Award Celebrates Unique Collaboration in Engineering EducationNovember 8, 2012

MRIGlobal today announced an award of a $1,000 scholarship to support the inaugural year of the Rockhurst University collaboration with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering. 

The scholarship was presented to Nicholas Engler, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering at Rockhurst. Engler, a native of Springfield, Missouri, is completing his engineering coursework at UMKC, and expects to graduate in 2015 with a degree from Rockhurst University.

“We applaud all efforts to meet the nation’s demand for engineers,” said Michael F. Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, “and we especially salute this demonstration of public-private collaboration to produce engineers in our neighborhood. We hope to benefit from home-grown engineers who’d like a career with MRIGlobal.”

This is the first year for the unique program, a win-win for the two universities. The program allows Rockhurst to support students who have an interest in engineering and computer science, and it allows UMKC to expand its existing programs in those fields. UMKC offers the only engineering program in Kansas City accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

"Sharing resources with UMKC allows our students to achieve their dream of majoring in engineering or computer science while still receiving the benefits of a Jesuit education, said Rockhurst University President the Rev. Thomas B. Curran. “With our nearly adjacent locations, this solution offers convenience as well as a high-quality education."

“We’re grateful to MRIGlobal for this expression of support for this joint program,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “We created this program to create a synergy that will enliven the learning communities on both sides of Troost Avenue, and once again, MRIGlobal is proving to be an excellent neighbor and strong supporter of vitally important STEM initiatives.”

  “We invite our colleagues in Kansas City engineering and computer science technology firms to join us in supporting UMKC and Rockhurst in developing the next generation of engineers,” Helmstetter said.  

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