Spring 2023 | Issue 1 | January 27

Message from the Dean

Welcome back to campus, Herff family! 

We are about to enter an exciting era for the Herff College of Engineering, and I am thrilled to begin my tenure here during this important time. 

You need look no further to get enthusiastic about the possibilities for growth and advancement in our future than the new research and classroom building being constructed. We are positioning ourselves for more opportunities to build a bigger, better and brighter future for the college.  

To launch this new chapter in our history, I will be asking for your input on innovative and creative ideas that will help us secure our earned place on the global map where we belong. We will be focusing on student success as we continue to drive the excellent quality of our programs. We will highlight the life-changing research conducted by our dedicated students and faculty, and grow our nation's technology to our advantage.

I solicit your support and patience as we turn a new chapter in Herff's history. In the coming months, you will see me walking around the complex and stopping to ask for input from faculty, staff and students. Feel free to share your thoughts, concerns and wish lists with me.

Thank you for welcoming me into the Herff community, and I look forward to getting to know each of you. 

Dean Okenwa Okoli

Join CMAA, visit Ford's BlueOval City

Become a member of the University of Memphis Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America and, this semester, you will have the opportunity to visit the much anticipated BlueOval City Project that is coming to Stanton, Tennessee. 
BlueOval City

Why Join?
  • Networking
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Internship opportunities
  • Job site visits
  • Certification potential
    Earn a Construction Manager in Training (CMIT) certification
For more information, email Cody Williamson, cmwllm28@memphis.edu.

Take advantage of free LinkedIn Learning courses

Expand your skillset and increase your productivity with professional development opportunities offered through LinkedIn Learning. As a member of the University of Memphis community, staff, faculty and students have unlimited, free access to more than 16,000 expert-led courses that are available 24/7.

Led by more than 800 industry professionals, the video courses provide a variety of content ranging from business and programming topics to more creative pursuits, such as the arts and other non work-related topics. LinkedIn Learning also provides career services related courses, such as interviewing skills, resume writing, body language, managing your career and more. 

Popular Course Topics
  • Returning to the Office
  • Remote Work and Business Skills
  • Virtual Meetings
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Products
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
You do not need a LinkedIn account to access the courses. You have the option to connect your personal account to the learning one, which will give you a more personalized learning experience and allow you to access your learning history and record of course completions wherever the future might take you. 

Click on the link below and use your UofM credentials to log into the learning system. Mobile access is available through Apple Store and Google Play.
LinkedIn Learning

Dr. Hasan Ali, EECE, receives patent

Dr. Hasan AliSystem and method for improving transient stability of grid-connected wind generator system

Patent Number: 11509138

A power electronic control-based capacitor to be used at the terminal of a grid-connected wind generator system for improving the transient stability of the generator following a fault in the network. This eliminates the need of adding auxiliary control devices at the grid side. The wind generator terminal capacitor is controlled through power electronics in such a way as to function both at the steady state and transient conditions maintaining the stability of the wind generator. A power electronic control-based terminal capacitor (“C”) is connected through two back-to-back thyristor switching devices, T1 and T2. The function of the capacitor depends on the triggering or firing-angle of the thyristor switches, which varies from 0 degrees to 180 degrees.
Type: Grant
Filed: May 27, 2021
Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
Inventor: Mohd Hasan Ali
Patent Details
Free pretzel, hot dog and drink for UofM employees at women's basketball on the following dates:
  • January 28
  • February 11
  • March 1

Construction Management Lecture Series

Guest Lectures

Class: Construction Engineering
Topic/Delivery: Project Closeout
Company: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Monday, April 10, 2023
5:30 to 6:55 p.m.
EA 102D

Class: Construction Scheduling
Topic/Delivery: CPM Scheduling
Company: Yates Constructions
Thursday, February, 23, 2023
8 to 9:25 a.m.
EA 102D

Class: Construction Estimating
Topic/Delivery: Detailed Estimates
Company: Montgomery Martine
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
9:40 to 11:05 a.m.

Site Visit

Class: Construction Engineering, Construction Scheduling & Construction Estimating
Topic/Delivery: Blue Oval City
Company: Walbridge
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
1 p.m.
Project Site
Career Corner provides news and information related to internships, co-ops and careers. If you have any questions about career services at Herff, contact Shelia Moses, Engineering Co-Op & Internship Coordinator.

Networking Effectively

Join Dr. Mario Brown, chief talent development officer for First Horizon, for this special, online event to help you prepare for the Herff Career and InternshipDr. Mario Brown headshot Fair. 

Zoom Event
Tuesday, January 31 at 3 p.m.

Networking Effectively
Native Memphian, Dr. Mario Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology and a Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Memphis where he has been named a distinguished alumni. He began his career as an educational professional before joining First Horizon Bank in 2013. He is the 2022 recipient of The Charles Q. Harris Award, the highest award the organization offers an associate.

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Spring 2023 Herff Career & Internship Fair set

Herff Career and Internship FairFriday, February 17
9 AM to 12 PM
Engineering Complex

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