Anna Baumheckel (Chemical Engineering ’15) was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineering Student for her academic achievement, professional potential, and service to the CBU community at the 2015 Engineers Week Banquet on February 26. She has served CBU as a President’s Ambassador, Summer Advising & Registration Leader, and tutor in the Math Center. As student assistant to the Dean of Academic Services, she played a significant role in preparation and execution of freshman orientation. Anna is active in the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Tau Beta Pi. She is also a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Professionally, Anna has been an intern with Logical Systems, Inc. In this role, she was contracted to BASF and performed a number of tasks, including participation in Pre-Startup Safety Reviews. She is pictured above being presented the award by Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering).
Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was named Gulf South Player of the Week after a 20-point effort against Alabama-Huntsville and a career-high 35 points with eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals against North Alabama. His eight steals tied the school record for steals in a game, and in the process, he broke the school record for career steals.
Dr. Siripong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) was honored by the Memphis Chapter of theTennessee Society of Professional Engineers with its 2015 Distinguished Service Award at the Engineers Week Banquet on February 26. The award was established to recognize the outstanding service of long-time TSPE members for their eminent technical contributions to the field of engineering or exceptional contributions to the engineering profession. Dr. Malasri has been active in many organizations including Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC), International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), and TSPE. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Tennessee and one of the 26 ISTA CPLP Professional in the world. In addition he serves as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology. Under his leadership CBU currently operates an ISTA Certified Packaging Test Lab and hosts the Healthcare Packaging Consortium. Dr. Malasri is pictured above with his son JT Malasri (’06, MBA ’12), who presented the award.
Disha Patel (MSPAS ’16) has been selected as a recipient of one of 37 scholarships from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants PA Foundation. Nearly 1,300 applications were submitted to the foundation from students in the 180+ programs nationwide.
Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineer for his scholarly work during the calendar year 2014 at the 2015 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 25 along with featured engineers from other engineering organizations. In 2014 he published four books; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Composites: Design, Simulation, and Application(CRC Press), Chemical Process in Liquid and Solid Phase: Properties, Performance and Applications (CRC Press), Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: New Materials and Developed Components (Apple Academic Press), and Engineering Materials: Applied Research and Evaluation Methods (Apple Academic Press). In addition, he published an article entitled “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature Estimation” in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology. Pictured above (l-r): Richard Gadomski (Board of Trustees), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (2015 CBU Featured Engineer), Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Professor Gene McGinnis (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chair), Dr. Joseph Qualls (Electrical Engineering, Adjunct), Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering), and Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chair).
Carol Dodge Whelchel (Civil Engineering ’08) was honored by the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers with its 2015 Young Engineer of the Year Award at the Engineers Week Banquet on February 26. Carol has worked as a Natural Gas Distribution and Transmission Design Engineer at Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) for 4 1/2 years, where she designs and manages gas main relocation and replacement projects for the distribution and transmission systems. She is currently involved with the MLGW Junior Engineer / Professional Engineer Program (JEPE). JEPE is a program that mentors newly hired engineers and encourages professional developmental for all engineers. She has volunteered with various organizations and events including ASCE Younger Member CANstruction, TSPE Younger Member Engineering Art Show, & TPSE Mathcounts. She has spoken to high school and college students about working as an engineer and the importance of mentorship. Last year, she volunteered as a steel bridge judge for the ASCE Student Competition hosted by CBU. She is pictured above with Lee Schumann (’05), TSPE Memphis Chapter President.
JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) has been accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.