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SCE Outreach Activities in KC Continue to Grow

SCE Outreach

SCE knows that the future of our nation will be significantly determined by the state of our technologies and our computing and engineering capability. To this end, SCE faculty, staff and students are working with area schools, community and professional organizations and K-12 STEM outreach programs to increase our region’s STEM pipeline and ultimately the number of STEM professionals for America.

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SCE 2013 Graduate & Kauffman Scholar Cristina Ortiz featured in KC Star

Cristina Ortiz, 2013 SCE graduate and a member of the first class of Kauffman Scholars, was recently featured in a KC Star news article. Last summer, Cristina spent 10 weeks doing research as a NASA intern. Here at SCE, she will be missed but we know her future is bright!

Jerry Richardson awarded 2011 NHI Instructor of Excellence Award

Professor Jerry Richardson received the Instructor of Excellence Award for 2011 from the National Highway Institute (NHI) for the THIRD consecutive year. The award is based on consistently high evaluation scores in the classroom (4.5 or above on a 5-point scale), a demonstrated commitment to the adult learning philosophy and for maintaining the highest standard of quality for transportation training. Only the top trainers receive this award each year. 2011 was a phenomenal year as 66 trainers (out of over 300 trainers) nationwide received this award in 2011with 300-400 different classes offered. Dr. Richardson is a certified instructor for NHI courses regarding river engineering, hydraulics and scour.

Dr. Masud Chowdhury Named Chief Coordinator & UMKC PI for Phase II SBIR Grant

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Masud Chowdhury! He will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) of UMKC and Chief Coordinator on a team of researchers from Northwestern University, Michigan Molecular Institute, UMKC and Digital Optics Technologies on a $750,000 AFOSR Phase II SBIR grant that was recently funded.

Their project, the Next Generation Nano-electronic Circuit Elements Using Graphene Nano Ribbons, will investigate the potentials of using nanotechnology for the development of graphene based integrated circuits for future computing, communication and electronics applications. As integrated circuits technologies scale down to nanometer dimensions, conventional semiconductor devices and metal wires are approaching their fundamental physical and material limits. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and other federal agencies are actively looking to introduce radical alternatives for the design of the next generation circuits and systems. One of the potential directions for future electronics industry is the adoption of nanotechnology using different forms of graphene. Dr. Chowdhury’s team has been investigating two forms of graphene – carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene nanoribbon (GNR) for nanoscale integrated circuits. The project, which is based Dr. Masud Chowdhury’s prior work, will involve material experts from MMI, nanofabrication team from Northwestern and theoretical research groups from UMKC and DOT. Dr. Chowdhury will coordinate the overall effort.

Jerry Richardson awarded 2010 NHI Instructor of Excellence Award

SCE Professor Jerry Richardson received the Instructor of Excellence Award for 2010 from the National Highway Institute (NHI) for the second consecutive year. The award is based on consistently high evaluation scores in the classroom, a demonstrated commitment to the adult learning philosophy and for maintaining the highest standard of quality for transportation training. Only 15 instructors nationwide received this award in 2010 with 300-400 different classes offered. Dr. Richardson is a certified instructor for NHI courses regarding river engineering, hydraulics and scour. He taught 5 classes in 2010.

UMKC SCE & MWSU team up on dual engineering degree program

Kevin Truman, Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE),  and Whitney Molloy, SCE’s Director of Student Affairs, met with Missouri Western State University (MWSU)  officials, including MWSU’s President Robert Vartabedian, to sign a dual degree program agreement on Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Students from MWSU will now have the opportunity to complete an engineering degree in either civil, electrical computer or mechanical engineering in five years.  For more details, see http://www.newspressnow.com/localnews/27712977/detail.html .