During the 2013 calendar year, the ASCE student chapter helped organize over 16 unique activities, ranging from a charity golf tournament to highway cleanups. In addition, they also held several joint meetings with the local ASCE section and Geotech committee.
An interdisciplinary group of researchers, Dr. ZhiQiang Chen (Civil Engineering), Dr. Yugyung Lee (Computer Science), and their graduate students, Jianfei (Max) Chen (Electrical Engineering) and Feichen Shen (Computer Science), at the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering have developed a new approach for reporting damaged infrastructure: a smartphone-based application geared towards real-time damage quantification and collaborative decision making. According to the ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the GPA for the infrastructure’s condition and performance is currently rated at a D+. In addition, the monetary investment needed to repair the infrastructure to maintain a functional state (that is, to get a grade of B) is $3.6 trillion by the year 2020. Such a tremendous investment demands a critical need – innovative and rapid technologies for civil infrastructure condition assessment. Different from a Google Street View application, the app seamlessly integrates mobile imaging, interactive analytics, and cloud computing, all processed in the real time.
Assistant Professor John Kevern has received a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding activities as Faculty Advisor for the UMKC American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter. He was nominated by the UMKC ASCE Student Chapter officers to be commended for his outstanding work and dedication as a faculty advisor in 2011. The ASCE Student Chapter was also honored for their activities in 2011. Congratulations Dr. Kevern and our UMKC ASCE Student Chapter!
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has selected Associate Professor Ganesh Thiagarajan as an ASCE 2012 Outstanding Reviewer. The congratulations letter from ASCE noted, “The reputation that the journal has achieved in no small way reflects the impressive quality of the efforts of our reviewers.” SCE is proud of our faculty’s service to their profession and congratulates Dr. Thiagarajan on being selected. George Voyiadjis, editor of ASCE’s Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, recommended Dr. Thiagarajan for this honor.
SCE Students Will Assist at the National ASCE Conference This October
The UMKC Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SCE ASCE) will be representing Kansas City’s Engineering School at the ASCE 139th Annual National Civil Engineering Conference October 29-31, 2009. The theme for this conference is “From Builders to Integrators- Engineers Leading the Way” and will bring the top Civil Engineering leaders of the country and internationally to Kansas City for three days of meetings. ASCE is the oldest and largest engineering organization in the country, and is internationally known as the pre-eminent engineering organization in the world.
The School of Computing and Engineering is playing a prominent role in assisting the Kansas City Section of ASCE in hosting these engineering leaders. Dr.’s Jerry Richardson and John Kevern serve as co-Faculty Advisors to the SCE ASCE Student chapter, and have been assisting the leadership team of the student chapter (Stephen Huffman, President) to organize student chapter volunteers to serve as hosts at this important conference. These faculty also liaison with the Kansas City Chapter of ASCE and incoming President Alysen Abel.