Alpha Chi Inductees


Congratulations to the following engineering students who were inducted to Alpha Chi on Sunday, April 23rd. Membership is by invitation only from the top 10% of the junior and senior class based on their rank in their individual schools: Christopher Black (ECE), Katherine Bollinger (ECE), Jodie Crocker (CE), John DeHarte (ME), Mihael Maldonado (ME), Michael Meeks (ECE), Luis Montoya (ECE), James Sparrow (ME), Robert Tworek (CE), and Nicholas Vongprachanh (ME).

Spring 2017 Faculty News

Dr. Andrew Assadollahi passed the 8 hour long Principles and Practice of Engineering (P.E.) Exam. Dr. Assadollahi is a native Memphian and a 2005 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. Dr. Assadollahi earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering from Christian Brothers University in 2009. He also earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Christian Brothers University in 2009, concentrating in applied differential equations. He earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Memphis in 2010 with a concentration in structural seismic engineering. Dr. Assadollahi completed his Ph.D. in Engineering from The University of Memphis with a concentration in geo-structures in 2013.

Dr. Andrew Andrew Assadollahi (2nd from left) with his TN PE certificate. Congratulations!

Dr. Andrew Andrew Assadollahi (2nd from left) with his TN PE certificate. Congratulations!

Dr. Assadollahi has been a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CBU since Spring 2014. Dr. Assadollahi regularly teaches courses in Introduction to Civil Engineering, Mechanics of Materials, Structural Analysis, Soil Mechanics, and Design of Foundations. He has also taught courses in Statics, Design of Steel Structures, Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures, Advanced Geotechnical Engineering, and Advanced Structural Engineering. Dr. Assadollahi is active in both structural and geotechnical engineering research. Currently he is working with his undergraduate research group on projects involving mathematical optimization of geo-structures, structural dynamics, effects of crumb rubber on soil properties, biological effects of crumb rubber on plant life, and chemical stabilization of soils.

17883796_1289361524446916_1712262035942480294_nDr. Andrew Assadollahi, P.E. presented his recent publication entitled “Effects of Crumb Rubber on Concrete Properties when Used as an Aggregate in Concrete Mix Design” at the annual Structures Congress Conference, held in Denver, CO this April. Dr. Assadollahi co-authored this paper with Civil Engineering Junior Christie Moore. Structures Congress is the largest annual Structural Engineering Conference in the world, hosting several thousand structural engineering researchers and professionals.

17498853_1272317149484687_6411435889089863588_nDr. Assadollahi also presented his publication entitled “Minimization of Cost and CO2 Emissions for Strip Footings under Dynamic Loading Using a Big Bang-Big Crunch Algorithm” at the Geotechnical Frontiers Conference, held in Orlando, FL this March. Geotechnical Frontiers is the largest annual Geo-Congress in the world, hosting over 2,400 geotechnical engineering and geology researchers and professionals. Dr. Assadollahi was also invited to serve on the Student Programs Committee for the Geo-Institute for his work with undergraduate student research and activities. For more details on Dr. Assadollahi’s work at CBU, visit his website at .

Dr. Louie Lin (CE) received an $8,800 water modeling software grant from CHI University Grant Program. Dr. Lin also gave a seminar on “901X – New Technology To Combat The Global Water Crisis” on April 27th. 



Dr. Paul Shiue (ME Department Chair) was recognized as the 2017 CBU Featured Engineer. The award was presented at the Engineers Week Luncheon on February 22, 2017, by Memphis Joint Engineers Council.



Buc-E-Day 2017

The Omega Delta chapter of Theta Tau and the CBU School of Engineering hosted the annual BUC E-Day engineering event on Saturday, March 25. High school and middle school students were invited to participate in different competitions, testing their engineering skills in various fields. Additional events included workshops, speakers, and fun demonstrations!

2017 ASCE Deep South Conference

The CBU ASCE students placed first in the Surveying Competition and first in the Water Filtration Competition in the Deep South Conference this March. The Steel Bridge team placed third overall, placing second in the construction speed sub-category, second in the economy sub-category, and third place in the display sub-category. The Steel Bridge Team has also qualified to compete in the National Steel Bridge Competition!!!

The Surveying Team was comprised of Jacob Axton (Freshman), Chase Kesner (Sophomore), and Austin Feathers (Junior, Captain). The Water Filtration Team was comprised of Sophia Roth (Freshman), Layne Harris (Sophomore), Orlando Femat (Junior), Ana Rodriguez Vizcaino (Junior), and Jodie Crocker (Junior, Captain). The Steel Bridge Team was comprised of Viktor Hoesto (Freshman), Melvin Portillo (Freshman), Ashley Martinez (Freshman), Max Gomez-Pedro (Sophomore), Jessica Allen (Sophomore), Reggie Raney (Senior), and Christie Moore (Junior, Captain). Thanks to all sponsors and faculty that helped. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Andrew Assadollahi, the ASCE student chapter Faculty Advisor.

View pictures from the ASCE Conference competitions here!







Engineering Alumni News

Larry P. Allgaier (ChE’81) was named Group President of Kimberly-Clark North America. In his new role, Allgaier will lead Kimberly-Clark’s $8 billion North American consumer business, with trusted brands such as Huggies, Cottonelle, and Depend. See more at:


Jeff Arnold (CE’78) has been recognized as 2017 Outstanding Engineer of the Year by the Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Arnold, President/CEO of Fisher Arnold (, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, in 1978. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states. For over 30 years he has provided leadership, vision and guidance while also serving as project advisor on numerous projects within the various disciplines of the firm. He is also a member of the CBU Engineering Advisory Board.


Tim Verner (left, also a CBU alum) received the award on Jeff Arnold’s behalf at the Engineers Week Banquet on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Torrus Brooks (EE ‘98), has been recognized for his service to the North Memphis community. To learn more about his contributions, visit:

Roch Byrne (EE ’86), named as new Deputy to the Commander at Pine Bluff Arsenal. Learn more about his new role here:

Alumna Carol Jones is profiled on the Memphis Riverfront website:

Matt Odom (CE’96) was recognized as the 2017 ASCE Featured Engineer. He was presented the award by Memphis Joint Engineers Council (MJEC) at the 2017 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 22, 2017. The luncheon was hosted by the Engineers Club of Memphis.

17098118_1245981392118263_4027108974282264083_oMatt obtained his BSCE from CBU in 1996. He began working at Intertek-PSI in 1994 as a geotechnical laboratory technician and obtained his PE in 2001. Matt continued to work his way up through the Intertek-PSI ranks serving as staff and senior engineer, department manager of the Memphis Construction Materials Testing Department in 2007, District Manager in 2010, and now serves as Vice President of Memphis and Little Rock operations. Matt is active in the ASCE West TN Branch and is currently the Past President. Away from the office Matt is married and has three children, which keep him busy! He enjoys hunting and coaching youth baseball and basketball. In the picture Matt worked on the PSI-sponsored barbecue dinner at the 2014 ASCE Deep South Conference hosted by CBU.


Fall 2016 Dean’s Message

Dear Engineering Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends:

The Year 2016 is about to end. It is time to reflect on our accomplishments:PongMalasri3

• The ABET Final Statement from the visit last November shows no deficiency in our Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering Programs.
• Our engineering enrollment continues to increase with about 520 engineering students this fall semester.
• Our faculty/staff published a total of 26 publications in 2016.
• We have added one additional faculty member, a lab technician, and two staff members.
• Our FE passing rate has been increasing and more students have become ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician.
• The Healthcare Packaging Consortium has attracted three new member companies, including International Paper.
• Our graduate engineering program has grown into the largest graduate program on campus.
• The biggest news this fall was the naming of School of Engineering after Mr. Richard Gadomski, a new milestone for us.
• And more…

We had a great 2016. I look forward to even a greater 2017.

Happy Holidays!



Gadomski School of Engineering

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CBU recognized alumnus, former trustee, longtime benefactor, and current capital campaign chair Dick Gadomski at the 2016 Bell Tower Gala, announcing that the School of Engineering is now renamed the Gadomski School of Engineering. Gadomski is pictured above (second from left) with his wife Flo Gadomski, son-in-law Jay Healy, daughter Regina Healy, and President Smarrelli.


bharathCongratulations to Bharath Kumar Bahudhoddi for becoming an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Bharath is pursuing M.S. in Engineering Management degree at CBU. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (India). Before coming to CBU, he was a mechanical engineer at Meltech Constructions in Khammam, India.

Congratulations to Abhishek Chava for passing CPLP Technician Exam and becomingchava an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Abhishek earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Technological University, India, in 2011. He is pursuing M.S. in Engineering Management at CBU. Before coming to CBU, he worked as Graduate Technical Engineer for GKC Projects Limited for a canal project in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Congratulations to Yugesh Kumar Devabakthni for passing the CPLP Technician Exam and becoming an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab yugeshTechnician. Yugesh earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from JNTU University, Hyderabad, India. He is pursuing M.S. in Engineering Management at CBU. Prior to joining CBU, he worked as a site engineer and surveyor for Glass Wall Solutions. He won 2nd Place from Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board on his presentation on Global Warming.


Congratulations to Kaila Muhammad (ChE Junior) for achieving Chemical Process kailamSafety in the Chemical Process Industries Certification from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  Topics covered in this certification include concept of corporate safety programs, laboratory safety inspections of personal protective equipment, process area safety featured and procedures, DIERS methods for characterizing runaway reactions, equipment and methods to characterize flammable dusts and vapors, informal and formal safety reviews.  This certification is accepted for four Professional Development Hours by Boards of Professional Engineers in several states.  In December 2015, Kaila did an externship with Medtronic.  She participated in the ENVISION leadership program during her freshman year and has been a tutor with CBU Math Center since 2015.  Kaila currently serves as Secretary for AIChE Student Chapter and Vice President for the NSBE Student Chapter.

thotaCongratulations to Vinithraj Thota for becoming an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Vinithraj earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Kakatiya University (India) and Diploma in Advanced International Business from Newton College of Business and Technology (New Zealand). He is pursuing M.S. in Engineering Management at CBU. His past work positions include Assistant Merchandiser for Bunning’s Warehouse (New Zealand), Pharmacy Assistant for Dominion Road Pharmacy (New Zealand), and Cleaning Supervisor for Green Acres Pvt. Ltd. (New Zealand). He was awarded for Best Poster Presentation at the 63rd Indian Pharmaceutical Congress.

Congratulations to Jeremiah Wooten for being recognized for his participation during September of Service! Wooten won first place for student participation in service events. The events he served in included: Shelby Farms, Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, Elmwood Cemetery, Mckellar Lake, Overton Park, and SOS @ CBU. 

Alumni News

dbc74f25e587d68309b0490692a44413Monica Cole (Mechanical Engineering ’90) has been named Head of North Region for Middle Market Banking at Wells Fargo. Cole has led the Southern Division of Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking since 2014, managing more than 100 team members at regional offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, and Oklahoma. In her new role, Cole, who is relocating to Chicago, oversees more than 350 team members in six states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. She will report to John Adams, head of Middle Market Banking, which serves mostly privately held, family owned businesses with annual sales of $20 million or greater.To view the article, visit Businesswire.  

Andrew Rike, P.E. (Civil Engineering ’95), Vice President of Harbor Environmental and Safety’s Engineering Division, is now a partner at Harbor and has been appointed as Secretary on Harbor’s Board of Directors. Rike has lead Harbor’s Engineering Team since 2011 and prior to joining Harbor, he owned his own civil design and consulting company, Rike Consulting. He holds his Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University, and his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis. To view the article, visit Seattle PI.