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Herff College of Engineering Awards

The Herff College of Engineering (HCOE) is committed to the on-going recognition of the achievements and contributions of its faculty, staff, and supporters. The HCOE established four award programs for faculty, staff, and supporters to provide an avenue whereby exemplary contributions and achievements could be recognized.

Because the purpose of these programs is to recognize significant contributions to the mission of the college and the university made by individuals and teams, all faculty and staff of the HCOE will be considered eligible recipients for the faculty and staff awards. This includes regular full and part-time faculty and staff. The nomination processes for each of the awards are described in more detail at the bottom of this page.


Outstanding Staff Award

This award is presented annually to a full or part-time staff employee of the HCOE who has made significant and sustained contributions to the college through his/her commitment, such as excellence in service, innovative ideas, creative resolution of problems, leadership, or outstanding teamwork. The name of the award shall be the Herff Outstanding Staff Award. Any HCOE faculty or staff member may nominate a full or part-time staff employee of the HCOE for the Outstanding Staff Award. Nominations are to be submitted to the College of Engineering Awards Committee in care of the Office of the Dean by January 15 each year. The College Awards Committee will recommend no more than two of the nominees to the Dean of Engineering. The award will be presented at the College of Engineering Awards Dinner that is held annually in March or April, and will consist of a check and engraved plaque.

Past Recipients

Download Nomination Form (pdf)


Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award

This award is presented annually to a full or part-time faculty member of the HCOE who has made significant and sustained contributions to the instruction of college students through his/her innovations, such as publications, use of new technologies, or novel laboratory experiences. The name of the award shall be the Herff Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Any HCOE faculty or staff member may nominate a full or part-time faculty member of the HCOE for the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Nominations are to be submitted to the College of Engineering Awards Committee in care of the Office of the Dean by January 15 each year. The College Awards Committee will recommend no more than two of the nominees to the Dean of Engineering. The award will be presented at the College of Engineering Awards Dinner that is held annually in March or April, and will consist of a check and engraved plaque.

Past Recipients

Download Nomination Form (pdf)


Outstanding Faculty Research Award

This award is presented annually to a full or part-time faculty member of the HCOE who has made significant and sustained scholarly contributions to the profession as demonstrated by measures such as journal publications, research monographs, or external research funding. The name of the award shall be the Herff Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Any HCOE faculty or staff member may nominate a full or part-time faculty member of the HCOE for the Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Nominations are to be submitted to the College of Engineering Awards Committee, in care of the Office of the Dean by January 15 each year. The College Awards Committee will recommend no more than two of the nominees to the Dean of Engineering. The award will be presented at the College of Engineering Awards Dinner that is held annually in March or April, and will consist of a check and engraved plaque.

Past Recipients

Download Nomination Form (pdf)


Distinguished Engineering Service Award

This award is presented to recognize those engineers (UM engineering alumni, graduates from another engineering school or an organization) whose professional and/or personal achievements have brought honor and distinction to the college and who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession. The name of the award shall be the Herff Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering. The presentation of up to five awards per year may be considered. Any faculty, staff, alumni or friend of the HCOE may submit nominations for the Distinguished Engineering Service Award. Nominations are to be submitted to the HCOE in care of the Office of the Dean by January 15 each year. The award will be presented at the College of Engineering Awards banquet that is held annually in March or April, and will consist of an engraved plaque. A duplicate plaque will be placed in the lobby of the Engineering Administration Building. Nominations for the award shall be reviewed and approved by an anonymous committee of engineering alumni and Advisory Council members appointed by the dean, who shall serve as chairman.

The nominee for this award shall exhibit the following qualifications:

  1. has made exceptional efforts individually or through an organization to foster the professional development of young engineering college graduates or
  2. has made distinguished contributions to the theory, literature, or practice of engineering or has demonstrated unusual accomplishments or guidance in new and developing fields of engineering or technology or
  3. has managed or directed an organization that has made noteworthy contributions in design, construction, production, or service delivery through the application of complex engineering principles or
  4. has made a distinguished contribution to the public or government service or the educational system.

Past Recipients

Download Nomination Form (pdf)


Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award

The HCOE Alumni Chapter seeks nominations for its Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. This award will be presented to a deserving engineering graduate at the Engineering Awards Dinner in the spring. We encourage nominations of graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their personal and professional activities, academic pursuits, research activities, service to the University, or community involvement.

Information required will be details that include the nominee’s career, honors and awards received, and published works. Current Engineering Alumni Chapter board of directors are not eligible for consideration.

Deadline for submission of nominations is November 30. Nominations for the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award may be submitted by mail, fax, or E-mail to:

University of Memphis Alumni Association
Brandon Hoyer, Coordinator
Re: Engineering Outstanding Alumni Nomination
635 Normal Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152
FAX: 901.678.3035
E-Mail: bhoyer@memphis.edu

Past Recipients


Awards Nomination Process

Nominations may be received from any source, internal or external to the college depending on the specific award. Nomination forms for each of the awards are available from the Office of the Dean or may be downloaded below. Nominations for Staff, Teaching, Research, and Service awards are be submitted to the Office of the Dean by January 15 each year. Nominations should include at least the following information:

  1. name of the nominee
  2. name of the award
  3. description of contribution
  4. actions and contributions which have impacted the College and institutional mission
  5. name of nominator

It will be extremely helpful to the awards committee for the nominator to give as complete a description as possible regarding what the nominee accomplished to deserve the award.

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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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