Summer 2014 Engineering Graduates

Congratulations to our summer 2014 engineering graduates!


  • Shilpa Appurubugatha, B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • Dederick Blair, B.S. Civil Engineering
  • Aaron Lewis, B.S. Civil Engineering
  • Adam Tekle, B.S. Electrical Engineering & B.S. Computer Science


  • Ronald Alexander, M.S. Engineering Management
  • Velma Tate, M.S. Engineering Management

Faculty News

486321_581778878865_743193495_nDr. Andrew Assadollahi joins the School of Engineering as a full-time Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Assadollahi is a native Memphian and a 2005 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2009 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (concentrating in structural engineering) and a B.S. in Mathematics (concentrating in applied differential equations). In 2010, Dr. Assadollahi earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis with a concentration in structural seismic engineering, and in 2013, he completed his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Memphis with a concentration in geo-structures.

Faculty News and Awards

lasallian_educator14Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was honored with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Academic Convocation on August 28. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition. Dr. Ventura is pictured above (center) with Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, Director of Mission, and President John Smarrelli.

Other awards & announcements at the CBU Academic Convocation:

  • Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was awarded the Outstanding New Academic Advisor Award.
  • The J. Everett Pidgeon Chair was awarded to Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering).
  • Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
  • Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.

2015 Lasallian Fellows Award Recipients

CBU has named two engineering students, Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15) and Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering ’15) as part of its 2015 Class of CBU Lasallian Fellows.

CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his or her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making. Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $5,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman.

Lauren Harrett

Lauren Harrett — CE’15

Lauren Harrett is an outstanding student who fully embraces the Lasallian values of faith, service and community and uses her initiative, creativity, leadership skills and academic achievement to further the welfare of others at CBU, the Memphis community, and the world at large. Lauren is motivated by her strong faith life and is an active member of the Sunday night Mass group serving as lector and a member of the group that leads the music.

Lauren, a civil engineering major who has already completed three internships with Toyota Motor Corporation, is a member of the CBU Honors Program and sits on the board of directors of Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center through the servant-leadership program, Brothers’ Keepers. She is a proud Big Geek mentor to several younger honors students, and also serves as a CBU President’s Ambassador, a position of great responsibility as CBU seeks to attract other bright and highly motivated students like Lauren. She is a two-sport varsity athlete at CBU, competing in tennis and golf and has shown her leadership skills as the golf team captain. Using her passion as a catalyst to help others, as a participant in The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky she coached groups of underprivileged children in life skills and leadership through the game of golf.

Lauren was selected to participate in the United Nations World Youth Peace Summit in Hartford, Connecticut, an organization that helps develop scholar-athletes and scholar-artists from around the world into successful peace advocates. Lauren is an officer in the Society for Women Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In fact, she demonstrated her management skills as Conference Chair for the 2014 ASCE Deep South Conference, which has thirteen member universities in West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. This was an enormous undertaking for a small school like CBU to host. Lauren eagerly “stepped up to the plate” to assume the responsibility of organizing the conference and did a fantastic job!

It is for all these reasons and many more that students who know Lauren Harrett best call her Wonder Woman, faculty who have taught her wish other students were more like her, and that she so richly deserves being named a 2014-2015 CBU Lasallian Fellow.


Mallory Harvey – CE’14

Mallory Harvey leads by example and believes one obtains success by earning it. She embodies the best of CBU and lives her faith every day as evidenced by her respect, support, and treatment of her peers, faculty and the CBU community. She has been a leader in the Science Olympiad, Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC) Engineers Week Student Contest, and MATHCOUNTS, a middle school math competition. She has travelled to California to promote engineering at CBU and, conduct workshops for high school students to prepare them for a college major and career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Mallory is President and a founding member of the student chapter of Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) and Vice-President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She is a Technical Assistant for the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology (IJAPT) where she uses her knowledge of packaging, research abilities, technical writing skills, and computer expertise to contribute to the publication of the international journal. She has 13 publications and is one of approximately 250 individuals worldwide that is certified by ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) as an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. It is clear that she is an individual who recognizes opportunities for change and has the resources, enthusiasm, and dedication to help initiate those changes.

While Mallory is already an outstanding young professional, she is also dedicated to serving the broader community. She not only volunteers to assist with community activities, she often leads the activities by organizing the events and encouraging others to participate. One example of this is her leadership of September of Service (SOS) 2014. This is the first year the leadership positions were advertised to the entire campus and Mallory was the first to apply. Given her other leadership experiences, SOS 2014 is guaranteed to reach more members of the CBU and Memphis communities with Mallory as a part of the team. When asked why she wanted to lead SOS, Mallory wrote: “I want to be a part of the change making in a more involved manner. I want to improve Memphians’ quality of life. I want to challenge other students to do work that stands for something big. I want to share my enthusiasm in expressing the importance of charity and faith in the community.” Because of her innovative leadership and professionalism, as well as her volunteer spirit, Mallory Harvey has earned the title CBU Lasallian Fellow.

Dr. Siripong Malasri Named Dean of Engineering

S_MalasriDr. 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.

2014 Mini-Baja Competition


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


Congratulations to the May 2014 Graduates!


  • Charles  Armour, B.S. Civil Engineering (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Phyo Thoon Aung, B.S. Civil Engineering (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Evan Boulanger, B.S. Civil Engineering
  • Cali Copsey, B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Mahnoor Fatima, B.S. Chemical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Kaitlin Howle, B.S. Electrical Engineering & B.S. Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Michael Kist, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Mitchell Moorehead, B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • Kenderick Norris, B.S. Civil Engineering
  • Michael Powers, B.S. Electrical Engineering & B.S. Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Joshua Segovia, B.S. Chemical Engineering
  • Caroline Shankle, B.S. Civil Engineering
  • Wei Siow, B.S. Chemical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Caleb Smith, B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude)
  • Joshua Swillum, B.S. Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Ivan Tamayo, B.S. Civil Engineering
  • Vietminh Tong, B.S. Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude)
  • John Vo, B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • Matthew Winters, B.S. Electrical Engineering


  • Kimberly Alexander, M.S. Engineering Management (completed degree requirements December 2013)
  • Joshua Dove, M.S. Engineering Management
  • Wes Henderson, M.S. Engineering Management
  • Lindsey  Hodges, M.S. Engineering Management
  • Rizgar Jan, M.S. Engineering Management (completed degree requirements August 2013)
  • Ricky Rivers, M.S. Engineering Management (completed degree requirements December 2013)
  • Norman Witteborg Jr., M.S. Engineering Management (completed degree requirements December 2013)

2014 School of Engineering Commencement Awards

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.)

More ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians Added to CBU Packaging Lab

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.

Engineering Students Win Film Award

memphisrocksTrey 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.