Note from the Dean

As we begin the Spring 2011 semester, we can look back on a very successful academic year. Among other things, we have completed our ABET re-accreditation process, welcomed a new freshman class of engineering students and started a new engineering & science living learning community. Each of these activities serves as a reminder of how important life-long learning is for both faculty and students. Our faculty continue to introduce new technical topics into classes and explore how best to pass on the essentials of the engineering profession to the next generation of college students.

Each year, I continue to be energized, inspired and occasionally bemused by our incoming students. They are very different from previous generations...much more comfortable in a digital world than any of us were who grew up prior to the introduction of personal computers and cell phones. They are truly natives to the digital world. They are able to interact with each other and the virtual world in ways that we could only dream about in the recent past.

All of us at the CBU School of Engineering are very fortunate to live in this fascinating time. We are able to see and participate in a rapidly changing world. We both teach and learn from our students on a daily basis. While there are always news articles addressing significant concerns and issues for our future, the next generation of engineers, scientists, and business professionals are an inspiration to all of us today, and ultimately, the hope for our future.

Happy New Year,

Eric B. Welch, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering
Current News

The School of Engineering now has a Facebook page at We hope you "like" it!!
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) also has a Facebook page at

CBU will host the 2011 Mid-South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC) on May 3, 2011. The theme of the conference is "Sustainability." It will be co-chaired by Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering) and Mr. Mike Tune, CPP of Merck Consumer Care. Mark your calendar! For more information and updates, please visit the MAESC website at

Listen to Pirate Radio, CBU's very own on-campus radio station! Tune in and hear the latest news on campus, awesome music and DJs from the CBU student body. It's easy, just go to and click the 'Launch' button. If you're interested in having your club's news and events played live on the radio, or you're interested in broadcasting your very own show contact
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Student News
Raquel S. Edwards (ChE'12) is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Sophomore Academic Excellence Award, pictured right. This award is presented to one National AIChE member in each student chapter who has attained the highest scholastic GPA during his/her freshman and sophomore years, with recommendation of the Student Chapter Advisor.

President of Tau Beta Pi, Alan Killen (CE'11), attended the Tau Beta Pi National Convention, October 7-10, in Kings of Prussia, PA. The convention serves as a training session for student delegates, most of whom are chapter presidents serving the current academic term. It also provides an opportunity for delegates from all parts of the country to meet each other and to see another major engineering college. National officers are afforded a special opportunity to meet with chapter representatives and to learn first-hand about their problems, solutions and opinions about the role of Tau Beta Pi on the nation’s campuses.

Chris Brown (ME'10) presented the Mini-Baja project at the final competition of the ASME Old Guard Oral Competition at the ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition on November 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

ASME Student Chapter Officers (Luke Eck, Andrew Greenop, Nate Spears, Christine Vick) attended the ASME Student Leadership Seminar, September 17-18, at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.

Daniel Smith
(CE'12), Katie Godwin (CE'12),  Mallory Bailey
(CE'11), and Evan Boulanger (CE'12) won second place in the student competition at the Tennessee Section of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) meeting on October 15, pictured l-r. The CBU student chapter was awarded a $400 check for the second-place finish.

Tau Beta Pi hosted the first Engineering Futures Session of the semester on October 30. The session focused on analytical problem solving and how it can be applied in all situations. These sessions are open to all students and are a great way for students to learn about Tau Beta Pi and what it has to offer.

Morgan Harrell (ChE'11) and Sarah Kelley (ECE'12), representatives of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), won first place in the America Recycles Day Competition on November 15, pictured right. Second place went to Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) took third place. More photos can be seen on the CBU Facebook page,!/album.php?aid=253602&id=52018474519.

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Alumni News
Binh Nguyen (ECE’10) was chosen by John Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth to instruct a group of very bright and talented middle and high school students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong for the summer of 2010. He served as a Teaching Assistant in a fast-paced electrical engineering course and was responsible for teaching the laboratories, study sessions and assisting in class lectures. This was his second summer with the Center for Talented Youth program.

Dr. Walter H. Delashmit, P.E.Dr. Walter H. Delashmit
, P.E., (EE’66) has retired after 41 years, pictured right. He worked for 39 years in the aerospace industry including 25 years at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and two years as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Texas in the electrical engineering department. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu and received many honors and awards during his career including a copy of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by NASA for his work on Apollo 13. He has also published many technical papers.

Heather Smith Kraus (CE'03) was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Younger Member for the state of Tennessee at the Tennessee section ASCE meeting on October 15.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted alumni guest speaker Stephen Hill (ChE '09) on September 30, pictured below. Stephen graduated summa cum laude from CBU and currently works for GlaxoSmithKline in Memphis as a Project Engineering Consultant. During his time at CBU, he was an All-American Cross Country runner, AIChE president, and Tau Beta Pi treasurer. He spoke to a group of current engineering students about his job and chemical/biochemical engineering in general, outlining the different pathways to choose in that field and how to be successful.

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Faculty & Staff News

  • Mr. Gene McGinnis (CEE) was presented with the 2010 Peter G. Hoadley Award for Outstanding Engineering Educator in the state at the Tennessee Section ASCE meeting on October 15, pictured right.
  • Dr. Divya Choudhary has joined the School of Engineering as Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
  • Dr. Chadwick M. Baker (ECE) has been granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
  • Dr. L. Yu Lin (CEE) presented "Unsteady-State Flow Modeling for the White River Basin" and "360 Degree Geospatial Immersive Video of the White River" at the Sponsor & Interagency Planning Team Conference in Yellville, Arkansas August 24-25. A number of government agencies, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S Fish and Wildlife, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Arkansas Heritage Commission attended the meeting.
  • Brother Louis Althaus was honored at the Christian Brother Jubilarians reception on August 24, celebrating 60 years as a Christian Brother in 2009.


On August 19, the following Service Awards were given at the Community Convocation in the CBU Theater. Service Awards represent the number of years employed at Christian Brothers University.
  • Bethany Robinson - - 5 years
  • Ali Pourhashemi  - 10 years
  • L. Yu Lin - 20 years
  • Asit Ray - 25 years
  • Br. Louis Althaus - 50 years
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Pre-college News
Outreach efforts designed to interest pre-college students in engineering continued this fall. The School of Engineering hosted two pre-college workshops: In September, we repeated the successful “Build an Electric Motor” workshop for high school students (pictured right) and October saw a middle-school workshop on “Paper Manufacturing.” Additional workshops are planned for February and March.

Fifth graders from Evans Elementary (pictured left) visited CBU on November 4. Mr. Ross Mead from IBM spoke on engineering careers, the students had lunch in Alfonso Dining Hall, and toured the engineering laboratories in St. Benilde Hall. About 100 students participated.

If you know of a student who might be interested in our pre-college activities, more information is available at
Engineering News
Healthcare Packaging Consortium seminars
The Healthcare Packaging Consortium hosted several seminars this semester:
  • September 10 - Regulatory Affairs in Medical Device Industry
        By Kim Armstrong and Christine Scifert of Memphis Regulatory Consulting, LLC.
  • October 29 - Manufacturing Processes
        By Dr. Paul Shiue of CBU Mechanical Engineering Department
  • November 19 - Quality Systems for Medical Device Industry
        By Susan Bell of Smith & Nephew

Lunch & Learn Series
This fall, the CBU School of Engineering Lunch & Learn Series provided students with the opportunity to see a variety of career opportunities for engineering graduates. We would like to thank each of the following firms for their willingness to come on campus and help educate our undergraduates:
  • Fleming and Associates (September 16) - Fleming and Associates gave a talk on the new residence hall on campus. It is the first residence hall built on campus since 1999 and will include "CBU Green" features such as use of recycled materials and energy efficiency measures such as occupancy sensors on the lights, low-flow toilet fixtures, and filters on the mechanical system.
  • Steel Fabrication, Inc. (October 28) - Shmuel Cohen gave a talk on career development.
  • Tennessee Space Institute (November 2) - Jackie Johnson gave a talk on graduate school opportunities.
  •  Cummins, Inc. (November 4) - Greg Emerick (ME'97) gave a talk on his career as an engineer, the future of the industry, and job opportunities at Cummins.
  • Barnhart Crane and Rigging (November 18) - Randy Ward gave a talk on "Interviewing Skills".


The series will continue in the Spring with representative firms from the regional area.

CBU Engineering and Science Living & Learning Community
CBU’s engineering and science living & learning community completed its inaugural semester this fall. The program pairs engineering and science freshmen with upper class students to provide mentors and regularly scheduled tutoring sessions. Each freshman receives tutoring from upperclassmen in mathematics, chemistry and physics. Next year, the engineering and science living learning community will move into the newly completed CBU Living Learning Center.
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