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UMKC SCE Hosts First Annual RooBuilders Competition

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The first annual RooBuilders bridge-building competition for Kansas City area middle and high school students was held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium.

Eleven teams – eight in the high school division and three in the middle school division – competed at the event, testing bridges they had constructed from balsa wood, glue and a card sheet. The competition, which encourages critical thinking and teamwork, challenged students to design, build and test a unique bridge that would be evaluated on its creative design, load capacity and load efficiency.

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SCE Student Jason Regina Recognized for his Contributions

Civil Engineering senior Jason Regina has been recognized by UMKC as a Fall 2013 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient.

Jason was one of seven UMKC graduating seniors honored in his class.  This competitive award recognizes students that have made a significant contribution to the university or community via volunteer efforts.  In addition, a cumulative 3.25 or greater GPA is required as an academic pre-requisite.

Regarding Jason’s nomination, the selection committee advised “The committee was very impressed with his academic achievements, leadership roles, and community service . . .”  Jason has been instrumental in promoting international education, actively involved with Engineers without Borders, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon honor societies.

A breakfast reception and award ceremony was held on Dec. 13, 2013 to honor all of the Fall 2013 recipients.

Congratulations to the SCE Class of 2013

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Congratulations to the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) class of 2013! Demand for highly skilled engineering, computer science and information technology professionals is strong and growing. We know bright futures await our 74 SCE undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who earned their degrees on December 13, 2013.

Preceding the 5 pm winter commencement ceremony, Dean Kevin Z. Truman and our SCE faculty and staff hosted a reception and afternoon luncheon for our graduates and their guests.

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EyeVerify Winner of Global Get in the Ring Competition

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EyeVerify recently won the global finals of the “Get in the Ring: The Investment Battle” competition.  The global competition was held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, just four days after the National competition held in Kansas City, MO.  EyeVerify’s CEO, Toby Rush, traveled to the Netherlands for the International Finals of the competition, which were held at the Hulstkamp Gebouw in Rotterdam.  At the finals, eight startups, including EyeVerify, competed for a grand prize of up to €1,000,000.

Before advancing to the global competition, EyeVerify competed against eight different startups in the “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash” competition.  The national contest was held Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, with the United States finalists, selected from a pool of 283 startups, vying for the national title.

EyeVerify is a Kansas City, KS startup based on technology developed by UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Reza Derakhshani.

For more information about the International Competition and a list of the eight international finalists, visit the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam website.

SCE Students Participate in International Programming Competition

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The UMKC Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the UMKC Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapters recently teamed up to participate in the IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition. Continue reading

SCE Scholarship Donors Honored at Recognition Luncheon

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The School of Computing and Engineering honored our scholarship donors and student scholars on Oct. 18 at the 2013 Donor and Student Scholarship Recognition Luncheon held at Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.

Many SCE computer science, engineering and information technology students rely on the scholarship assistance provided to them as they complete their degree.  This year, a record number of 70 student scholars received SCE scholarship awards.  Each award represents the generosity and foresight of the families, individuals and companies that have established a SCE scholarship fund.

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DBIA Student Chapter Wins Regional Competition for Second Consecutive Year

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The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) student chapter at UMKC recently won the regional DBIA Student Competition for the second year in a row.  The team consisted of four UMKC students and two faculty advisors.

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Dr. Jerry Richardson Receives National Highway Institute Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Dr. Jerry Richardson, Associate Professor at the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering, was recently announced as a winner of the National Highway Institute Instructor of Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year.

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SCE Students Participate in Google Community Leaders Program

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Out of eight UMKC students selected to participate in the Google Community Leaders program, five are from UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering.

The Google Community Leaders program is designed to provide small business owners and other community organizations with tools and resources to build an online presence, and to improve the web literacy of Kansas City.  The program will last for one year, giving the students the opportunity to train these organizations and narrow the digital divide.

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EyeVerify Continues to Gain Recognition

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EyeVerify, a Kansas City startup based on technology developed by UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., continues to gain accolades.

Most recently, the eyeprint verification company has been selected as one of eight finalists in the national entrepreneurship competition, ‘Get in the Ring’, hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. See the UMKC Today article for more information.