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E-Week Blood Drive Huge Success!

This past “e-week” was phenomenal.  One event that will have long-lasting impact is our 2nd annual blood drive.  Its success reflects our giving, socially responsible SCE community.  Organized by Engineers Without Borders and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers student organizations, it is the participation and leadership of our SCE community that make service events like these meaningful and successful.  Last Thursday, Feb. 24th,  our SCE family really did Save a Life. Right Here, Right Now. 

The Community Blood Center (CBC) has shared with us that Thursday’s E-Week blood drive attracted 78 potential donors, with 40 being first time donors!   Fifty-eight (58) units of blood were collected.  This far surpassed the CBC’s goals for our drive and we increased the amount of blood collected from last year by 65% (38 units collected in 2010)!  Fantastic!   Thanks to everyone that donated or tried to donate … hopefully those that couldn’t participate this year for whatever reason can join us next year for the 3rd annual E-week Blood Drive.

One donation saves up to two lives and according to Pam Thorp, at the CBC,  Mobile blood drives such as yours account for more than 60% of the blood needed to keep our hospitals adequately supplied. Without your help, it would be difficult to collect the 580 pints needed each day for our family, friends, and neighbors . . . Please pass on our gratitude to the volunteers who supported the blood drive.

SCE’s students, faculty and staff can be proud to part of a School with this level of commitment to the community!

SCE engineering students tour Harry S. Truman Dam

Group Photo DamGregory Wright, Assistant Power Plant Superintendent, Harry S. Truman Power Plant, provided 18 UMKC MSPE student chapter engineering students from the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and their invited guests a comprehensive tour of the Harry S. Truman Dam and Power Plant in Warsaw MO.  Harry S. Truman Dam has six turbines and controls two smaller hydro-electric dams power production via remote control. Leaving UMKC at 7:30 am on Oct. 25, 2010, the students and their guests arrived Warsaw MO at 10 am and were met a the gate by Gregory Wright. The tour started with displays on how hydro-electric power is produced and then students were provided access to much of the entire facility, including the “no picture” control room where UMKC engineering student Taya Upkes was given the priviledge of “starting up” turbine number 5 and bringing it up to full power production. The one hour scheduled tour, turned to two and one half hours, as students asked many questions and utilized this learning experience to the maximum. The tour was followed with lunch at Warsaw’s Maxine’s Restaurant and then a return drive back to UMKC.

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NSPE President Michael Hardy Visits SCE!

The president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) visited SCE September 16, 2010 during his visit to Kansas City. The SCE NSPE Student Chapter, one of the largest in the country, hosted a Pizza with the President luncheon where SCE engineering students were able to discuss their professional licensure questions and learn more about the steps needed to achieve professional licensure. President Hardy and his delegation also had lively meetings SCE faculty discussing faculty licensure issues and learning more about SCE faculty research areas and applications. Late afternoon found President Hardy as the featured guest on SCE Associate Professor Deborah O’Bannon’s KCMO 710 radio show, Building Kansas City.  He ended his day at the MSPE WC and KSPE EC dinner meeting where he spoke on the value of networking.  Eleven NSPE student chapter members from UMKC SCE attended the dinner.

SCE Faculty Reza Derakshani MSPE State Conference Presenter

BiometricsSCE Professor Reza Derakhshani is an invited speaker at MSPE’s 73rd Annual Convention at the Lake of the Ozarks on June 16, 2010.  Biometrics: now and the future is his talk’s title.  He will present the current state of the art in biometric identification, discussing both their strengths and vulnerabilities and conclude with a discussion on the future of identification technologies and their potential implications.  Biometrics is the science of discovering or verifying individuals’ identities based on their unique physiological traits, such as iris, vein, or fingerprint patterns. Applications typically include securing authorized access to a protected physical or informational entity. Some biometric measures such as fingerprinting have been known since the ancient times. However, given the recent digital revolution and security needs, we are increasingly encountering different forms of biometrics in many aspects of our lives.

SCE Students Attend April Western Chapter MSPE dinner/presentation

MSPE WC Dinner

Five SCE students enjoyed a great presentation and visited with several professional engineers from various KC engineering firms at the April 22, 2010 dinner/presentation hosted by the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (WC MSPE).  The UMKC SCE student chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is one of only 7 nationwide.  The UMKC SCE student chapter is supported and provided mentoring by both the state chapter, MSPE, and our Kansas City local chapter, WC MSPE.  

Membership in the UMKC SCE student chapter of MSPE provides SCE engineering students opportunities to 1) learn about how to obtain professional engineering (P.E.) licensure; 2)  the many career pathways available to a P.E. and 3) meet professionals from several KC companies and learn more about their companies and  their careers.  The faculty advisor of the UMKC student chapter of MSPE is Khosrow Sohraby, Ph.D., P.E.   Pictured standing in the background is the President Elect of WC MPSE, Barbara Friedman, and UMKC SCE Alumni Board President, Scott Saxton.

KC ICON Project – MSPE Student Chapter Field Trip (in conjunction with APWA)

For those of you interested in getting some firsthand knowledge of what goes into a huge project like this, both in terms of the engineering and the project management,  we would love to include you on the tour. 

MSPE Student Chapter Field Trip!
Friday Nov. 6th, 2009 (9:00 AM – 12:00PM, or 1:00 – 4:00 PM)
In conjunction with APWA Student Chapter

There will be two tour groups, one for the morning (9-12) and one for the afternoon (1-4).  Pizza will be provided between 12 and 1 for both groups.  The tour is reserved for student chapter members of either APWA or MSPE, so if you’re interested in joining either group as a Student Chapter member, contact Tom Assel (teafx3@umkc.edu) for MSPE.  We’ve got up to 8 spots for each group, so let myself or Kati know as soon as possible if you would like to go in either group. 

We’ll be taking a guided tour of the KC ICON project. What is KC ICON? To quote the website, kcicon.org:  “This $245 million “interstate connections” project will upgrade Interstate 29/35 to six lanes from just north of the Route 210/Armour Road interchange to Independence Avenue. An additional southbound lane will be built from the northeast corner of the Central Business District loop to Oak Street. Numerous on-ramps and off-ramps will be rebuilt and several interchanges reconfigured.  An “iconic” cable-stayed bridge expandable to eight lanes and capable of accommodating a future bicycle/pedestrian facility will also be built just east (downstream) of the existing Paseo Bridge.” Artist’s rendering of what the finished bridge will look like can be found at the KC ICON website.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) President Meets with SCE Faculty

Faculty & PrezSCE faculty obtained important information on P.E. licensure and had an opportunity to discuss with the 2009-2010 NSPE President Samuel W. Grossman, P.E., F.NSPE, trends in engineering and computer science related to pipeline, curriculum, research and licensure.

Faculty

Later in the afternoon, a smaller goup of SCE faculty presented overviews of their research and highlighted some fun SCE faculty outreach activities which included a radio show and our involvement in the upcoming American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) national conference which will be held in Kansas City in late October 2009.

SCE Research

For 46 consecutive years, the President of the National Society of Professional Engineering (NSPE) has visited Kansas City to connect with NSPE’s local and state chapters. Each NSPE President serves for one year. For the past six years, our School of Computing and Engineering has been priviledged to be a part of the President’s visit to Kansas City, hosting sessions with the President and our faculty and students.

Visit Schedule:
09:20 AM:  Welcome & Orientation Meeting
10:15 AM:  Licensure & Alternative Pathways Discussion
11:05 AM:   Pizza with the President in Room 557 Flarsheim Hall (SCE Students)
12:05 PM:   Future Curriculum Needs For Future Engineers
01:15 PM:   Research & Outreach

Pizza with the President

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SCE Students engaged in lively discussion with the 2009-2010 NSPE President Samuel W. Grossman, P.E., F.NSPE when he visited SCE on September 17, 2009. Students obtained information related to P.E. licensure issues and professional practice.

For 46 consecutive years, the President of the National Society of Professional Engineering (NSPE) has visited Kansas City to connect with NSPE’s local and state chapters. Each NSPE President serves for one year. For the past six years, our School of Computing and Engineering has been priviledged to be a part of the President’s visit to Kansas City, hosting sessions with the President and our faculty and students.

Our UMKC student chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE is strongly supported by the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (WC MSPE is a local Kansas City MSPE chapter) and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE is a state chapter of NSPE). UMKC MSPE student chapter members are invited to attend WC MSPE monthly meetings, participate in field trips and compete for the Leadership Excellence Achievement Program Award sponsored by WC MSPE. This award annually recognizes two students that have shown outstanding leadership and exemplary ethics and one faculty that has demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession Awardees are honored at the March monthly dinner which was held at the School of Computing and Engineering in 2008.

                                                    2008 LEAP Awardees & Story

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Cory Douthat, John Balling, Noah Boydston               Dr. Reza Derakhshani & John Balling  

Two SCE Students and one SCE faculty received Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Awards sponsored by the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (WC MSPE).   John Balling, President of the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, hosted the awards ceremony at WC MSPE’s monthly dinner/presentation meeting on March 12, 2009 which was held at the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. The student LEAP award recognizes annually two SCE students that have shown outstanding leadership and exemplary ethics. Noah Boydston (BSME) and Cory Douthat (BSECE) were presented the award. The faculty LEAP award recognizes annually an SCE faculty that has demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession. It was awarded to Dr. Reza Derakhshani.