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Blast Blind Simulation contest draws contestants worldwide

SCE Professor of Civil Engineering Dr. Ganesh Thiagarajan’s National Science Foundation (NSF) award (# CMMI 0748085, PI: Ganesh Thiagarajan) funded a Blast Blind Simulation Contest that attracted 40 worldwide entries. Continue reading

ASCE President Elect Visits SCE

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) President Elect Randall (Randy) Over, P.E., F.ASCE visited SCE on May 15, 2013. Annually, the ASCE President Elect travels to Kansas City to meet with and address the Greater Kansas City ASCE Section, and while in KC, often stops by UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering to meet with faculty, students and the dean. According to the ASCE profile, ASCE is America’s oldest engineering society and represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. Continue reading

Class of 2013 Encouraged “To Matter” by Burns & McDonnell Chairman & CEO Greg Graves, P.E.

Students at Commencement

170 SCE undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students graduated May 17, 2013 from the School of Computing and Engineering at the 2013 UMKC Commencement ceremony in the Swinney Recreation Center.  Commencement was preceded by the dean’s breakfast reception attended by 320 graduates and their guests.  Greg Graves, P.E., Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, was the keynote speaker.  He talked about how his favorite college teacher changed his life with this observation, “Hey Greg, the only thing that matters in life is to matter in life.”  Continue reading

Chairman & CEO Greg Graves, P.E. Awarded UMKC Honorary Engineering Doctorate


UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) was honored to award Burns & McDonnell Chairman & CEO Greg Graves, P.E., a honorary UMKC SCE engineering doctorate at our May 17, 2013 commencement ceremony. His distinguished contributions to engineering, the Kansas City community and engineering education are significant. As Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, Greg Graves leads one of the fastest growing and most successful engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental consulting firms in North America. In January 2004, when Greg was appointed CEO, approximately 1,500 employee-owners worked at Burns & McDonnell. Annual revenue in 2004 was $420 million. Since then the employee count has more than doubled and sales last year exceeded $2 billion. Under Greg’s leadership, Burns & McDonnell has earned a reputation as a national leader in many technical specialties within the energy, public infrastructure, government, aviation, process, and healthcare sectors. In 2012, Burns & McDonnell ranked as the 23rd largest engineering, architecture and construction firm in annual rankings published by Engineering News-Record magazine. Also in that issue, the firm’s transmission & distribution practice was ranked as the largest in the country. More importantly to Greg, the firm is now nationally recognized as one of America’s best places to work. In 2013, Fortune magazine ranked Burns & McDonnell the 18th best place to work in its annual ranking of the 100 Best Places to Work in America. It was the second consecutive year and third time in five years that Burns & McDonnell has been named to the high profile ranking.

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Jim Mahoney & Pat O’Bannon honored by SCE students

SCE faculty James Mahoney, P.E. and SCE staff Pat O’Bannon each received well-deserved recognition as ”2013 UMKC Apple Polishers” for their outstanding service and mentorship of students.  UMKC’s Apple Polisher Awards honor UMKC outstanding faculty and staff who have made a significant impact on students’ lives, professionally, academically and/or personally.  Nominations for the Apple Polisher awards are made by student leaders from each academic unit.

Jim_Mahoney_Apple_PolisherJames Mahoney, P.E. has taught at SCE for over 10 years.  In the Fall you will find him teaching senior and masters mechanical engineering students Finite Element Methods.  In the Spring he helps mechanical engineering juniors learn ME399-Heat and Mass Transfer.  A University of Missouri engineering alumnus, he works as Chief of Analysis at Honeywell.

Pat_Obannon_Apple_PolisherPat O’Bannon, SCE’s Senior Engineering Research Technician, keeps our SCE engineering laboratories running smoothly as he trains students on power tools and laboratory equipment.   Every SCE engineering student can attest to Pat’s amazing spectrum of talent and willingness to help students.  His office is the first stop for students when they need materials and/or technical advice when working on class projects.  Both our students and our faculty rely on him to find needed equipment or spare parts.   Pat is always ready to help new engineers to solve problems and achieve success.

SCE proudly congratulates James Mahoney and Pat O’Bannon!  All award recipients were honored at the April 23, 2013 Apple Polishers award ceremony in Pierson Auditorium. The annual recognition event is organized by UMKC Student Government Association.

SCE Students Help with Model Bridge Building Contest

January 26, 2013 marked the tenth year that SCE engineering students, Professor Ganesh Thiagajaran and Engineering Research Technician Pat O’Bannon have happily provided logistics and volunteers for the 30th Annual Model Bridge Building Competition which is organized and sponsored by the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). SCE engineering students Tim Hines, Bhargav Javvaji, Clark Johnson, Bhavani Ramneedi, Sean Rivers and Jerome Shin loaded and measured each of the 11 model bridge entries and carefully recorded results. Under the direction of Contest Chairperson Jim Guthrie, DE, PE, bridges were tested while their high school student builders and their teacher mentors experienced memorable demonstrations on how truss-type bridge design must include attention to individual member and global requirements, and the economics of the lightest bridge for the largest applied load.

Everyone found out the maximum load their bridge could withstand as weight was added until the bridges broke. The purpose of the testing was to determine the most efficient bridge as all were constructed per the contest rules and specifications provided by the 2013 International Bridge Building Contest. The winning bridge spanned 300 mm, weighed 22.3 grams, and supported 62.5 pounds of sand (28,349.4 grams) for an efficiency rating of 1,271.3. Cash prizes of $150, $75 and $50 will be awarded to the builder and teacher mentor of the three most efficient bridges at the 2013 Engineers Week Luncheon which is attended by hundreds of practicing engineers.

SCE ASHRAE members tour Veolia Energy Plant

UMKC’s Student Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) toured the Veolia Kansas City District Energy Plant on Monday, November 5, 2012, as guests of the Kansas City ASHRAE Chapter. The Veolia Plant, originally built by KCP&L, currently produces 1.3M pounds per hour of steam and 10,650 tons of chilled water capacity with a distribution network of 6.5 miles of steam pipes and 2.0 miles of chilled water pipes, serving approximately 60 customers in Kansas City’s Central Business District.


Pictured from left to right are Vincent Joseph Nolan (UMKC ASHRAE Student Chapter President), Dr. Bryan R. Becker, P.E. (ASHRAE Faculty Advisor), Gabriel De Oliveira Barbosa, Vinicius Santos Neiva, and Timothy Michael Williams (ASHRAE student members).

Congratulations Class of 2012

142 SCE undergraduate, masters and doctoral students graduated May 4, 2012 from the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE). Don Curtis, P.E., Department Manager for HDR Engineering, an architectural, engineering and consulting firm that excels at complex projects and solving challenges for clients, was the keynote speaker. A West Point nuclear engineering graduate, Mr. Curtis now manages HDR’s Kansas City office and oversees HDR Engineering’s activities in the states of Missouri and Kansas.

He spoke on how his technical education has helped him in his career and future challenges for graduates. Lastly he provided some good professional advice which included these tips for graduates: 1) when you are newly hired, find a buddy to help you learn the ropes in your organization and 2) after some time, identify a mentor – perhaps someone you want to emulate professionally. Graduates were also welcomed into our UMKC SCE Alumni Association by 2012 SCE Alumni Board President Kerry Kanatzar. Our Spring 2012 commencement was preceded by the Dean’s breakfast reception for graduates and their families and friends. SCE faculty and staff congratulate our graduates on their achievements!

SCE students have Pizza with the President!

On September 29, 2011 SCE students enjoyed a Pizza with the President Info Session with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) President Christopher Stone, P.E., F.NSPE. Students learned why Professional Engineering (P.E.) licensure is important and how it extends careers by broadening the responsibilities and leadership opportunities for engineers that achieve P.E. licensure. For the past 7 years the incoming NSPE president has included a morning at SCE as part of the NSPE president’s annual visit to Kansas City, the 4th largest engineering hub in the nation.

The meet and greet with President Chris Stone, P.E. and his delegation, prior to the info session, was attended by SCE Dean Kevin Truman, NSPE/MSPE student chapter President Jason Painter, Webmaster Taya Upkes, Treasurer Michael “Tyler” Martin, and faculty advisors Dr. Khosrow Sohraby, P.E. and Dr. Jesse Sherwood, P.E. A visit to Linda Hall Library, considered by many to be the world’s greatest private, not-for-profit science, engineering and technology library, and just one block from SCE’s Flarsheim Hall was also arranged. The UMKC MSPE/NSPE student chapter is affiliated to NSPE on the national level and is locally mentored and provided sponsorship by the Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers here in Kansas City.

Jerry Richardson awarded 2010 NHI Instructor of Excellence Award

SCE Professor Jerry Richardson received the Instructor of Excellence Award for 2010 from the National Highway Institute (NHI) for the second consecutive year. The award is based on consistently high evaluation scores in the classroom, a demonstrated commitment to the adult learning philosophy and for maintaining the highest standard of quality for transportation training. Only 15 instructors nationwide received this award in 2010 with 300-400 different classes offered. Dr. Richardson is a certified instructor for NHI courses regarding river engineering, hydraulics and scour. He taught 5 classes in 2010.