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Taya Upkes & Zane Potts 2011 Student LEAP Award recipients!

Congratulations to Taya Upkes and Zane Potts! They are UMKC SCE’s 2011 Student 2011 Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award winners and are featured on the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) webpage! Each year, the student LEAP award is earned by the two MSPE student chapter students that write the best 300 – 1,000 word essays on engineering ethics. This year the question addressed in the student essays was based on a provided scenario and the question posed was “Was it unethical for Engineer A to make minor changes to design documents prepared and revised by Engineer B without consulting with Engineer B?“

Taya & Zane will be honored at the March 24, 2011 dinner/presentation that our UMKC MSPE student chapter is hosting for the MSPE WC. Their names will be added to the LEAP Award Recipient plaque housed in Flarsheim Hall. Included with each award is a $50.00 gift certificate. The annual LEAP Award was established by the MSPE WC in 2005.

In addition, to the two student LEAP award winners, one SCE faculty each year is the recipient of the faculty Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) award. The UMKC School of Computing and Engineering faculty 2011 LEAP award winner is Dr. Daniel Leon-Salas. He was awarded the LEAP Award by the student members of the MSPE/NSPE. The faculty LEAP Award recognizes one SCE faculty per year for “demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession.”

Our UMKC MSPE student chapter has benefited greatly from MSPE WC’s mentorship and support and are very proud to host their March 24th dinner!

Daniel Leon-Salas 2011 Faculty LEAP Award Recipient

Congratulations to Daniel Leon-Salas, Assistant Professor in SCE’s Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department, and winner of the annual Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award which was established by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) in 2005. The LEAP award recognizes annually the SCE faculty, as determined by MSPE student chapter members via secret ballot, that has “demonstrated mentoring abilities that encourage students to seek leadership excellence in the engineering profession.” In addition to the faculty LEAP award, student LEAP awards are earned annually by the two MSPE student chapter students that write the best 300 – 1,000 word essays on engineering ethics. This year the question addressed in the student essays was based on a provided scenario and the question posed was “Was it unethical for Engineer A to make minor changes to design documents prepared and revised by Engineer B without consulting with Engineer B?“ This year’s student winners are Taya Upkes and Zane Potts. All the LEAP recipients are featured on the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE WC) webpage! Dr. Daniel Leon-Salas, Taya Upkes & Zane Potts will be honored at the March 24, 2011 dinner/presentation that our UMKC MSPE student chapter is hosting for the MSPE WC and their names will be added to the LEAP Award Recipient plaque housed in Flarsheim Hall. The UMKC MSPE student chapter has benefited greatly from MSPE WC’s mentorship and support and thank them for their sponsorship of the LEAP award.