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SCE Alums Spotted at Smith Electric Vehicles Tour

SCE is fortunate that the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Kansas City chapter saves a few slots for our SCE students and faculty when they organize their professional tours. This month’s tour of the Smith Electric Vehicle plant tour turned up two SCE Alums working at Smith Electric Vehicles, Robin Carroll-Dolci and Anupartha Howlander. These SCE electrical computer engineering graduates were just recently hired by Smith Electric Vehicles. In addition to these alums, the organizer of the tour Jeremy Fields, an employee of FIKE Corporation, graduated from our mechanical engineering program in 2006. It was great to see SCE alums working in Kansas City and contributing to improving our environment through green technologies. The tour was fantastic and included a walk down the assembly line where Smith Electric vehicles were being assembled. Thanks Jeremy!

2011 SCE Alumni Achievement Award presented to Len Rodman

SCE congratulates Len Rodman, Chairman, President and CEO of Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting, and construction company. Mr. Rodman was honored at UMKC’s Celebration 2011 luncheon presentation on April 27th at the Intercontinental Hotel as our UMKC School of Computing and Engineering 2011 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient. The annual event honors outstanding alums, one from each UMKC School. Following the luncheon, Mr. Rodman visited with Kevin Truman, SCE’s dean, and was presented with a copy of his alumni plaque.  The original was hung on SCE’s Distinguished Alumni Wall.

Since 2000 Mr. Rodman has led Black & Veatch, which is on the Forbes 500 list of largest US private companies. Under his leadership the company has experienced substantial growth and expansion in global markets. He is responsible for Black & Veatch’s engineering, construction, and related business activities in the energy, water, and information market sectors worldwide. Mr. Rodman has been recognized as the Power Elite, Ingram’s Magazine, 2000, 2003, & 2005.

Mr. Rodman is an active supporter of educational initiatives in the Kansas City area, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Community / Legislative Affairs Committee of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, as well as the Board of Advisors of the University of Kansas – Edwards Campus. He is also on the Iowa State ECIAC (Engineering College Industrial Advisory Consul). He has been Director of ALLETE Inc. Mr. Rodman has served on the Board of INROADS, a minority based organization that helps to transition high school students through college and into productive business careers. His Professional Registrations include Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio; Diplomat, American Academy of Environmental Engineers; Professional Associations ASCE, AWWA, MSPE, NSPE, and WEF. He graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering in 1978 from the former coordinated engineering program between UMKC and MU which merged with the UMKC computer science department to form UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering.