Note from the Dean

As we begin the 2010-2011 academic year, the School of Engineering is in a very fortunate position.  This summer, the School of Engineering received formal reaccreditation from ABET for all four engineering programs.  This clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to quality engineering education.   The ABET reaccreditation letter will also be an important part of the university’s overall SACS reaccreditation process which is taking place this year.

There are some new and exciting innovations going on at CBU this year. We have started a new Engineering & Science Living and Learning Community (LLC) for students. There is also a new Living and Learning Residence Hall under construction on campus.  Both of these are described in the newsletter.

This year’s freshmen enrollment is the largest since 2002.  Therefore, the overall engineering enrollment is continuing to grow. The new living learning communities and residence hall will help increase enrollment in engineering and CBU as a whole.

We are excited about the strength and growth of the Christian Brothers University engineering program and we look forward to additional growth next year.

Engineering News

New! Living Learning Community
New for Fall 2010, CBU now has a Living Learning Community (LLC) for engineering and science majors in the Capstone 170 Apartments. This community is composed of  26 freshman and 16 upperclassmen living together in one of CBU’s finest residence halls.  As part of the program, freshman students can participate in tutor-facilitated study sessions for mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses. CBU will open additional learning communities when the new residence hall opens in the fall of 2011.

Healthcare Packaging Consortium
After almost a year of discussion, the Healthcare Packaging Consortium was founded on June 1, 2010, at Christian Brothers University by seven founding members: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Merck Consumer Care, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical. The mission of the consortium is to advance the knowledge related to healthcare packaging through education and research.  Its vision is to be a unique world-class healthcare packaging consortium with member companies from various segments of the packaging industry. President Smarrelli presented plaques to founding members at the first official consortium meeting on July 14, 2010. For more information, please visit the consortium web site at:  Pictured below (l-r): Janet Smith (FedEx Managing Director), President John Smarrelli, and Jay Gilman (FedEx Packaging Manager)

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Student News

The following students received the Engineering Graduate Awards at the May 2010 commencement ceremony:

  • James Bowen: T. Herbert Darnell Award and Outstanding Engineering Graduate Award
  • David Wetherald: Tommy G. Morrison Award and Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate Award
  • Binh Nguyen: Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award

The following students received the Featured Engineer Awards for the 2009-2010 academic year:

  • James Bowen: Featured Engineering Student Award and Featured Mechanical Engineering Student Award
  • Casey Weber: Featured Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Student Award
  • Greg Carrico: Featured Civil & Environmental Engineering Student Award
  • Russel Saliendra: Featured Electrical & Computer Engineering Student Award

  • Jacob Zimmerman (ME'11) was awarded the Outstanding Junior Award by the Memphis Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers on April 13. The award comes with a $700 check with a plaque. Pictured above (l-r): Dr. Jose Davila (ME), Alex Newman (ME'10), Chris Tran (ME'11), Jacob Zimmerman, Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman (Jacob's parents), Dr. Paul Shiue (ME), and Adam Zysk (ME'11).
  • Mallory Bailey (CE'11), pictured right, won the People's Choice Award for her Civil Engineering poster at the 2010 Engineering Art Show, hosted by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) at 409 S. Main Street in downtown Memphis on April 30.


  • CBU's Mini Baja Team, made up of Christopher Brown (ME'10), Joseph Kaminski (ME'10), and Anthony Leathers (ME'10), won the first place award in the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, April 23-25. They won $500 and a trip to the final competition at ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in November in Vancouver, BC.
  • Wesley Channell (ME'10) was recognized as the "Most Relaxed Presenter" at the ASME Student Professional Development Conference at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, April 23-25. His calmness and tranquility won him a $20 gift certificate to Starbucks.
  • The CBU Moonbuggy Team, made up of James Bowen (ME'10), Leila Craig (ME'10), and Alexander Newman (ME'10), won the third place in Old Guard Technical Poster Competition at the ASME Student Professional Development Conference at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, April 23-25.

  • The CBU Moonbuggy team, pictured above,  finished 11th out of 35 college teams at NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL on April 9-10. There were 54 college teams registered, but only 35 teams made the pre-qualification (assembly, safety, weight, size, etc). Out of the 35 qualified teams, there were only 17 teams actually finished the race. Our team posted a 10-second assembly time, with a course time of 6 minutes and 23 seconds (5 minutes and 13 seconds plus a 1-minute penalty). Photos are available here and here.

  • The Student Branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers attended the IEEE SoutheastCon 2010 conference in Charlotte, NC on March 18-21. More than 60 electrical engineering schools attended the conference, and CBU competed in the Web site, software, robotics, ethics, and T-shirt competitions. The Web site team of Binh Nguyen, Russel Saliendra, and Linda Truong placed first for the third year in a row. The T-shirt team of Binh Nguyen, Russel Saliendra, Linda Truong, and Khai Nguyen placed first for the second year in a row. James Whitaker’s paper and presentation on Interactive Missions Map placed in the top ten. Russel Saliendra, Khai Nguyen, Linda Truong, and Shilpa Appurubugatha competed in the ethics competition. The software team of Martin Tribo, Steven Menezes, and Raymond Bedrossian placed eighth out of 15 teams. Anthony Bownes, James Brown, and Harsh Shroff competed in the robotics competition. Pictured above are: (back row l-r) Anthony Bownes ('10), Steven Menezes ('12), Raymond Bedrossian ('13), James Brown ('10), Jimmy Whitaker ('10), Harsh Shroff ('10), and Dr. John Ventura (IEEE Branch Advisor); (front row l-r) Russel Saliendra ('10), Shilpa Appurubugatha ('13), Binh Nguyen ('10), Linda Truong ('13), Khai Nguyen ('12), and Martin Tribo ('13). Click here for photos.

Other Student News

  • The CBU Moonbuggy Team is pictured on Time magazine's Web site in an album of photos taken at NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL on April 9-10. Click here for the photo.
  • The Mini Baja Team (pictured below: 2 instructors & 9 students) from UNIVERSIDAD LA SALLE CUERNAVACA in Mexico visited CBU from April 14-15.  Students stayed in the CBU dorm rooms for 2 nights.  They attended a couple of engineering classes and visited the FedEx Forum with the ASHRAE and ASME local chapters on the April 14.  On April 15, they presented their mini baja project and shared their experiences with the CBU Mini Baja Team.  Following the presentation,  both teams went to Sugar Creek Trail in the afternoon to test drive both mini bajas. Click here for photos.

  • The Student Branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) presented the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department a check for $994 to purchase six microprocessor development kits for the microprocessor lab. The IEEE student members raised the fund for this gift from donations obtained from silent auctions and from the work performed in the Month of Zen when the students repaired faculty, staff, and students computers.
  • The Student-Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) was again a success! There were 101 attendees at the dinner held at Memphis Botanic Gardens on February 12. A good share of the credit goes to the planning committee of Russel Saliendra, Dean Sewell, Binh Nguyen, Martin Tribo, Linda Truong, Mike Yarbrough, Zach Winters, Shilpa Appurubugatha, Morgan Harrell, Pili Segui, Berta Izquierdo, Patrick Louie, Adam Blair, and Khai Nguyen. Susan Ronning, S-PAC 2010 Committee Advisor, Dr. John Ventura, Student Activities Chair, Dr. Yuri Quintana, Computer Society Chair, Daniel Kohn, IEEE Memphis secretary, and Renee Stoll, IEEE Memphis treasurer, also thank the CBU School of Engineering, Cargill, St. Jude Research Hospital–Cure 4 Kits, IEEE USA, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, Allan & Hoshall, and Tech Friends, Inc. for sponsoring the event. Click here for photos of the event.

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Alumni News
  • Stephen Hill (ChE'09) was named to the Men’s Cross Country All-Decade First Team. The All-American runner was a four-time member of the First Team All-GSC and NCAA All-Region.
  • Stephen Hill (ChE'09) and Heather Gosnell (BIOL'09) were married on July 3.
  • Josh Holtgrewe (EE'05) was recently honored with the Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year award by the Memphis chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, recognizing his engineering and education achievements, and community service. The honor was presented during this year’s Engineer Week.
  • Ashley Prevost (ChE'07) has been accepted to the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO. Ashley has been serving as a Lasallian Volunteer since her graduation from CBU.
  • Daniel Barulli (MEM '04) was awarded the 2010 R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Graduate Engineering Celebration Dinner on March 19 in Sabbatini Lounge. This award recognizes Barulli, manager of the Program Management Office for FedEx Customer Information Services, for his academic excellence, professional achievement, community service, and continuing support of the School of Engineering and the Graduate Engineering Programs. Pictured below (l-r): Wendy Barulli, Daniel Barulli, Dr. Neal Jackson (Director of Graduate Engineering), and Bethany King (Assistant Director of Graduate Engineering).

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Faculty & Staff News
  • Bethany King (Graduate Engineering, MEM '04) has been selected as the recipient for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Educational Psychology at the University of Memphis, where she is currently working on her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a research interest in engineering education. This award is presented to the student enrolled in educational psychology and research and is based on scholarship, research, clinical work, and professional service. She was presented with the award on Sunday, April 25.
  • Leslie Herlihy (School of Engineering) and Craig Herlihy are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ivy Rose Herlihy (pictured right), on May 13, weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz, and measuring 22 inches. Mom, dad, and baby are doing very well.
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe-Basogain (ECE) has been granted sabbatical for the 2010 fall semester.
  • Larry Rutledge (CBU Packaging Lab Consultant), pictured below, represented CBU at the recent International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) International Transport Packaging Forum in Orlando, FL, March 29 - April 1. Rutledge, retired from FedEx after 18 years as its packaging manager, was also awarded the prestigious R. David LeButt Packaging Education Award at the Forum. CBU was among 24 companies and five other packaging schools in the exhibit area of the Forum. The CBU Packaging Lab, classified as a commercial testing lab, is one of the eight Tennessee packaging labs certified by ISTA.

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Pre-college News

Engineering Workshop for Girls
The CBU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the CBU Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosted an "Engineering Workshop for Girls" (grades 6-10) on April 17 in the Nolan Engineering Center. The girls participated in hands-on activities relating to chemical and civil engineering. Over 20 girls attended from 15 schools within the Memphis area.

CBU News

Center for Living/Learning
At its May 18 meeting, the CBU Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new residence hall on campus to be termed a "Center for Living/Learning." Construction will begin in fall 2010 and completed by the summer of 2011. The four-story hall will be located north of Canale Pool, between Lambert Hall and Pender Hall. Designed by Fleming Associates Architects of Memphis, it is the first new residence hall built on campus since 1999 and will include "CBU Green" features — such as green finishes (recycled materials, etc.) and energy efficiency measures such as occupancy sensors on the lights, low-flow toilet fixtures, and filters on the mechanical system. The new hall will contain 21 private units (eight of them ADA-accessible units), 70 semi-private units, and a resident director's unit. Living units will be spacious, with private or semi-private bedrooms, individual closets, and a small kitchenette.


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2010-2011 Engineering Administration

Eric B. Welch, Ph.D.
School of Engineering
(901) 321-3425
Ali Pourhashemi, Ph.D.
ChE Department
(901) 321-3401
L. Yu Lin, Ph.D.
CEE Department
(901) 321-3403
John Ventura, Ph.D.
ECE Department
(901) 321-3429
Paul Shiue, Ph.D.
ME Department
(901) 321-3424

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