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.”
The university researchers, entrepreneur and venture capitalists behind the development of EyeVerify’s innovative cyber and mobile security products based on biometric eye vein authentication research conducted by SCE’s Dr. Reza Derakhshani are featured in the Huffington Post article, EyeVerify’s Vein Popping Password Technology: Interview with CEO Toby Rush. The impact that university research has on economic development locally and nationally has been well documented. UMKC and SCE are proud that many of our engineering and computer science faculty researchers have contributed to Kansas City’s Silicon Prairie reputation.