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New SCE Student Collaborative Space Dedicated


A $59,000 gift from Burns & McDonnell and UMKC SCE alumni who are employees of the engineering firm, is responsible for the new “student collaboration space” which was officially opened at a dedication reception on June 5.
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Class of 2013 Encouraged “To Matter” by Burns & McDonnell Chairman & CEO Greg Graves, P.E.

Students at Commencement

170 SCE undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students graduated May 17, 2013 from the School of Computing and Engineering at the 2013 UMKC Commencement ceremony in the Swinney Recreation Center.  Commencement was preceded by the dean’s breakfast reception attended by 320 graduates and their guests.  Greg Graves, P.E., Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, was the keynote speaker.  He talked about how his favorite college teacher changed his life with this observation, “Hey Greg, the only thing that matters in life is to matter in life.”  Continue reading

Chairman & CEO Greg Graves, P.E. Awarded UMKC Honorary Engineering Doctorate


UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) was honored to award Burns & McDonnell Chairman & CEO Greg Graves, P.E., a honorary UMKC SCE engineering doctorate at our May 17, 2013 commencement ceremony. His distinguished contributions to engineering, the Kansas City community and engineering education are significant. As Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, Greg Graves leads one of the fastest growing and most successful engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental consulting firms in North America. In January 2004, when Greg was appointed CEO, approximately 1,500 employee-owners worked at Burns & McDonnell. Annual revenue in 2004 was $420 million. Since then the employee count has more than doubled and sales last year exceeded $2 billion. Under Greg’s leadership, Burns & McDonnell has earned a reputation as a national leader in many technical specialties within the energy, public infrastructure, government, aviation, process, and healthcare sectors. In 2012, Burns & McDonnell ranked as the 23rd largest engineering, architecture and construction firm in annual rankings published by Engineering News-Record magazine. Also in that issue, the firm’s transmission & distribution practice was ranked as the largest in the country. More importantly to Greg, the firm is now nationally recognized as one of America’s best places to work. In 2013, Fortune magazine ranked Burns & McDonnell the 18th best place to work in its annual ranking of the 100 Best Places to Work in America. It was the second consecutive year and third time in five years that Burns & McDonnell has been named to the high profile ranking.

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SCE hosts Bridge Building Contest Sponsored by WC MSPE

25 local high schools students participated in the 30th annual Bridge Building contest on February 11, 2012. The contest is organized by the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and sponsored by UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering. Each student designed and built their basswood bridge prior to the contest. On the day of the event they tested their bridge to failure by loading them with sand filled buckets suspended from the bridge. The bridge could weigh no more than 25 grams, and had to span 300 mm. The students’ score was an efficiency ratio determined by the weight of the failure load divided by the weight of the bridge. The maximum load that was held by a bridge this year was 11.7 kilograms or 26 pounds. The top two winners have been selected to represent the Missouri Western Region at the International Bridge Building Competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada this April. We congratulate 1) first place winner Justin Hamilton of Princeton High School whose bridge had an efficiency ratio of 481. Jan Schroder is Justin’s teacher and mentor; 2) second place winner Tyler Rock of Grandview High School whose bridge had an efficiency ratio of 228. Andy Leech is Tyler’s teacher and mentor; and 3) third place winner Devin Purvis whose bridge had an efficiency ratio of 164. Jane Schroder is Devin’s teacher and mentor; The Bridge Building Chairman, John Balling, of Burns & McDonnell, will present this year’s winners and instructors their trophy plaques and prizes.