Dr. Siripong Malasri has been appointed Dean of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University (CBU). Malasri has already played a significant role within the CBU engineering program during his 25-year tenure as a faculty member, department chair, program director, and a previous term as dean. Malasri will be responsible for recruiting, budgeting, preparing reports, working with faculty and staff to develop a long-term strategy for the University, supervising and participating in the expansion of degree programs, and being the public face for the School of Engineering.
Malasri is excited to take on the challenge as dean and believes that CBU will see the benefit.
“I see several opportunities in taking CBU engineering to the next level,” he said. “Memphis is home of many great companies. We need to establish industry-university relationship in a more formal way. We have already done this quite successfully through the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium during the last four years. We also need to collaborate with other universities. By combining our strengths with other local institutions, we will be a greater asset to the Memphis community together.”
Malasri is also a Professor of Civil Engineering at CBU and serves as the Interim Director of the Graduate Engineering Program, Chair of the Packaging Department and Director of the Healthcare Packaging Consortium. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Tennessee and is an ISTA certified packaging laboratory technologist. Malasri has authored various publications related to transport packaging, artificial intelligence and engineering education. Currently he serves as editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.
Malasri holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as a master’s degree from the Asian Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
The CBU School of Engineering offers a 50+-year legacy of individualized engineering education with ABET accredited degrees in the four major engineering disciplines: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. A CBU engineering education is distinguished by personalized interaction between students and faculty, a strong laboratory component in the curricula and an emphasis on real-world experience through hands-on design projects and internships.
The CBU Mini-Baja Team, Jeremie Gruber, Cali Copsey, James LaRue, Joseph Ferris, Connor Martin, Sydney Barnes, and Dr. Jose Davila (ME Faculty), participated in the 2014 Baja SAE Competition in El Paso, Texas, on April 24-27. Working with very few resources, these students built a one-person motorized car that passed the legendarily difficult Baja SAE technical inspection (after a few corrections). They were able to race the car through the dry dusty terrain, dodged sharp desert rocks, and braved a sand storm. They got stuck a few times, got a flat tire, and swallowed a lot of dust, but overall had an amazing experience. Best of all, they had the opportunity to meet with competitors from around the world, with whom they shared racing gear, welding tricks and other car-making tidbits…they even learned some Korean, and now know how to say Baja in Spanish!
Dr. Davila gave this year’s Baja very high remarks: “This was by far the best Mini-Baja car built by CBU students, and it is no coincidence that some of the team members had attended previous competitions. For this reason non-seniors are encouraged to join with the seniors in designing, building and racing of our 2015 Baja car. Join the fun. Become a bajista TODAY!”
More photos of this years Baja can be found on our Facebook page. You can also watch a video of the entire trip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8ySnTS6cVo&feature=youtu.be
Congratulations to our 2014 Commencement Award Recipients:
- Cali Shannon Copsey, 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.)
- Charles Cahlen Armour, Thomas G. Morrison 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. The award is presented to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence in structural engineering.)
- Michael Brennan Powers, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award (This award is presented by the Electrical Engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding design achievements in engineering design.)
- Wei Shiong Siow, Philip M. Becker Award in Chemical Engineering (This award is presented by the Chemical Engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and creativity in solving chemical engineering problems.)
- Caleb Daniel Smith, T. Herbert Darnell Award (This award is presented by the Mechanical Engineering faculty to the department graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence and dedicated service to the Mechanical Engineering Department.)
Congratulations to the following engineering students: Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering), Gabriela Gomez-Pedro (Mechanical Engineering) Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering), Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering), and Caleb Smith (Mechanical Engineering), for passing the ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Test! ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) allows students to take the technician level test of its three-level Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Program. Soon their names will be added to the list of about 250 ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians around the world. CBU Packaging Lab has been certified by ISTA as a commercial lab since 2009. Bob Moats (Engineering Lab Technician) is an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician and Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging Department Chair) is an ISTA Certified Lab Technologist.
Trey McGinnis (EE,CS’16) and Becky Wauford (ME’16) show off their trophy for winning the Memphis Rocks “School” category (two years in a row!) at the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival at Studio on the Square. Their film, September of Service Non-Profits Make Memphis Rock, highlights the many agencies with which CBU works during September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds. The film can be viewed here. Thanks to Jeremy Park and the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, who created the Memphis Rocks initiative, a fundraiser for a Memphis fallen officers’ memorial.
To encourage young women to choose engineering as a major in college and as a career choice, the CBU School of Engineering hosted a week-long summer program for high school female students called “Future Women Engineers Program. The summer program involved a hands-on engineering workshop in the morning and an industrial tour in the afternoon. The workshops were conducted by Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering), and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging).
James B. Moore (Electrical Engineering ’69), Captain Joshua K. Dove (Mechanical Engineering ’07), and Keith Wyrick (Electrical Engineering ’10) were inducted into the Engineering Management Honor Society on May 9, 2014. Selection criteria were (1) having GPA at least 3.65, (2) completing at least 18 credit hours, and (3) being on the top 35% of active graduate students per faculty votes. James Moore is the founder and president of RadioMobile, Inc., a new startup company located in San Diego, CA. Captain Joshua Dove is a C-17A Instructor Pilot assigned to the 62nd Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He served four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew airdrop missions in Afghanistan. He has received various military medals. Keith Wyrick has worked in the utility industry for Midsouth Utility Consultants as a protection and substation design engineer.