SCE News

Chris Wolfe Starts NASA Summer Internship

Crystal “Chris” Wolfe, a mechanical engineering junior at UMKC, recently landed a coveted NASA summer internship and is now at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  We know she is having incredible experiences there and we are looking forward to hearing more about them when she returns to UMKC this Fall.

2014 SCE Alumni Golf Tournament Raises $8000 for Student Scholarships

The annual SCE Alumni Golf Tournament held at Deer Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, June 4, 2014!  Thirteen teams braved the course and, despite threatening rain skies at the start, were rewarded with cool breezes and sunny skies.  Proceeds raised at the golf tournament help meet the needs of SCE students through scholarships and programs that directly benefit them.  Thanks to participants’ amazing generosity, the SCE Alumni Association will increase funding of its endowed SCE Alumni Association Scholarship by more than $8,000.  The tournament would not have been possible without its sponsors and players.  SCE thanks all involved for their support and enthusiasm!  Sponsors, including Burns & McDonnell as the presenting sponsor of the tournament, included:

  • Duane Anstaett, P.E.
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Garmin
  • Gibbens Drake Scott
  • The Golf Doctor
  • HDR Inc.
  • Olsson Associates
  • Siemens
  • TREKK Design Group

Thank you!

Baja Vehicle Top Photo Pick in Kansas City Star

The UMKC Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Racing Team’s vehicle was featured in the Kansas City Star’s June 3, 2014 Top Photo picks. The team is headed for Peoria to compete in the SAE Collegiate Design Competitions June 4 – June 7, 2014. For more information on the team see their UMKC Baja Racing webpage.

Audrey Barnard named 2014 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient

SCE is proud to announce that graduating senior Audrey Barnard, a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, was selected as a Spring 2014 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipient. This prestigious award recognizes students “who maintains high scholastic performance while actively participating in University and community activities outside the classroom.”

Audrey’s service to SCE and UMKC has been outstanding. She has been involved in various student organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Human Powered Vehicle Team, and our student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) where she served as an officer. Congratulations, Audrey!

John Kevern and Mike Kelly are 2014 SCE Good Teaching Award Recipients

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Mike Kelly, Teaching Professor in CSEE and John Kevern, Assistant Professor in CME, were recently presented with the 2014 SCE Good Teaching Awards.  Annually, the UMKC SCE Good Teaching Award is given to two SCE faculty, one from our Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) department and one from our Computer Science Electrical Engineering (CSEE) department.   Selected by a vote of the graduating SCE seniors, this award truly reflects SCE students’ appreciation and regard.

The awards were announced in front of their students and peers at the May 2, 2014 Spring Awards Ceremony and Reception held in Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.  SCE gratefully acknowledges the SCE Alumni Association Board for their support of the Good Teaching Awards. The SCE AA Board established an endowed fund to support the Engineering Good Teaching award and works each year with the dean to review the SCE students’ nominations and ratify recipients.

SCE Students Recognized for Involvement and Leadership

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SCE has amazing students and we were proud to recognize their achievements at the May 2, 2014 annual SCE Spring Awards Ceremony and Reception held at Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center.

SCE students participating in our student competition teams, student organizations, student mentoring and recruitment team (SMART), and our outstanding students (junior, senior, masters and IPh.D students in each discipline) as determined by the faculty were acknowledged for their leadership, involvement, dedication and hard work. Parents and guests joined SCE’s dean, faculty and staff in celebrating their excellence, commitment and drive. We send to all involved our heartiest congratulations!

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SCE Student Leaders Receive UMKC SGA Awards

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Two SCE student leaders received UMKC SGA Awards at the May 5, 2014 SGA Leadership Awards Banquet.  Mechanical engineering freshman Torshawna Griffin received the UMKC SGA Emerging Leader Award, given to a freshman, sophomore or first year transfer student whose energy and vision revitalized their student org or council.  Mechanical engineering graduating senior Sierra Shipley received the UMKC SGA Best Leader of a Student Organization, the highest award given to a student organization leader.  Sierra is the 2013-2014 president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). These awards are given to 13 student leaders annually.  Nominations for the awards are evaluated by the SGA executive board which selects each years’ recipients.  Congratulations Torshawna and Sierra!

Elliott Goff wins Whitaker Fellowship in Zurich

Elliott Goff, a UMKC SCE mechanical engineering graduate student has been awarded the prestigious Whitaker Fellowship from the Whitaker International Program to spend a year conducting research in Zurich at the Institute for Biomechanics at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH).

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SCE Students Compete in IBM BlueMix Hackathon

UMKC was the first school in the country to have a 24-hour IBM BlueMix Beta Hackathon as part of the IBM BlueMix Beta Program. The fast-paced student competition began May 1, 2014. The hackathon consisted of teams of UMKC SCE students competing against each other to come up with a new BlueMix application. Each team was comprised of two to three students, including both undergraduate and graduate students.  Prizes included certificates and IBM promoting the winners. See the April 29, 2014 UMKC Today article for more details.