Tag Archives: Reza Derakhshani

Feichen Shen, Sashi Saripalle, Kaustubh Dhondge Receive SGS Research Grants

Congratulations to SCE Ph.D. students Feichen Shen, Sashi Saripalle and Kaustubh Dhondge.  They were all selected for prestigious UMKC School of Graduate Studies (SGS) research grants.  This makes four SCE students receiving SGS funding as we announced MD. Nahid Hossain’s research award earlier this month.

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Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani earns prestigious award for research


SCE Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani has been named a 2014 recipient of the N.T. Veatch Award For Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. The award recognizes distinguished research and other scholarly activities or creative activity accomplished by UMKC faculty. Continue reading

Four SCE Women Graduate Students Receive GAF Awards

Four talented UMKC SCE women graduate students have been selected to receive UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistant Fund (GAF) Awards.  These competitive awards are based on the merits of their proposed projects and/or scholarly activities. Lean more about how their efforts will be making a difference.   

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EyeVerify Winner of Global Get in the Ring Competition


EyeVerify recently won the global finals of the “Get in the Ring: The Investment Battle” competition.  The global competition was held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, just four days after the National competition held in Kansas City, MO.  EyeVerify’s CEO, Toby Rush, traveled to the Netherlands for the International Finals of the competition, which were held at the Hulstkamp Gebouw in Rotterdam.  At the finals, eight startups, including EyeVerify, competed for a grand prize of up to €1,000,000.

Before advancing to the global competition, EyeVerify competed against eight different startups in the “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash” competition.  The national contest was held Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, with the United States finalists, selected from a pool of 283 startups, vying for the national title.

EyeVerify is a Kansas City, KS startup based on technology developed by UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Reza Derakhshani.

For more information about the International Competition and a list of the eight international finalists, visit the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam website.

EyeVerify Continues to Gain Recognition


EyeVerify, a Kansas City startup based on technology developed by UMKC School of Computing and Engineering Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani, Ph.D., continues to gain accolades.

Most recently, the eyeprint verification company has been selected as one of eight finalists in the national entrepreneurship competition, ‘Get in the Ring’, hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. See the UMKC Today article for more information.

EyeVerify Winner of 2013 Silicon Prairie Awards


UMKC’s EyeVerify, a Kansas City startup developing biometric identification devices for mobile phones, was recently selected as a winner of two 2013 Silicon Prairie Awards.  Out of the hundreds of nominees, only 12 received awards at the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, IA. EyeVerify received the Startup of the Year award, and Riddhiman Das, software developer for EyeVerify, received the Technologist of the Year award.

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Professors Marco Brotto and Reza Derakhshani Receive UM Fast Track II Initiative Funds

School of Nursing (SoN) Endowed Professor Marco Brotto and UMKC School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) Associate Professor Reza Derakhshani have received UM Fast Track II Initiative Funds. Their project, the “Prototyping of a mobile electronic sensing device for the diagnosis of myocardial infarcts”, is a collaborative effort. The UM Intellectual Property Fast Track II program is an internal funding mechanism to help develop emerging new technologies by providing the means for researchers “to focus on development, testing, or prototype construction, and/or conduct specific market research. This evaluation may lead to industry collaboration, licensing, the formation of a new company, or the abandonment of the technology for commercial application.”

SCE well represented at IEEE Region 5 Conference in Denver, CO

Two SCE senior design teams and our UMKC IEEE Robotics Team traveled to Denver, CO to attend the April 6-7, 2013 IEEE Region 5 Annual Meeting and Student Competitions. Our group of 27 students joined teams from across Region 5, twenty-seven in total. Due to some technical challenges, only 4 robots out of 24 competing were able to score. UMKC along with all others with no score placed 5th. Accompanying our SCE student teams were IEEE Student Chapter Staff Advisor Debby Dilks and ECE senior design faculty Dr. Reza Derakhshani.

2nd Place Won in IEEE Student Robotics Technical Report Competition!

UMKC Senior Design Team 2 members Tyler Cobb, James Mitchum, Josh Rawley, Tim Burke, and Jared Hargrave won 2nd Place in the IEEE Student Robotics Technical Report Competition. The award was presented at the Annual Banquet at the 2013 IEEE Region 5 Annual Awards Banquet held April 6, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Reza Derakhshani, ECE senior design faculty and team advisor, accompanied the team.

Biometric Research & Technology Transfer Aids Kansas City’s Silicon Prairie Reputation

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.