SCE Professor of Civil Engineering Dr. Ganesh Thiagarajan’s National Science Foundation (NSF) award (# CMMI 0748085, PI: Ganesh Thiagarajan) funded a Blast Blind Simulation Contest that attracted 40 worldwide entries. Continue reading
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.
UMKC civil engineering students will be developing construction plans for a public park project this fall. The Civil Engineering Planning and Scheduling Class visited the construction site at the intersection of 8th and Main in Grandview, MO earlier this month. Eric Davis from Landworks Studio Architects gave a tour of the construction site and talked about different sequencing and staging details of the project. After the project is completed, 8th and Main will serve as the city’s entrance to the Farmers’ Market, as well as provide an urban pocket park for many planned community events. The class will work during this semester to generate an estimate and schedule for the construction project with the help of the City of Grandview Public Works Director Denise Randolph. The project is expected to be finished by December 2013.
Dr. Ceki Halmen from the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and Dr. Haitao Li from the UMSL College of Business Administration are co-PI’s on a recently funded University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Intercampus Research proposal entitled “Decision Support Tool Model for Scheduling and Resource Allocation in Construction Projects.” This collaborative effort was a direct result of Drs. Halmen and Li participating in the 2012-2013 UM Faculty Scholars Program where they met, discussed and developed this proof of concept research project which applies risk analysis methodology currently used in the operations research field to construction management in order to manage resources more efficiently in a construction project. Their project showcases well the power of collaborative research as Dr. Halmen is a civil engineer and Dr. Haitao Li’s area of expertise is in Logistics and Operations Management.
Ceki Halmen, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, has received funding for “Decision Support Tool Model for Scheduling and Resource Allocation in Construction Projects” research in collaboration with Dr. Haitao Li from University of Missouri-Saint Louis. They will receive $37,000 from the University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Intercampus Research Program. The award is competitive and signifies confidence that the work will “elevate the University’s stature through enhanced scholarship and acquisition of external funds.”
Congratulations to Timothy (Tim) Hines and Sean Rivers! They are UMKC SCE’s 2012-2013 Student Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award winners. Each year, the student LEAP award is earned by the two Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) student chapter members that write the best 300 – 1,000 word essays on engineering ethics. This year the question addressed in the student essays was based on this scenario “Is it unethical to develop an evening part-time job unrelated to your full-time engineering position, and why, or how do you resolve this professional obligation issue?”
Tim & Sean were honored at the March 21, 2013 dinner/presentation that our UMKC MSPE student chapter hosted for the MSPE WC. Their names will be added to the LEAP Award Recipient plaque housed in Flarsheim Hall. Included with each award is a $50.00 gift certificate. The annual LEAP Award was established by the MSPE WC in 2005. In addition to the two student LEAP award winners, one SCE faculty each year is the recipient of the faculty Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) award. The UMKC School of Computing and Engineering faculty 2012-2013 LEAP award winner is Ceki Halmen, P.E., Assistant Professor in SCE’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. He was awarded the LEAP Award by the student members of the MSPE/NSPE. The faculty LEAP Award recognizes one SCE faculty per year for “demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession.”
Congratulations to Ceki Halmen, P.E., Assistant Professor in SCE’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, and winner of the annual faculty Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award which was established by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) in 2005. The LEAP award recognizes annually the SCE faculty, as determined by MSPE student chapter members via secret ballot, who has “demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession.” Dr. Ceki Halmen was honored at the March 21, 2013 dinner/presentation that our UMKC MSPE student chapter hosted for the MSPE WC. Speaking at the dinner was UMKC SCE’s Dr. Greg King who gave a presentation on the research he is conducting into how falls happen at the UMKC Human Balance and Ambulation Research Laboratory. LEAP award winners were featured on the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) webpage and their names will be added to the LEAP Award Recipient plaque housed in Flarsheim Hall. The UMKC MSPE student chapter has benefited greatly from MSPE WC’s mentorship and support and thanks them for their sponsorship of the LEAP award.
In addition to the faculty LEAP award, student LEAP awards are earned annually by the two MSPE student chapter students that write the best 300 – 1,000 word essays on engineering ethics. This year the question addressed in the student essays was based this scenario “Is it unethical to develop the evening part-time job unrelated to your full-time engineering position, and why, or how do you resolve this professional obligation issue?” This year’s student winners are Timothy Hines and Sean Rivers.
The UMKC DBIA Student Chapter visited the office of Emery Sapp & Sons located in Kansas City, MO on March 8, 2013. After a tour of the facilities, Brian Johanning, Lowell Patterson and Tim Paulson gave a presentation on Emery Sapp & Sons business operations and industry hiring practices. The presentation included a management perspective on effective communication with clientele, expectations for future Design-Build construction projects, and tools currently used by the company for estimating and bidding. Sean Rivers if the president of the UMKC DBIA student chapter and Ceki Halmen is the UMKC DBIA faculty advisor.
Providing SCE students educational enhancement and career development opportunities are key missions of both our UMKC Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) and our UMKC Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) student chapters. This Spring Break they teamed up to provide their members an astonishing opportunity, a travel expense paid trip to tour the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering Research Development Center in Vicksburg, MS on Monday, March 25 followed by a visit to the Lower Mississippi River Museum and participation at the Vicksburg SAME Post luncheon and presentation on Tuesday, March 26. Accompanying the students on the trip were civil engineering faculty Dr. Ceki Halmen and Dr. ZhiQiang Chen, MSPE Student Chapter Vice President Sean Rivers and MSPE Student Chapter staff advisor Jane Vogl. Funding was provided by the MSPE Student Chapter, the SCE Student Council, the UMKC Office of Student Involvement, the SCE Alumni Board, and the Greater Kansas City Post of the Society of American Military Engineers. Dean Kevin Truman, SAME student chapter faculty advisor, and Jane Vogl helped to arrange the trip.
The very worthwhile ERDC visit started with a warm welcome from ERDC Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory Director Dr. David Pittman. Dr. Pittman and his team provided SCE students information on careers at USACE and ERDC. He encouraged students to investigate the USACE for career possibilities as job opportunities become available. Students then visited each of the four state-of-the art laboratories open for public touring. With tremendous enthusiasm researchers at each laboratory discussed their work, how they conducted their research and shared some of their results. Because much of ERDC’s research is classified, especially the research intended to support and enable the warfighter, SCE students were left to ponder just exactly what was going on the dozens of building they did not visit within the complex. See the USACE ERDC overview fact sheet and the Media Fact Sheet about ERDC laboratories to obtain a perspective on the size and scope of ERDC’s work and mission.
Highlights of the ERDC tour included 1) viewing the 1-55 ft scale model of the McNary Lock and Dam and hearing about the research into lock and dam designs that are able to co-exist with local fish populations; 2) driving a barge in a simulated lock and dam; 3) experiencing and interacting with a simulation of driving a ship in San Francisco bay; 4) visiting the Hazardous Waste Research Center where research into removing lead from soil was described along with research into removing pollutants from sediments; 5) learning how ERDC utilizes an incredibly powerful centrifuge to conduct blast research; and 6) viewing 3-D simulations of research data and experiments in the Information Technology Laboratory.
Due to a happy coincidence, the Vicksburg Post of The Society of American Military Engineers monthly luncheon/presentation was the day after the ERDC tour. SCE students and faculty received a fantastic welcome, enjoyed a great lunch and found the presentation on weather trends extremely informative. After the luncheon, Colonel Kevin Wilson of ERDC and Colonel Jeffrey Eckstein of the USACE Vicksburg District talked with students encouraging them to excellence in their studies and their careers.
The Vicksburg trip is one of several professional trips being taken by SCE students this March and April. The UMKC National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Student Chapter members are participating in the NSBE 2013 Annual Convention in Indianapolis, IN and the UMKC IEEE Student Chapter members are participating in the IEEE Robotics Competition in Denver, CO.
UMKC has been recognized by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) as an ACI Excellent University. Only 16 universities received this award in 2012! The congratulations letter from ACI notes that the award “was initiated to recognize universities that have participated in ACI-related activities.” CE faculty Ceki Halmen, John Kevern and Ganesh Thiagarajan are ACI student chapter faculty advisors. The ACI student chapter received awards at the ACI Missouri Concrete Conference in April 2012 and has been very active throughout the year.