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Chris Singer Named Director of NASA Marshall Center’s Engineering Directorate
Alumnus Chris Singer (ME’ 83) (pictured right) has been appointed director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

Singer will lead an organization of 1,400 civil service and 1,200 support contractor employees responsible for the design, test, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems and science instruments, along with payloads under development at the Marshall Center.

Singer began his NASA career in 1983 as a rocket engine specialist in the Marshall Center's Structures and Propulsion Laboratory. He became a supervisor team leader in the Liquid Propulsion Branch in 1991, and in 1992 served a one-year assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington as senior manager for the space shuttle main engine and external tank in the Space Shuttle Support Office.

In 1994, he returned to the Marshall Center as technical assistant to the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project manager, supervising development and implementation of safety improvements and upgrades to shuttle propulsion components. In 2000, he was appointed chief engineer in the Space Transportation Directorate and in 2002 was named its deputy director. In 2003, he was named acting director of the Space Transportation Directorate.

Singer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in April 2000. He served as deputy director of Marshall’s Engineering Directorate from 2004 to 2011. He also has authored several papers on space transportation systems.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Singer earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. In 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives – the highest honor for career federal employees. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2001 for his leadership, technical contributions and exceptional service as deputy director of the Space Transportation Directorate. In 1989, he received a Silver Snoopy Award from the Astronaut Corps for his contributions to the success of human space flight missions.

Singer is married to the former Jody Adams of Hartselle, Ala. They have three children and live in Decatur, Ala.

Storey, Angela, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL. (2011). Chris Singer Named Director of NASA Marshall Center’s Engineering Directorate [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2011/11-057.html

 

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Student

chemical Engineering Students Get Experience

One of the most frequent questions we get from prospective students and parents is “Do your students get jobs?”

Not only do our chemical engineering grads get jobs, but they get professional experience even before they graduate. Here are just a few samples of internships and co-op positions held by our students:

  • Phil Beatty (ChE’13) works as a Co-op Engineer for Osmose, Inc. He has a wide range of responsibilities, including supervising safety audit progress and revamping the preventive maintenance and Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedures. His other engineering related jobs consist of revising and correcting P&IDs, working with plant engineers to brainstorm plant improvements, and attend meetings to stay in the loop of plant status.
  • Kathleen Branscum (ChE’13) (pictured right) works as an intern at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her responsibilities include DNA extractions, running PCR's, genotyping, and tending to the colony.
  • Raquel Edwards (ChE’12) works as an Inside Sales Engineering Intern at Experitec, Inc. Her responsibilities include sizing valves and actuators for local plants as well as sending price quotes to customers and entering purchase orders for the factory.
  • Maverick Ford (ChE’ 12) works as a Research and Development Intern at Grace Medical. Currently, he is working on a tympanoseal project for a new otological medical device.
  • Morgan Harrell (ChE’12) (pictured right) works as an Industrial Engineering Intern at the Kellogg's Memphis Plant. Her job duties include taking food samples and creating easy-to-read spreadsheets of collected data. She is currently working with the Continuous Improvement Group to help optimize production on various food lines.
  • Rhett Jordan (ChE’13) works as a UR Engineering Intern for GlaxoSmithKline. He is currently working with the Operational Excellence Department to create training/troubleshooting guides for operators of particular equipment in the plant. He has also developed a system for organizing and maintaining all current operation & maintenance manuals in the plant.
  • Ricky Sanders (ChE’12) worked over the summer as a Packaging Intern at Evergreen Packaging. During his internship, he created container mock ups for customers and consumer group testing. He got to use a Misomex Sample Table to complete projects and use AutoCad to create drawings.
  • William Zachary (ChE’12) works as an Engineer/Chemist Intern for nexAir. He runs purity and composition tests on industrial gases and specialized gases they distribute. (i.e. lung diffusion gas and clinical blood gas).

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2011 Engineering Graduate Awards
The following students received the Engineering Graduate Awards at the May 2011 commencement ceremony:

 

  • Rance Alan Killen II – OUTSTANDING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING GRADUATE AWARD
    This award is presented by the School of Engineering faculty to the School of Engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, distinguished leadership, and dedicated service to the University and/or community.
  • Rance Alan Killen II – OUTSTANDING CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE AWARD
    This award is presented by the civil engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and service to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
  • Mallory K. Bailey – THOMAS G. MORRISON CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD
    The Thomas G. Morrison Award is given annually by the civil engineering faculty in honor of the late Dr. Thomas G. Morrison, Professor Emeritus. This award is presented to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence in structural engineering.
  • Lindsey M. Hodges – BROTHER PHILIP MORGAN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AWARD
    This award is presented by the electrical engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding design ability.
  • Jacob R. Zimmerman – T. HERBERT DARNELL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AWARD
    This award is presented by the mechanical engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and service to the Mechanical Engineering Department.

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Congratulations to our 2011 engineering graduates!

UNDERGRADUATE

Robert N. Alekos

B.S. Electrical Engineering

Mallory K. Bailey

B.S. Civil Engineering

Richard Boyette

B.S. Chemical Engineering

Yu Cai

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Milton E. Crews

B.S. Civil Engineering

Sambhav A. Gada

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Wani M. Hakim

B.S. Electrical Engineering

John W. Hall

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Lindsey M. Hodges

B.S. Electrical Engineering

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Jeremy L. Hopkins

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

CUM LAUDE

Rance A. Killen II

B.S. Civil Engineering

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

B.S. Mathematics

Katelynn C. King

B.S. Engineering Management

CUM LAUDE

Matthew W. McKnight

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

CUM LAUDE

Gerald E. Paige

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Nathaniel C. Phillips

B.S. Electrical Engineering

CUM LAUDE

B.S. Computer Science

Marcus W. Sims

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Christopher Q. Tran

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Ian J. Withrow

B.S. Electrical Engineering

 

Jacob R. Zimmerman

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Adam J. Zysk

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

 

GRADUATE

Joseph J. Atem

Master of Engineering Management

 

Jennifer L. Baker

Master of Engineering Management

 

Rajesh Balasubramanian

Master of Engineering Management

 

Nicholas Brown

Master of Engineering Management

 

Jodi A. Johnson

M.S. Engineering Management

 

Daniel W. Roberts

M.S. Engineering Management

 

Johnny L Sears

Master of Engineering Management

 

Alonzo Sullivan

Master of Engineering Management

 

Tajuana M. Taylor

Master of Engineering Management

 

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Student scholarships

  • Robert Alekos (ECE’12) and Adam Blair (EE'12) both received a $7,600 internship at the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program this summer at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, MD. This is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and submarines and their systems. With unique laboratories and test facilities, large-scale land-based engineering and test sites, and at-sea measurement facilities throughout the United States, Carderock has been at the forefront of technologies vital to the success of the Navy and the maritime industry for more than a century.
  • Drew Wellman (ECE/CS'12) received a $5,000 ten-week 2011 NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholarship. The Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under a sub-award from the National Institute of Aerospace. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience while working side-by-side with NASA's finest scientists and engineers who serve as mentors at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.

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CBU Mini-Baja team
The CBU Mini-Baja team competed at the 2011 Baja SAE Kansas Regional Competition at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS on May 26-29. The team consisted of mechanical engineering students Jeremy Hopkins, Sam Noland, Conner Robinson, Sambhav Gada, and Jeffrey Dove. They competed with 86 teams from around the world in all the competitions except suspension. This event includes the best engineering and engineering technology students from across the nation. Students are challenged to work as a team and build an off-road vehicle to race through adverse conditions and rough terrain.  To view the full photo album of the Mini-Baja Competition, please visit the CBU Engineering Facebook page.

 

Jeremy Hopkins (ME'11) gets ready to compete in the Acceleration Test at the 2011 SAE Mini-Baja Competition. Photo courtesy of Conner Robinson (ME'11)

 

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Alumni
  • The Southeast Missourian, May 2 edition, featured CBU Electrical Engineering alum and president of The Rite Group, T. Robin Cole III. He left a Wall Street career to return to his home in Cape Girardeau and take over the family business. Read how this CBU alum’s success as a businessman and volunteerism with Habitat for Humanity at: http://www.semissourian.com/story/1723563.html
  • Ashley Prevost (ChE’07)and Daniel Salvaggio were married on June 4. Ashley was a LaSallian volunteer, worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and has just started medical school at UTHSC.

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Faculty & Staff
  • In June 2011, Dr. Divya Choudhary (ECE Faculty) and Dr. Eric Welch (Dean) attended the NSF Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) workshop in Nashville, TN. The workshop covered best practices in student recruitment and retention, proven STEP strategies and writing effective education proposal for NSF.
  • In July 2011, Dr. Divya Choudhary attended the NSF-ECEDHA Energy and Power Summer Workshop at Georgia Technological University in Atlanta. The workshop covered topics including emerging technologies in energy generation, transmission and distribution, power electronics and cyber security for power grid.
  • Glenda Emerick is now Administrative Assistant and Distance Education Coordinator for the Graduate Engineering Program.
  • Dr. Randel Price is now Chair of the Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Department.
  • Dr. K. Madhavan is now Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.
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service awards
The following service awards were given to engineering faculty & staff at the Community Convocation on August 18:

  • K. Madhavan (CE) - 35 YEAR AWARD
  • Robert Moats (Engineering Technician) - 25 YEAR AWARD
  • Juan Carlos Olabe-Basogain (ECE) - 25 YEAR AWARD
  • Henry Rhodes (Engineering Technician) - 25 YEAR AWARD

 

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Graduate Engineering

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE ENGINEERING ALUMNA
Cynthia Borrum Matthews (MEM'99) received the 2011 R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the annual Graduate Engineering Dinner on April 1. As manager of the Facility and Sort Conceptual Design Group at FedEx Express, Matthews leads an 11 person team responsible for developing state-of-the-art concepts for material handling systems worldwide. Matthews received her Master of Engineering Management degree from Christian Brothers University in 1999 and credits this achievement as the turning point in her career. Pictured above with Matthews (second from right) are Dr. Neal Jackson, Director of Graduate Engineering Program; Bethany King (MEM'04); Rawn Matthews (MEM '00), husband of the recipient; and Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President. More>>

Graduate Engineering Open House
CBU Graduate Engineering held an Open House on July 7 for prospective students at the Independent Bank on Poplar Avenue. Twenty-five people were in attendance.

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Packaging
HEALTHCARE PACKAGING CONSORTIUM: FIRST ANNIVERSARY
Healthcare Packaging Consortium, founded on June 1, 2010, at CBU by Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Merck Consumer Care, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical, celebrated its first anniversary. The consortium members met on April 28th to evaluate its first year activities and prioritized activities for the 2011-2012 cycle. The seminars offered during the first cycle were all well received and findings from R&D projects are being released to the public in form of presentations and publications.
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Larry Rutledge, CBU Packaging Lab Consultant, presented a paper entitled "Distribution Tote Testing" at the 2011 International Transport Packaging Forum in Orlando, FL, April 18-21. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Siripong Malasri (Civil Engineering and Healthcare Packaging Consortium Coordinator) and Anthony Lawrence (Engineering Management/Packaging '11). Larry also manned the CBU booth at the forum to promote CBU's ISTA Certified Packaging Lab, the Healthcare Packaging Consortium, and the MSEM (Packaging) program. The forum is one of the biggest annual gatherings of packaging professionals.

Dr. Siripong Malasri presented another part of the same consortium project at the 2011 Mid-South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC) on May 3. The paper, "Preliminary Study of Plastic Tote Drop Impact," is coauthored by Dr. Paul Shiue (ME), Anthony Lawrence, Larry Rutledge, and Robert Moats (Engineering Lab Technician).

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School of Engineering
CONDOLENCES
  • George Louis Krupicka (Pictured right), retired Associate Professor of Engineering, died August 19 after a long illness. A 1960 graduate of CBU, he taught Mechanical Engineering from 1960 to 1993. Mr. Krupicka leaves his wife, Betty Krupicka; his daughter, Lisa Krupicka; son-in-law, Sam Crain; his granddaughter, Samantha Krupicka and his extended family. Please keep the Krupicka family in your thoughts and prayers. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
  • Bob Moat’s mother, Beverly Joan Moats, passed away at age 79 on Sunday, March 27.
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FALL 2011 LUNCH & LEARN LECTURE SERIES

The schedule for the Fall 2011 Lunch & Learn Lecture Series has been set. The Lunch & Learns are for engineering students, faculty, and alumni. They are usually the 3rd Thursday of every month from 12:30 to 2:00pm in Nolan 241.

  • August 30, 2011 “Interviews for Internships” by Rivianna Foods
  • September 15, 2011 “Airport Design Issues” by Joe Polk
  • September 29, 2011 “Alternative Fuels” by Joe Shuster
  • October 13, 2011 “Environmental Health & Safety” by Andrya Gough
  • November 17, 2011 “Environmental Issues in Engineering” by Phil Coop (Ensafe)
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2011-2012 ENGINEERING PRECOLLEGE EVENTS SCHEDULE

HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS (GRADES 9-12)
  • September 22, 2011: Geographic Information Systems
  • November 29, 2011: Sextants, Satellites, and GPS
  • February 14, 2012: Computer Modeling of Objects

    MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOPS (GRADES 6-8)
  • October 27, 2011: Kick Stick - Simple Electric Circuits
  • March 22, 2012: Engineering Solar Energy

    HIGH SCHOOL ENGINEERING COMPETITIONS
  • April 19, 2012

Events take place between 3:30 and 5:45 p.m. on the CBU campus and most are free of charge. Advance registration is required for all events and opens approximately 4 weeks before the event. Dates, times, and fees are subject to change. For more information on these events, please visit http://beta.cbu.edu/precollege/overview.html .
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9th annual HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION
The 9th Annual High School Engineering Competition on April 14 was a success! There were 4 competitions this year: Egg Drop, CO2 Car, Balsa Crate, and Building a Crystal Radio. Below is a list of the competition winners. To view pictures of the competitions, visit our Facebook page.


A high school student gets ready to compete in the CO2 car competition with Dr. Jose Davila.
Photo courtesy of Conner Robinson (ME'11)

9th annual
High School Competition Winners
Egg Packaging:
1st Place - Cody Morris, Desoto Central
2nd Place - Corey Hector, Desoto Central
3rd Place - Katie Han, White Station HS
CO2 Car:
1st Place - Ryan Zheng, Houston HS 117.3 ft
2nd Place - Hannah Buckmaster/Meredith Compton, St. George’s IS
3rd Place - Billy Murray, Homeschool
Balsa Buildings:
1st Place - Anthony Copeland, East HS
2nd Place - Deneisha Stewart, Memphis Business Academy HS
3rd Place - Matthew Murphy, St. Benedict
Crystal Radio:
1st Place - Mitchell Vavra, Collierville HS
22nd Place - Shelby Ligon/Hunter Seeley, Desoto Central HS
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MAESC 2011
The School of Engineering and the School of Sciences hosted a very successful Mid-South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC) on campus on May 3. The conference, with "Sustainability" as its theme, was co-hosted by the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Silgan Plastics was the conference corporate sponsor. The Memphis-area Joint Engineers Council, IEEE (Memphis Section), and Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) provided financial support for student registration fees. The conference was also co-sponsored by several other organizations. More than 120 people attended the conference from Allen & Hoshall, Christian Brothers University, City of Memphis, FedEx, Florida International University, Jack Tyler Engineering, Merck Consumer Care, Ozeryansky Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Silgan Plastics, Smith & Nephew, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Taylor Waller PLLC, Tennessee Concrete Association, Union University, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee (Martin), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Wright Medical. An online post-conference proceedings will be available to the public in June at www.maesc.org.

 

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