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Arif Shakeel

Herff College Will Honor Alumni and Faculty at Annual Awards Dinner

Arif Shakeel will be honored as this year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering.  Also being recognized for service to the College and to the field of engineering are Tommy Carls, Medtronic’s senior vice president for Research and Development; E. Hunter Harrison, CEO of Canadian Pacific Railroad; John Ray Jr., CareFusion’s vice president for Global Research and Development; and International Paper.

The awards banquet will be Tuesday, April 16, at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.  The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations for the dinner are requested by April 10.  Read more…

Dr. Haggard

Dr. Haggard Named 2013 ASTM Award of Merit Recipient

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, has awarded Dr. Warren O. Haggard, Professor and Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, with the ASTM Award of Merit. The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the ASTM International Board of Directors and is the highest society award granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities. The award is given to a few select individuals who provide significant technical contributions in authoring new standards or revisions to existing standards, deliver outstanding contributions in the areas of research or testing, leading to new standards development and provide other outstanding service or activities that greatly enhance the prestige or standing, and advanced the interests of, a particular committee or the Society as a whole. Read more…

Dr. Ivey

Dr. Stephanie Ivey Invited to the White House

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, Associate Professor at the University of Memphis and researcher associated with the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute received an exclusive invitation from the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Transportation to participate in a special forum on Women in Transportation. Dr. Ivey traveled to Washington D.C. on April 4, 2013 to dialog about this important topic. The forum, composed of 50 women with only 4 academicians, focused on increasing opportunities for women in transportation. As a member of this select group, Dr. Ivey shared best practices relative to the education, recruitment, retention and leadership development of women. Read more…


Canstruction®…By the Numbers

7: Number of years that the West TN ASCE has organized Canstruction.

12: Number of teams constructing the canned-food structures.

200: Number of high school students participating in this event.

23,954: Number of meals provided to people in need in the Mid-South as a result of the 2013 Canstruction event.

87,000: Number of pounds of food donated to the Memphis Food Bank over the last seven years.

The 2013 Memphis Canstruction competition took place on the University of Memphis campus Friday, March 22. The competition serves as an opportunity to highlight engineering to potential STEM majors, but more importantly provides a service-learning experience. Click here to see photos from the event.  Click here to watch Canstruction in action. (The story starts at second 55.) Read more…

West TN

We want to Spotlight YOU! 

The West Tennessee STEM Hub is partnering for STEM success! Launched in February 2013, the Hub impacts 37 Local Educational Agency partnerships in 20 counties, including urban, suburban, and rural districts with nearly 17,000 teachers and approximately 240,000 students. The Hub is a resource for promoting excellence in STEM teaching and learning in West Tennessee. We are engaging area students, teachers, and professionals through STEM GEMS videos, STEM Spotlights and the STEM Speakers Bureau.  Please join us and share your expertise in STEM with West TN students and teachers! 


U of M Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chapter Prepares Students to Enter the Workforce

On of February 22, 2013 the U of M Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chapter hosted their first Mock Interview event. This event consisted of five professionals from various disciplines, three speakers and twenty-five student participants from the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University.  The interviewers simulated the interviewing experience for the students by asking questions about the individual’s past work experience, education and extra curricular activities.  After about twenty minutes of interviewing, the professionals gave feedback to the student about his or her interview.  Read more…


Biomaterials Day 2013 – Year Three!

For the third year, the University of Memphis and Vanderbilt University hosted Biomaterials Day. The 2013 event occurred on March 15, 2013 at Vanderbilt University. This one day meeting showcased the forefront of biomaterials research, provided a panel discussion with biomaterials industry leaders and offered sessions on FDA regulation, tech transfer, and scientific writing. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jason Burdick, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Barrington Irving

Motivating Students to Dream and Soar

As part of the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute’s yearlong partnership with Wooddale High School that is highlighting the many career opportunities in the transportation industry, both Wooddale High and Middle School students were inspired to believe in their dreams on March 27, 2013. Barrington Irving, the youngest person and the first African American pilot to fly solo around the world, presented his inspirational message to students and VIP guests in the Wooddale High School auditorium. Dan Pallme, Interim Director of IFTI said, “We believe that after months of field trips, presentations and hands on projects, Mr. Irving's presentation personified everything we have been doing this year through the Garrett A. Morgan Grant.”

Duong Nguyen

U of M Alumnus Recognized for Contributions

Duong Nguyen (U of M ’10) was named the 2013 Outstanding Woman Graduate Student for Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Nguyen was a member of the first U of M Biomedical Engineering Graduating class. She was an extremely active Memphis Tiger. She received her NSF Fellowship at the U of M, was named 2009 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Student and participated as a mentor for the Society of Women Engineers and Girls Experiencing Engineering. 

Robert Beesley

Beesley Memorial Scholarship Update

Robert Beesley was a father, friend, musician, photographer, golfer, member of the Memphis aviation community and an engineer. He influenced many professional engineers and won the love and respect of virtually everyone with whom he came in contact. He was truly an outstanding human being and a first class engineer. Three years ago, as a memorial to his legacy, a group of friends worked with Susan Armacost, Director of Development for the Herff College of Engineering to create the Robert A. Beesley Memorial Scholarship – an endowed scholarship that supports current U of M Civil Engineering students. To date, the scholarship is surpassing funding goals and impacting future engineers.

Consider honoring or memorializing a loved one or colleague with a scholarship through the Herff College of Engineering. As scholarship organizer and champion Joe Polk says, “In truth, this Memorial to Bob rightly honors him and continues his Legacy, but it belongs to all of us.  We share in its ownership and in the reflected glory of the Legacy.”

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John A. Pafford

John A. Pafford (B.S.E.T. 1987) is the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus from the Herff College of Engineering. A co-founder of Spine Wave, Pafford has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedic industry with 20 years in senior management.

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