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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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Timothy Hines and Sean Rivers 2012-2013 Student LEAP Award Recipients

Tim Hines accepts the LEAP AwardCongratulations 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?”
Sean Rivers accepts his LEAP AwardTim & 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.”

LEAP Award Recipients LEAP Awards Ceremony 2013

 

Ceki Halmen 2012-2013 Faculty LEAP Award Recipient

4242Congratulations 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.

4230In 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.

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Darren Mullin selected for 2012 Distinguished Master’s Thesis award

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 participates in UMKC Summer Blood Drive

Numerous UMKC staff and faculty members either donated blood at the 7/25/12 UMKC summer blood drive or helped get the word out about it, lending their support and communication channels to make the drive a success. SCE is proud our faculty and staff participated in drive which attracted 57 UMKC donors, with 29 first time donors. Fifty units of blood were collected, surpassing CBC’s goals for our first UMKC annual summer blood drive. Jane Vogl of SCE served as the CBC site coordinator for this drive. She noted how heartwarming it was to have donors make appointments with every appeal that went out and that the results are reflective of our giving, caring and socially responsible UMKC community. Teamwork was really important as the summer drive’s success relies heavily on UMKC staff and faculty donors.

Greg King 2011-2012 Faculty LEAP Award Recipient

Congratulations to Greg King, Assistant Professor in SCE’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, and winner of the annual 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.” 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 “Engineer A works for Company X which is owned by Engineer B. Company X is currently experiencing financial problems and Engineer B recently created another company, Company Y. Engineer A has learned that Engineer B recently advised clients of Company X to remit payments for work performed by Company X and its employees to Company Y” and the question posed was “What are Engineer A’s ethical obligations under the circumstances?” This year’s student winners are Taya Upkes and Sean Rivers.

Dr. Greg King, Taya Upkes & Sean Rivers were honored at the March 22, 2012 dinner/presentation that our UMKC MSPE student chapter hosted for the MSPE WC. Speaking at the dinner was UMKC SCE’s Dr. Larry Drbal who gave an amazing presentation on the Fukushima tragedy. In addition, the 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.

Sean Rivers and Taya Upkes 2011-2012 Student LEAP Award Recipient

Congratulations to Sean Rivers and Taya Upkes! They are UMKC SCE’s 2011-2012 Student Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award winners and are featured on the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) webpage! Each year, the student LEAP award is earned 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 “Engineer A works for Company X which is owned by Engineer B. Company X is currently experiencing financial problems and Engineer B recently created another company, Company Y. Engineer A has learned that Engineer B recently advised clients of Company X to remit payments for work performed by Company X and its employees to Company Y” and the question posed was “What are Engineer A’s ethical obligations under the circumstances?”

Taya & Sean were honored at the March 22, 2012 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 2011-2012 LEAP award winner is Greg King, 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.”

Greg King examines how pervious concrete could prevent ice-related falls

Gregory King, assistant professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, along with John Kevern conducted a National Science Foundation-funded research project to examine how pervious concrete could prevent ice-related falls. As part of this project, students and professors conducted research in Flarsheim Hall’s Human Motion Laboratory. Read this release for more on the various research projects being conducted in the Human Motion Laboratory.

SCE hosts Science Power Program for Urban H.S. Students

On February 12th, 5 groups of students rotated through SCE’s Gait Lab. For each group, motion data was collected. Participants then moved to the computer lab to do some simple analysis on the data in Microsoft Excel. Upcoming is a similar activity scheduled for April 9th, which will involve analysis of force platform data. Negar Khalandi , a senior ME student, was instrumental in making Science Power happen along with Greg King, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Negar developed instructional materials, designed the lab experiments, and handled the logistics of moving students from the gait lab to the computer lab. See the UMKC Press Release.