Daniel Leon-Salas 2011 Faculty LEAP Award Recipient

Congratulations to Daniel Leon-Salas, Assistant Professor in SCE’s Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department, and winner of the annual Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award which was established by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) in 2005. The LEAP award recognizes annually the SCE faculty, as determined by MSPE student chapter members via secret ballot, that has “demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession.” In addition to the faculty LEAP award, student LEAP awards are earned annually by the two MSPE student chapter students that write the best 300 – 1,000 word essays on engineering ethics. This year the question addressed in the student essays was based on a provided scenario and the question posed was “Was it unethical for Engineer A to make minor changes to design documents prepared and revised by Engineer B without consulting with Engineer B?“ This year’s student winners are Taya Upkes and Zane Potts. All the LEAP recipients are featured on the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) webpage! Dr. Daniel Leon-Salas, Taya Upkes & Zane Potts will be honored at the March 24, 2011 dinner/presentation that our UMKC MSPE student chapter is hosting for the MSPE WC and their names will be added to the LEAP Award Recipient plaque housed in Flarsheim Hall. The UMKC MSPE student chapter has benefited greatly from MSPE WC’s mentorship and support and thank them for their sponsorship of the LEAP award.

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