UMKC School of Computing and Engineering hosts Student Professional Awareness Conference

IEEE student branches from UMKC and KU convene Feb. 5

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student branches from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) and the University of Kansas School of Engineering will convene Saturday, Feb. 5 when UMKC hosts the Student Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) at the UMKC Student Union Theater, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Jim Lammers, John E. Nobles and Gordon Day will talk about their experiences with entrepreneurship, relationship building and how the engineering profession is changing. The event is sponsored by the IEEE, Kansas City Section.

A past School of Computing and Engineering Alumnus of the Year, Lammers is president and founder of Lee’s Summit, Mo.-based Trinity Animation, Inc. He and his company have led visualization projects for companies, such as McDonald’s, Sony Pictures, Sprint, Autodesk and Nestle. The company also created a virtual tour for The Walt Disney Family Museum, as well as animation and background projects for “Starship Troopers” and the hit FX series, “Archer”.

Nobles is president of Burns & McDonnell’s Process & Industrial Division and serves on the company’s board of directors. Nobles has overseen the development and rapid growth of a practice area specializing in design engineering and construction management for oil refining, petrochemical, grain processing, food processing and pharmaceutical clients. Before joining Burns and McDonnell in 2000, he served as president and chief executive officer of Black and Veatch Pritchard (formerly the Pritchard Corporation).

Day was recently elected as IEEE president by IEEE members worldwide. Previously, Day was president of IEEE-USA (the U.S.-only part of the organization) and president of the IEEE Photonics Society. Day spent most of his career in research and management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he founded and led the NIST Optoelectronics Division. His personal research ranged from fundamental physical measurements to the development of standards for optical fiber and new concepts in instrumentation. More recently, he has served as science advisor to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Director of Government Relations for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association.

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