Kyle Dunning, SCE civil engineering graduate (BSCiE 2012), was featured as a Tau Beta Pi Scholar in the Summer 2012 issue of THE BENT OF TAU BETA PI. Only 200 Scholars were selected in 2012-2013. Kyle received the James Fife Fellowship which was established by William Fife in honor of his father. According to his FIFE Fellow bio Kyle, “is pursuing a master’s with plans to advance research on carbon nanotube (CNT) carbon reinforcement to improve the material’s usefulness and cost-effectiveness. Kyle believes the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and inefficient design call for a reinvention of the way we build and repair. ”
The UMKC American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter received a Letter of Honorable Mention from ASCE national headquarters for “its outstanding activities as recorded in the 2011 Chapter Annual Report”. Activities by the chapter’s 50 or so members included professional development activities to improve internship prospects, volunteer activities such as Wyandotte county trail restoration, toys for tots, highway cleanup, and helping with a charity golf tournament, participating in the steel bridge competition at K-State, 5 meetings which highlighted the various areas of civil engineering, and Joint meetings with the professional Kansas City ASCE chapter, student American Public Works Association (APWA) chapter, and professional chapter of the local American Welding Society (AWS) chapter. SCE congratulates all our ASCE members, its President Kyle Dunning and the ASCE student chapter faculty advisors, John Kevern and Jerry Richardson.
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.
Kyle Dunning, a SCE civil engineering student graduating with his BSCE from SCE on May 4, 2012, was recently awarded a $10,000 2012-2013 Tau Beta Pi Felllowship for full-time graduate study. Kyle will be attending the structures graduate program at the University of Texas Austin next year. This competitive and prestigious award, only 35 were awarded nationally in 2011, is given to Tau Beta Pi (TBP) members for “high scholarship, strong faculty recommendations, definite extracurricular contributions, unusual promise of substantial achievement through a definite plan or purpose, and a program through which accomplishment will advance the interest of the engineering profession”. The $10,000 award stipend can be used to defray tuition, books and living expenses. Kyle has been a Tau Beta Pi member since 2011. The SCE TBP honor society chapter faculty advisor is Dr. Deb O’Bannon.