UMKC School of Computing and Engineering students Xinjie Guan and Victoria Wu recently received awards for their research posters at the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINK WIC) Conference.
The retirements of Computer Science Electrical Engineering (CSEE) Department Associate Teaching Professors Bob Cotter and Judy Mullins were announced at a reception honoring them both on May 16. Both Bob and Judy are outstanding instructors and caring mentors to their students. SCE knows they will be sorely missed next year by our students, faculty and staff. We wish them both awesome retirements with much happiness and good health!
SCE Associate Teaching Professor Judy Mullins co-chaired the NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Missouri & Kansas Affiliate Aspirations in Computing Award Ceremony and Reception held Friday, February 8, at UMKC. Fifteen young women from Kansas and Missouri high schools (2 were home-schooled) and representing grades 9 – 12, were honored as winners of NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards. Attending with their parents and their teachers, the students were welcomed by Judy Mullins and SCE Dean Kevin Truman. Awards were presented by Ruthe Farmer, director of strategic initiatives for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). The keynote speaker was NASA aerospace engineer Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, who developed software for the entry and landing of the Mars Rover, Curiosity. Judy Mullins coordinated and organized the NCWIT event held at UMKC and co-chair John Dean of Park University organized a luncheon event at Park University. For pictures of the event and more information, see the UMKC Today article “Young Women Encouraged to Pursue STEM Careers”.
Judy Mullins, Associate Teaching Professor for the School of Computing and Engineering at UMKC, and Angela Klein, Adjunct Instructor of Dual Credit at Liberty Senior High School, presented a workshop on Electronic Storytelling and Animation Using Alice at the Science Pioneers Expanding Your Horizons event for 6-8 grade girls at Science City on Jan. 20, 2012. Two sessions were attended by 40 young middle-school girls from the Kansas City area. This is the 5th year that Professor Mullins has provided an annual workshop introducing computer programming to middle school girls via the interactive Alice software program! Kansas City’s Science Pioneers organization has a long history, dating back to 1956, of promoting STEM studies and STEM careers to Kansas City’s K-12 students. UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering is proud our faculty help support their mission!
University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) Associate Teaching Professor Judy Mullins and Northwest Missouri State University Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Carol Spradling will co-chair the first Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINKWIC) conference Oct. 7-8 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City – Plaza, 220 West 43rd St., Kansas City, Mo. A career fair featuring 14 companies and 4 graduate schools is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 8, as well. For more information, visit http://http://minkcwic.acm.org/.
This regional meeting, modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, will bring together students, faculty and technology leaders from across the four states to discuss the role of women in today’s computing and technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success and explore issues common to women working in these fields. Specifically, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore opportunities in computing, network with other women from academia, industry and government and create friendships among women in the region who share the same interest and passion for computing. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions. Representatives from Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cerner, Garmin, Monsanto, Hewlett-Packard, Booz Allen Hamilton and Principal Financial will speak at the event, and students can present their research and areas of study. See the UMKC Press Release.