Please join the CBU and the U of M American Society of Civil Engineers at Chickasaw Oaks Plaza on November 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m., for the 5th annual Grapes for Geeks Wine Tasting.
Ten delectable wines (from five different countries) and a selection of “Big Beers” from around the world will be served, along with live entertainment and an array of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple. All proceeds go to support the CBU and U of M Student Chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Please visit www.grapesforgeeks.org to buy tickets online through PayPal.
An article entitled “Rice Hulls as a Cushioning Material” was recently published in Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, of the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology. It was authored by Siripong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Ryne Stevens (Engineering Management ’15), Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering ’17), Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering ’15), Ike Griffith (Civil Engineering ’15), David Guerrero (Civil Engineering ’15), Matthew Johnson (Engineering Management ’16), Michael Kist (Mechanical Engineering ’14), Christopher Nguyen (Engineering Management ’16), Sebastian Polania (Mechanical Engineering ’17), Ashley Qureshi (Chemical Engineering ’15), and Yuliana Sanchez-Luna (Civil Engineering ’17).
Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical Engineering Professor) and Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering Professor) are offering a dual enrollment course for 16 juniors and seniors at Harding Academy during both the fall and spring semesters. This program was set up to introduce high school students to the engineering profession and is being partially funded by an external donor.
The fall class, ENGR 100: Exploring Engineering, teaches students the basics of electrical and mechanical systems, computer aided design and C programming. During the semester, they are challenged to build electric motors, sliding valve steam engines, a simple robot, and other projects. In addition, they learn about the various engineering disciplines and career opportunities.
Starting in January, the students will be enrolled in ECE 101: Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving. Using the material they learned from the fall term, the students will work for 6 consecutive weeks on building a robot for the regional FIRST Robotics Competition, a qualifying event scheduled to be held in Little Rock, AR, March 4-7, 2015. If successful, the team plans to advance to the national competition held later in the semester.
Charmaine Cooper (EE&CS’15) with middle school students at the September FLL workshop.
CBU hosted 2 First Lego League (FLL) Workshops on August 24 and September 13. Frank Niedzwiedz (Electrical Engineering ’82) directed the workshop and TVA and the CBU Electrical & Computer Engineering Department sponsored it. Fourteen+ teachers, coaches, mentors, and parents representing 10 schools attended both workshops. FFL teams consist of 2-10 members, ages 9-14, and in the grades 4-8. Teams must register in mid-September for the West Tennessee FLL competition that will be held on January 24, 2015 at the University of Memphis.
The 2014 Packaging Summer Program was a huge success. The one-day program introduced high school students to the fundamentals of packaging engineering. They were given a tour of the CBU ISTA certified packaging lab in the morning followed by a hands-on activity involving corrugated cardboard packages. During lunch, the students were introduced to a panel of representatives from local packaging-related companies where they got to share their stories on how they got into the profession and where it led them. In the afternoon session, they got to test their packages from the hands-on activity in a “Pre-shipment Test.” Here is one of the responses we got after the workshop:
“My son just completed the Packaging Summer Program at CBU on yesterday. I want to let you know that he was so excited about what he learned during that session. He is considering majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Packaging is that is possible. He was also impressed with the Engineering Department at CBU. You may have a future student in 4 years. Thank you for allowing this opportunity for high school students to explore this area of expertise.”
More photos can be found on our CBU Engineering Facebook page.
Mr. Gene McGinnis (CE Chair), Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (CE Assistant Professor), Lauren Harrett (CE), Patrick McGinnis (EE&CS), Nadia Earle (ChE), Cathy Holmes (ME), Trey McGinnis (EE, CS, & MATH) and Reggie Raney (CE) visited St. Paul High School, St. Scholastica Academy, De La Salle High School and Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans (8/17-8/20) to discuss opportunities in engineering and science at CBU.
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
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.