Steve Dunn, Robin Stubenhofer, Burns & McDonnell, Thomas Cliett, Honored for STEM Advocacy

UMKC School of Computing and Engineering awards alumni and friends for supporting STEM education and outreach.

On April 17, 2019 SCE recognized notable KC STEM mavens for their outstanding achievements and exemplary support for the internationally recognized computing and engineering school as well as their contributions to nurturing the next generation of STEM leaders.

“This is a great opportunity for us to recognize the key role that our alumni, corporate and community supporters play in making the School of Computing and Engineering the success that it is today. This group of honorees is just a small depiction of the outstanding leaders in engineering that we have the opportunity to connect with every day,” said SCE Dean Kevin Z. Truman.

Four awards were given in the categories of: SCE Young Alumni Award, SCE Supporter Award, SCE Company of the Year, and SCE STEM Outreach Partner of the Year.

Congratulations to the SCE Awards for Alumni and Friends, Class of 2019:

Thomas Cliett (B.S.E.C.E. ’10), School of Computing and Engineering Young Alumni Award

Thomas Cliett is a young alumnus whose technology career has advanced quickly. Throughout his career, Cliett has used his engineering and computer science expertise to contribute to human issues. During his time at M3 Engineering and Technology, he designed and implemented tests of water, chemical and I/O in a water treatment plant. Cliett currently works as a Strategic Cloud Engineer Manager at Google in Paris, France. Through both professional and volunteer activities, Thomas advocates for bringing more women and underrepresented minorities into STEM careers. Thomas also gives generously to support scholarships at SCE.

Steve Dunn, School of Computing and Engineering Supporter Award

Steve Dunn has supported the School of Computing and Engineering with his personal volunteer service on the Dean’s Executive Council, where he provides feedback, support and advocacy for the school. He has also secured support for the SCE through his family’s company, JE Dunn Construction, including:

  • Gift of $100,000 to the SCE’s new laboratory facility, the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center
  • An annual scholarship of $2,500
  • Support of SCE golf tournament fundraiser
  • Participating in the career fair; recruiting and hiring SCE students

Burns & McDonnell, School of Computing and Engineering Company of the Year

Burns & McDonnell is a top supporter of the SCE. Not only do they have a long history of support, but their support is broad and includes major philanthropic support for scholarships and capital projects, recruiting of students, employee volunteer service, and more.

Burns & McDonnell has demonstrated engagement with SCE in the following ways:

  • Direct support for scholarships and other fundraising priorities
  • Hiring of UMKC SCE interns and/or graduates
  • Supporting SCE’s student organizations, including the UMKC Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, in 2018, and the UMKC Steel Bridge and Baja Racing teams in 2017
  • Burns & McDonnell employees serve on SCE Advisory Boards, including the Dean’s Executive Council, the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department Advisory Board and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board.
  • Burns & McDonnell is highly committed to STEM education in Kansas City, supporting multiple STEM-education programs and organizations, including the KC STEM Alliance, Science City at Union Station, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri, and many more.

Robin Stubenhofer, STEM Outreach Partner of the Year

Robin Stubenhofer, Vice President of Engineering, Honeywell FM&T, is a known supporter of STEM in Kansas City. In 2014, Robin was among the first class of STEMMy Award Recipients through the Central Exchange. She supports K-12 STEM education initiatives through her service as Vice President for STEM for the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as her service on the Advisory Council for the KC STEM Alliance. Additionally, Robin gives her time to the SCE. She is an active member of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Council, and she served as the speaker for the SCE’s commencement ceremony in spring 2018.

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