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.
The UMKC SCE student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Buggy Team hosted the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) first annual Mid-America Packards Car Show from 9 am – 2 pm on Wednesday, April 11, on the Quad at UMKC. Students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoyed getting their pictures taken with the vehicles and learning about Packard features our modern cars no longer provide such as storage areas specifically for top hats and golf clubs and front passenger seats able to handle a lady’s hooped opera skirt. Last year’s Baja Buggy was proudly displayed alongside its Packard friends.
Dr. Steve Christy, past director of Mid-America Packards and current secretary of the International Packards Club, worked with Mid-America Packards officers Tom Norman and Jon Root and former director Glenn Dooley to set up UMKC’s first annual Baja Packards show, a fundraiser for the UMKC SCE Baja Buggy Builders. Thanks to Dr. Christy’s efforts, space has reserved for an article in the 4-color International Packard publication. UMKC SAE’s student chapter President Oscar Vallencillos and Vice President Jesus Zamarripa-Ortega worked closely with the Mid-America Packards club, helping to make the show a great success! UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering thanks the Mid-America Packards for their support and look forward to the next Packard car show at UMKC!