Darren Mullin, master student in mechanical engineering, has won the UMKC 2012 Distinguished Master’s Thesis award for his research into deception-related effects on posture. Darren employed innovative techniques in his research including the first ever use of force platforms. The new techniques Darren employed could provide security forces a discrete and effective method when conducting security screenings in counter-terrorism environments. His research was funded by the Center for Identification Technology Research and his thesis is titled “Effects of Deceptive Behavior on Biomechanical Measures of Standing Posture” SCE congratulates Darren on his award! Dr. Greg King, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is his advisor.
SCE honored our outstanding students and student teams at the UMKC SCE Spring Awards Reception held on April 26, 2012. Outstanding student awards were announced for a junior, senior, masters and I.Ph.D student in each of SCE’s degree programs. Outstanding students are selected by their department’s faculty. Selection is based on GPA and the student’s contributions in terms of participation and leadership in SCE student organizations and teams. Student competition teams receiving awards included the ASCE Steel Bridge Team who earned first place at the 2012 regional competition, the ACM Programming Team who won 3rd place at the 2012 Central Plains Conference Programming Competition, the IEEE Robotics Team who won 4th place in circuit design at their regional competition and the SAE Baja Buggy Team who qualified for the next competition level. Congratulations to the all our Spring Award recipients!
Also honored were Good Teaching Award Recipients Jerry Richardson of SCE’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department and Brian Hare of SCE’s Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department for their excellence in teaching.