School of Computing and Engineering hosts regional American Concrete Institute luncheon and competition

American Concrete Institute President Ken Hover speaks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) will host an American Concrete Institute (ACI) Kansas and Missouri chapter luncheon and a regional pervious concrete student competition. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at UMKC’s University Center #106, 5000 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. The competition will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. at SCE’s Civil Engineering Lab (Rm. 123), 5110 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Attendees are eligible for one professional development hour credit. For registration information, visit

Kenneth C. Hover, ACI president, will present the luncheon’s keynote speech, “The Concrete Quality Control Challenge: Twins Separated at Birth”. The speech will compare concrete cylinders and flat concrete that forms a structure. One was made in layers and placed by hand with a scoop while the other was squeezed, compressed, decompressed, dropped and splattered into one or many layers.

Hover also is a professional engineer and professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He is a member of ACI Committees 305 (hot weather), 306 (cold weather), 318A (concrete and construction), past-chair of 308 (curing), and past-chair of 301C (materials and construction).

Regional high school and undergraduate students will create pervious concrete mixtures and then test the concrete for permeability and strength. The final scores are determined from the permeability, strength and cost.

“This regional competition will really prepare students for the national pervious concrete competition, which will be held at the ACI Cincinnati convention in October,” said John Kevern, assistant professor of Civil Engineering at SCE. Kevern helped develop the national pervious concrete competition in 2009.

About the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering

Located in one of the nation’s largest engineering communities, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering is Kansas City’s only university with ABET-accredited engineering, computer science and information technology degree programs.

SCE’s internationally-recognized faculty prepare students for today’s competitive job market by providing a curriculum that includes the latest technology and business trends, as well as a comprehensive education in each field’s theory and fundamental practice. Our classes also build bridges to the professional world by partnering with local companies, organizations and engineers. To learn more about SCE, visit

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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