Outstanding Alumnus: Ron Driggers
The Herff College of Engineering honored Ron Driggers as its Outstanding Alumnus at the Annual Awards Dinner on March 16 at the Holiday
Inn-U of M Campus.
U of M President Shirley Raines Congratulates Outstanding
Alumnus Ron Driggers
Driggers graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1984, a master’s degree in 1986, and
a doctorate in 1990, all in electrical engineering. He is superintendent of the Optical
Sciences Division in the Naval Research Laboratory. Driggers has 23 years of electro-optics
experience and is a renowned expert in his field. He is the author of four books on
Infrared and Electro-Optics Systems and has published over 100 research papers. His
findings have become defacto standards for Research and Development and Test and Evaluation
engineers nationwide. Driggers is an avid supporter of the Herff College of Engineering
and a member of the Alumni Association. Through his leadership positions, he has directed
numerous projects worth millions of dollars to the College, co-authored papers with
faculty, and mentored graduate students.
Distinguished Service in Engineering Awards
Two individuals were recognized with the College’s Distinguished Service in Engineering
Award for their outstanding efforts to advance engineering education through establishing
and enhancing partnerships between the College and their respective organizations.
These individuals were James S. Gilliland and Daniel B. McKee.
Gilliland has practiced law in Memphis with Glanker Brown for over thirty years. He
served as General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture during the
Clinton-Gore administration and has received numerous accolades for his legal expertise
and community involvement. Gilliland is a member of the Board of Directors for Ring
Companies and was instrumental in establishing the Robert G. Ring Program for Applied
Engineering and Ring Companies Professorship in the Herff College of Engineering.
McKee is Senior Vice President of Allen & Hoshall, a full-service engineering firm
founded in Memphis in 1915. He is a member of the Herff College of Engineering’s Advisory
Council, and he played a principal role in enhancing partnership opportunities between
the College and Allen & Hoshall by supporting the Sustainable Technologies Awareness
Day and increasing internship, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for students.
Outstanding Faculty & Staff Awards
Herff faculty and staff were also recognized for their contributions to the College.
Charles Bray, Associate Dean and professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the
Outstanding Teaching Award. Chrysanthe Preza, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Outstanding
Faculty Research Award. Becky Ward, administrative associate in the electrical and computer engineering department,
received the Outstanding Staff Award.