Celebrating 20 Years of CBU Graduate Engineering Excellence

Christian Brothers University (CBU) will host a dinner in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Graduate Engineering Program on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sabbatini Lounge on the second floor of the Thomas Center on the CBU campus. Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) and Burr & Cole Consulting Engineers will sponsor the celebratory dinner.

The dinner will begin with a welcome by H. Lance Forsdick, President of CBU. Captain Joseph Simpson of the United States Army will present CBU with the flag that flew in honor of the University and the Graduate Engineering Program, over Camp Bucca, his assigned base, in southern Iraq in July 2006.

Dr. Neal Jackson, Director of CBU Graduate Engineering Programs, will present the recipient of the R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni Award. This award is named for the founder of the Graduate Engineering Program and recognizes individuals for their academic excellence, professional success, community service and continual support of CBU, the School of Engineering and the Graduate Engineering Programs.

Mark Yerger, Vice President of Aircraft Engineering & Technical Planning at FedEx, will be the featured speaker. As an alumnus of the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program, Class of 1992, Yerger will speak to his career experiences and how the MEM has amplified these experiences.

The MEM program has been a unique asset to the CBU engineering program and allows engineers to take an extra step in their education. As President of Burr & Cole Consulting, Joel T. Johnson (MEM Class of 2008) states, “Engineers are very well suited to solving technical issues.  When it comes to the gray areas of business, engineers become lost. The program is very unique in its ability to educate engineers in these gray areas of business.”

“For 20 years, Graduate Engineering at Christian Brothers University has met the advanced educational needs of engineers and other technical professionals in the Mid-South area,” says Dr. Jackson. He added that the success of this program is due to the CBU community of students, professors, business partners and employers and the celebration is in honor of their support in addition to the anniversary of the program.

For more information about this momentous occasion, contact Bethany King Robinson by e-mail at memp@cbu.edu or by phone at (901) 321-3282. ###

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