KCIISE Kurt’s Bars Tour

The KCIISE chapter had the opportunity to tour a local small business on November 17th – Kurt’s Bars.  Kurt’s Bars are health energy bars used by anyone from endurance athletes to kids’ sports teams and are made locally in Shawnee, KS. 

Kurt’s Bars was started by local athlete, Kurt Niemackl.  After trying to find the right fuel for his endurance races, he found that they were lacking in taste, weren’t easy on the gut, or did not have lasting energy.  So, he decided to create his own.  Using natural and organic ingredients, he often used his friends and family as guinea pigs for various recipes.  When he finally landed on the right recipe, he found that Kurt’s Bars were in high demand by his fellow athletes.  Outgrowing his home kitchen, he renovated the basement of a house to function as an FDA approved commercial kitchen.

We learned about how to get the process certified and get nutrition information validated and appropriately labeled.  We were in awe of how streamlined Kurt’s operation was; that awe was topped only by how amazing the bars tasted!  Kurt’s background in construction is apparent in the operation, as you can see where he has modified equipment and tools to be more efficient. 

We all left with a yummy sampling of goodies!  To get your own, be sure to visit www.kurtsbars.com.

#fuelwhatdrivesyou #smallbusiness #shoplocal


Harvesters Food Pantry Volunteer Event

On the evening of October 20th, IISE and family volunteered via Harvesters at “A Turning Point” in Northmoor, MO just north of Kansas City.  Volunteers worked for two hours after learning the pantry process.  The pantry is stocked with a plethora of essential food items from local groceries and donations, enabling families to get what they need for a week. 

The pantry opened around 4:45 and volunteers helped customers pick items from the shelves, navigate the pantry, and stocked additional items when needed.  Then, volunteers assisted in pushing carts and loading vehicles for the customers.  One couldn’t help but smell through their mask the abundance of sanitizer in the air and on common surfaces, emphasizing the safety and health of all in the process. 

In addition to the pantry, A Turning Point offers a Wardrobe, an Academy, and other community services.  More information can be found at aturningpointkc.org.  Thank you to all who volunteered, we certainly hope to volunteer again in the near future!

Event Announcement: Dream Big Film Showing

Join IISE this Thursday for a showing of Dream Big: Engineering Our World

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In partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first of its kind film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels — big and small — and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 5:30 PM
B&B Regnier Extreme Screen at Union Station
30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

This is a great event for friends and family! The film is inspiring and showcases incredible engineering designs from around the world.  Bring your family along and inspire the next generation of engineers!

Tickets: $6 per person
Networking to follow at Pierponts in Union Station