Monthly Archives: February 2010

E-Week Blood Drive Huge Success

Blood DriveOur E-Week blood drive on Feb. 18th, sponsored by UMKC’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) attracted over 60 donors wanting to participate, with 41 being first time donors! Thirty-eight (38) units of blood were actually collected, with each unit being able to help two persons. This well exceeded the Community Blood Center’s goal of 30 units. Fantastic!

Blood DriveThe involvement and participation of our student organizations in E-Week activities is a great opportunity for our School’s students to develop and expand their organizational and leadership skills, promote the pursuit of engineering careers, and have fun too. 
Blood DriveA number of EWB members participated in making the drive a huge success, helping the Community Blood Center with all of their logistical needs. EWB members provided tremendous support; soliciting participation weeks prior to the event, helping set-up, manning the blood drive table, soliciting walk-in traffic and serving as needed throughout the entire day.
It is hard work to define the goals and objectives of an activity and then organize, advertise and successfully implement the activity. 
Thank you to everyone that made this drive a HUGE success! 
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SCE Celebrates 2010 E-Week (Feb 15th – Feb 18th)

Our student groups are working hard to put together a week of fun E-Week activities, so  mark your calendars now and plan to participate!!  More information about each event can be found on the SCE Calendar.   

E-WeekMonday, Feb. 15
9:00 AM Breakfast by Chris Cakes (Sponsored by Student Council) 3rd floor FH Atrium
11:00-12:30  – Rubberband car/ food (Sponsored by ASHRAE/SAE) FH 363
E-WeekTuesday, Feb. 16
(food item sponsored by Student Council)
10:00- Egg Drop (Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu/IEEE) – FH Atrium
2:00 pm – Trivia (Sponsored by MSPE) FH 560L
3:00 pm – U.S. Navy – Check out being paid for school and USN careers- FH 557
Wednesday, Feb. 17
(food item sponsored by Student Council)
10:00 – Trebuchet/Catapult event (Sponsored by APWA) – Quad 
 10:30-2:00 – Navy Representative (Lt. Smith) available for questions – 3rd floor atrium
12:00 – Egg Drop, Part II (Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu/IEEE) – FH Atrium
4:00 – Alumni Career Connections Panel – FH 557
E-WeekThursday, Feb. 18th
(food item sponsored by Student Council)
10:00-2:00 – Blood Drive (Sponsored by Engineers Without Borders & SCE Dean’s Office) – FH 557
2:00 – Pasta Bridge Building Competition (Sponsored by SEAKM) – FH 363
*Student council food items include Chris Cakes, Ice Cream/desserts, Subway, India Snacks

S.A.M.E. Industry Day well attended by SCE Students & Faculty

The Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.) 2010 Greater Kansas City Post Industry Day Education and Training Workshop was extremely well attended by SCE students and faculty!  UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium was filled on Feb. 3rd with representatives from Kansas City’s engineering community and from across the nation.

SCE students attended free and were able to learn more about potential career paths in their discipline areas and network with many companies.  The session , Young Engineers – What to Expect Early in Your Professional Career, was well attended by our students.  SCE thanks the presenters, Matt Metcalf from Tughill Construction and Ann Ewy from the USACE KC District, for providing this opportunity to our students.   

The event was hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering, Society of American Military Engineers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, See the UMKC Press Release for details.

New SCE Scholarship Honors past Burns & McDonnell president Newt A. Campbell

Dean Truman and Mr. Newt CampbellThe University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Foundation and the School of Computing and Engineering are pleased to announce and acknowledge an endowed scholarship gift to the School of Computing and Engineering. Kansas City, The Missoruri.based engineering firm Burns & McDonnell created the Newton A. Campbell Engineering Excellence Scholarship in honor of Mr. Newton A. “Newt” Campbell – the firm’s fourth president. The Burns & McDonnell Foundation is donating $100,000 to establish the scholarship and has pledged to donate an additional $150,000 over the next five years. 

“The UMKC School of Computing and Engineering is very grateful to Burns & McDonnell for providing the Newton A. Campbell Engineering Excellence Scholarship,” SCE Dean Kevin Truman said. “Mr. Campbell made Burns & McDonnell one of the most successful employee-owned engineering firms in the country, and now his scholarship will help future engineers succeed.”   For more information read the complete UMKC Press Release.

Dr. Baek-Young Choi featured in International Innovation

SCE Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Baek-Young Choi, and her research are featured in the December 2009 International Innovation Journal

The article, Algorithms are the answer,  explores how the Internet age has transformed global communication, and the increased demand for accessing online high-bandwidth multimedia such as video suggests that the sector is set for further exponential growth.  Dr. Baek-Young Choi outlines how her research aims to extent the capability of exisiting resources to cope [excerpt].