McClernon, Ph.D., P.E., Ex Officio
UMKC School of Computing and Engineering
Ronald L. O’Kane, P.E.
Leigh & O’Kane, Structural Engineers