UMKC Vice Provost & Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering Kevin Truman continues to work toward the day when UMKC becomes home to the Free Enterprise Center. In the July 23, 2014 Kansas City Business Journal article, UMKC enterprise center nabs funds for KC entrepreneurs, he described why various constituents have currently pledged over $7.4 million, about ½ of the center’s estimated cost. “It will be a fantastic entrepreneurial resource for the community,” Truman said. “Even though the center is proposed to be on the UMKC campus, it will handle budding entrepreneurs all the way through the industries here in town and be a resource for our students. It’s a one-stop shop with equipment to build prototypes and explore ideas.” The Free Enterprise Center will include laboratory space, rapid prototyping equipment, digital virtualization/visualization equipment and educational/collaborative space. Business and technology transfer advisors will be available to serve the students, faculty, researchers, local industries, entrepreneurs, artists, and K-12 students that will utilize the center.
A $59,000 gift from Burns & McDonnell and UMKC SCE alumni who are employees of the engineering firm, is responsible for the new “student collaboration space” which was officially opened at a dedication reception on June 5.
Delegates of the Canik Başari University of Samsun, Turkey, President Yunus Bekdemir and Chair Ferhat Ozturk, visited UMKC on Monday, April 28, to initiate a student and faculty exchange program between our two universities, with the mediation of Dr. Aydin, Executive Director of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. They were warmly welcomed by UMKC Vice Provost and SCE Dean, Kevin Truman, and international student affairs officer, Nigyar Dzhafarova.
SCE is excited about the recent UMKC announcement that the Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Mo., has made a significant contribution to support a new Free Enterprise Center on UMKC’s Volker Campus. The Plaster Foundation’s contribution, described as “a significant seven-figure gift,” follows a $5 million pledge last fall from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Congratulations to the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) class of 2013! Demand for highly skilled engineering, computer science and information technology professionals is strong and growing. We know bright futures await our 74 SCE undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who earned their degrees on December 13, 2013.
Preceding the 5 pm winter commencement ceremony, Dean Kevin Z. Truman and our SCE faculty and staff hosted a reception and afternoon luncheon for our graduates and their guests.
The fifth annual School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) Holiday Open House was held Tuesday, December 3. Hosted by UMKC Vice Provost and SCE Dean Kevin Z. Truman, the event was held to welcome and thank faculty, staff, alumni and many external supporters of SCE for helping our SCE students and programs achieve many successes and a great year in 2013.
Surrounded by the holiday decorations and lights in the UMKC James P. Olson Performing Arts Center lobby, over 140 business and community supporters and 85 UMKC and SCE faculty, staff and alums enjoyed connecting with each other and the school.
Fourteen students and their two accompanying professors from Jazan University in Saudi Arabia left for home after a five-week summer program held here at SCE. Designed to be both intellectually and culturally enriching, the program included the students learning about software methods and tools from Professor Yongjie Zheng, mobile apps and cloud computing from Professor Yugi Lee, and about big data from Professor Praveen Rao. They then created their own app for Jazan University with the help of the Kansas City-based RareWire app creation studio. UMKC’s Applied Language Institute provided the students English instruction for two hours each day. In addition, students and faculty ventured beyond campus to visit and tour Cerner, Garmin and Sprint and enjoy local attractions such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Royals and Starlight Theatre. SCE Continuing Education Director Christina Davis, managed the program including preliminary discussions with Jazan University, curriculum, and program logistics. For more details, see the UMKC Today article “Students from Saudi Arabia Study at UMKC School of Computing and Engineering.”
KCUR-FM Central Standard discussed the UMKC Veterans in STEM program with Dean Kevin Truman during the June 12 radio segment. Coordinated by the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and the UMKC Institute for Human Development, Veterans in STEM is provided by KC BANCS, an NSF funded project and includes free academic supports for veterans. For more details, see UMKC Today article, UMKC Program Helps Veterans Get a STEM Education.
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.
Five Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) members from Brazil visited UMKC on May 7. Rotary clubs throughout the world provide students with scholarships to work and study in other countries as part of their mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Two of the five GSE members, information technologist Pablo Diego Schrammer and mechanical engineer Nilo Granciano, visited with Dean Kevin Truman, Department Chairs Mark McClernon and Ghulam Chaudhry, and SCE Student Services’ Whitney Molloy and Valeri Reynolds. UMKC students from Brazil joined the GSE team throughout the day’s activities. After touring SCE laboratories Pablo and Nilo re-joined their team members who had been at meetings at the UMKC Applied Language Institute, for a UMKC campus tour. A meeting with Director of International Student Affairs Sandy Gault, Director of International Academic Programs Linna Place and Director of UMKC’S Applied Language Institute Monica Minguicci ended with a fun lunch at UMKC’s student cafeteria in the Atterbury Student Success Center. Continue reading