SCE News

SCE student/faculty researchers win prestigious award for mobile app, WiFi-Honk

With all judges agreeing, the mobile app, WiFi-Honk, developed by SCE faculty and student researchers received the Best Video Award at the ACM Mobisys 2014 conference, a highly selective and premiere conference in mobile computing.  The committee included renowned researchers from academia and industries such as Google and Microsoft Research.

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SCE Baja Racing Team Places in TOP 10!

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It’s been a fantastic year for the UMKC Baja Racing Team, competing in 3 races this year culminating in winning 9th in design and 21st overall (in field of 118 vehicles) at the June 4-7 SAE competition held in Peoria, IL . The Peoria race was the third and fiercest competition of the year as each vehicle entered reflected continual improvements from lessons learned in the earlier two races.  The Baja SAE UTEP held April 24-27, 2014 in El Paso, TX found the UMKC Baja vehicle scoring 12th in maneuverability and 38th Overall.   The Baja SAE Kansas held May 22-25, 2014 Pittsburg, KS resulted in 6th in sled pull and 7th in sales presentation and 41st Overall.   Complete results for all three 2014 races are now posted.

In each race the UMKC Baja Racing Team received the top overall score of Missouri universities competing and was second behind Kansas State for Kansas universities. Congratulations to the team members, officers and advisors participating in the competitions!

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UMKC & SCE to host 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition

Save the Date!  UMKC & SCE have the honor of hosting the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition which will be held here in Kansas City on May 22-23, 2015.  From an initial field expected to number over 200 teams, the top scoring teams at the regional competitions will then advance to the national competition in Kansas City.

Our UMKC ASCE Student Chapter for the School of Computing and Engineering has been very active with regard to competing in Steel Bridge.  Since 2001, our Steel Bridge team has competed in the NSSBC a total of 7 times. Their best showing was at the 2008 national competition in Florida where UMKC placed first in the Stiffness category and in the top 10 overall. For the past two years, the ASCE Student chapter (advised by Drs. John Kevern, and Jerry Richardson) has received letters of commendation from ASCE.  We look forward to showcasing Kansas City to our nation’s future civil engineers and their faculty advisors.

New SCE Student Collaborative Space Dedicated

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A $59,000 gift from Burns & McDonnell and UMKC SCE alumni who are employees of the engineering firm, is responsible for the new “student collaboration space” which was officially opened at a dedication reception on June 5.
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Chris Wolfe Starts NASA Summer Internship

Crystal “Chris” Wolfe, a mechanical engineering junior at UMKC, recently landed a coveted NASA summer internship and is now at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  We know she is having incredible experiences there and we are looking forward to hearing more about them when she returns to UMKC this Fall.

Baja Vehicle Top Photo Pick in Kansas City Star

The UMKC Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Racing Team’s vehicle was featured in the Kansas City Star’s June 3, 2014 Top Photo picks. The team is headed for Peoria to compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Competitions June 4 – June 7, 2014. For more information on the team see their UMKC Baja Racing webpage.

Audrey Barnard named 2014 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient

SCE is proud to announce that graduating senior Audrey Barnard, a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, was selected as a Spring 2014 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient. This prestigious award recognizes students “who maintains high scholastic performance while actively participating in University and community activities outside the classroom.”

Audrey’s service to SCE and UMKC has been outstanding. She has been involved in various student organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Human Powered Vehicle Team, and our student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) where she served as an officer. Congratulations, Audrey!

John Kevern and Mike Kelly are 2014 SCE Good Teaching Award Recipients

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Mike Kelly, Teaching Professor in CSEE and John Kevern, Assistant Professor in CME, were recently presented with the 2014 SCE Good Teaching Awards.  Annually, the UMKC SCE Good Teaching Award is given to two SCE faculty, one from our Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) department and one from our Computer Science Electrical Engineering (CSEE) department.   Selected by a vote of the graduating SCE seniors, this award truly reflects SCE students’ appreciation and regard.

The awards were announced in front of their students and peers at the May 2, 2014 Spring Awards Ceremony and Reception held in Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.  SCE gratefully acknowledges the SCE Alumni Association Board for their support of the Good Teaching Awards. The SCE AA Board established an endowed fund to support the Engineering Good Teaching award and works each year with the dean to review the SCE students’ nominations and ratify recipients.

SCE Students Recognized for Involvement and Leadership

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SCE has amazing students and we were proud to recognize their achievements at the May 2, 2014 annual SCE Spring Awards Ceremony and Reception held at Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.

SCE students participating in our student competition teams, student organizations, student mentoring and recruitment team (SMART), and our outstanding students (junior, senior, masters and IPh.D students in each discipline) as determined by the faculty were acknowledged for their leadership, involvement, dedication and hard work. Parents and guests joined SCE’s dean, faculty and staff in celebrating their excellence, commitment and drive. We send to all involved our heartiest congratulations!

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