Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter has committed to building a foot bridge in Vallecito, Panama starting 2013-2014. In Fall 2012, the EWB student chapter decided it was time to depart from the Dominican Republic, where it had been working with the support of the EWB Kansas City (KC) professional chapter since 2009, because the projects left to be completed were beyond the scope of the students. Over the next two years, only EWB KC professional chapter members will travel to the Dominican to finalize the program. Thus the UMKC EWB student chapter members starting looking for a new program. While there were lots of opportunities in Africa, SCE students decided to stay in the America’s due to logistical costs. After reviewing options, it was decided that Panama would be a good place to pursue a new program as EWB-Panama needed help with building footbridges. Incentives for choosing Panama included one of the EWB mentors being a native of Panama with her mother living in Panama City and a member of EWB-Panama.
The UMKC DBIA Student Chapter visited the office of Emery Sapp & Sons located in Kansas City, MO on March 8, 2013. After a tour of the facilities, Brian Johanning, Lowell Patterson and Tim Paulson gave a presentation on Emery Sapp & Sons business operations and industry hiring practices. The presentation included a management perspective on effective communication with clientele, expectations for future Design-Build construction projects, and tools currently used by the company for estimating and bidding. Sean Rivers if the president of the UMKC DBIA student chapter and Ceki Halmen is the UMKC DBIA faculty advisor.
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).