Matthews Named CBU’s 2011 Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumna

Cynthia Borrum Matthews the 2011 R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering AlumnaMemphis – Christian Brothers University (CBU) awarded Cynthia Borrum Matthews the 2011 R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni Award during its annual Graduate Engineering Dinner.

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.

She began her career at FedEx Express in Memphis immediately following high school as an INROADS, Inc. intern.  Upon graduation from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996, Matthews began working in FedEx’s Mechanical Engineering Design group developing mechanical specifications for design and construction of material handling equipment.  Next, Matthews worked with project management of various capital projects within the company before moving to Washington, D.C where she implemented practices to improve productivity, service and cost performance of FedEx City Stations.  After working a few years in D.C., she returned to the FedEx World Headquarters and accepted the challenge to develop concepts for material handling systems and is now the manager of the group.

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

“Cynthia is an example of the high caliber of individuals who make up the CBU Graduate Engineering Management Alumni,” notes Bethany King, CBU Assistant Director of Graduate Engineering Programs. “Although, she has several years of experience in the engineering profession and has achieved a management leadership role in a Fortune 500 Company, Cynthia continues to support the Graduate Engineering Management Program and recruit prospective students.”

The R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni 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.

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