Herff News Archive

Summer 2022 to Fall 2023

Dr. Jazaei receives National Science Foundation award

headshot of Dr. JazaeiNSF MSI Award: $450,000

PI: Dr. Farhad Jazaei (pictured)
Co-PIs: Drs. Joel Bumgardner, Sanjay Mishra and Reza Molaei
Project Title: “MRI: Track 1 Acquisition of a Micro-Computer Tomography System”

Dr. Farhad Jazaei's recent accomplishment grants University of Memphis support from the NSF to obtain a micro-computer tomography (micro-CT) scanner, enabling better-quality education and research across universities within Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky. The scanner swiftly and cheaply produces images of three-dimensional porous structures within objects without destruction, paving the way for more advanced scientific research in the sciences and engineering.

Postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students, particularly underrepresented minorities and those with disabilities, seek to benefit as well.>> Read more


Herff College of Engineering Fall 2023 Career & Internship Fair

September 22, 2023
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
University Center Ballrooms, The University of Memphis
Booth Fee: $300

Student Registration (Handshake)

Employer Registration  (Handshake)

Payment Website

Summer 2023

Dr. Ivey named to Memphis Business Journal's Women Who Lead List

headshot for Dr. IveyDr. Stephanie Ivey was named to the Women Who Lead in Logistics and Transportation list by the Memphis Business Journal. 

A proud Memphis Tiger alum, Dr. Stephanie Ivey is an integral member of the Herff College of Engineering as Associate Dean for Research and Professor in Civil Engineering. She is committed to research, transportation workforce development and increasing the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM.  >> Read more about Dr. Ivey

Biomedical professors receive 2023 NSF Awards

headshot of Dr. SajjaNSF CAREER Award: $730,629

Assistant Professor Aaryani Tipirneni-Sajja, PhD
Project Title:  Open-Access, Real-Time High-Throughput Metabolomics for High-Field and Benchtop NMR for Biological Inquiry

Dr. Tipirneni-Sajja research focuses on developing quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (NMR) techniques that will noninvasively identify disease biomarkers, enable early diagnosis and guide response to therapy. The goal of this CAREER project is to develop, validate, and disseminate open-access metabolomic techniques that will automatically quantify the metabolites in complex biological spectra obtained from high-field (HF) and benchtop low-field (LF) NMR. This research will provide a breakthrough in the field of NMR metabolomics by eliminating a major processing barrier for both HF and benchtop NMR, thus making NMR an accessible and effective analytical tool to the biological community. Through the integrated educational objectives of this project, under-represented women and minorities and people of low socioeconomic class from K–12 to graduate students will be inspired and trained to pursue careers at the intersection of life sciences, engineering, data science, and technology, thus increasing diversity in STEM workforce and preparing them to be future STEM leaders to advance science and benefit society. >> Read more


headshot of Dr. HerickhoffNSF CAREER Award: $593,248
Assistant Professor Carl Herickhoff, Ph.D.
Project title: CAREER: Super-Resolution 3D Ultrasound Imaging of Brain Activity

Herickhoff is an assistant professor whose research focuses on ultrasound imaging devices and systems. The NSF CAREER Award allows Herickhoff to develop a dual-frequency transducer array and associated algorithms to non-invasively locate microbubbles in the brain with high precision in 3D. This platform technology will be able to track subtle changes in neurovascular blood flow in response to brain activity brought on by various stimuli. Imaging this functional activity in an in vivo rodent brain will demonstrate the platform’s utility as a practical and affordable neuroscience research tool. This advanced 3D neuroimaging capability will enable neuroscientists to study brain organization and determine the underlying causes of many neurological, developmental, and behavioral effects (e.g., dopamine regulation, language and literacy, aggression and addiction, etc.). >> Read more


EECE holds senior design presentations

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering held their Senior Design poster and oral presentations this week at Herff Engineering. The poster presentations were held Tuesday in the Engineering Science Building and the oral presentations took place Thursday in the Engineering Auditorium. >> Read about the teams, projects

EERI Student Chapter wins competition

The University of Memphis Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Student Chapter won Best Seismic Performance during the National Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Conference in San Francisco. The UofM chapter competed with 35 Universities from across the world. >> Watch video

Herff Engineering Dean's Student Success Challenge

As part of the University of Memphis Driven by Giving campaign, April 3-7, Herff College of Engineering Dean Dr. Okenwa Okoli is encouraging members of the Herff College of Engineering to participate.  Student donations to the Herff College of Engineering General Fund will be matched by Dean Okoli. >> Read more

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

May 9, 2023 | 9 AM to 1 PM
225 FedEx Institute of Technology
Open to Herff faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

Training will be conducted by Otto Kroeger Associates (OKA), a company that provides training to help develop leaders and teams with top Emotional Intelligence, Personality Type and Talent Development certifications and advanced workshops. 

UofM breaks ground on new STEM building

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is the collection of academic disciplines that will drive economic development opportunities, find solutions to the grand challenges we face as a nation, a planet, and a people (water, food, energy, security, health and healthcare), and create new jobs for generations to come.  
The University of Memphis is set to build a world-class STEM Research and Classroom Building (SRCB) where students and faculty from the Herff College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences can collaborate to address societal changes and help students compete on the world stage in scientific and engineering innovation.  
Successful collaboration takes place here at the UofM every day: in the classroom, across campus, in conjunction with private industry, and in partnership with other institutions of higher education. Despite current space deficiencies, our faculty and students produce nationally-lauded research supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Transportation, and numerous other public and private entities.  
This new 65,000 square foot facility will support 16 undergraduate and graduate programs. The SRCB will enable faculty and students to collaborate on innovative research, tackling issues like earthquake engineering, cyber security, workforce development, hydrology, big data, artificial intelligence, transportation, and biomaterials. 

Dr. Ernő Lindner helps to develop innovative drug detection technology 

Dr.  Ernő Lindner,  R. Eugene Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering and professor of Chemistry at the UofM, and Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Edward Chaum developed innovative drug detection technology and awarded United States patent.

>> Read More

Turner delivers check to engineering scholars

Turner check presentation

Turner Construction Company met with the first cohort of Turner Construction Company scholars and presented a check.  Pictured from left are: Dr. Russell Deaton, interim dean of Herff College of Engineering; Andy David, Turner; Tatiana Kalonji Nzeba (Civil Engineering, Junior); Dr. Bill Hardgrave, University of Memphis president; Taurus B. Gregory (Engineering Technology, Junior); Jeff Borgsmiller, Turner; and Navneet Singh Sidhu (Mechanical Engineering, Senior).

UofM and IAMPE sign academic partnership agreement

The University of Memphis (UofM) and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to work together on professional development for the maritime and port industry. Under the MOU, UofM and the IAMPE will acknowledge and endorse each other’s programs related to port and terminal education and training. The IAMPE will look to provide a professional certification as Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) to UofM undergraduate students for successfully completing the appropriate engineering undergraduate program. In addition, UofM will grant IAMPE programs academic credits in their related graduate programs.  >> Read more

Civil Engineering Research Seminar Series

Guatemala's Logistic Resilience: The Case of the Sugar and Banana Industries
September 13, 2022
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
101 Engineering Administration
(Pizza and drinks will be provided.)

Central America, and particularly Guatemala, jointly have one of the worst averages of logistic efficiency, infrastructure and quality indicators of the world (per various Logistic, Infrastructure and Competitiveness ratings from the World Bank, IMD, and WEF among others). Below us rank most African countries, and even Venezuela and Cuba. The USA, most of Europe and some Asian countries, always position themselves among the top 10 globally.  >> Read more

Elevate your career with a MS in Engineering Management

Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) from the University of Memphis provides skilled engineers with the leadership and management training needed to become effective engineering managers, directors of engineering, project managers and more. >> Read more

Dr. Okenwa Okoli named dean

Dr. Okenwa Okoli has been named Dean of the Herff College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2023. >> Read more

Construction Management Program Seminar

The Associated Builders and Contractors of West Tennessee is hosting a University of Memphis Construction Management Seminar July 13, 2022 from 9 to 10 a.m. This webinar will provide information about the new Construction Management (CM) initiative at the UofM.

Professor Joe Delaney will outline the proposed core courses (Construction Engineering, Construction Estimating, Construction Planning and Scheduling, Construction Contracts and Law, and Construction Safety) and will also discuss the proposed optional CM course in Construction Building Information Modeling and their general teaching approach for all the CM courses. 

Because the teaching approach will use real world construction projects as case studies, they would like to coordinate access to ongoing local construction projects with ABC member companies and potential guest lecturers. They are also looking to solicit ideas from ABC member companies as to how they can keep the content relevant in able to produce ideal candidates for employment in careers in the built environment, as well as ways to promote the CM initiative to recruit students. Comment and question session will follow the formal presentation.

Engineering faculty grant application open

Applications due to Herff College Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Herff College of Engineering faculty from the following departments are eligible to submit proposals: 

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

If you have questions or wish to review sample proposals that resulted in Faculty Research Grants, please contact Stephanie Ivey at 901.678.3286 or e-mail her, ssalyers@memphis.edu.

Apply Now >

CTIER Truck Parking in Tennessee Research completed

The Center for Transportation Innovations in Education and Research (CTIER) in the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering completed its research project on the demand and supply of truck parking facilities in the state of Tennessee.  Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Freight Mobility Research Institute, the research found that the state of Tennessee does not exhibit a significant issue with truck parking capacity with a majority of its interstate network categorized as having “adequate capacity.” >> Read more

Spring '22 Biomedical Engineering Design Project Award Recipients

Three teams received recognition for their projects:

  • (First place ($500 award) Modular Enviornment Research System: Lucas Hines, Graeme McCord, John-David Ross, Samarth Vedante, Andrew Williams
  • (Second place) Thinking Critically: Kyra Brady, Michael Diep, Jehad Esmail, Madison Higgins, Julia Strecker
  • (Third Place) Fusion Orthopedics: Thaiz Cruz, Jerry Jenkins, Taryn Lema, Shiyanzi Shaikh, Shannon Wallace
Team project information >