UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Hosts Order of the EngineerCeremony to honor a UMKC alumnus and professional engineer

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering will host an Order of the Engineer reception and ceremony for the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Link 193 at noon on Friday, February 20 in Robert H. Flarsheim Hall, Room 557. Anyone is welcome to attend, and inductees must be licensed engineers or graduates of ABET, Inc.-approved programs.

The ceremony will honor a licensed professional engineer who graduated from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in economics in the 1970s. The UMKC graduate also took several engineering courses while at UMKC, but he never completed an engineering degree. Because he is a licensed professional engineer, he is eligible to be inducted into the Order of the Engineer. His grandson contacted the School of Computing and Engineering to arrange for a surprise induction.

Tom Kimes – an engineer, adjunct instructor and a UMKC Computing and Engineering Alumni Association member – will conduct the ceremony. Kevin Truman, dean of the School of Computing and Engineering, will speak at the ceremony.

The School of Computing and Engineering hosted its first Order of the Engineer ceremony in 2002, and has hosted 10 ceremonies since.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to encourage professional responsibility, combine training and experience and create an identifying symbol – a stainless steel ring worn on the fifth finger of the working hand. The first Order of the Engineer ceremony took place June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. For more information about the Order of the Engineer, visit

The School of Computing and Engineering serves more than 900 students, provides five bachelor of science degree programs, seven master’s degree programs and Ph.D. programs. For more information regarding the School of Computing and Engineering and its degree, research and community outreach programs, please call 816-235-2399.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, 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.

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