Monthly Archives: May 2013

Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Rajiv Chilakalapudi Travels from India to Visit Alma Mater


SCE is very proud of alum Rajiv Chilakalapudi (Master of Science in Computer Science 1997), our 2013 SCE Alumni Achievement Award Recipient. Traveling all the way from India, Rajiv spent several days this April at UMKC and SCE reconnecting with the faculty that inspired him, sharing with SCE students and faculty how he started his company and lessons learned from his experiences, meeting with school friends and participating in events in honor of the Class of 2013 Alumni Award recipients. Continue reading

UMKC’s Kevin Truman and Linna Place Join Governor’s Trade Mission to Taipei and Seoul


The Missouri Governor’s Trade Mission to Taipei and Seoul included four Missouri educators who explored educational collaborations and partnerships with their Taiwan and South Korea counterparts. UMKC delegates, SCE’s Dean Kevin Truman and UMKC’s Director of International Academic Programs Linna Place, joined Northwest Missouri State University and Missouri State University representatives. Together they talked with educational ministry representatives and university representatives discussing development opportunities for students to come to UMKC and UMKC students to attend their universities. While in Taipei, Taiwan the delegation visited the National Taiwan University, the National Taiwan Normal University and the Ministry of Education. In Seoul, South Korea, meetings were held with representatives from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Pukyong National University and Seoul National University. A visit to the campus of Konkuk University, where SCE civil engineering student Jason Regina will attend in Fall 2013, completed the delegation’s South Korea itinerary. The larger contingent of Missouri business leaders and government officials met with Taiwan and South Korea business leaders and government officials exploring potential trade agreements, one of which – an agreement to buy $1.9 billion of Missouri goods over the next 4 years – has been recently announced.

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Human Powered Vehicle Team Places in Speed Events


Bragging rights can definitely be claimed by UMKC’s Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) team! Team members Audrey Barnard, Juan Bassi, Jose Ramirez and Spencer Solon returned home with 2nd place in the Women’s Speed Event and 4th place in the Men’s Speed Event out of 31 teams. UMKC’s Audrey Barnard pedaled UMKC to the 2nd place women’s win and Juan Bassi/Spencer Solon pedaled UMKC to the 4th place men’s win. The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC)-East competition was hosted by Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI April 26-28, 2013. Dr. Trent Guess, Franklin D. Dickson Endowed Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Research, is the faculty advisor for both the HPV competition team and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student chapter.

Pictured above, HPV team members from left to right: Spencer Solon, Trent Guess (Advisor), Jose Ramirez, Juan Bassi, Audrey Barnard

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And We Have A Winner! Papers at 2013 Community of Scholars Symposium

Nahid Hossain and Munem Hossain, IPh.D Electrical Engineering Students, were selected to present their papers at the 2013 Community of Scholars Symposium, joining five other doctoral students from across the UMKC campus. Earning this semi-finalist status, was a great honor and gave them the opportunity to present at the May 9, 2013 Scholars Symposium. Nahid’s paper won the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council (IDSC) Paper Presentation Award for his paper “Exploring Graphene Nanotechnology for the Next Generation Nonvolatile Memory”! The IDSC award was given to three of the seven students and includes a certificate with a $500 monetary prize and the opportunity to publish in the 2013 edition of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Munem’s paper was titled “Heat Transfer Simplations and Analysis for Pulsed Laser Annealing of a Silicon Thin Film”. The event was organized by the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council, the UMKC Conservatory and the School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Masud Chowdhury is Nahid’s and Munem’s faculty advisor and we know he is very proud of both of his students!

Professors Marco Brotto and Reza Derakhshani Receive UM Fast Track II Initiative Funds

School of Nursing (SoN) Endowed Professor Marco Brotto and UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani have received UM Fast Track II Initiative Funds. Their project, the “Prototyping of a mobile electronic sensing device for the diagnosis of myocardial infarcts”, is a collaborative effort. The UM Intellectual Property Fast Track II program is an internal funding mechanism to help develop emerging new technologies by providing the means for researchers “to focus on development, testing, or prototype construction, and/or conduct specific market research. This evaluation may lead to industry collaboration, licensing, the formation of a new company, or the abandonment of the technology for commercial application.”

NSBE Members Promote STEM Education

A primary mission of the UMKC National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) student chapter is to encourage and promote STEM studies and careers to underrepresented minorities. Over the years, NSBE student chapter leaders have passed this torch so well that NSBE now sponsors and organizes several activities. Year-round NSBE holds sessions for high school students geared toward exposing them to the “fun in STEM studies” by building hovercraft models and rockets, exploring STEM concepts through experiential learning. In addition, sessions in ACT preparation, professionalism and public speaking are also provided and an annual youth minority engineering night is held in the spring. NSBE junior (high school students) joined our UMKC NSBE members at the NSBE national conference in March 27-31 in Indianapolis where they received mentoring and leadership training. Chapter enrichment activities for NSBE members include resume reviews, interview tactics and practice. NSBE members all agree that the opportunities for mentoring, community involvement and leadership training make NSBE an exceptional organization! To learn more about the NSBE mission, see the UMKC Today article “Engineering Students Promote Program” which features the experiences of current NSBE president DeJ’on Slaughter and vice-president George White. Sierra Shipley is NSBE’s president-elect.

PLTW High School Senior Showcase Attracts 250 Senior Projects

Sixty-three Missouri and Kansas high schools participate in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a KC-STEM Alliance affiliate that provides STEM hands-on, extracurricular coursework to 9-12 students that culminates in a capstone project during their senior year (12th grade). The slide show, KC High School Seniors Strut their STEM Stuff, posted at KCPT reflects the work and enthusiasm of the 250 high school seniors participating at the second annual PLTW High School Senior Showcase on April 18, 2013. Kevin Truman, Dean of the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering, helped to found the KC-STEM Alliance and currently serves on the PLTW STEM Industry Council.

The KC-STEM Alliance partners “with affiliate organizations, like PLTW® -Kansas City and Kansas City FIRST®, who are making a significant difference in the Kansas City STEM community and laying the foundation for student success. These partnerships benefit students and organizations by connecting resources, sharing information and streamlining communications.” KC-STEM Alliance estimates that “more than 12,000 students are served by programs like PLTW and FIRST across the metropolitan area.” Laura Loyacono is the KC-STEM Alliance Executive Director.

UMKC Robotics Team Spreads the Word

Over the past several years our UMKC IEEE Robotics team and the UMKC IEEE student chapter has substantially increased the number of SCE students, both currently enrolled and alumni, involved in STEM outreach activities. Sharing their passion for programming, gizmos, gadgets and robots, IEEE student organization and team activities were featured in the UMKC Today article “Big Army, Little Bot”. This year’s UMKC IEEE student members involved in outreach are Eddie Pogosov, Ariel Muthyala, Victoria Wu, Matt Mohler, Andrew Blackton, Victor Skulavik III, Sarah Withee, Chris Wolfe, Mladen Kojic, Eric Gonzalez, RT Leryoskajai, W. Oliver Craig, Cody Kaspzyk, Scott McElfresh and Darren Cogan. The UMKC IEEE faculty advisor is Dr. Reza Derakhshani and Debby Dilks is the UMKC IEEEE robotics team staff advisor.

Timothy Hines and Sean Rivers 2012-2013 Student LEAP Award Recipients

Tim Hines accepts the LEAP AwardCongratulations to Timothy (Tim) Hines and Sean Rivers! They are UMKC SCE’s 2012-2013 Student Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award winners. Each year, the student LEAP award is earned by the two Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) student chapter members that write the best 300 – 1,000 word essays on engineering ethics. This year the question addressed in the student essays was based on this scenario “Is it unethical to develop an evening part-time job unrelated to your full-time engineering position, and why, or how do you resolve this professional obligation issue?”
Sean Rivers accepts his LEAP AwardTim & Sean were honored at the March 21, 2013 dinner/presentation that our UMKC MSPE student chapter hosted for the MSPE WC. Their names will be added to the LEAP Award Recipient plaque housed in Flarsheim Hall. Included with each award is a $50.00 gift certificate. The annual LEAP Award was established by the MSPE WC in 2005. In addition to the two student LEAP award winners, one SCE faculty each year is the recipient of the faculty Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) award. The UMKC School of Computing and Engineering faculty 2012-2013 LEAP award winner is Ceki Halmen, P.E., Assistant Professor in SCE’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. He was awarded the LEAP Award by the student members of the MSPE/NSPE. The faculty LEAP Award recognizes one SCE faculty per year for “demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession.”

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Haiyang Qian (PhD ‘2012) is finalist in prestigious competition

Haiyang Qian (PhD’2012) is a finalist in the international doctoral dissertation competition organized by IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM2013) which will be held in Ghent Belgium May 27-31, 2013. Event details are available on the IM 2013 website. Dr. Qian’s dissertation examines “Data center resource management with temporal data center resource management with temporal dynamic workload.”

Authors who completed their dissertation in 2012 were asked to submit their work in the form of an extended abstract of the dissertation, not exceeding 6 pages (excluding for references) to an open call for dissertation digest by the IFIP/IEEE IM2013 dissertation selection committee. The extended abstracts were first reviewed by at least three anonymous reviewers and the dissertation selection committee then identified a list of finalists. As a result, seven dissertations, including Haiyang’s, have been chosen as finalists by this selection process. All finalists are asked to submit a copy of their dissertation, in addition to the extended abstracts. All finalists have been invited to present their dissertation work during the IFIP/IEEE IM’2013 conference in Ghent, Belgium. Besides Haiyang, the finalists include two from Canada, and one each France, Belgium, Portugal, and Spain.

We congratulate Dr. Haiyang Qian for being selected as a finalist to this prestigious dissertation competition and wish him well for the final presentation in Ghent. His dissertation advisor was Dr. Deep Medhi, Curators’ Professor of Computer Science Electrical Engineering and UMKC Trustee’s Faculty Fellow.