2014 Future Women Engineers Program

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).
More photos can be found on our CBU Facebook page. A video of the 5-day workshop can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqcdb-Ii060.

Engineering Management Honor Society

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.

Packaging News

  • Official Journal of CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium Received an ISSN Number: On July 21, 2014, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi, India, issued an ISSN number (ISSN 2349-6665) to the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, the official journal of CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. ISSN (International Standard Serial Number – www.issn.org) is an international organization with its headquarters in Paris, France. Currently the ISSN network is comprised of 88 member countries. CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium (founded in 2010) announced a collaboration with Cloud Publication (India) in designating the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology as the consortium’s official journal on October 17, 2013. It is an open-access online journal where published articles are available free of charge to the public. The journal website is at: http://technical.cloud-journals.com/index.php/IJAPT

Pictured above are (l-r): Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering), Bob Moats (Engineering Lab & ISTA Certified Lab Technician), Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering, Packaging Department & ISTA Certified Lab Technologist), Dr. Frank Buscher (Academic VP), Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engine ering ’15 & ISTA Certified Lab Technician), Larry Rutledge (CBU Packaging Lab Manager), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), Ed Church (ISTA President), and Dr. John Smarrelli (CBU President).

  • Ed Church, President of International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), visited the CBU Packaging Lab on May 13. The CBU lab has been an ISTA certified lab since October 2009. The visit was mentioned in an article in the June issue of  istaviews (“Ed Church visits Christian Brothers University Packaging Program”). The same newsletter from ISTA also contains a list of new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians, including three CBU students: Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering), Caleb Smith (Mechanical Engineering’14), and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15).
  • An article entitled “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature Estimation” by Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) was recently published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.  The work was part of the Pallet Project sponsored by FedEx with materials donated by The Pallet Factory, membe rs of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium.

Larry Rutledge at the 2014 ISTA TransPack Forum in Orlando, FL.

  • Larry Rutledge (pictured above), CBU Packaging Lab Manager and former FedEx Lab Manager, represented CBU with a display booth at the 2014 ISTA TransPack Forum in Orlando, FL, April 22-25. TransPack is one of the largest packaging meetings in the world attended by packaging professionals from all across the globe. Larry also represents CBU on the ISTA Global Education Committee. The CBU Packaging Lab has been certified as a commercial lab by ISTA since 2009.

Dr. Pong Malasri’s PKG 201 class visited the new packaging lab at FedEx.

  • Packaging students in Dr. Pong Malasri’s PKG 201 class visited the new packaging lab at FedEx  in Collierville on April 4. Pictured above (l-r) are Gilman(FedEx Packaging Manager), Dr. James AflakiYuliana Sanchez-LunaMatt Johnson,Ashley QureshiIke GriffithSebastian PolaniaMichael KistChristopher Nguyen,David GuerreroAle Othmani, and Luis Garcia.
  • The CBU Packaging Lab has recently been certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) for six additional test protocols. This brings up the total number of certified test protocols for CBU lab to 13.  Currently ISTA has a total of 21 test protocols. CBU lab has been a certified commercial lab since 2009. It is well equipped and staffed by Larry Rutledge (former FedEx Packaging Lab Manager), Bob Moats (ISTA Certified Lab Technician), and Dr. Pong Malasri (ISTA Certified Lab Technologist). In addition, CBU has six ISTA student members. The lab has  also been an important part of packaging research at CBU. For a listing of certified test protocols for CBU lab, click here.

Alumni News

  • rtRobin Turner (MEM’02), Director of Global Packaging Development at Medtronic, was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Annual Graduate Engineering Celebration on May 9. Robin, a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), is a member of CBU Packaging Advisory Board and Medtronic representative for the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. Her professional accomplishments and recognitions include the Paperboard Packaging Council Nationwide Award of Excellence in Structural Design for INFUSE Packaging, a U.S. Patent on Blister Packaging Cosmetic Article and Means to Protect Applicator , and a U.S. Patent on Modular Surgical Tray and Cover. She is a Leadership Memphis Executive Program graduate and has also been involved in various humanitarian activities, including the Nicaragua Mission Team, Kenya Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief, Mid-South Foodbank, Leadership Memphis, and St. Jude Hero.
  • Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard (CE’91) as the new executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Rikard, a partner with Butler Snow, has practiced environmental law since 1996, serving as senior attorney at MDEQ from 1996-1998. Prior to earning his law degree, he worked as an environmental engineer at MDEQ, specializing in permitting and water quality compliance issues. He served more than 22 years in the Mississippi National Guard, retiring with the rank of Major. During his service with the National Guard, he served as assistant staff judge advocate, acting as the primary legal officer for environmental matters. To view the article, visit the MBJ Business Blog.

Faculty News

  • Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical Engineering) gave a week-long workshop entitled “Introduction to Computational Thinking” to the faculty of the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy (MSSA).  The workshop was held at MSSA on July 21 – 25, 2014. Maxine Smith STEAM Academy is a middle school in collaboration with Christian Brothers University.
  • Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) gave a one Professional Development Hour talk entitled “Healthcare Packaging Consortium: A University-Industry Partnership” at the Engineers’ Club of Memphis meeting on June 30. Dr. Divya Choudhary (Graduate Engineering) and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) were among the audience.
  • Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering) recieved the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)  at its national conference.
  • Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging, Civil Engineering) spoke on “Packaging: More Engineering Than You Could Have Ever Imagined” at the April Meeting of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) on April 8.

Lunch & Learn: Accelerated Five-Year BS/MS Program

Dr. Divya Choudhary and Dr. Pong Malasri gave a Lunch & Learn session to engineering students entitled “Accelerated Five-Year BS/MS Program @ CBU Engineering” on Thursday, May 1.  The session included a panel of Graduate Engineering alumni (shown in picture) discussing the importance of management skills and how the  CBU MEM/MSEM degree has helped them in their professional career.


Pictured (from l-r): Tom Stoll of ThyssenKrupp, Robin Turner of Medtronic, Nicholas Tabrizi of Medronic, Garrett House of Smith & Nephew, Darshan Sampat of ILS, Danny Barulli of FedEx, and Cynthia Matthews of FedEx.


CBU Hosts Successful 2014 Deep South Conference


Pictured l-r: Lauren Harrett (Conference Chair), McKenzie Shankle, Alixis Williams, and Jaemi Guieb

The CBU ASCE student chapter and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering hosted a very successful  2014 ASCE Deep South Conference on March 27-29. Thirteen universities from West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana with approximately 300 students and faculty advisers attended the three-day event.

On Thursday evening, an orientation meeting, icebreaker, and community service project were held at Christian Brothers High School. The community service project consisted of making baby blankets for a local non-profit organization. On Friday, the Surveying Competition and Concrete Canoe Race were held at Shelby Farms Park. The Steel Bridge,  Technical Paper, and Mystery Competitions were held at Agricenter International on Saturday.

We want to thank all the faculty, staff, and students who helped make the conference a tremendous success. Special thanks to Lauren Harrett, Conference Chair, for organizing the event and to Patrick McGinnis, who designed the webpage, automated the registration, and provided the technology to stream the concrete canoe race and steel bridge competition over the internet. Please see ascedeepsouth.com for videos and pictures of the conference. You can also view photos posted on our Facebook page.

First Place at IEEE SoutheastCon 2014

IEEECongratulations to Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, and Zach Winters for placing FIRST in the Paper/Presentation Competition at IEEE SoutheastCon 2014 in Lexington, KY, March 14-16. Also congratulations to Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, Zach Winters, JonasBroughman, and Melissa Dollar for placing SECOND in the T-Shirt Design Competition. Others attending were Josh Swillum, Nicholas McKee, and Htet Cho Oo on the Software Competition team; Brennan Powers, Jay Counce, and Cody Crow on the Robotic Competition team; as well as Patrick McGinnis and Sean Dantis on the Website Competition team. More than 100 electrical engineering schools in the Southeast attend the conference.

In the 54 years that CBU has competed at IEEE SoutheastCon, our students have placed in the top three of the Paper Competition for 30 of those years.

2014 Healthcare Packaging Consortium Scholarship Recipient

malloryharveyMallory Harvey (Civil Engineering, Packaging Minor ’14) has been selected as the 2014 Healthcare Packaging Consortium Scholarship Recipient. Mike Tune, Director of Packaging Science & Technology at Merck Consumer Care, presented her with the $500 award certificate on behalf of the consortium member companies at the 2014 HPC Spring Meeting on April 11 (pictured above). Mallory was recognized for her academic achievement and involvement with consortium R&D projects. Her record includes seven journal articles, six conference papers, TAPPI Student Chapter President, SWE Student Chapter Vice President, MicroPort Orthopedics Intern, and Internati onal Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology Technical Assistant. She is a member of TAPPI (tappi.org), IoPP (iopp.org), and ISTA (ista.org).