The Herff College - University of Memphis

The Herff College - University of Memphis

Fall 2008

The Magazine for the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis

The Herff College

helping students along

diverse career pathways.

Theresa Russomanno


Kathy Garrott

Managing Editor

Nicky Hitching


Will Marshall


Lindsey Lissau


Debi Scott

Class Notes/PR Buzz

Carolyn Oldenburg


Department News

Eugene Eckstein

Biomedical Engineering

Shahram Pezeshk

Civil Engineering

David Russomanno

Electrical & Computer

Deborah Hochstein

Engineering Technology

Vol. 13, No. 1

John Hochstein

Mechanical Engineering

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© 2008 Herff College of Engineering



Richard Warder


Charles Bray

Associate Dean

Steven Slack

Associate Dean

Paul Palazolo

Assistant Dean

Carolyn Oldenburg

Director of Development

Kathy Atkinson

Academic Advisor

Kathy Garrott

Marketing Manager

Ed Lin

Director of Engineering

Technical Services

David Greganti

Business Officer



Eugene Eckstein

Biomedical Engineering

Deborah Hochstein

Engineering Technology

John Hochstein

Mechanical Engineering

Shahram Pezeshk

Civil Engineering

David Russomanno

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Herff College

of Engineering

Advisory Council

Mark Askew (BSCE ’76)

Askew, Hargraves, Harcourt

and Associates, Inc.

Donald O. Barber (MS ’83)

FedEx (retired)

Steven J. Bares

Memphis Bioworks Foundation

George D. Barnes

Buchart-Horn Inc. (retired)

Jerry Collins (BSCE '75: MS '76)

Memphis Light, Gas & Water

Mark Darty


Ted Fox

Shelby County

William O. Hagerman (BSCE ’74)

Dunavant Enterprises

Theopolis Holeman (BSET '71)

Duke Energy Corporation

Dennis W. Koerner

RING Industrial Group

Stephen Liberto (BSET ’81)


James Liles (BSEE ’71)

Liles Engineering Design

Consultants, LLC

Daniel B. McKee

Allen & Hoshall

John Pafford (BSET ’87)

SpineWave, Inc.

Robert M. Pap

Accurate Automation Corporation

Jack E. Parr

Medical Technology Development Inc.

James M. Phillips

Pinnacle Investment

Michael Pohlman

Pickering, Inc.

Harry B. Rike III

SSR Ellers, Inc.

Jon C. Serbousek

Biomet, Inc.

James N. Speakman

EnSafe, Inc.

Bobby Wharton (BSET ’75)

G&W Diesel

Laura Whitsitt (BSME ’87; MS ’88)

Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Edward F. Williams III

E. T. C. of the Americas, Inc.

Engineering Alumni

Association Officers

Lindsey Gardner Waugh (BSME ’04)


James Simpson (BSCE ’99)


The Herff College of Engineering

welcomes new members

Jerry Collins, Theopolis Holeman,

and Daniel McKee to the Advisory

Council. Collins is president and

CEO of Memphis Light, Gas

and Water. Holeman is senior

vice president of Duke Energy

Corporation. McKee is senior vice

president of Allen & Hoshall.


2 Dean’s Perspective

3 Herff Headlines

12 Cover Story

Engineering A Brighter Future:

One Student at a Time

16 PR Buzz

17 New Faces

18 Departmental News

23 Other News

24 Giving Back

27 Class Notes

28 In Memoriam

BC Upcoming Events


Outstanding students from all engineering disciplines talk about their

dreams for the future and how the College is helping them along their

career pathways. Photos by Lindsey Lissau. Design by Will Marshall.


During the past several months,

most of us have been saturated

with messages from the

presidential candidates of each

major political party calling for

change in one form or another.

Reflecting on those messages, I

realized that the University and

the Herff College of Engineering

have undergone and continue to

experience numerous changes.

The University even changed its



Over the past nearly 15 years, the College has redefined itself, its

faculty, its academic programs, and its research and scholarship

activities. These changes have been driven, to a very large extent,

by our vision to be the College of choice for engineering students

in this region, not just the best engineering college on Central


New degree programs have been added to increase career options

and opportunities. In 1999, the Tennessee higher Education

Commission (ThEC) formally approved the College’s proposal

for a B.S. in Computer Engineering. This is the only such program

within 200 miles of Memphis in any direction. Shortly after the

first group of students graduated in 2003, the program underwent

a successful accreditation visit by the Engineering Accreditation

Commission of ABET, Inc. (formerly the Accreditation Board for

Engineering and Technology). The 2003 re-accreditation visits for

the civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs and the

three engineering technology concentrations also were successful.

In July 2005, ThEC approved our proposal for a B.S. in Biomedical

Engineering (BME), and 17 new students entered in August.

This was another exclusive for the College, offering the only BME

program within 200 miles of Memphis. The BME undergraduate

program will produce its first graduates in spring 2009 and will

undergo its initial accreditation visit in fall 2009.


Simultaneous with the BME visit, the four engineering and three

engineering technology concentrations will be reviewed for reaccreditation

by teams of ABET evaluators. Since 2003, the criteria

used for accrediting engineering and engineering technology

programs have undergone major changes. These changes have

required programs to move from requiring courses in certain

areas to demonstrating or ‘proving’ that their graduates have

certain knowledge and abilities. For example, requiring a speech

or writing course in the curriculum does not ‘prove’ a graduate can

communicate effectively. These new criteria have required that

the faculty devote a great deal of time to acquiring data to assess

student performance and evaluating that data to ensure we can

demonstrate that our graduates have the required knowledge and


In preparation for the fall 2009 accreditation visits, the College

underwent mock accreditation visits in May by teams of

experienced engineering and engineering technology program

evaluators for the Engineering and Technology Accreditation

Commissions of ABET. The two teams critiqued drafts of

departmental self-study reports that were prepared for each of

the five engineering programs and each of the three technology

concentrations. Those critiques provided numerous suggestions for

additional materials and approaches.

Our College is fortunate that many of our faculty serve as the

evaluators for engineering and engineering technology programs

at other institutions, and thus are able to observe ‘good practices’

developed elsewhere. Nevertheless, even given this knowledge

base, our faculty and staff will have to devote a great deal of time

this academic year preparing for the formal ABET visits next fall.

We realize that our requests for feedback from you as a part of our

periodic alumni surveys can become burdensome; however, we

hope you realize that these requests are an important component

of our efforts to prepare for successful accreditation visits and that

you will take time from your busy schedules to respond to our



In every dynamic college of engineering, personnel changes are

continual. Senior faculty members retire, new faculty members

arrive, and adjunct faculty members come and go. Our College has

had and continues to undergo many such changes. Since 1994,

over 50 faculty and staff have departed, and many new faculty

and staff have joined the College. The changes in staffing came

from existing open positions, new faculty positions provided by the

central administration, and openings due to deaths, retirements,

and resignations. Additional faculty members have indicated their

intention to retire, and we project that by 2010, five to 10 new

faculty will join the College.


If you’ve been on campus during the past several years, you’ve

seen the almost continual construction of new facilities and

renovations of buildings and classrooms. Some of the major

projects include the openings of the new Michael D. rose Theatre


and Lecture hall in 2001, the 138,000 sq. ft. holiday Inn that

opened in 2002, just down from Engineering, the 93,000 sq.

ft. FedEx Institute of Technology that opened in 2003 and the

dedication of the 100,000 sq. ft. renovated John Wilder Tower

facility that consolidated all student services in 2004. Construction

is scheduled for completion in fall 2009 of a 170,000 sq. ft.

university Center.

The College of Engineering opened in 1964. Over 40 years later, as

most of the units that heat and cool the buildings have exceeded

their projected lives, we were fortunate to receive funding for the

renovation of the hvAC systems. The ~$2.1M Phase I renovation of

the Engineering Technology wing was completed September 1 and

the ~$2.4M renovation of the Engineering Science wing is planned

to begin around January 1, 2009. Although the just-completed

renovation required multiple moves of departmental faculty and

laboratory equipment, the much-improved environmental control is

quite apparent.


An academic stool really has three legs: teaching, research/

scholarship, and service. Our faculty and staff members continue

to be recognized throughout the campus for their high quality

teaching and their outstanding advising of our students. These

recognitions include numerous teaching and advising awards. For

the past several years the faculty have been aggressively working to

strengthen the third ‘leg’ of the stool by attracting external funding

to the College and university. Last year I speculated that our faculty

would again be as productive in attracting new external funding

as they were in calendar 2005 and 2006 when they averaged

nearly $110,000 and $130,000 per engineering faculty member. In

calendar 2007, they were even more productive, averaging nearly

$150,000 per faculty member. This level of productivity leads to

new challenges in terms of developing the appropriate support

infrastructure and locating suitable space for research laboratories.

I hope to report next year that we’ve been able to address these



During the past several years we have made great progress reconnecting

with our alumni, and they, along with friends of the

College, have responded magnificently with sustained support of

the many programs that benefit our students. Thank you for your

generous support. It not only makes a difference in the quality of

our programs, it helps us to continue to make changes that benefit

our community and society.

Theopolis holeman



The herff College of Engineering named energy executive

Theopolis holeman as its Outstanding Alumnus at the annual

awards program held on March 11.

holeman is the senior vice-president of power delivery for Duke

Energy, one of the largest electrical power companies in the

united States. his division of the company comprises the electric

distribution and the electrical transmission systems for more than

3.9 million customers in Duke’s service territories of North Carolina,

South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

holeman received a bachelor’s degree in construction technology

from then-Memphis State in 1971 and later earned an MBA at

the university of houston. he has also completed the Stanford

Executive program. Black Enterprise magazine recognized him as one

of the “Top 75 Most Powerful Black Executives in the united States.”

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Dean richard C. Warder and Carl ring Dean richard C. Warder and Mark Askew



Two local business leaders were

recognized for their distinguished service

in the engineering profession. Mark W.

Askew (BSCE ‘76) is president of Askew

hargraves harcourt and Associates Inc.,

one of Memphis’ largest engineering,

architecture, surveying, and landscape

architecture firms. With over 30 years of

engineering experience, Askew’s notable

projects include the Federal Express

International Module, the International

Paper Data Center, and the Brentwood

Originals Distribution Center in DeSoto

County. Askew serves on the herff College

Advisory Committee and the Thomas

Fry Memorial Fund Committee. he is

the national director of the American

Council of Engineering Companies of

Tennessee. Carl D. ring is chairman and

CEO of ring Companies, one of the

largest plastics manufacturing companies

in North America. Beginning as ring Can

Corporation in 1968, ring Companies

has grown to include three subsidiaries:

ring Container Technologies, ring

Industrial Group, and rapac, all of which

manufacture a variety of plastic products in

more than 30 factories throughout the u.S.,

England, and Canada. The ring companies

hold numerous patents relating to plastics

machinery and product design.

Outstanding alumnus Theopolis holeman (third from right) is flanked by recipients of

outstanding faculty and staff awards. (left to right) Stephanie Ivey, Debi Scott, Gary Qi, Melanie

James and rick voyles.


herff faculty and staff members were also recognized for their contributions to the College.

Stephanie Ivey, assistant professor of civil engineering, received the Outstanding Faculty

Teaching Award, and Gary Qi, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received

the Outstanding Faculty research Award. Outstanding Staff Awards went to administrative

associates, Melanie James and Debi Scott, and research equipment technician, rick voyles.


Marty Lipinski led the team that created the

award-winning recruitment toolbox.




Marty Lipinski, EnSafe professor and

director of the university of Memphis

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute

in the herff College of Engineering,

received the 2007 Coordinating Council

Award from the Institute of Transportation

Engineers. Lipinski was recognized for

his education council project entitled,

“recruitment Toolbox for Transportation


The goal of the recruitment toolbox

initiative is to expose K-12 students to the

transportation profession by providing an

easy-to-use electronic database with 92

activities searchable by age/grade levels

or by specific topics. The database can be

used by schools and companies during

recruitment events to create interest in

transportation-related careers, in areas such

as environment and energy, planning and

urban development, and traffic safety.

Lipinski led the project team that included

Stephanie Ivey, assistant professor in the

civil engineering department at the u of

M, and Jodi Carson, associate research

engineer in the Texas Transportation

Institute at Texas A&M university.



The herff College of Engineering hosted

the American Society for Engineering

Education (ASEE), Southeast (SE) Section

Annual Conference held April 6-8. Sarah

rajala, president-elect of the ASEE was

the guest speaker. rajala was recently

appointed the dean of engineering at

Mississippi State university, where she

holds the James W. Bagley endowed chair.

ASEE SE president Cecelia Wigal

welcomed 175 conference attendees,

which included engineering faculty, staff,

and students from 60 universities across

the Southeast. Business entrepreneur Jim

Phillips, now managing director of Pinnacle

Investments, was the keynote speaker,

focusing on the theme “Building Bridges:

Making the Connections that Facilitate

Engineering Education.”

More than 100 engineering education

experts presented technical sessions, and

25 student teams participated in three

poster competitions. Navid Jafari, a student

in herff’s civil engineering department, won

both the undergraduate research division

and best overall category.

“This is the first time that the herff College

has hosted this event, and attendees

focused on the communities with which

engineering educators interact, including

the K-12, student, professional, and

academic communities,” said Dean

richard Warder. he attributes the success

of the conference to the many people

who worked over many months to plan

and organize the conference, including

conference chair Paul Palazolo, assistant

dean of the College and a faculty member

in civil engineering.



The ASEE is a non-profit organization of

12,000+ members and over 500 academic

institutions, corporations, and professional

associations committed to furthering

education in engineering and engineering




Stephanie Ivey, Paul Palazolo,

and Charles Camp’s paper

“GIS Integration in a Civil

Engineering Curriculum” has

been awarded the 2008

ASEE SE Section Conference

Best Paper. The paper is the

first stemming from a project

underway in the Department

of Civil Engineering to

include practical GIS-based

projects throughout all

levels of the undergraduate

curriculum in order to

improve the student- learning

experience. The project was

supported through a TAF

Innovation to Excellence in

Learning (IEL) grant funded

through the university of

Memphis. This achievement

will be recognized during

the Awards Ceremony at the

2009 conference.

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Preparing for hands-on experience, Tiara Steward (left) and Parish

White proudly pose in their welding helmets, welding gloves, and

leather-welding aprons.



A middle-school student checks out her solar-powered

car before the team competition.

The herff College of Engineering established its first summer program for pre-college women in 2004. Since then, it has continued to expand

its offerings for females to cultivate their interest in science, math, engineering, and technology.

Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) offered three sessions this summer, enrolling 130 middle- and high-school students from Memphis City

and Shelby County Schools, as well as their math and science teachers. Through hands-on projects, participants discovered what engineers

do and how skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, and communications can lead to a rewarding career.

The highly successful GEE program is supported by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Stephanie Ivey, assistant professor of

civil engineering, and Paul Palazolo, assistant dean of recruiting and retention, are co-directors of GEE.

Introduced last year and returning this summer with expanded sessions offered over three weeks is the Girls in Manufacturing (GiM)

program for high-school students from Memphis City and Shelby County Schools. highlights included a robotics competition, a field trip to a

manufacturing plant, daily guest speakers, and the popular design-and-take-home-your-own-manufactured-product.

GiM is supported by Carrier, a united Technologies Company, and Cargill. Deborah hochstein, associate professor and chair of engineering

technology, robert hewitt, assistant professor of engineering technology, and Tom Banning, assistant professor of engineering technology, are

co-directors of GiM.



herff College biomedical (BME) and electrical and computer

engineering (EECE) students received first- and second-place

awards at the 20th Annual Student research Forum held April 1 at

the Michael D. rose Theatre on the u of M campus.

The forum, co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the university

honors Program, featured the students’ research projects and

scholarly activities. Students were also recognized by Sigma xi, the

National research Society.



Shahram Pezeshk, chair and Emison

professor in the civil engineering

department, was named a Fellow of

the American Society of Civil Engineers

(ASCE). Fellows are practitioners,

educators, mentors, and, most of all,

leaders, with distinguished careers who

have contributed significantly to the civil

engineering profession.

Pezeshk received the ASCE State-ofthe-Art

of Civil Engineering Award and

he has been actively involved in ASCE’s

Structural Division, serving on multiple

technical committees. he is a pastpresident

of the Earthquake Engineering

research Institute. In 2007, Pezeshk

was appointed by Tennessee Governor

Phil Bredesen to serve on the West

Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission.




Paul Palazolo recently received the Peter G.

hoadley Award for Outstanding Engineering

Educator from the Tennessee section of

the American Society of Civil Engineers


Given annually, the hoadley Award

recognizes an engineering educator who

has made contributions to the ASCE society

at the national, section, or branch levels.

Palazolo is a member of the board of

directors and past president of ASCE-West


Palazolo is an associate professor in

the civil engineering department and

the assistant dean for retention and

recruitment for the College.



Mohammed Yeasin, assistant professor in

the electrical and computer engineering

department, recently received the

Justin Zook, a Ph.D. candidate in BME, received the first-place

award in graduate-level engineering and Lisa Rightmire, EECE,

was the first-place award winner in undergraduate-level engineering.

Both Zook and rightmire were chosen by Sigma xi for first-place


Dwight Bordelon, a Ph.D. candidate in BME, took the secondplace

award in graduate-level engineering. Brandon Shepard,

BME, and Eddie White and Yong Ren, EECE, tied for second-place

awards in undergraduate-level engineering.

prestigious National Science Foundation

(NSF) Faculty Early Career Development

Award (CArEEr). he was awarded

$494,919 for his research entitled,

“Co-Analysis of Signal and Sense for

understanding Non-verbal Communications

and their Applications.” The Career Award

is the most prestigious award junior faculty

members can receive from the NSF. The

grant will be used to advance his research

and educational programs.

A u of M faculty member since 2005,

Yeasin leads the Computer vision, Pattern,

and Image Analysis (CvPIA) Laboratory

and works in the areas of computer vision,

data mining, bio-informatics/computational

biology, pattern recognition, and human

computer interfaces.

The NSF Program is a foundation-wide

activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious

awards in support of the early careerdevelopment

activities of those teacherscholars

who most effectively integrate

research and education within the context of

the mission of their organization. This award

is the fourth that faculty in the herff College

have received in the past 10 years.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF)

has awarded the university of Memphis

a $2,000,000, five-year grant as part of

its Science, Technology, Engineering, and

Mathematics Talent Expansion Program

(STEP). The overall goal of the STEP is to

increase the number of u.S. citizens and

permanent residents with undergraduate

degrees in science, technology,

engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The MemphiSTEP project focuses on

recruitment, retention, and persistence

to graduation to increase the number of

majors and graduates across the STEM

programs at the university of Memphis.

The project concentrates on all stages

of a STEM student’s undergraduate

experience, beginning with recruitment

to the institution, combines the strengths

of the university’s support infrastructure

with efforts and expertise of faculty,

staff, students, administrators, and the

professional community, and builds on

research, best practices, and the local

knowledge base. Major strengths of the

project are its comprehensive nature,

with numerous coordinated components,

and its encompassing approach to focus

on all STEM students.

Stephanie Ivey, assistant professor of civil

engineering, and David russomanno,

r. Eugene Smith professor and chair of

electrical and computer engineering, are

serving as Co-Principal Investigators for

the project, along with John haddock,

professor of mathematical sciences.

Don Franceschetti, Dunavant university

Professor of physics and chemistry,

serves as the Principal Investigator.





The u of M recently announced the

formation of the Center for Biofuel Energy

and Sustainable Technology (BEST). The

center is funded by a $100,000 grant

from the Tennessee Department of

Environment and Conservation (TDEC),

and John hochstein, professor and chair of

mechanical engineering, will be the director.

The Greening of Campus Includes Turning Grease from u of M Kitchens Into Biofuel.

under the direction of designer Srikant

Gir, assistant professor of mechanical

engineering, undergraduate and graduate

students, including Danny Fisher,

constructed a prototype of a mobile

Biodiesel Processing unit (BPu). The BPu

will convert all of the excess cooking oil

produced by on-campus kitchens, such as

the Tiger Den and Blue Zone cafeterias,

into viable biodiesel fuel. To produce one

gallon of biodiesel fuel, 7.5 pounds of

cooking oil is needed. The converted fuel

will then be used in the u of M’s oncampus

pick-up trucks that use pure diesel

fuel; however, the vehicles will not have

a total conversion. The state-of-the-art

BPu, to be constructed by a contractor, is

expected to be completed this year.

The TDEC grant also provides for a public

awareness outreach program, such as

displaying the BPu at environmental

events like Earth Day, and the creation of

a quality assurance laboratory, which will

test biofuel for efficiency. hochstein points

out that while anyone can make their own

fuel, testing is a different issue. The u of

M will have the only lab in Tennessee that

can test fuels for usability. The primary goal

of the center is to implement better use

of energy both on the u of M campus, as

well as in the community.

“It starts with one can. To feed the hungry.

To lift the spirit. To change the world.”

Canstruction ©


On March 28, the College hosted its second

annual Canstruction® competition through

the local chapter of the ASCE Younger

Member Group. Eleven teams from 10

Shelby County high schools competed and

collected 11,041 pounds of canned goods

and $1,000 for a total of 20,030 meals

donated to the Memphis Food Bank.





Those who deal with the Mississippi river

on a daily basis—river pilots, engineers,

scientists, and others—are intimately

familiar with the surface of the Mississippi

and the land that surrounds it. But what

secrets lie beneath the river’s surface?

This past summer, with the help of

the u. S. Corps of Engineers, researchers

from the university of Memphis and the

university of Texas at Austin sought to lift

the veil of mystery that lies underneath a

stretch of the Mississippi river between

helena, Ark., and Caruthersville, Mo., by

answering these questions:

• Do as-yet undiscovered, active fault lines

run under the Mississippi river?

• Water seeks the lowest point. Does the

Mississippi river flow the way that it does

because fault lines running the length of

the river have shaped where those lowest

points are?

• How do the Mississippi River and the

ground water interact with each other?

Brian Waldron, associate director of the

herff College of Engineering’s Ground

Water Institute, was a co-principal

investigator, along with M. Beatrice

Magnani of the u of M’s Center for

Earthquake research and Information and

Kirk McIntosh and Steffen Saustrup of the

university of Texas at Austin’s Institute for


Waldron says “This research is

unprecedented. Our utilization of marine

seismic techniques in a river environment

at the scale of our study has just not been

done anywhere else in the world. The

results from this investigation will further

our understanding of seismicity in the

region, greatly impacting earthquake

hazard planning for the region. Additionally,

for the first time we will get a picture of

the physical connection between the

Mississippi river and ground water system,

enhancing our ability in assessing the

long-term sustainability of the region’s sole

drinking water source.”

Your up-close-and-personal

account of river research

Few people are aware that the threat imposed by a large earthquake in the New Madrid

Seismic Zone (NMSZ), which trends along the Mississippi river between Marked Tree, Ark.,

and Cairo, Ill., is far greater in scale than those occurring in California. Also unknown is the

anticipated destruction that would affect the area, which includes Memphis, Tenn., an area

which is heavily populated and industrialized. You are invited to follow a diverse group

of scientists on their historic expedition to read the past to better understand what may

happen in the NMSZ in the future. At you can view

photographs and read personal commentaries from the researchers along their 200 mile, 21day

journey on the Mississippi river. And once the data is analyzed (mid-2009), the results,

which will be of great interest to residents in the Mid-South and beyond, will be made public.

Funding for this research came from the u.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake hazard research Program,

National Science Foundation, and Memphis Light, Gas and Water with in-kind support from the u.S. Army Corps

of Engineers Memphis District, u.S. Coast Guard, and FedEx.

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Pickering, Inc., a Memphis-based

architecture, engineering, and

environmental consulting firm, is

establishing the College’s first endowed

faculty award. To be known as The

Pickering Faculty Award for Excellence, the

award will provide an annual stipend to an

outstanding civil, electrical, or mechanical

engineering professor in recognition of

their exemplary scholarship and classroom


“Pickering wants to support the

engineering faculty who are molding and

encouraging their students to become the

best in their fields,” said Linda vance, chief

financial officer. “When I reflect on my own

college experience, I remember all the

professors who supplied me with the core

education, as well as the support I needed

to become successful. They were an

instrumental part of my college experience,

and Pickering wants to ensure students in

the herff College of Engineering benefit

from great professors as well.”

“I am delighted Pickering is endowing a

faculty award,” said Dean Dick Warder.

“Faculty support, whether it is faculty

awards, professorships, or chairs of

excellence, provide the College with that

additional financial support it needs to

recruit and retain the very best faculty.”

Outstanding faculty are the foundation

all universities and colleges need to build

and maintain solid academic programs

that attract good students and produce

knowledgeable, prepared alumni. Faculty

support is critical to attracting such faculty.

A 2006 faculty survey conducted by the

American Society for Engineering Education

revealed that salary averages in the herff

College of Engineering ranked in the

bottom 20th percentile compared to salary

averages at our peer institutions. Thanks

to privately funded faculty awards and

professorships, like the Pickering Faculty

Award, the College has been able to retain

100% of faculty award recipients in recent

years despite salary constraints.

According to Warder, “The Pickering Faculty

Award for Excellence will not only provide

additional support for an outstanding

faculty member’s teaching and research

programs; it will also demonstrate to faculty

that their efforts are valued and recognized

by the engineering community as well.”

(Left to right) Brittany Carney, mechanical engineering freshman, Michael racer, Thomas

Morano, mechanical engineering senior, John hochstein, Sirisha Govindaraju, mechanical

engineering graduate student, Kevin Funderburk, mechanical engineering sophmore,

President Shirley C. raines, Bradford Beach, mechanical engineering freshman, and

Kenneth Perkins, mechanical engineering freshman.


The university of Memphis celebrated its

first Sustainable Technologies Awareness

Day (STAD) Oct. 7, 2008. The campuswide

event, which was open to the public,

encouraged environmental awareness,

inquiry, and activism among students,

faculty, and staff. The event featured

numerous eco-friendly initiatives that have

been developed by the university and its

community partners.

STAD was organized by the Center for

Biofuel Energy & Sustainable Technologies

(BEST) in cooperation with the u of M’s

Environmental Action Club. BEST is an

interdisciplinary center housed in the herff

College and co-directed by John hochstein

and Srikant Gir. It brings together students,

faculty, and staff from across the campus

and beyond to work on research and

projects that promote sustainable energy

systems and practices. Key partners in

BEST include the Master in Public health

Program, Marketing and Supply Chain

Management, and the Ecological research

Center. BEST’s Associate Director for Public

health and Outreach Marian Levy and

Co-Director John hochstein, along with

Michael racer, Associate Director, Biofuel

Supply Chain, organized the STAD event.




Stephanie Ivey, assistant professor

of civil engineering, received a grant

through the Strengthening Communities

Initiative, funded through a collaboration

between the Community Foundation

of Greater Memphis, the united Way

of the MidSouth, and the university of

Memphis. The proposed project will

involve a comprehensive inventory of traffic

patterns and transportation networks in

the rozelle-Annesdale neighborhood to

identify problems related to safety and

efficiency of existing systems. The final

product of the project will be a report

defining existing conditions, identifying

areas of need, and recommending changes

to existing transportation networks that will

improve the quality of life of neighborhood

residents. Two undergraduate students and

one graduate student in the Department of

Civil Engineering will work on this project.

Stoy Bailey, Managing Director of the

Pigeon roost Development Corporation, is

the lead community partner in this project.


Conference Presented

Timely Topic: Disaster Recovery

in Freight Transportation

The university of Memphis Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, housed within the

university’s herff College of Engineering, brought together individuals with an interest

in disaster recovery and contingency plans for transportation and logistics at a seminar,

“Disaster recovery in Freight Transportation – Moving Beyond First response,” Sept. 29,

2008. The conference was sponsored by CN (Canadian National railway) and The Dehart


Attendees learned about the current state of disaster recovery preparedness and identified

long-term issues that should be addressed should a disaster strike the area and disrupt

supply chain systems. These issues included prioritization of rebuilding the infrastructure

and partnerships between the public and private sectors.

Conference speakers included State Senator Mark Norris, robert D. Jamison (BSEE ’87),

under Secretary for National Protection and Programs with the Department of homeland

Security, and Joe Waldo, senior consultant on global trade and transportation with Global

Insight Inc. Other speakers presented a local perspective on business recovery and

contingency planning, including issues facing air, rail, water and trucking.

“This is a timely and important topic for the Memphis region,” said Martin Lipinski, director

of the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute. “Memphis is one of the nation’s leading

freight transportation and logistics centers and is home to the largest cargo airport in the

world, five Class I railroads, one of the country’s largest inland river ports, and two major

interstate highways. Any long-term disruption to the transportation network in the region,

such as the collapse of the railroad bridges or the closure of the airport, would have a

devastating impact on the economy of the united States.”

Pay to the

Order Of:



The University of Memphis $

One Million and 00/100

0110401970 2012 000000000

At the conference, Danny Simpson of CN railway presented

a $1 million gift to President Shirley C. raines to establish

the CN – E. hunter harrison Center for Intermodal Safety

and Emergency Preparedness.

September 29, 2008

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1,000,000. 00


Canadian National Railway Company

The Center for Intermodal

Freight Transportation

Studies (CIFTS) is

a u.S. Department

of Transportation-

designated university

Transportation Center

housed at the university

of Memphis and operated

in partnership with the

vanderbilt Center for

Transportation research

(vECTOr). As part of

the Memphis Intermodal

Freight Transportation

Institute, CIFTS addresses

critical issues affecting

the planning, design,

and operation of the

nation’s intermodal freight

transportation system,

with an emphasis on

the water, rail, air, and

highway freight network

of the lower Mississippi

river delta region.



A BrIGhTEr FuTurE:

One Student at a Time


herff College of Engineering has always been recognized as a place

where students get a first-rate education, but it’s also a place where

students bring their intellect, talent and dreams and leave with a

roadmap to reaching those dreams. What’s even more exciting is

students often find themselves well along that pathway – even before

they finish their degrees.

Katye Graves (ME ‘09)


Consider the experience of Katye Graves (ME ’09), who arrived at

herff with a passion for NASCAr racing, one that she shares with

her family. Graves says that watching races together has always

been a family affair, and when she was growing up in Arlington,

Tenn., her father fueled her interest in racing by taking her to the

Memphis Motorsports Park. Graves worked there for four years

gaining experience in ticketing, hospitality, and other areas.

Now as an engineering student, with the help of Jeff Marchetta,

assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Graves has begun

to parlay her dreams of racing into a career in the automotive field.

This summer she interned with Parker Chelsea Products Division in

Olive Branch, Miss., where she worked with power take-off devices.

These gear boxes power the secondary functions of heavy-duty work

trucks, such as the unloading function of a dump truck. The job, she

says, has given her a chance to apply some of the engineering skills

she has learned, such as using 3-D modeling and working in teams.

Graves points out that Marchetta has been the most influential of

her engineering professors, encouraging her to pursue an honors

program and to attend an American Institute of Aeronautics and

Astronautics (AIAA) conference where friendship and Tigers

basketball came into play. “Marchetta is like a friend. Students can

laugh and joke with him,” she says. “When the Tigers played the

Texas Longhorns in the NCAA tournament while we were all at AIAA,

he watched the game with us.”

She still enjoys watching NASCAr, and at a time when Indy racer

Danica Patrick is making headlines, Graves hasn’t given up on her

dream of doing more than just watching on the sidelines. “I’d love

to be the race engineer for a NASCAr team,” she says. “It would be

even better to drive in a race!”

Demetric Woods (BSET‘08)


Demetric Woods (BSET ‘08) had the good fortune of completing

his degree before gas prices neared $4. That’s because Woods, a

transfer student from Jackson State Community College, drove two

hours each way from his hometown of Bolivar, Tenn., to the u of M

campus. Woods impressed his professors by never missing a class

and never complaining about the commute. After he graduated,

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Woods impressed them even more with the generous starting salary

he received when hired by Goodyear Tire & rubber Company in

union City, Tenn., a plant where he had interned. Plus, he landed

this position with only a bachelor’s degree.

ryan Pickett (CE ‘08)



ryan Pickett’s (CE ‘08) application to herff didn’t read like most.

he had played football at the university of the South, then at

Georgetown College in Kentucky where his team came within reach

of a national championship. he had also been accepted to West

Point and had worked in construction before arriving here.

Pickett credits his professors with helping him to find a better sense

of direction. With the encouragement of Stephanie Ivey, assistant

professor in civil engineering, Pickett found his way to the university

of Memphis storm water project and then to the Ground Water

Institute (GWI), where he has worked closely with GWI director Jerry

Anderson, associate professor of civil engineering, and associate

GWI director Brian Waldron, assistant professor of civil engineering.

Pickett’s independent project there is focused on determining

stream bed permeabilities, or how ground water and surface water

interact. he has also worked as a lab instructor under Charles Camp,

robert G. Wharton professor of civil engineering.

In addition, Pickett has shared the media spotlight as a member of

a team that went on a data-gathering boat trip this summer on the

Mississippi river to learn more about what’s going on underneath

the great river. This research was part of a larger joint project

between the university of Memphis and the university of Texas

at Austin. (visit to experience this

exciting trip first-hand through photos, journals, and newspaper

articles). The team sought to learn more about earthquakes in the

region by exploring whether fault lines lie under the river. More

germane to Pickett’s interest, the team also studied how the river

interacts with the Memphis Aquifer, the primary water source of

Shelby County and surrounding areas of the region.

The accessibility of faculty and the camaraderie of the College are

among the things Pickett likes best. “I feel comfortable going to any

one of them and asking for help,” says the Clarksville, Tenn., native.

They are always willing to take the time to sit down and help with

any problems you have.” Pursuing graduate work at herff, Pickett

plans to continue the research he began as an undergraduate.

After that, one career option is to work in the field of environmental

engineering, to return contaminated areas to their natural state. But

he isn’t ruling anything out, as long as his job does not entail sitting

in front of a computer all day. For that reason, working as a project

manager is an attractive option, too, since ideally Pickett would be

able to be out in the field a few days a week.

Eddie White (CPE ‘09)



Pickett isn’t the only student whose research is taking him to

interesting places. This summer, Eddie White (CpE/EE ’09) traveled

to Australia with Khan Iftekharuddin, associate professor of electrical

and computer engineering, to collaborate with other researchers


on perfecting face-recognition systems, specifically, how to get a

computer to recognize a face when it’s turned at different angles.

White’s work on this National Science Foundation-funded project in

the Intelligent Systems and Image Processing (ISIP) lab won him

second place in the undergraduate engineering category of the

annual u of M Student research Forum.

In addition to a double degree in computer and electrical

engineering, White is working on adding a major in physics. For that

reason, he is embarking on a second senior year during which he

will complete the requirements for those areas, as well as study

chemistry. he also joined a fraternity to branch out socially and to

help develop the “soft” skills needed to work effectively with others.

White believes his broad education will provide many options,

whether it’s working with line voltage at Memphis Light, Gas &

Water, programming, or designing a circuit board. A graduate of

White Station high School, he grew up in Memphis and became

interested in engineering at an early age. “As a kid, when one of my

toys broke, I would break it all the way so I could see how it works,”

he recalls. “When I discovered on the Internet, I

spent all my time there.”

Brandon Shepherd (BME ‘09)


Brandon Shepherd (BME ‘09) also grew up near Memphis in

Arlington, Tenn., and like Eddie White, found his calling early on.

Long before college, Shepherd considered himself a pre-med guy

bound for a chemistry or biology major. he was also interested in

engineering but he didn’t know how to combine the two. Then his

research led him to information about the biomedical engineering

degree being developed at that time at the herff College. “It was

the perfect fit for me,” Brandon recalls. “The new biomedical

engineering program could provide all I needed to qualify for

medical school and offer courses in subjects I’d always loved

learning about.” Shepherd’s plan is to finish his degree in the spring

and concentrate on getting into medical school. he has worked

closely with Joel Bumgardner, associate professor of biomedical

engineering and undergraduate coordinator, on research that

focuses on Chitosan Scaffolding (CS). CS is an area of research in

bone regeneration, in which an effective foundation is needed that

will support bone growth, yet dissolve in time, allowing new bone

to integrate successfully with existing bone. Like other students,

Shepherd appreciates the friendliness and accessibility of herff

faculty, as well as their commitment to help students reach their

goals. “Faculty members stop you in the hall to ask how you’re

doing and to talk. And they’re always sending e-mails to students

about internship opportunities,” he says. Shepherd’s career goals

include giving back. his mentor at his church is a successful

entrepreneur who uses his income and vacation time to help

people in honduras. Shepherd accompanied him there twice and

was profoundly touched with the impact of simply introducing

dental hygiene to children in a third-world country. Like his mentor,

he wants to be successful so he can use his income and talents

to help people in the same way. “I feel as if I am being led down

a similar path,” says Shepherd. “I might have a practice to pay

for helping people or teach in a medical school in a country like

honduras. There are a wide variety of options.”


Since 1964, over 7,500 students have graduated from the herff

College of Engineering. Many of their success stories appear in this

publication, as well as those about current students. The College

encourages alumni to stay connected and help support the next

generation of engineers, like the students featured in this article,

who, despite their diverse interests and career ambitions, all credit

herff faculty and staff for providing direction, advice, availability,

and friendship. Shepherd sums up their feelings. “Our professors

have all been great,” he says. “But what really impresses us is their

commitment to students. They’re not here just to build up their own

research projects; they’re here to build engineers, graduates who

will join the thousands before them to make significant contributions

to society.”

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Hanson Professional Services, Inc. News

Release, September 13, 2007

Ron Coles, P.E. (BSCE ’72) was appointed

the alternate u.S. representative for the

Permanent International Association of

Navigation Congress’ Inland Navigation

Commission (PIANC). PIANC is a worldwide

non-political and non-profit organization

whose mission is to promote inland and

maritime navigation for corporations, private

individuals, and national governments. As

the alternative u.S. representative, Coles will

work with the principal u.S. representative,

John Clarkson, P.E., of the u.S. Army

Corps of Engineers, huntington District. In

Clarkson’s absence, Coles will represent

the u.S. in PIANC Inland Navigation

Commission matters. Coles is a vice

president at hanson Professional Services

Inc., directing the firm’s ports and harbor

services nationwide.

The Commercial Appeal, December 24, 2007

Jeffrey G. Roberts (BSME ’81), president

and CEO of OsteoLign Inc., opened an

office in Memphis. The company received

nearly $14 million in venture capital funding

Dear Alumni,

to enter into the orthopedic medical device

market. OsteoLign is currently developing

a new trauma surgery product for repairing

badly broken bones.

Memphis Business Journal, July 4, 2008

Thara Burana (BSCE ’78; MS ’83)

and his wife, Dottie, are the owners of

Bangkok Alley, a Thai restaurant chain in

the Memphis area. They opened their first

restaurant in 2002 in Cordova. Following

the success of this restaurant, they opened

another restaurant in 2005 in Collierville,

and expanded into Mississippi in 2007 with

a restaurant in Southaven. Burana brought

in Thai chef and cookbook author victor

Sodsook from Los Angeles to work in the

Southaven restaurant, providing authentic

Thai cooking to their customers.

Memphis Business Journal, July 11, 2008

David LaGasse (BSET ’71) is president

of Linkous Construction Company, Inc., a

Memphis-based general contractor of steel

fabricating and marine construction. Linkous

Construction is licensed in 13 states

throughout the Southeast. The company

recently won a $16.3 million contract to

construct a 1,512-foot-long, 20-foot wide

pier in Gulf Shores, Ala, that was damaged

from hurricanes Ivan and Katrina.

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In addition to the exciting activities described in this magazine, the faculty and students are preparing for the next accreditation

visits by teams from the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Technology Accreditation Commission

of ABET, Inc. These visits will occur during the fall 2009 semester, and we need your help in preparing for the visits.

Accreditation is important for a number of reasons, such as the requirement in Tennessee and many other states of

graduation from an ABET-accredited program for licensure as a professional engineer. Also, prospective students often

inquire about the accreditation status of a particular program. The criteria for accrediting engineering and technology

programs have undergone significant changes in the past 10 years. Expectations have been placed on programs to

ensure that graduates have certain skills and abilities, such as the ability to work on multidisciplinary teams, to communicate

well, and demonstrate an understanding of ethical and professional responsibility. These skills are in addition to the

technical skills our graduates have always been expected to have.

All of our programs have developed educational objectives, which are broad statements that describe the career and professional

accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. All programs are expected to periodically

evaluate the achievement of their objectives, and it’s this feedback we need from you.

As a part of this process, we’ve selected three groups of graduates from whom we want to obtain feedback. If you

graduated from the herff College of Engineering any semester during calendar year 1999, 2002, or 2004, we would

appreciate it if you would go to and select the department and program from

which you received your degree and complete the questionnaire. Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Sean Ellis joined the College in October of 2007, as the associate

director for the university Transportation Center. A native of

Memphis, Sean received his B.S. in Finance from Auburn university

(1995) and is currently enrolled in the university’s M.B.A. program.

he returned to the city of Memphis after graduation and began work

at First Tennessee Bank. Sean has spent the last 10 years working at

varsity Spirit Corporation as the Financial Analyst.

Sean’s responsibilities include the day-to-day administration of the

two federal grants the university of Memphis has received to study

intermodal transportation. Both grants require matching dollars from

the private sector. To learn more about how you or your company

can become a partner in the university Transportation Center, please

contact Sean at (901) 678-2837 or

Daniel Kohn joins the engineering technology department as

an assistant professor. Daniel has a B.S. in Computer Engineering

Technology and a M.S. in Engineering Technology both from the

university of Southern Mississippi. he also has over 13 years of

computer control experience in the pulp and paper industry, as

well as 6 years teaching technology. his areas of interest include:

embedded systems, microcontrollers, mobile robotics, and

industrial control systems. he is also a member of Tau Alpha Pi

(engineering technology’s national honors society) and is active

in both the American Society of Engineering Education and the

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Sean Ellis Daniel Kohn John Williams

John Leicester Williams has joined the Department of

Biomedical Engineering as a professor. he adds to the core

of faculty in the herff College who specialize in orthopedic

biomechanics. In particular, he serves as Director of the

Biomechanics Laboratory at the InMotion Musculoskeletal Institute

and thus provides a bridge from the College to that newly formed

Institute. he earned his B.S. in Biology (1976) from the university

of hawaii, and M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1981) in Theoretical

& Applied Mechanics from Northwestern university. his past

appointments include service as faculty member in Mechanical

Engineering at Northeastern university and Syracuse university

and in Orthopaedic Surgery at the university of Pennsylvania

and the university of Missouri-Kansas City. he was Director of

Orthopaedic Surgery research at Truman Medical Center in Kansas

City from 1995-2005. Before joining the university of Memphis

he worked as a staff engineer at DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a

Johnson & Johnson company in Warsaw, Ind. he is a co-inventor

on five patent applications for total knee implants and has coauthored

over 100 papers and reports in the areas of bone, joint

and spine biomechanics, medical physics, orthopaedics and

prosthodontics. his areas of interest include dynamical modeling of

the human body and of joint replacements, orthopaedic and dental

(oral) implants, computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery, physical

properties of bone and growth plate cartilage, and methods for

stimulating cells and tissues in culture. he is a member of the

American Society of Mechanical Engineering, American Society of

Biomechanics, and Orthopaedic research Society.

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Eugene Eckstein, Chair

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is growing and

maturing. We’re teaching a full spectrum

of engineering students now that all four

years of the undergraduate program are in

operation. This year is a push to assemble

documents needed for accreditation

of the undergraduate program. Our

graduate program continues as a joint

effort with the university of Tennessee

health Science Center. A special feature

of graduate education continues to be

close work with one or more faculty

members. Our newest faculty member

is John Williams, who also serves as

Director of Biomechanics at the InMotion

Musculoskeletal research Institute. his

previous position was at DePuy, a J &

J company, where he specialized in

operational principles and designs of knee

prostheses. Our faculty numbers nine: Joel

Bumgardner, Amy DeJongh Curry, Eugene

Eckstein, Warren haggard,, Erno Lindner,

Steven Slack, John L. Williams, Esra roan

and Michael Yen. roan has a shared

appointment with BIOM and MECh. Our

staff numbers one and a half, headed by

the very able Melanie James, abetted by

hope Clippinger. The learning/training

crew is composed of 80 undergraduates,

40 graduate students, and three post-

doctoral fellows. Major externally funded

research occurs in grants won by Amy

DeJongh Curry, Warren haggard, and Erno

Lindner. These grants typically involve coinvestigators,

often outside the department.

Such interactions are reciprocal because

our faculty members commonly are coinvestigators

on grants with PIs elsewhere.

More students now complete industrial

internships, sometimes in companies at a

distance. Can you provide an internship for

a biomedical or other engineering student?

Internships are a university-wide emphasis,

and it offers organizations such as yours a

chance to help the next generation up the

ladder. Many people are doing much that is

worth noting. Please visit us on the Web to

learn more!

Shahram Pezeshk, Chair and Emison

Professor of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering has

quite a lot to brag about. I am particularly

proud of the 88 percent pass rate for our

senior-level students who took the FE

licensing examination in the spring 2008

semester. In addition, we are seeing a

steady increase in the number of firsttime

freshman entering our engineering

program. Finally, I’m happy to share news

that our department’s sponsored-research

funding has increased significantly.

Sponsored Research Awards

Externally funded research is the engine

that drives the nation’s top engineering

programs. In 2007, our faculty received

$2,875,000 in new awards for major

research studies in several areas of civil

engineering. This high level of research

awards, distributed among multiple areas,

makes our program look very good on a

national level. As a result, we have attracted

a diverse and talented group of students,

representing multiple nationalities, as

applicants to our graduate programs.

These students will have opportunities to

participate in these funded research studies

while being mentored by members of our


Community Service and Outreach


I am also pleased to share news of our

department’s ongoing participation in

multiple local and regional community

programs in an effort to increase

awareness of career and educational

opportunities in the disciplines of science,

math, technology, and engineering (STEM).

The Girls Experiencing Engineering Program

(GEE) expanded its summer 2008

sessions to include special focus areas,

including transportation engineering and

leadership. In addition, our faculty teamed

with local sponsors from the West TN

ASCE Younger Members Section to host

Canstruction ® , a design/build competition

involving teams of high school students

working with engineering students and

local professional engineers and architects.

In Summary

As many of you may know, Dr. Wheeler

retired and relocated to Texas, where his

daughter and grandchildren live. We miss

him and wish him the best. I believe we

would all agree that Dr. Wheeler is oneof-a-kind,

and he leaves quite a legacy


with faculty, administrators, alumni, and

students. Currently, we are in the process

of hiring a new faculty member in the

transportation area, and we expect to have

this position filled for the spring 2009


I would like to conclude this message by

stating that I am encouraged and excited

about the Department of Civil Engineering.

We offer a premier program, which is both

affordable and outstanding.

David russomanno, Chair and r. Eugene

Smith Professor

Electrical &

Computer Engineering

One of the most satisfying experiences

serving as Chair of the Department of

Electrical and Computer Engineering

(EECE) is the opportunity to hear from our

alumni about their career and professional

accomplishments. In many instances,

these accomplishments are in their roles

as electrical or computer engineers, but it

is not unusual to find our alumni having

great success as physicians, attorneys,

and business leaders. A recurring theme

of their feedback is that the abilities,

knowledge, and experience that they

gained while students in the EECE program

well prepared them for future success.

Besides the achievements of our alumni, I

often hear from industrial and government

leaders about the challenges they are facing

in filling electrical and computer engineering

positions. It has been well documented that

our nation is facing a crisis in producing

enough electrical and computer engineers

who are u.S. citizens. As a department, we

are continuously striving to improve our

educational programs and environment and

seeking out ways to involve undergraduates,

as well as graduate students, in research

activities. It is critical that our students

develop an appreciation for the challenges

of the globalization of technology, while

also being prepared to take advantage of

the resulting opportunities. For example,

Khan Iftekharuddin, as part of a National

Science Foundation (NSF) grant, included

both an undergraduate and a graduate

student in his summer research conducted

in Australia this past summer. We will

continue to submit proposals to nationally

competitive funding agencies, such as

the NSF, to seek out financial support

for our students to encourage them to

pursue electrical or computer engineering

careers and to continue to provide them

the very best educational experiences.

Our participation in the MemphiSTEP

program is just one example of our ongoing

commitment to the recruitment and

retention of students.

Our faculty members continue to be

assertive in pursuing external research

funding in support of our three focus

areas: i) Electrical Systems, ii) Biomedical

Systems, and iii) Intelligent Information

Systems. I am particularly pleased by the

activities of the junior faculty members

we have recruited to join the department

over the last few years. For example,

Mohammed Yeasin’s NSF Career Award

for the co-analysis of signal and sense for

understanding non-verbal communications

is evidence that we are being successful

in national competitions. Eddie Jacobs

continues to receive research contracts

from the Department of Defense and he is

pursuing work to advance imaging sensors.

his work is having a direct impact on our

national defense and his work may also

have implications for homeland security

applications. Also, Chrysanthe Preza’s

work in computational methods for optical

imaging systems may enable biological

applications not possible at this time.

There has never been a more exciting

time to pursue electrical or computer

engineering at the university of Memphis,

so we ask for your help in conveying to

prospective students the vibrant career

paths that such an education offers. We

greatly appreciate the generous gifts we

have received from our alumni and friends

and remain hopeful that you will continue

to include EECE in your support of the herff

College of Engineering as we work diligently

to continually improve the department to

compete at the highest level.

Deborah hochstein, Chair

Engineering Technology

It is good to be back home again on the

2nd floor after being displaced for the

summer. The Engineering Technology

building has been under renovation for a

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new hvAC system. It required emptying

the entire second floor including offices,

laboratories, and classrooms. While it

was a challenge to pack up everything,

especially the equipment in the

laboratories, the end result is great. We

looked at this as an opportunity for a fresh

start. Not only are the floors polished,

walls painted, and the ceiling new, but

space has been made available to improve

the laboratories. The newest addition

is the purchase of two industrial robots

from Fanuc. These robots will be utilized

primarily in the Automation and robotics

course, and secondarily in class projects for

industrial electronics.

The “Applied Lean Leadership” Graduate

Certificate Program is up and running.

It follows the Society of Manufacturing

Engineers’ “Lean Certification Body of

Knowledge,” and a student completing the

certificate program will be expected to be

able to pass the Lean Certification Exam

at the bronze level. Acceptance into this

program does not require taking the GrE,

and the certificate can be completed in

one year by completing two courses per

semester. If you find yourself working on

projects that require knowledge of Lean

principles and techniques, consider this

certification. For more information contact

Carl Williams or visit our department


The Department hosted a second annual

summer camp program for high-school

girls, “Girls in Manufacturing” (GiM). The

program was funded for two weeks by

the uTC Foundation (Carrier) and one

week by Cargill. The young women

learned about drafting in AutoCAD, solid

modeling, and 3-D printing in unigraphics,

welding, and milling, under rob hewitt’s

guidance; production control, robotics,

and engineering economics under Tom

Banning’s guidance; and the production

of biodiesel from cooking oil from John

hochstein. There is funding to run the

camp next summer for one week. We

are currently looking for funding sources

to run it an additional week and perhaps

expand the target audience to include

young men as well as young women.

We would like to thank the alumni who

supported this program by talking to these

girls over the lunch period about their

careers in engineering. One young woman

who attended the first year of this camp

is currently enrolled as an Engineering

Technology major. We expect to attract

more into the college as they graduate

from high school.

I would like to take this opportunity to

thank all of you who have kept in touch

with us, whether it was by responding to

our survey, attending our College alumni

mixers, or just sending us an email update

about what is going on in your career.

I would also like to thank those who

continue to contribute to our departmental

scholarships. The Weston Terry Brooks

Memorial Scholarship is now endowed and

provides an annual scholarship of $1,000

per year. Although the hOPE scholarship

is now available, we continue to have nontraditional

students who graduated high

school before it went into effect and who

need our help. A gift to the scholarship

fund is a “gift that keeps on giving.”

John hochstein, Chair

Mechanical Engineering

In only one year, generous contributions

from alumni and from John ray’s family

rapidly filled the endowment account

so that an undergraduate has already

been the first student to receive support

from the John ray Memorial Scholarship.

(Contributions are still possible, and

sought, and will be appreciated.)

Jiada Mo is working with local industry

to spin up a sequence of courses at the

4/6000 level in packaging that will be

proposed as a certificate program.

Almost a dozen students participated in

the AIAA Southeastern region Student

Conference last spring and did an

outstanding job of representing our


Srikant Gir and I received a grant from the

TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

to build a biodiesel production unit to

convert the used vegetable oil waste stream

from the university cafeterias into fuel for

the university’s Physical Plant. Fabrication is

commencing as this is being written.

Ed Perry is serving as the President of the

Faculty Senate for the 2008-09 Academic


A course on applied computational fluid

dynamics at the 4/6000-level developed


y Jeff Marchetta is being offered for the

second time during the 2008 Fall semester.

It is in demand by our students and is

expected to become a permanent edition

to the course catalog.

Gladius Lewis gave an invited presentation

at the DePuy heritage Celebration at the

2008 Annual Meeting of the American

Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

“Acrylic Bone Cement: Enhanced Fatigue

Properties from high-Molecular Weight


Mr. Zelazny is the second student from

our department to take advantage of our

exchange program with hochschule ulm

in ulm, Germany. Their International

Mechanical Engineering Program offers

courses taught in English that are a very

good match to the 7th semester of our

BSME program, and he is there as this is

being written.

The Center for Biofuel Energy and

Sustainable Technologies (BEST), with its

home in our department, was recognized

by the university as an Interdisciplinary

Center. It was the primary organizer of

the Inaugural Sustainable Technologies

Awareness Day held on October 7, 2008.

Gary Qi and Steve Wayne organized

and hosted the 51st Acoustic Emission

Working Group Meeting and International

Symposium on Acoustic Emissions held

on campus October 13-15, 2008. rajesh

Muthireddy, a current MS student, won an

honorable mention for his paper presented

at this meeting.

The SAE Student Club is building a car to

enter in this year’s mini-Baja competition.

As we move forward to meet today’s

and tomorrow’s challenges, the “we”

must be emphasized. “We” are the

current students, the alumni, and the

faculty of Our department. Together, our

actions and our achievements define our

department and build upon the legacy left

to us. I hope that each of you has enjoyed

a good year and that for each of you, next

year is even better.

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Kick-Off Celebration

The Civil Engineering Department celebrated the Thomas S.

Fry Memorial Fund Construction Kick-Off on April 17. Alumni

and geotechnical business leaders toured the existing

laboratory, met current students, and viewed renderings for

the new soil mechanics laboratory. Special guests included

President Shirley Raines, Dean Dick Warder, Dr. Gary

Fry, Barbara Fry, Carol Fry, and Joyce Fry-Buswell (Dr.

Fry’s children) and Joe Hall (Dr. Ken hall’s son). Over

$225,000 has already been contributed to the Thomas S.

Fry Memorial Fund. Contributions will be used to renovate

the soil mechanics laboratory. Funds are still needed to

purchase new equipment for the laboratory and to establish

an endowment to provide for the laboratory’s ongoing

maintenance. To make a gift to the Thomas S. Fry Fund, use

the enclosed donation envelope or contact the College’s

Director of Development, Carolyn Oldenburg, at (901) 678-

1537 or

Your College.

Your Gift.

Your Legacy.

For more information on making your planned gift

to the University of Memphis,

please call Carolyn Oldenburg

at 901-678-1537

or Dan Murrell at 901-678-2732.

Thomas S. Fry Soil Mechanics Laboratory

Engineering Science Suite 111

Planned giving is a means of leaving a legacy. A

gift can take the form of cash, stocks, and other

investment instruments, life insurance, or other

assets, and the gift can be made either during the

donor’s lifetime or upon death.

Planned gifts are vital to the financial health of the

University of Memphis, as they represent financial

investment the University can count on to carry out

its mission in the future. Planned gifts provide you

with numerous advantages:

They are a means for you to make a

substantial gift to the College without

depleting money set aside for your

day-to-day or retirement needs.

They may let you receive a stream of

income for life, or earn higher investment


They often offer numerous and substantial

tax savings.

They are a way for you to share in both

the present and the future success of the

University of Memphis.


Scholarships Make a College

Education Possible

One of the highlights of the herff College of Engineering calendar

is the annual Scholarship Luncheon, which brings together student

scholarship recipients, the donors who provide the support, and the

faculty and staff who are so instrumental in guiding and supporting

these students.

Pat and Carolyn Farley formed the Don G. Farley Memorial

Scholarship in loving memory of their son Don, who was a civil

engineering student. his parents want to honor his memory by

helping future civil engineering students pursue their dream of

a college education. recipient Nicklaus Khan, a senior in civil

engineering, is working toward additional degrees in biology and

chemistry at the university of Memphis.

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis presented the College with

a $15,000 donation to the Engineers’ Club Proutt Memorial

Scholarship Fund. This scholarship provides assistance to

engineering students who demonstrate academic potential,

personal integrity, and a commitment to engineering.

Engineers’ Club members celebrated with the 2006-2007

Proutt Memorial Scholar, Sahar Siddiqui (mechanical engineering

student), and the 2007-2008 recipient, Chris Dunbar (mechanical

engineering student).

Special guest speaker, Dr. Rick Smith (BSEE’79), spoke to

students and donors about how receiving a scholarship impacted

him and inspired him to give back. Dr. Smith established the rick

A. Smith Electrical & Computer Engineering Endowment in 2003

to assist the electrical and computer engineering department with

its annual needs. This endowment provides scholarship and faculty

recruitment assistance, as well as travel funds for electrical and

computer engineering students to attend scholarly conferences.

Did you know...

The percentage of alumni who give back to their alma mater-not the

amount of the gift-is a key criterion to the u.S. News and World report

considers when ranking colleges and universities. The university

needs your involvement to improve its ranking and to be recognized

as the country’s premier metropolitan research university.

Each and every gift makes a difference.

Carolyn Farley, Nicklaus Khan, and Pat Farley

Dean richard Warder, and Bob Sweeney,

Engineer’s Club President

Bob Sweeney, Mary Jane Cassandras, George Barnes,

Sahar Siddiqui, Bert Merrill, and Chris Dunbar.

Dr. rick Smith


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The herff College of Engineering gratefully acknowledges the many generous donors who supported the College this past year. Gifts from

alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends make a significant impact on the College and every student. Your donations supported scholarships,

professorships, and student co-curricular activities. Through your contributions, you assisted with faculty research and provided assistance for

each department in the College. Thank you for your continued support.

The following list reflects

donations made to the

Herff College of Engineering,

July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008

President’s Society


$10,000 and greater

Donald O. Barber*

Cargill, Inc.

Cargill Corn Milling North America

Carrier Corporation

Dehart Group

Engineers’ Club of Memphis, Inc.

hall Blake & Associates, Inc.

William “Bill” C. Miller Jr*

Pickering Firm, Inc.

Wind river

Women’s Foundation

for a Greater Memphis

President’s Society


$5,000 - $9,999


Askew hargraves harcourt &

Associates, Inc.

Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc.

Construction Specifications Institute

Laura Gunn*

William O. hagerman*

Smith & Nephew, Inc.

rick A. Smith*

Tennessee road Builders


Thomas L. Wallace Sr*

robert E. Wharton Jr*

Laura S. Whitsitt*

Edward F. Williams III

President’s Society


$2,500 - $4,999

John L. Conley*

Eugene C. Eckstein**


Doug* & Sharon* haggett

Stephen P. Liberto*

President’s Society


$1,000 - $2,499

robert E. Bailey*

Stephen r. Barkley*

George D. Barnes

Buchart-horn, Inc.

robert E. Clark*

Eric Jerome Dickey*

robert Dodds Jr*

Ian C. Engstrom*

Gary* & Marta* Foster

Barbara S. Fry

Carol J. Fry

roger A. Gaines*

randall W. Gentry*

Samuel T. hall*

Carruthers* & G. Jo* hays

hill Brothers Construction &


robert D. Jamison*

Kenneth W. Jarrell*

Bill* & Peggy* Kelley

John W. Lewallen Jr*

James r. Liles*

Martin E. Lipinski**

T. Wayne Mock*

Larry W. Moore**

Steven W. ray*

Jean M. redfield*

George C. richardson

Laura rowland*

Tom robison & Associates


Justin* & Lindsey* Waugh

Tower Club

$500 - $999

Anderson Engineering

Consultants, Inc.

ASCE West Tennessee Branch

Andrew G. Babian*

E. Claire Barnett*

Boeing Company

Jon Bruns*

Cara L. Martin*

Stephen T. McClain*

G. Michael Chipman*

William S. Crawford*

Mr. & Mrs. Pat Farley

Glenn C. Goss*

Warren O. haggard**

henry D. hart*

Jeffrey* & Gayla* hiss

John** & Deborah** hochstein

ravindranath Kanuri*

Larry S. King*

David M. Lagasse*

Gladius Lewis**

Becky A. Martin*

Marshall W. Martin Jr*

roger Meier**

John E. Monroe III*

russell Palmiter*

Mark J. reimold*

ralph D. richardson

Joe royer*

David A. Sabatini*

Kenneth L. Shappley

Calvin E. Shuster*

Paul* & Janet* Simms

ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Manufacturing, Inc.

Scholar’s Club

$250 - $499

Daniel F. Acciani Jr*

Jerry L. Anderson**

Thomas T. Beatty*

Charles W. Bray**

William r. Callahan III*

Jinqiu Chen*

James L. Clark*

Joseph S. Clift Jr*

Michael J. Cole*

Jerry r. Collins Jr*

rois F. DeShazo*

James M. Evans Jr*

Charles L. Gamble Jr*

Global Impact

Barry J. harrald*

David E. harrison*

Gerard L. harts*

Benjamin P. hobday*

Stephanie S. Ivey**

Kevin D. Ledford*

John M. Lowe*

Jeffrey G. Marchetta**

Terry G. McClure*

John Lawrence McDaniel*

Martin A. Newman*

Carolyn M. Oldenburg**

James E. Outlaw Jr*

Edward h. Perry**

Shahram Pezeshk**

Paul J. reimold*

robert h. rogers*

David J. russomanno**


David A. Schmidt*

Donald W. Scobey*

Smith Seckman reid, Inc.

Gary A. Scruggs*

Tennessee Society of Professional

Engineers Memphis

rufus L. Terrell*

richard C. Thomas*

Matt N. Thomson*

TOC Engineering, Inc.

roy Lucien vargas*

Timothy M. Yeager*

Century Club

$100 - $249

reidar S. Aamotsbakken*

Donald A. Abbott*

J. rodger Aitken*

Kenneth r. Akers*

Thomas G. Albers Jr*

John E. Allen*

Byron P. Anderson II*

Donnecka L. Anderson*

Camille M. Attieh*


eginald K. Barner*

Timothy M. Barratt*

robert B. Bartlow*

Lewie L. Bates III*

Michael L. Beasley*

William B. Berry*

William E. Blank*

Stacey Bradley*

Donald L. Branson*

Jeffrey S. Brooks*

Steven D. Brown*

Charles h. “Tweed” Bryant

Joel D. Bumgardner**

Kay K. Bures*

ronnie Burrage*

Kenneth S. Calicutt*

robert L. Campbell Iv*

howard S. Carman*

r. David Cash*

Jimmy C. Castellaw*

S. Wayne Chamberlin

Edward C. Charlton*

Kenneth K. Chipley*

Carl r. Clark*

Charles E. Climer Jr*

randy M. Cole*

Construction & Maintenance


Daniel L. Coury*

James h. Couture*

robert E. Craft*

victor M. Cruz*

Michael L. Daley**

Charles B. Daniel*

holley C. Dargie*

Chinisha h. Dean*

Steven L. Dishion*

Marvin r. Dixon*

Gene A. Dodson*

ronald G. Driggers*

Gill L. Duykers*

Myron O. Eason*

Fred D. Echols Jr*

Augustine E. Egedegbe*

Deaton P. Ellis Jr*

John M. Emerson*

Edwin “Skip”* & Susan* Erlbacher II

Fabio E. Esguerra*

Al F. Evans*

Gregory Farris*

John Paul Finerson*

Jason M. Fisher*

Terence W. Foshee*

Pete A. Futris Jr*

Patricia L. Garcia*

David C. George*

Peter T. Giannini*

Billy G. Glasgow*

robert A. Gould*

Monique Graf-Castellaw*

Kris h. Green*

hakan J. hansson*

Charles E. harden*

Portia K. harvey*

valerie P. hayes*

W. Curt heaslet*

Laura S. hendrix*

Sarah M. hershberger*

John D. hockaday*

Charles C. holcomb*

Edward A. hoppe Jr*

Charles L. hopper III*

Donald J. hudgins*

Michael W. hutchinson*

Stephen r. Ira*

Michael J. Irish*

Melanie James**

roger D. James*

James D. Jarrett*

George E. Karalus Jr*

Jim Kastner*

Stacey Kersh-Johnson*

Amy L. Key*

J. Mark Kilby*

Shobhan Koneru*

Sidney W. Kornegay*

Lisa A. Kraft*

Gregory P. Ladd*

William J. Lamkin*

Douglas J. Lartz*

J. B. Latimer*

Gerald D. Lawson*

Wilfred u. Leaks*

Bernard A. Licari*

roy K. Lim*

John M. Limbaugh*

hsiang h. Lin**

Bobby J. Littlejohn*

Leonard r. Lucas*

Gholam r. Madjidi*

rick W. Martin*

Thomas E. Mason**

robert A. Massa Jr*

D. Wayne Max

David r. Mayo Jr*

Jason A. Mayo

Wendell G. McAlexander*

rick D. McIntosh*

robert E. McIvor Jr*

Michael D. McNeely*

Donald Merritt*

roger L. Merritt*

John C. Mitchell*

William r. Moore*

Angelo J. Morgan*

Tamesha Murphy*

Nicholas E. Newman*

Paul Nickell*

Paul* & Jennifer* Nolte

John A. Owens*

J. Steven Palmer*

M. Brad Parks*

Jack E. Parr

Karl D. Pfeifer*

Jerry L. Pillow*

Tony G. Pinson*

Kevin M. Poe*

Willard B. Powell III*

Thomas C. Powers*

reasons Construction Co.

The reaves Firm

Gene reddick*

Frank r. redding*

John M. reese*

William reid*

ralph G. rone Jr*

Darren J. Sanders*

Jeffrey S. Sanders*

Keith T. Sanford*

Lake B. Sedberry*

William T. Segui**

David B. Sims Jr*

John A. Sims*

Steven M. Slack**

William L. Spencer*

Norman E. Spires*

Walter I. Stevens*

robert L. Stewart*

Thomas G. Stoll*

J. Lynn Surratt*

Michael A. Swindle*

William L. Taylor*

Lawrence r. Taylor*

Tonya r. Thorne*

William r. Toone*

James G. Tribo*

Dawn h. Trout*

John A. vanlandingham*

Srinivasulu r. vannappagari*

Elisha Jenkins vego*

James S. vinson*

J. Michael Walls*


robert* & Maria* Walpole

Bert J. Warbington Jr*

Stephen Watson*

vickie L. Watson*

robert A. Wedaman*

Edward W. Wheeler*

Orville E. Wheeler**

Paul D. Willett*

Tina Williford*

Mark S. Wilson*

Daniel K. Wood*

Brent A. Worley*


Long Yang*

Kenneth W. Young*

herbert D. Zeman

Supporter’s Club

$99 and under

Abdeljalil K. Abdelhalim*

Donald E. Adams Jr*

Mark T. Allison*

Granville E. Alpha*

Charles J. Amster*

ricky C. Anderson*

rex W. Armstrong*

robert C. Austin Jr*

Carter Branham S. Bagley*

Joe B. Baker*

Sheridan E. Baker*

Daniel A. Barnett*

Smith B. Benson*

howard M. Bernbaum*

Janet C. Berry*

Matthew W. Bingham*

David K. Branch Jr*

Stephanie L. Brannon*

Gaylon C. Brown*

Burges C. Budd*

Calvin Burnett*

robert M. Burns*

Eric S. Burrage*

Leon M. Burroughs*

D. Brian Cagle*

Tommy G. Campbell*

William E. Capelle Jr*

James D. Carroll*

Michael L. Carter*

Joseph J. Cernosek*

Glenn E. Cheatham*

Jiang Chen*

Dennis J. Chomicki*

Larry F. Churchwell Jr*

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Michael A. Clements Sr*

William r. Coles*

Larry D. Collomp*

Carol B. Conover*

Thomas r. Courtney*

harry G. Craig*

robert S. Crewshaw Jr*

Ernest C. Crosby*

William W. Dabbs*

Drake E. Danley*

Mark A. Darty

Jeremy E. Daugherty*

Gerald Deloach*

David G. Dodd*

Alice Joe Dong*

Tunney A. Dong*

rick G. Doran*

Leon E. Drouin Jr*

Glen W. Dytrt*

robert A. Edlund*

Christopher D. Egan*

John M. Emerson*

Gene Eng*

robert S. Eramo*

Carlos* & Dianne Figueroa

Phillip M. Finder*

richard M. Flake*

John M. Ford*

Eva B. Freer*

Anthony J. Gardner III*

Charles A. Garrett II*

Emma M. Garrison*

victor F. Giusti*

Jerald J. Gnuschke*

Paul E. Goetz*

Eric S. Grantham*

Byron M. Graves*

rhonda r. Graves*

Odis E. haggard Jr*

Charles A. hall*

Arthur B. harman*

J. Greg harrison*

Mike hartung-Schuster*

robert E. harvey*

Sharon L. hayes

John D. heezen*

James h. hepburn*

Barry W. herold*

Steven M. heye*

Mark W. heyse*

Gary D. hill*

Karen h. hill*

Bill r. hodges

Shawn E. holladay*

James P. holland*

robert r. hollis*

Kevin h. holmes*

Jonathan A. honeycutt*

Michael A. hopson*

Turner J. howard*

M. Dean hughes*

Keith A. humphreys*

Clyde E. hunt*

Sigmund v. hurd*

Joseph C. hurst*

robert O. hussung*

J. Patrick Ireland*

Michael E. Jackson*

houshang Javan**

Johnny J. Jeffries*

Thomas P. Jenkins*

Gary D. Johnson*

Ginevra A. Johnson*

James E. Johnson Jr*

Thomas B. Johnson*

Jones Concrete Pumping Service

Lisa G. Jones*

vijaya Bhaskara Jonnala*

Paula G. Kee*

William Brittain Kennedy*

Keith C. Key*

Alan L. Kimberling*

Linda C. Kurts*

John C. Lancaster*

John C. Lane Jr*

Joseph A. Lawson*

Steven M. Lawson*

henry r. Leggette*

Carol C. Lestourgeon*

Edward C. Lindsey Jr*

h. Thomas Lloyd*

James W. Lloyd*

Denise Loeblein*

Lynn T. Loeffel*

Charles F. Long*

Clifton Madden*

Keith A. Mahal*

Andrew v. Mariano*

Lawrence L. Mariano III

Shannon Maris*

ricky L. Marley*

Arthur Marshall*

Kenneth W. Martin Jr*

Michael M. Martin*

John L. McAlpin*

Sylvia D. McGhee*

richard h. Montgomery*

Frank h. Moore*

Joseph Morris*

robert S. Moskal*

Jimmie W. Mungle*

Walter h. Murphy Jr*

Alan L. Myers

W. raymond Newman*

Tuan Nguyen*

Earlie Nickols II*

J. Michael Northern*

William L. O’Neal*

Michael E. Oakes*

Seibang Oh*

Michael T. Old*

Brian A. Olswing*

Louis F. Pagel*

Pradipkumar N. Patel*

Jason W. Patterson*

Joseph L. Pirani*

Joseph r. Poplawski

ronald L. Proctor*

Stephen A. rehrig*

Joanne F. rhodes*

Michael E. rhodes

Frank J. ricciuti Jr*

A. Nicholas ring*

Linda robert*

Denver D. robinson*

Julie A. robinson*

robert A. Saigeon Jr*

virasat A. Sajanlal*

William C. Schadrack III*

Keith Schnadelbach*

Oscar Shefsky*

Lloyd F. Shook*

Isam A. Showli*

ronald r. Slaughter*

Judith r. Sliger*

Carson G. Smith*

David M. Smith*

robert W. Smith Jr*

robert T. Somerville*

Sheryl T. Spence*

Ted W. Spence*

M. Chris Spinolo*

robert M. Stein*

Carol h. Stephens*

Mary Stewart*

heywood Sun*

Gerald J. Taylor*

Mark A. Taylor*

Warner C. Taylor Jr*

raymond Teague*

Elbert L. Thomas Jr*

Nancy B. Thompson*

J. B. Threat*

James h. Tucker*

Lorie h. Tudor*

Michael J. Twigg*

rigo J. vannucci III*

Stephen L. vaughan*

J. Martin Wade*

robert L. Waller*

Nancy P. Watson*

Michael G. Welch*

C. William White III*

James h. Whitehead*

Daniel W. Williams*

Dent Williams*

Travis L. Williams*

A. Todd Wilson*

Belinda W. Winfield*

Susan Winn*

Michael D. Wood*

Mark L. Woods*

Long Yang*

Irma W. Young*

Shahriar Zekavati*

Donald L. Zlotky*

The preceding list represents

gifts made to the herff College

of Engineering and designated

to the following: herff College

of Engineering, Biomedical

Engineering, Civil Engineering,

Electrical & Computer Engineering,

Engineering Technology, Ground

Water Institute, Mechanical

Engineering, engineering

scholarship funds and the Thomas

S. Fry Memorial Fund. Names

with a "*" indicate an engineering

alumni donor, and names with

"**" indicate a faculty/staff donor.

Although we make every effort

to ensure the accuracy of this

information, some names may

have been inadvertently omitted.

If your name does not appear or

the information is incorrect, please

contact us at (901) 678-1537.



William Crawford (BSET

’63) was recognized by the

Tennessee hospital Association

for his leadership of the board as



Said Abujaber (BSCE ’73; MS

’75) is the CEO for Consolidated

Consultants in Amman, Jordan

with locations in the Middle East,

Africa, and CIS countries. he also

established and is a member of

the board of directors for Jordan

Tourism Investment, a company

specializing in Cultural and Eco


Jerry Collins (BSCE ’75; MS

’76) was appointed president

and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas

and Water Division. he had been

Memphis Public Works director

for seven years.

Robert H. Dodds, Jr. (BSCE

’73) was recently elected

to the National Academy of

Engineering (NAE). he was

cited, “for contributions in nonlinear

fracture mechanics and

applications to practice in nuclear

power and space systems.” he

is the M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Chair

of Civil Engineering and head

of the Department of Civil and

Environmental Engineering at

the university of Illinois-urbana.

Jim Lloyd (BSCE ’75; MS ’76)

was promoted to chief of the

Project Management Branch

of the u.S. Army Corps of

Engineers, Memphis District. he

manages projects that are in the

study, design, and construction

phases in the six-state district.

he has worked for the Corps

of Engineers for more than 27

years in operations and project

management positions.

William Yearwood (BSET

’76) is the assistant public

works director for the city of

Bartlett, Tennessee.


Barry Braslow (BSEE ’83)

was recently named Chief

Engineer for the 17th Test

Squadron at Schriever AFB,

Colorado. The squadron is

responsible for performing

operational tests and evaluation

on existing Air Force Space

Command space and missile

warning systems. he is a

civilian employee of the Air


Henry Leggette (MS

’87) received the Lifetime

Achievement Award from

the Mississippi valley State

university National Alumni

Association. he is the director

of the ArrL Delta Division.


Stanley Dobbs (BSEE ’91)

recently received the Military

Logistics Officer of the Year

Award. As the Chief Business

Officer for Naval Aviation,

his teams have instituted

programs over the past two

years resulting in both cost

savings and cost avoidances

of nearly $1 billion utilizing

Systems Engineer principles of

Lean, Sic Sigma and Theory of


Troy D. Drewry (MS ’94) has

been hired by Active Implants

Corp., a maker of polymer

medical devices, to handle

its worldwide production and

distribution operations, which

are focused on Europe.

Ken Finklea (BSEE ’92) has

been promoted to director,

Strategic Initiatives & Advanced

Technologies, with DrS Test &

Energy Management LLC. he

will provide strategic planning,

technology roadmapping,

architecture development,

and customer relationship

management for the vehicle

health Management systems,

Common Electrical Solutions

and Automated Test Systems

lines of business.

Matthew Hikade (MS ’99)

has been designated a “Top

40 under 40” in the Memphis

Business Journal for 2007. he is

employed by uWT Logistics LLC

as a sales manager.

Jason Needham (BSME ’94)

has been named vice president

at Allen & hoshall in Memphis,


P. Russell Palmiter (BSME

’97) received his M.S. degree

in Engineering Science,

specifically for Industrial

Planning and Management,

from rensselaer Polytechnic

Institute in December 2007.

he is currently a senior

engineer in Pratt & Whitney’s

Turbine Module Center in their

validation and Industrial Lead

area. This position is a recent

change from working in the

NGPF (Next Generation Product

Family) group, still within the

Turbine Module Center, as a

project lead for hPT Technology


Jeremy Westmoreland (BSCE

’99) has joined Barge Waggoner

Sumner & Cannon as a project

engineer in the firm’s Nashville



Don Branson (BSET ’01)

has been named Manager of

reliability Improvement for

converting operations at Orchids

Paper Products Company.


Amy Key (BSEE ’02) is a

system engineer for TvA

Transmission Operations and

Maintenance in Murfreesboro,

Tennessee. She graduated in

May 2007 from TvA’s Engineer

Graduate Progression Plan and

was re-classified as a Senior

System Engineer.

Charles Martin (BSET ’04)

is on the bioresorbable team

at Smith & Nephew. he is

part of a six-member team

working on trauma research

creating polymer-based trauma

products like screws and plates

that are ultimately absorbed by

the body.

Jacqui McLaughlin (MS ’02)

is now in her fourth year as

associate head coach for the

women’s swimming and diving

team and an assistant coach

for the men’s team at North

Carolina State university in

Charlotte, North Carolina. She

is also the primary coach for

nine men and six women who

make up the Wolfpack’s middle

distance and distance group of


Hugo Rojas (MS ’04) has

joined Askew hargraves

harcourt & Associates, Inc. as a

structural designer.

Heather Sanders (BSCE ’05)

has joined Askew hargraves

harcourt & Associates, Inc. as a

civil CAD technician.

Matthew Singleton (BSME

‘07) has been hired by

Askew hargraves harcourt &

Associates Inc. as a mechanical

designer. he will be assisting

the mechanical, plumbing

and electrical engineering

department with design and

production drawings.

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The herff College of Engineering community extends heartfelt

sympathy to the family and friends of:

Michael William Bush, of Memphis, Tennessee, died

unexpectedly on August 1, 2008. he graduated in 1999 with a B.S.

in mechanical engineering.

Henry Murphy “Hank” Davis, of Memphis, Tennessee, died on

May 1, 2007. he graduated in 1950 with a B.S. in industrial arts.

Captain Alan Nay Graham, of Woodbridge, virginia, passed

away on February 18, 2008. he graduated in 1977 with a B.S. in

engineering technology. he spent the last 13 years of a 30 years

teaching career teaching Technology Education at Beville Middle

School in Dale City, retiring in 2007 for medical reasons.

Clarence T. “Clank” Grosser, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed

away March 6, 2008, at Methodist Central hospital, Memphis,

Tennessee. he graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in industrial arts. he

served in the Army during the Korean War, then returned to the

Memphis area to coach football and teach at Whitehaven high

School. Later he was assistant principal at Kingsbury high School

and lastly he taught at hernando Junior high School.

Thomas James Langston, of Cordova, Tennessee, died January 8,

2008. he graduated in 1974 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

TDavid E. Morrison, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away

February 17, 2008 at his home. he graduated in1986 with a B.S.

in engineering technology. he was a retired CPO with the united

States Navy and later was an instructor at State Tech and also

retired from FedEx as a senior technical writer.

Gerald D. Reese, Sr., of Fernandina Beach, Florida, died

December 29, 2007. he graduated in 1962 with a B.S. in industrial


Charles “Charlie” H. White, of Eads, Tenn., died Sept. 8, 2008.

he graduated in 1973 with a B.S. in civil engineering. Charlie was

a tremendous supporter of the university of Memphis and the

Thomas S. Fry Memorial Fund in particular. he was a founding

member and president of the Engineering Alumni Board in 1977,

and he loved Tiger football. Charlie was a member of Fisherville

First Baptist Church, u.S. Navy vietnam veteran, owner and

president of White Contracting, Inc., a 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish

rite and a Shriner. Charlie was both a character and a man of

character, and he will be deeply missed.

Sam Zambelis, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away on August

26, 2008. he was the owner of the Bon Ton Café in downtown

Memphis. Sam graduated in 1981 with a B.S. in construction

technology and in 1985 with an M.S. in engineering technology.

Gifts to the

Herff College of Engineering

Make a Difference

Support the

2008-2009 Annual Fund

Ensure that the best engineers of tomorrow

continue to enjoy the same opportunities

these students have. Please support the

Herff College of Engineering Annual Fund.

The Herff College of Engineering attracts talented

engineering students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

Annual donations from alumni and corporate partners

support our students in many ways. For example, gifts

to the College last academic year funded:

• Scholarships of 65 students

• Travel allowances for students to attend

scholarly conferences

• Materials allowances for students to compete in the

concrete canoe race, robotics competition

and mini-Baja car competition.

To make a gift, use the enclosed envelope,


or contact the College’s Development Office at




An Up-close and Personal

Look at Engineering

Join the Herff College of Engineering students, faculty, and

staff for a day of engineering exhibits and competitions for

middle- and high-school students. This is your opportunity

to influence the next generation of engineers.

E-Day Annual Open House

Friday, November 21, 2008

9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

201 Engineering Administration Building

Herff College of Engineering

The University of Memphis

201 Engineering Administration Building

Memphis, TN 38152


The University of Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University.

It is committed to education of a non-racially identifiable student body.

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Join Us for the 2009 Mixer

Join senior engineering students, alumni, and faculty for an

evening of networking, food, and friends at the Third Annual

Student & Alumni Mixer hosted by the Herff College of

Engineering Alumni Association. Join us for the 2009 Mixer.

Third Annual Student & Alumni Mixer

Thursday, January 29, 2009

6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Alumni Center • 635 Normal Avenue

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