Featured Story: CBU IEEE Team Wins Big for Web Design
Christian Brothers University students Steven Menezes, Shilpa Appurubugatha and Martin Tribo, members of the CBU student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers placed first in the International IEEE Student Branch Website Contest and will receive a $1,000 prize and a customized certificate in recognition of their efforts.

While this marks the first time that the CBU student branch has claimed first place in the international competition, previously, in 2008 and 2009, CBU students placed runner-up in the international competition. On the regional level, they have participated in the IEEE SoutheastCon conference since the 1960s and their website won this regional competition for the past four years.

Menezes said, "I am really proud of my team and the IEEE student branch at CBU for achieving this award. The development of our website has been a team effort by all of our members in the student branch. I'd especially like to thank some of our graduates, Yuri de Souza, Boris de Souza, Russ Saliendra and Binh Nguyen, who started working on the website back in 2007 and paved the way for these awards."
Last year, the CBU student branch attended the IEEE SoutheastCon 2011 conference in Nashville, where more than 50 electrical engineering schools were in attendance for robotics, Web design and T-shirt competitions. The website team consisting of Menezes, Appurubugatha and Tribo won first place for their Web page.

The winners of the 10 regional conference competitions advanced to the international competition that consisted of IEEE student branches worldwide and included graduate and undergraduate programs. Each website was evaluated by the Student Activities Committee judging committee, based on the criteria of content, presentation, navigability, originality, portability and load time.

The article written by Elisa Marus (Vice President, Communications & Marketing) and an accompanying photo are available online: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/mar/18/education-cbu-team-wins-big-for-web-design/

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  • Austin Gooch (ME'12) (pictured below) attended the Taipei International Cycling Show in Taipei, Taiwan this spring. It is one of the largest international trade shows in the cycling industry. The show consisted of over 1,000 exhibitors and 3,000 booths. He was sent by his current employer, Aerobic Cruiser (a start-up electric bicycle company founded by Memphian Charlie McVean), with whom he has accepted an offer to remain as Quality Manager following graduation.
  • Andrew Greenop (MATH & ME'12) (pictured right) was one of two students honored with the Brother Dominic Dunn Award by Dr. Johnny Holmes (Dean, School of Sciences) at the Student Research Poster Session on April 17. This award is presented annually by the faculty of the School of Sciences to the outstanding graduating senior(s) with a major in science or mathematics. The award is given in the memory of Brother Dominic Dunn, to the graduate giving strong evidence of academic excellence and of service to the University and/or the community.
  • Kaitlin Howle (ECE & CS'14) received a $6,500 grant for the 2012 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at University of Central Arkansas. The program is part of the Computer Science REU project funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the program is to encourage talented undergraduate students to pursue graduate study and research careers in computer science by providing them a competitive research experience. The program integrates fundamental research of computer science with applications in health information technology. The students participated in a full range of research activities including designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, documenting research results and writing papers for publication, and presenting at a symposium.
  • Lady Buc golfer Lauren Harrett (CE'15) (pictured right) became the first player in CBU history to earn a spot on the All-Gulf South Conference Team. Lauren was the Lady Bucs' low scorer in six of their 10 tournaments this season, including all five tournaments in the spring.
  • Samantha Noland (ME/PHIL'12) presented her paper on "Engineering Metaphysics: The Application of Pragmatism" at the Tristate Undergraduate Philosophy Symposium on February 11 at Hendrix College.
  • On May 15, Dr. Paul Shiue and some ME students took the moonbuggy and mini-baja to Coro Lake Elementary School to try and inspire some possible future engineers. Kristy Rosenberger and Alex Williams represented the moonbuggy and James LaRue represented the mini-baja.
  • The Society of Women Engineers came in 2nd place in the 2012 Earth Week Recycling Contest.
  • CBU mechanical engineering students (pictured left) were invited to a panel discussion with NASA employees and CBU alumni. This was a part of their trip to Huntsville, AL for the Moonbuggy competition. Chris Singer (ME’83), Director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, was the introductory speaker. The panel talked about education, the job market, and their experiences in the engineering field.
  • Congratulations to Aaron Lewis (CE'13) and Matt Sanders (CE'13) for winning 1st Place at the 2012 Deep South Conference in the Mystery Event! They won their award by building a bridge out of Popsicle sticks and glue and using the least amount of materials for carrying the most weight.
  • Congratulations to Alvin Siow (ChE’14) for winning 1st place in the Digital Photography category in the Castings competition. Castings is the literary journal that publishes the poetry, prose, fine art and photography of CBU students. To view past editions, visit  http://www.cbu.edu/literature/castings.html.


EPA Grant team wins honorable mention
The CBU EPA Grant Team received an Honorable Mention Award at the Environmental Protection Agency's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition in Washington DC, April 21-24. Pictured below (l-r) are Dederick Blair (CE'13), Kenderick Norris (CE'14), Dr. L. Yu Lin (CE), Ivan Tamayo (CE'13), LeAndreaonia Dunning (ME'12), and Martin Tribo (EE'13). CBU's P3 team presented their design on thermal control technologies to improve energy efficiency in the building envelope for low-income residents in Memphis, for which they had received a preliminary $15,000 grant. (more on the original EPA grant >>>)
There were more than 300 college innovators showcasing their sustainable projects designed to protect the environment, encourage economic growth and use natural resources more efficiently. Only 45 universities were selected to attend the final competition. Among the 45 finalists, 15 teams received awards and 11 teams received Honorable Mentions. Award winners from the Southeast were Appalachian State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Vanderbilt University. Honorable Mentions from the Southeast went to CBU and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To view photos of the EPA competition, visit our Facebook page.

ASME Student Professional Development Conference
The CBU Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) was named the Outstanding Student Chapter at the ASME Students Professional Development Conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville, March 30-April 1. The CBU GreenSpeed Team (Chloe Chung, Andrew Greenop, Brian Vernon, Drew Duch and Michael Smith) took second place in Old Guard Oral Presentation, the SAE Formula Car Team (Luke Eck, Nate Spears, Gideon Leteyian and Nathan Short) took fourth place in the Old Guard Oral Presentation, and the Moonbuggy Team (Alex Williams, Kristy Rosenberger, Josh Lane, Zach Turner and Ellis Jones) won third place in the Technical Poster competition. The CBU teams were in competition against students from Virginia Tech, Florida State, University of Alabama, and others from the Southeast region.

To view photos of the ASME conference, visit out Facebook page.

The Great Moonbuggy Race
The CBU Moonbuggy teams showed great team work at The Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, AL, April 12-14. Team #2 placed 11th and Team #1 placed 27th out of 44 college teams.

To view photos of the Moonbuggy race, visit our Facebook page.

IEEE SoutheastCon Regional Conference
The CBU IEEE Student Branch won first place for the 5th year in a row in the Web Site Competition at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) SoutheastCon 2012 in Orlando, FL on March 14-17.  To view their web site, visit http://www.ieeecbu.org/. Caristy Polischeck (EE &CS '12) won second place in the student paper competition for her presentation of "Power and Temperature Monitoring."

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted its first annual "Steel Toes to Stilettos" wine tasting on Saturday, March 24 at Chickasaw Oaks Village. The event showcased 14 wines from across America, craft beer from Bluff City Brewers, food provided by Just Catering, and live music by local band Good Karma. They also had a silent art auction showcasing local artists. All the proceeds went to support collegiate members of SWE. The funds will go toward supplying free science and engineering based workshops to girls in the Memphis area. Some monetary support goes to sending collegiate members to conferences where they learn many of the skills they need to be successful in the job market.

National Engineers Week 2012 Recognitions
The week of February 19 was National Engineers Week 2012. Local engineering schools recognized their outstanding faculty and students:
  • Dr. Neal Jackson (Graduate Engineering Faculty) was recognized by the CBU School of Engineering as the CBU Featured Engineer for his Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Leadership, and Contributions to the University and Community.
  • Andrew W. Greenop was recognized by the CBU School of Engineering as the CBU Featured Engineering Student for Academic Excellence, Student Leadership, and Service to the University & Community.
  • Gregory T. Stinson was recognized by the CBU CEE Department as the Featured Civil & Environmental Engineering Student for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service to the CE Department.
  • Ethan M. Clapp was recognized by the CBU ChE Department as the Featured Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Student for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
  • Steven S. Menezes was recognized by the CBU ECE Department as the Featured Electrical and Computer Engineering Student for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service to the ECE Department and University.
  • Andrew W. Greenop was recognized by the CBU ME Department as the Featured Mechanical Engineering Student for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service to the ME Department.

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  • Frank Garavelli (CBU '66) recently donated a 1923/24 Ford Model T Woody Wagon to the School of Engineering. Garavelli, who owns a company called Airport Seating Alliance and collects Model T Fords, wanted to donate one from his collection so future engineers can see how engines have progressed over the years. The fully-functional Model T is currently parked on display in the lobby of St. Benilde Hall.
  • Congratulations to former Memphis District employee Eddie Belk (CE'84) who was recently selected by the Secretary of the Army as the newest member of the federal government's Senior Executive Service. The Senior Executive Service is the civilian equivalent to the military rank of General Officer. As a result of his SES appointment, Eddie will serve as Programs Director for the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Mississippi River Commission.

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Faculty & Staff

Dr. K. Madhavan retires after 36 years

After 36 years of dedication and service in engineering education, Dr. K. Madhavan has retired from Christian Brothers University. Madhavan has served as department chair and professor in the civil & environmental engineering department. He taught courses in geotechnical and foundation engineering, pavement design, mechanics, and geo-environmental courses.

Dr. Madhavan published several papers during the years related to civil engineering education and practice. The Memphis Joint Engineer’s Council recognized him as the 1989 Featured Engineer of the Year. He was recognized in Who’s Who in American Education in 1993 and 1996 and in American Men and Women of Science in 1997. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a registered P.E. in TN (inactive), PA, and NJ. He was active in foundation engineering-related consulting work for over 30 years.

Dr. Neal Jackson's Last Lecture
Dr. Neal Jackson
has retired as Director of Graduate Engineering after 13 years of service. In commemoration, he delivered a "Last Lecture" at a retirement reception on April 30, hosted by Lorelei Hudspeth (MEM'08), Maria Teresa Lensing (MEM'07), and Linda K. Peppers (MEM'95). During his lecture, he described the path that led him to become an educator and the influence his family and friends had on his career.

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  • Lansmont, a leading package test equipment company, has posted an article entitled "Research for Improved Healthcare Product Distribution Packaging" on their website. The article highlights a research project performed at CBU's Healthcare Packaging Consortium on plastic tote study. This on-going project is sponsored by Merck. It also has a link to an article entitled "Plastic Tote Drop Impact Study" written by CBU researchers which was published last month in the IoPP Journal of Packaging. The Lansmont article can be viewed here. >>
  • The CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium hosted a seminar entitled "Packaging Materials" on Friday, March 23. The seminar was presented by Dr. Asit Ray.
  • Since the founding of the Healthcare Packaging Consortium (www.cbu.edu/packaging/healthcare.html) on June 1, 2010, the following undergraduate students have been involved with consortium R&D projects: John Archer, Phyo Aung, Evan Edwards, Mallory Harvey, Rhett Jordan, Anthony Lawrence, Katy Moser, Kalli Powers, Alvin Siow, Samuel Tsai, and Matt Warren. They have already coauthored a total of nine technical papers. For more information about these students and a list of their publications, please visit: http://www.cbu.edu/images/Documents/Engineering/Packaging/packaging_publications.pdf

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Graduate Engineering

Congratulations to the 2012 inductees of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society, who were officially inducted at a ceremony and dinner on March 30. Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Neal Jackson (Professor of Engineering Management), Chaya Subramanyan, Samuel Elisha Caviness II, Sergio Vergara Reyes, Tajuana M. Taylor, Sengkham Vongphrachanh and Dr. Eric Welch (Dean of Engineering). Not pictured are Andrew Harrell, Colin Iglinsky, Andrew R. Reiter and Frederick A. Schott. These students have shown both exceptional academic achievement and excellent character. We congratulate the 2011-2012 members of the Alpha Delta Chapter for their achievements and this recognition; and for the honor they bring to the University.
Dr. Greg Sedrick (Director of Graduate Engineering Programs) is serving as the project manager for an international educational consortium co-funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Joint Activity Training Council, BrightBridge Inc., and the New Economy Institute. The objective is to establish an international consortium to address the worldwide shortage of college graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Initially this means joint classroom instruction among 23 European, 22 South American, and 12 North American (including CBU) universities utilizing distance education technologies. The goal is to create a borderless learning environment where STEM students can interact among themselves on assignments and projects while receiving instruction from international faculty experts. The consortium’s work launched at CBU this semester with students from Cologne, Germany attending CBU engineering management classes. The University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, the Imperial College in London (England), Paris University of Mines and Technology (France), and several state, federal and private Brazilian university students are anticipated to enroll into CBU classes in the fall.

The team, including co-chair Dr. Rita Engler (Professor of Innovation and Sustainability Graduate Design Program at Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais) have recently completed a tour of Brazilian state, federal, and private universities. Pictured above: Dr. Sedrick meeting with federal and state officials in Brazil to discuss consortium membership; (l-r) Evando Neiva (Chief of Staff of the Agricultural Secretariat), Paulo Romano (Agricultural Assistant Secretary of UEMG), Dr. Engler, Dr. Sedrick, Elmiro Alves do Nascimento ( Agricultural Secretary of UEMG), Alysson Paulinelli (Brazilian Agricultural Minister) and JosÚ CÚsar (assistant of Agricultural Secretariat).

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School of Engineering
The CBU School of Engineering held its 10th Annual High School Engineering Competition on April 19. High school students from the Mid-South area competed in four engineering design contests:
  • Egg Drop Competition, wherein the goal is to design and create a "green" package (container and cushioning packing) to contain and protect a raw chicken egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 16 feet or more. The winners were Hormah Qureshi (homeschooled, 10th grade) and Deena Hamadeh (homeschooled, 10th grade), First Place; Mary Womble (Magnolia Heights School, 12th grade), Second Place; and Amber Clayton (DeSoto Central HS, 11th grade); Third Place.
  • CO2 Car Competition, wherein students design a vehicle powered by baking soda and vinegar (which produce carbon dioxide gas). The vehicles must transport a raw egg intact over a hard surface, and the winner is the one that travels the farthest. Winners in this competition were Christopher Sevigney (Horn Lake HS, 11th grade), First Place; Ryan Zheng and Michael Harper (Houston HS, 11th grade), Second Place; and William Stephenson (DeSoto Central HS, 12th grade), Third Place.
  • Balsa Crate Competition, wherein students design and build crates from balsa wood, which are then tested for strength and load bearing capacity. The winners in this category were Trey McGinnis (St. Benedict HS, 12th grade), First Place; Christopher Sevigney (Horn Lake HS, 11th grade), Second Place; and Madeline Ross (Magnolia Heights School), Third Place.
  • Crystal Radio Competition, wherein students design, construct and assemble a "crystal radio" receiver using a diode, piezoelectric (ceramic) earphone, cardboard, toilet paper tubes, aluminum foil, glue, tape, metal thumbtacks, wire, Coke can and paper. Winners in this competition were Sarah Fay (Collierville HS, 9th grade), First Place; Edwin Moore and Matthew Moore (Magnolia Heights School, 12th grade), Second Place; and Christian Sidebottom (Collierville HS, 9th grade), Third Place.

The competition was highlighted as the “Marvels of engineering” in the May 16 edition of the Commercial Appeal. The article written by Elisa Marus (Vice President for Marketing & Communications) noted the four competitions and participants. To read the article, please visit: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/may/16/marvels-of-engineering/


To view photos of the high school competition, visit our Facebook page.


The CBU School of Engineering hosted a middle school workshop on Engineering Solar Energy on March 22. Participants had the opportunity to work with CBU faculty to set-up small module solar energy kits and test them during the workshop. They also got to see the solar electric bicycle that the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering seniors have been working on. Pictured below, they are studying the solar panel lighting module outside of Nolan Engineering Center.

To view more photos of the solar panel workshop, visit our Facebook page.


The School of Engineering hosted a series of Lunch & Learns during the spring semester:
  • February 9 – Tom Needham (Public Works Director) and Darren Sanders gave a talk on "Shelby County Engineers at Work."
  • March 22 – Barnhart Crane & Rigging gave a presentation on "Engineering as a Career" and talked about career opportunities with their company.
  • March 15 – Chuck Kerwin, General Manager of AZO, Inc., gave a presentation on “Black, White, or Shades of Grey,” which examined the ‘shades of grey’ prevalent in problem solving and engineering in businesses. He talked about AZO’s business and upcoming employment opportunities.
  • March 29 – Steve Olita from Electrical Controls, Inc. gave a presentation on "Graphical Software Development."
MAESC 2012
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 1. The conference, with "Manufacturing" as its theme, was co-hosted by the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium.
Bernard Borodel Beard, former faculty member and chair of Mechanical Engineering at CBU, passed away March 9 in Madison, AL. He was employed as a senior consultant at Ares Corporation in Huntsville, AL. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Natalie C. Kerr; his sons, Bradford and Griffen Beard; and his sister, Edith Beard Brady. Please keep the Beard family in your thoughts and prayers.

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