Monthly Archives: August 2012

Kyle Dunning selected as a Tau Beta Pi Scholar

Kyle Dunning, SCE civil engineering graduate (BSCiE 2012), was featured as a Tau Beta Pi Scholar in the Summer 2012 issue of THE BENT OF TAU BETA PI. Only 200 Scholars were selected in 2012-2013. Kyle received the James Fife Fellowship which was established by William Fife in honor of his father. According to his FIFE Fellow bio Kyle, “is pursuing a master’s with plans to advance research on carbon nanotube (CNT) carbon reinforcement to improve the material’s usefulness and cost-effectiveness. Kyle believes the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and inefficient design call for a reinvention of the way we build and repair. ”

SCE Grads Start Two New Businesses

SCE is proud to congratulate two SCE graduates that have announced new start-ups. Aniruddha Shukla, Director of Innovating Solutions, is responsible for launching a new document management system for businesses, Innodocx. According to Marketing Director, Jake Bourret, “With Innodocx, you create your own private cloud by organizing your documents neatly on a central repository with first-level folder security and allowing customers, clients, employees, etc. access through mobile apps customized for your business’s branding.” Aniruddha participated in UMKC’s E-Scholars program whose graduates are trained to pursue fresh, entrepreneurial ventures and received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from UMKC in 2011. While at UMKC, he became associated with Innovating Solutions President Gina Bourret whose company is one of several headquartered at UMKC’s Innovation Center.

Amol Kher, after working for Microsoft, Google, and Netfix, is launching a new company called Wello that helps people get and stay healthier. According to Amol who received his Masters in Computer Science from UMKC in 2000, Wello makes it easier to get and stay fit by connecting fitness professionals with consumers over live, interactive video for convenient, accountable workout sessions. You can do yoga, pilates, martial arts, strength training, you name it, all with the guidance and motivation from a live trainer. Wello provides an easy way to discover, schedule, and connect with Wello fitness professionals. Wello sessions can be done anywhere; your home, a hotel room, office or local park. A laptop, webcam and internet connection is all that’s required – no fitness equipment needed. Go to: and get your sweat on today! If you are interested in booking a Wello session, use the discount code FRIENDSOFAMOL for 40% off your first session!

SCE provides CGSC officers continuing education opportunities

SCE is working closely with LTC Kevin Casey at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth to provide CGSC officers new continuing education opportunities in Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preparation, Civil Professional Engineer (PE) exam preparation, and other career credentials. On July 26 Christina Davis, SCE Continuing Education Director, traveled to Ft. Leavenworth to talk with the Engineer Officers of CGSC class 13-01. Following her visit, 45 Engineer Majors from Fort Leavenworth Command and General Staff (CGSC) class 13-01 and their guests traveled to Kansas City for an exciting welcome reception hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Greater Kansas City Post. Over 100 people attended this first-time event and enjoyed an outstanding Kansas City BBQ dinner in the setting of the Boulevard Brewery event room with Kansas City’s downtown skyline and the World War I Liberty Memorial towering high above as a backdrop. This event highlighted an on-going effort to improve the military – academia – industry goals of the Army Engineer Regiment at the end of an exciting week of Engineer training highlighting continuing professional education.

At the reception, Brigadier General Peter A. DeLuca, Commandant of the U.S Army Engineer School, addressed the group encouraging them to improve their engineer skills during CGSC by obtaining career credentials such Project Management Professional ( PMP), or Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) while networking with professional engineer organizations. SAME GKC Post Vice President Matt L. Metcalf, P.E. emceed the festivities and UMKC SCE Dean Kevin Truman welcomed the CGSC officers to Kansas City. Dean Truman, SCE, UMKC and the GKC SAME Post have worked together for several years, partnering to offer continuing education via Industry Day, SAME Regional and monthly meetings and a six week civil PE review course. LTC Kevin R. Casey, CGSC instructor at Ft Leavenworth introduced the class profile: 49 Army Engineers, 3 Navy Seabees, and 2 Air Force Engineers in class 13-01. 90% of these officers have had 2 or more combat tours; 22% have just returned from a deployment in the last 6 months; and over 80% had not yet experienced downtown Kansas City prior to this enjoyable event. Post VP Metcalf invited the officers to join their SAME professional society and described the many activities undertaken by the SAME Greater Kansas City Post designated a Distinguished Post in 2011. SCE is proud to of its relationships with the GKC SAME Post which includes their sponsorship of our UMKC SAME student chapter.