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Herff College of Engineering Will Present Awards March 16
For release: March 3, 2006
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The Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis will hold its annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 16, to honor outstanding alumni and distinguished service in engineering. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave., beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:30. To make reservations for the dinner, or for more information, call 901-678-3119.

Robert D. Jamison, recently-appointed deputy director of the Transportation Security Administration, will be recognized as Outstanding Alumnus. Awards for Distinguished Service in Engineering will be presented to Steven J. Bares, Mark Darty, Harry B. Rike III, and Edward F. Williams.

The TSA, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, was created to protect the nation's transportation systems by ensuring the freedom of movement for individuals and commerce. Before joining TSA, Jamison served as deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served as acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, senior operations officer for the American Red Cross, and spent 13 years in management at United Parcel Service. He has received the Secretary of Transportation's 9/11 Medal and the Department of Transportation's War on Terrorism Medal.

Steven J. Bares is president and executive director of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, a non-profit organization working to establish Memphis as an internationally recognized center for the development and commercialization of biomedical technology. Mark Darty, as executive vice president of research, development and manufacturing for Luminetx, is responsible for product development of the company's revolutionary VeinViewer device

Harry B. Rike III served as president of Ellers, Oakley, Chester & Rike, an engineering consulting firm, for more than 20 years. He led the design work for several local water and sewage treatment plants, including the Patricia Walker Shaw Pumping Station/Water Treatment Plant, the first in Memphis to incorporate seismic design.

Edward F. Williams III, founder of E.F. Williams and Associates Inc. and president of Environmental Testing & Consulting of the Americas Inc., has more than 30 years of experience in environmental engineering. He spent eight years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, where he was the primary sponsor of significant environmental regulatory laws, including the Water Pollution Control Law passed in 1971.

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