Congratulations to Will Golden, Cori Hudlet, and Kolbie Seay for winning 3rd Place in the 2013 ASCE Deep South Competition, March 22-24, in Baton Rouge, LA. To view all the pictures from the conference, click here.
Members of the student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (which include many engineering students) traveled to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on March 24-25. While there, they saw the fastest supercomputer in the world, the spallation neutron source (the only other one in the world was in Japan and is being rebuilt after the earthquake), and the graphite reactor from the Manhattan Project. Pictured above (r-l) are: Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Trey McGinnis (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ’16), Tiffany Corkran (Chemistry ’14), Evan Boulanger (Civil Engineering ’12), Eddie Gallarno (Mathematics ’13), Aaron Lewis (Civil Engineering ’13), Michael Sanford (Mechanical Engineering ’13), Rebekah Herrman (Mathematics ’13), Mike Szpara (Mechanical Engineering ’14), Cathy Grilli (Mathematics), and Dr. Marvin Abraham (who worked at ORNL for 30 years) and his granddaughter (who joined the tour).
Maria Teresa Lensing (’01, MEM ’07) was honored with the R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumna Award at the annual Graduate Engineering Award Dinner on March 22. Lensing is vice president of the Signature Client Group at AT&T, a member of CBU’s National Alumni Board, and was the recipient of the CBU Distinguished Young Alumna Award in 2011. 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.
The collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers hosted “Steel Toes to Stilettos” on March 22 at Chickasaw Oaks Village. The wine-tasting and silent auction was a benefit for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach to Memphis City School students. The STEM programs, aimed to inspire children to pursue a college education in these fields, are paid for by the monetary support gained from this fun event. MORE PHOTOS>>>
The CBU Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers hosted an opportunity to “Pie A Professor” on March 14 in Buckman Quad. Students could purchase pies at different prices to either throw them from 5 feet away or pie them right up to their face. For a full gallery of pied professors, visit the School of Engineering’s Facebook album.
The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Global Board of Directors has created a new Global Education Committee. ISTA Chairman Matt Daum has appointed Erin Topper from the National Motor Freight Traffic Association as Committee Chair. Larry Rutledge, CBU’s ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Manager, has been selected to serve on this new global committee. Other committee members are from Lansmont Corporation, Sears Holdings, Packnomics, Packaging Corporation of America, Ongweoweh Corp, EMC Corporation, Michigan State University, RIT, and The Hershey Company. (A complete list can be found at www.ista.org/pages/about/officers-directors.php.)
Rutledge was packaging manager at FedEx for 18 years until his retirement a few years ago. Since then he has served as CBU Certified Lab Manager. He was named the recipient of the 2010 ISTA prestigious “R. David LeButt Memorial” Award. During his FedEx career, he was instrumental in developing many innovative packaging solutions for FedEx and FedEx customers, including Pack and Ship services for then FedEx Kinko’s. His experience and knowledge helped FedEx customize the Packaging Lab to improve service for FedEx customers. His dedication to the lab enabled FedEx to move forward with practical applications of sophisticated package testing and engineering. He is past chairman of the IoPP Transport Packaging Committee, and served on the Board of Directors for ISTA and the Board of Directors for the Michigan State University Consortium on Distribution Packaging.
The 2013 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Canoe Trip was a huge success. Although five boats flipped over, two cars broke down, and one boat actually sank (and later was abandoned), these Buccaneers had a blast! (photo courtesy of Chloe Chung)
The annual High School Engineering Competition has been moved to the fall 2013 semester. If you would like to be added to the contact list for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school, grade, and email.
Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging) and Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) visited Universidad De La Salle Bajío in Leon, Mexico, March 2-7. An agreement was made on research collaboration in packaging between the two universities. The collaboration will expand CBU’s packaging research capability to include logistics, mechatronics, industrial design, and communication/marketing. Universidad De La Salle (about 17,000 students) is one of the 15 Lasallian campuses in Mexico. The long-term goal is to establish the Global Lasallian Packaging Consortium/Alliance with involvement from other Lasallian universities/colleges around the world.Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe, Edel Espino Ledezma (Director of Information Technology, Universidad De La Salle Bajio), Brother Andres Govela Gutierrez (President of Universidad De La Salle Bajio), and Dr. Pong Malasri.
The engineering faculty at Christian Brothers University selected Dr. Chadwick M. Baker (pictured left) as the recipient of the 2013 Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC) Featured Engineer Award for his excellence in teaching and contributions to the university and community.
Dr. Baker joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at CBU in 1972. In 1992, he left teaching full-time to work in scheduling and data warehousing at FedEx. He continued to teach part-time at CBU until he retired from FedEx in 2008. He is currently teaching part-time at CBU as Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Management areas.
In the 1980’s, Dr. Baker developed several tools used by faculty and students at CBU. He developed a graphics terminal emulator, based on the TEK4014, for the faculty desktops written in assembly language and C. He developed a discrete event simulator for random logic written in C. He developed a logic minimization program using genetic programming written in C. He also developed an expert system shell written in C.
Currently, Dr. Baker is recognized for his work in updating ECE 251 Microprocessor Architecture/Lab with the use of new microprocessor evaluation boards. In place of a book, he requires students to buy a new microprocessor board at a cost of around $50 and he supplies the online course content. CBU does not have to by any additional equipment or devices. In addition, students will own one of the most popular microprocessor boards.
Dr. Baker is a Life Member of the IEEE and is also a member of Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He is Vice-Chair of the Computer Society of the Memphis Section of IEEE. In addition, this past semester he proctored the IEEEXtreme Programming competition.