Featured Story: CBU Team Awarded EPA Grant
Pictured above (l-r): Dr. L. Yu Lin (CE Faculty), Ivan Tamayo (CE'13), Dederick Blair (CE'13), Martin Tribo (EE'13), Kenderick Norris (CE'14), LeAndreaonia Dunning (ME'12), Aaron Lewis (CE'14), and Mr. Henry Rhodes (Engineering Technician).

Christian Brothers University’s Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. L. Yu Lin, and Dr. Paul Indeglia with Peak Development Consultant, Inc. received a $15,000 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the EPA P3 program: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet. CBU is the only local university to receive the grant and is one of seven southern universities and one of 45 universities in the nation receiving it.

A team of six CBU civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering students will investigate, develop, and implement technologies that improve energy efficiency in the building envelop of existing residential structures in the low-income communities of Memphis.

After completing the project, the team will bring their designs to the 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. If their work is selected by the expert panel, the EPA will grant up to another $90,000 to further the project design, implement it in the field, and move it to the marketplace.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, seeks to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-- people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

For more information about CBU’s P3 team contact, Dr. L. Yu Lin at llin@cbu.edu or call (901) 321-3403. For further information about EPA, see http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/index.html

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Three Engineering students Named CBU Lasallian Fellows for 2012
Andrew Greenop (ME’12), Stevent Menezes (EE/CS’12), and Samantha Noland (ME/PHIL’12) have been named CBU Lasallian Fellows for 2012. The Lasallian Fellows Awards are presented to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership and service. Each student is nominated by a member of the CBU faculty and staff because of their commitment to the underserved, sensitivity to social and community needs, active nature of their faith, and their creative and innovative approach to solving the problems of the society and world around them. Each Lasallian Fellow is awarded $5,000 as a means of perputuating their work in the community. The awards are made possible by a generous donation from Joyce A. Mollerup and Robert H. Buckman.
(pictured above, standing l-r)Paige Campbell (PSYC'12), Steven Menezes (EE/CS'12), Andrew Greenop (ME'12), Samantha Noland (ME/PHIL'12) and Samantha Bownes (BIOL'12), with Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President. The Lasallian Fellows Program is made possible by the generosity of CBU trustee Joyce Mollerup and her husband Bob Buckman (pictured above, seated).

Pictured above: On October 27, 16 engineering students and 3 faculty members visited the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL for a private tour. The tour included visiting the CEDAR Room for Virtual Design Review, the Combustion Research Facility, Friction Stir Welding, and the X-Ray Cryogenic Facility.

Pictured Above: Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, inducted 4 new members on December 3. Pictured below from left to right: Edwin Kirkpatrick
(ChE), Adam Thornton (ME), Blake Ward (CE), and Hunter Coulston (EE)


December Graduates

Congratulations to our December 2011 engineering graduates!


  • Anthony M. Lawrence, B.S. Engineering Management
  • Sean D. Buonanno, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeffrey S. Dove, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Kyle A. Edmundson, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Conner J. Robinson, B.S. Mechanical Engineering


  • Congratulations to Kalli Powers and Anthony Lawrence for completing the requirements for a Packaging Engineering Certificate in December 2012. 


  • Congratulations to Zhang Zeng (ME ‘13) for being inducted into Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.


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ChE Alumni talk to undergraduates
Four chemical engineering alumni provided a panel discussion of chemical engineering careers for Dr. Asit Ray's CHE 101/201 Projects course on November 29. They described their career paths and the skills students should be cultivating for future success. Pictured b
elow (l-r) are Andrya Clark Gough (CHE'95, MEM'02) from Smith & Nephew; Justin Cash (CHE'00) from Lucite International; Dr. Asit Ray (ChE Faculty); Wes Hoover (CHE'05) from Packaging Corporation of America; and Brian McAnally (CHE'95) from Fleischmann's Yeast.


  • JT Malasri (CE'06, MBA'12) is one of three CBU Alumni that’s been named to the Mayor's Young Professionals Council (MYPC). Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell convened the MYPC as an ad hoc council to address the exodus of local talent. The MYPC is composed of 15-17 young professionals from throughout Shelby County who serve as a liaison between Shelby County government and the local community of young professionals.


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Faculty & Staff

Welcome Dr. Greg Sedrick!
Gregory A. Sedrick, Ph.D. P.E. has been appointed the Director of Graduate Engineering at Christian Brothers University (CBU). In this position, Sedrick will oversee the Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) and the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) programs.

With over 30 years of teaching, research and professional experience in the engineering field, Sedrick comes to CBU from the University of Tennessee where he served as Director of the Engineering Management and Distance Education Programs. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center Network, Founder and Executive Director of the New Economy Institute, has served on faculty and academic administration at numerous colleges and universities.

Sedrick has been appointed twice to the Tennessee Governor’s Committee for Distance Education implementation teams of the Tennessee Board of Regents System and the University of Tennessee System. He also served as lead consultant to numerous public and private firms in the area of technological competitiveness. His current research interest include technology based economic development, performance measurement and enhancement, and technical workforce development.

In announcing the position, Dr. Eric Welch, dean of engineering, notes, “We are very excited to have Dr. Sedrick lead our graduate engineering program. He has a wealth of experience in academic leadership as well as extensive experience in industry and the legislative process. His leadership will help CBU provide technical professionals the education they need to become leaders in the engineering management profession."


For more information on Dr. Sedrick please visit http://www.cbu.edu/news/2012/01/cbu-names-sedrick-director-of-graduate-engineering/.


Faculty/Staff News

  • Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe-Basogain (ECE) presented his Sabbatical Report to the CBU Faculty & Staff on November 1 entitled "Mathematics in Schools Around the World Using Scratch." The report includes a description of the work accomplished during his sabbatical leave in the fall of 2010 as well as work currently being developed as a direct result of the many partnerships created during this period.


  • Pictured on right: The ASME student chapter presented Mrs. Leslie Herlihy, School of Engineering Administrative Assistant, with the Purple Shaft Award on September 8. This award is voted on by the mechanical engineering students and is given for outstanding service to the engineering departments. Presenting the award are (l-r) Caleb Smith (ME'14), Andrew Greenop (ME'12), Samantha Noland (ME/PHIL'12), Luke Eck (ME'12), and Cali Copsey (ME'14).


  • Leslie Herlihy attended 3 seminars this fall: The Conference on Social Media (October 14), The Adobe Photoshop Users Conference (October 3), and Building Cases for and Against Social Media Seminar (September 14).

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Graduate Engineering
  • Dr. Greg Sedrick, the new MEM Director, was in South America for 3 weeks this February. The purpose of the trip was to recruit for the MSEM Programs and fulfill his Department of Labor grant to establish international educational partners. The 18-day tour included Belo Horzonte, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro Brazil; Santiago Chile; and Buenos Aires Argentina. This supplements his visits to 30 European universities this past August.
  • The Graduate Engineering Program has established two new teaching sites. One that reaches Tullahoma, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Tri Cites via a Tandberg System located in the graduate engineering office and one that reaches North Carolina via Skype in Nolan 235.

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The CBU Packaging Lab has recently been recertified by the International Safe Transit Association as a commercial package test lab. Lab recertification is required every two years to ensure that ISTA standards on equipment maintenance and personnel qualification are met. CBU lab is one of the seven ISTA certified labs in TN, AR, and MS. It is the only commercial lab in an academic setting in the tri-state area. In addition to providing test services to companies, the lab supports CBU packaging educational programs and the Healthcare Packaging Consortium's R&D projects. For more information about CBU Packaging, please visit www.cbu.edu/packaging/overview.html.

The Healthcare Packaging Consortium hosted a series of free packaging seminars for CBU students, faculty and staff during the fall semester:
  • September 16 – "Pulp, Paper, and Packaging; Performance Driven, Sustainability"
  • October 14 –"Trends in Healthcare Packaging"
  • November 11 – “Logistics & Distribution"



  • Dr. Pong Malasri (CE & Packaging) visited the Center for Unit Load Design at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) on October 26 to collect information for a Healthcare Packaging Consortium project. He also presented a paper entitled "Undergraduate Research in Healthcare Packaging" at the American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic Conference at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) on October 29. The paper was published in the conference proceedings.
  • An article entitled "Plastic Tote Drop Impact Study" appeared recently in the IoPP Journal of Packaging published online by the Institute of Packaging Professionals. It is authored by Dr. Siripong Malasri (CE & Healthcare Packaging Consortium Coordinator), Mr. Robert Moats (Engineering Technician), Mr. John Archer (ENGM/PACK'12), Dr. Paul Shiue (ME), Dr. Ray Brown (ME) and Mr. Larry Rutledge (CBU Certified Packaging Lab Manager). The work is part of a Healthcare Packaging Consortium project on plastic tote study, sponsored by Merck.


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School of Engineering
The School of Engineering hosted a series of Lunch & Learns during the fall semester:
  • August 30, 2011 -- “Interviews for Internships” by Rivianna Foods
  • September 15, 2011 -- “Airport Design Issues” by Joe Polk (MEM’04)
  • 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
We had several pre-college workshops on campus this fall:
  • GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS - High School Workshop, 9/22/11
  • KICK STICK: SIMPLE ELECTRIC CIRCUITS - Middle School Workshop, 10/27/11
  • SEXTANTS, SATELLITES, & GPS - High School Workshop, 11/29/11

For more information on our precollege events, please visit www.cbu.edu/precollege/overview.html.
2011 FIRST Lego League Mid-Season Summit
The 2011 FIRST Lego League Mid-Season Summit was a success for all who attended. It was held at Christian Brothers University on October 29. FIRST Lego League is an annual international competition which involves programming an autonomous robot to accomplish missions on a four foot by eight foot competition field.

CBU provided lab space and computers with the programming software preloaded and the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers provided funds to support the workshop. Eight current CBU students studied the software before the event and assisted the elementary school students with using the software and writing the line following program.
MAESC 2012 Conference: Mark Your Calendar
The Schools of Engineering and Sciences will host MAESC 2012 Conference on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, on the CBU campus. The conference will be co-hosted by the Healthcare Packaging Consortium. For more information, please visit the conference website at www.maesc.org or contact Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu.

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