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18 SCE Students & 2 Faculty Tour USACE ERDC Laboratories in Vicksburg, MS

Providing SCE students educational enhancement and career development opportunities are key missions of both our UMKC Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) and our UMKC Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) student chapters. This Spring Break they teamed up to provide their members an astonishing opportunity, a travel expense paid trip to tour the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering Research Development Center in Vicksburg, MS on Monday, March 25 followed by a visit to the Lower Mississippi River Museum and participation at the Vicksburg SAME Post luncheon and presentation on Tuesday, March 26. Accompanying the students on the trip were civil engineering faculty Dr. Ceki Halmen and Dr. ZhiQiang Chen, MSPE Student Chapter Vice President Sean Rivers and MSPE Student Chapter staff advisor Jane Vogl. Funding was provided by the MSPE Student Chapter, the SCE Student Council, the UMKC Office of Student Involvement, the SCE Alumni Board, and the Greater Kansas City Post of the Society of American Military Engineers. Dean Kevin Truman, SAME student chapter faculty advisor, and Jane Vogl helped to arrange the trip.

The very worthwhile ERDC visit started with a warm welcome from ERDC Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory Director Dr. David Pittman. Dr. Pittman and his team provided SCE students information on careers at USACE and ERDC. He encouraged students to investigate the USACE for career possibilities as job opportunities become available. Students then visited each of the four state-of-the art laboratories open for public touring. With tremendous enthusiasm researchers at each laboratory discussed their work, how they conducted their research and shared some of their results. Because much of ERDC’s research is classified, especially the research intended to support and enable the warfighter, SCE students were left to ponder just exactly what was going on the dozens of building they did not visit within the complex. See the USACE ERDC overview fact sheet and the Media Fact Sheet about ERDC laboratories to obtain a perspective on the size and scope of ERDC’s work and mission.

Highlights of the ERDC tour included 1) viewing the 1-55 ft scale model of the McNary Lock and Dam and hearing about the research into lock and dam designs that are able to co-exist with local fish populations; 2) driving a barge in a simulated lock and dam; 3) experiencing and interacting with a simulation of driving a ship in San Francisco bay; 4) visiting the Hazardous Waste Research Center where research into removing lead from soil was described along with research into removing pollutants from sediments; 5) learning how ERDC utilizes an incredibly powerful centrifuge to conduct blast research; and 6) viewing 3-D simulations of research data and experiments in the Information Technology Laboratory.

Due to a happy coincidence, the Vicksburg Post of The Society of American Military Engineers monthly luncheon/presentation was the day after the ERDC tour. SCE students and faculty received a fantastic welcome, enjoyed a great lunch and found the presentation on weather trends extremely informative. After the luncheon, Colonel Kevin Wilson of ERDC and Colonel Jeffrey Eckstein of the USACE Vicksburg District talked with students encouraging them to excellence in their studies and their careers.

The Vicksburg trip is one of several professional trips being taken by SCE students this March and April. The UMKC National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Student Chapter members are participating in the NSBE 2013 Annual Convention in Indianapolis, IN and the UMKC IEEE Student Chapter members are participating in the IEEE Robotics Competition in Denver, CO.

SAME Student Chapter Receives Plaque Commemorating Its Formation

On May 9th Colonel Anthony Hofmann, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Greater Kansas City Post President and District Commander United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Kansas City District, presented to Kevin Truman, Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering, a plaque commemorating the formation of the UMKC SAME Student Chapter in 2009. Dean Truman is the faculty advisor for the chapter.

SCE Professors Baker & Richardson work on North Platte River Stabilization Design

Professors Don Baker, P.E. and Jerry Richardson, P.E. presented their research finding in a talk entitled North Platte River Stabilization Design to over 50 attendees at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Greater Kansas City Post monthly luncheon/presentation on September 22, 2011. This research project was conducted for the Nebraska Community Foundation to develop a design for river training structures at the measuring weir on the Platte River near Nebraska-Wyoming. Accurate flow measurement at this structure has been adversely affected by channel migration, and bar formation due to high sediment loads in the Platte River. Previous construction of at this site had failed to result in a repeatable and consistent stage-discharge relationship.

A combined numeric and physical modeling approach was effective in understanding the complex velocity patterns at this site and to design river training structures to stabilize the channel and improve the discharge rating of the weir. Mr. Phil Balch, a fluvial geomorphologist from Wildhorse Riverworks, Inc. and Mr. Nathan Grahl, SCE civil engineering undergraduate senior, are also members of the research team. Mr. Balch assisted in the design of the model and Mr. Grahl helped build and run the model and analyzed the research data. Following the presentation, several of the luncheon participants came over to UMKC SCE’s Fluids lab to observe a demonstration of the model.

E-Week Participation by SCE Students Hits Record High!

SCE celebrated E-week (February 21 – 25) with numerous events and activities sponsored by our student organizations and SCE Student Council.  Overall participation by students hit a record high!  It is estimated that over 1/3 of SCE students participated in at least one E-week activity! 

The week started off with free nachos, a tug of war and gaming competition. Mid week highlights included the Toyota Ride and Drive, Alumni Panel, Trebuchet and Bottle Rocket Competitions, STEM Career Fair, book fair and Blood Drive.  And did we mention the free donuts on Wednesday and the free pancake breakfast on Thursday?   Several  SCE student leaders were guests at Thursday’s  60th Annual Engineers Week Luncheon attended by over 300 engineering professionals and sponsored by Kansas City engineering firms and organizations.   Friday concluded with the Roo Race and an AWESOME closing event attended by over 150 SCE students  –  the 1st annual E-Week all school party!   At the party the Mr. Engineer Competition sponsored by our Society of Women Engineers student chapter was conducted and E-week prizes and awards were announced.

Jerry Richardson presents at Society of American Military Engineers Chapter Meeting

Civil Engineering Professor Jerry Richardson is the featured presenter at the July Society of American Military Engineers meeting.  On July 29, 2010 he will present on The Effect of Data Density on Advanced Hydraulic Computations. This presentation was part of the XVIII International Conference on Computational Methods and Water Resources held recently in Barcelona, Spain.  Dr. Richardson is a faculty member in the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. He co-authored sections in Hec-18 and also teaches NHI courses on bridge scour and stream stability.

Society of Military Engineers GKC Post Donates $4000 to SCE

Same Check Presentation

The Society of Military Engineers Greater Kansas City Post, along with the School of Computing and Engineering at University of Missouri – Kansas City, hosted the 2nd Annual Industry Day event. The event was a huge success for the Post.  It exceeded the 2009 event with over 250 representatives from the architectural/engineering, construction, US Army Corps of Engineers, and students from across the country in attendance.  To thank UMKC and the School of Computing & Engineering, on April 28th, COL Roger Wilson (KC District), Mr. Chris Prinslow (KC District), Mr. Jason Meyers (Burns & McDonnell) presented a check to the UMKC’s SCE “Dean’s Discretionary Fund”. Accepting the check for UMKC included Dr. Kevin Truman (Dean of SCE), Dr. Appie van de Liefvoort, (Chair of Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department), Ms. Megan Foster, President of SAME Student Chapter and Dr. Mark McClernon (Chair of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department). The contribution to the School of Computing & Engineering will be used to procure additional equipment for the school’s civil engineering laboratory.  The post will begin planning for next year’s event in the near future. We’re looking forward to another successful event in Jan 2011!

UMKC SCE Dean Kevin Truman Receives Prestigious Award

KZT Bliss AwardOverview @ SAMESociety of American Military Engineers’ Bliss Medal recognizes excellence in educating, mentoring and motivating students.  In the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) recognized UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering Dean Kevin Truman for excellence in educating, mentoring and motivating students. Truman accepted SAME’s 2009 Bliss Medal on May 5 at SAME’s 2010 Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference and Expo.   More UMKC Press Release . . . and at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/militaryengineers/page12/