Monthly Archives: October 2010

SCE engineering students tour Harry S. Truman Dam

Group Photo DamGregory Wright, Assistant Power Plant Superintendent, Harry S. Truman Power Plant, provided 18 UMKC MSPE student chapter engineering students from the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and their invited guests a comprehensive tour of the Harry S. Truman Dam and Power Plant in Warsaw MO.  Harry S. Truman Dam has six turbines and controls two smaller hydro-electric dams power production via remote control. Leaving UMKC at 7:30 am on Oct. 25, 2010, the students and their guests arrived Warsaw MO at 10 am and were met a the gate by Gregory Wright. The tour started with displays on how hydro-electric power is produced and then students were provided access to much of the entire facility, including the “no picture” control room where UMKC engineering student Taya Upkes was given the priviledge of “starting up” turbine number 5 and bringing it up to full power production. The one hour scheduled tour, turned to two and one half hours, as students asked many questions and utilized this learning experience to the maximum. The tour was followed with lunch at Warsaw’s Maxine’s Restaurant and then a return drive back to UMKC.

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SCE hosts ACM Mid-Central Region Student Programming Contest

SCE is a host site for this year’s ACM Mid-Central Region Student Programming Contest. This is an annual contest sponsored by ACM, and is part of the qualifying process for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is held this year in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  Ten teams from 5 schools will be participating at UMKC. Teams from Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Park University, the University of Central Missouri, and UMKC will be competing the afternoon of November 6.  SCE teaching professor Brian Hare  is the site coordinator for the ACM contest, and the coach for the teams. Dave Hanna and Stephen Pottebaum from Information Services have been providing very useful technical support. Three teams are competing for UMKC:

  • Team UMKC++: Kevin Wisniewski, Madhurima Poddar, Paul R. Smith
  • Class T: Matthew Parish, Dylan Edwards, Kenneth Petr
  • UMKC Reserve: Justin Smith, Eric Gonzalez, Reggie Roby

IEEEXtreme Results – SCE students compete in 24 hour competition

UMKC ++Matthew Parish, Madhurima Poddar and Kevin Wisniewski – team UMKCPLUSPLUS – competed in the 24 hour competition – IEEExtreme 4.0.  IEEExtreme involved teams from all of the world with 971 registered teams, 756 of which submitted at least one problem. There were a total of 17 problems in the competition with new problems released throughout the night. Out of the 17 problems, our team successfully solved 6 problems placing us 283rd out of 971 teams giving us a ranking in the top 38th percentile. This is a great achievement especially for our first year competing in IEEEXtreme!   We are very proud of these three students who endured a grueling 24 hour competition from October 22 to 23, Friday 7p.m. to Saturday 7 p.m.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Presentation, Oct. 11

Come and listen to Mr. Jacobi talk about Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is a process of generating and managing data typically using a 3D, real-time, dynamic building modeling software. The process is credited to solve many common construction problems and to increase productivity in building design and construction. BIM may grow to be one of the most important tools of the future of design and construction industry!

Time: October 11, 2010 from 5:15 to 6:45 P.M.

Presenter:  James G. Jacobi, P.E.
Senior Principal & Chief Information Officer Walter P Moore

Jim Jacobi is a Senior Principal and Chief Information Officer for Houston-based Walter P Moore, one of the leading engineering consulting firms in the nation with offices nationwide. In this position, he is responsible for the firm’s overall information technology strategy and programs. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering design, project management and construction with a special expertise in application of information technology to this field. Mr. Jacobi has served as a member of Walter P Moore’s Board of Directors and is a registered professional engineer in five states, including professional registration in Software Engineering in the State of Texas.

Green Building & Sustainability Presentation, Nov. 1

What is ‘sustainability’ and ‘green building’ and why is everyone talking about it? What are the USGBC and GBCI and how do these organizations help or hinder obtaining LEED certification or accreditation? Is that ‘Sustainability, is that ‘Green Building’? What is needed for a Project Manager to obtain ‘this’, whatever ‘this’ is?

Time: November 1, 2010 from 5:10 to 6:50 P.M.

Presenter:  Jay R. Guerra PE LEED® AP+
Principal – Gibbens Drake Scott Engineering
Past Chair – USGBC – Central Plains Chapter
Current Chair – USGBC – Heartland Region

A BSEE graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Jay began his career in 1984; making technology work for building owners by helping them understand the concepts of Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Engineering systems. He has been on the design and construction teams of several noteworthy projects such as: New York Life Building Historic Renovation, Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, Sprint Headquarters Campus, IRS Service Center and Historic Post Office Renovation, and currently the NNSA-Honeywell Campus.

Going for the Record: SCE Students at the Robot Dance

Dance GroupStudents from UMKC and SCE participated in the Robot Dance, Monday night September 27th at 6:00 pm at the UMKC Stanley Durwood Stadium.   Three of the SCE students are from the UMKC Robotics Team.  To commemorate and celebrate UMKC Libaries’ new book robot, the Student Government Association, lead by the Student Government President, Klassie Alcine, organized a run at the world’s record for the most people doing the robot dance together at the same place and time.

Robot Dance

SCE Fall Picnic Hit with Students!

Students welcomed a break from their studies, a tasty lunch and good cheer as they turned out for SCE’s annual Fall picnic, sponsored by the SCE Student Council on September 22 on the Quad outside of Flarsheim Hall.  The rain ended just in time for students to enjoy a picture perfect day as the skies cleared.  SCE Alumni President Scott Saxton stopped by to present a $1000 check to help purchase new lab equipment.  Even our local fire fighters couldn’t resist stopping  by to check out the food and the Baja Buggy.

Food TableStudents

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