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Herff Headlines July-August 2013 Features


Message from the Dean

Dean Rick Sweigard has been “on the job” for a little more than 60 days.  In that short amount of time, he has positioned his leadership team to take advantage of the changes at the University of Memphis by exploring opportunities and examining challenges facing the College. He is encouraging his team to imagine the possibilities, put pen to paper, and develop a five-year strategic plan. In this month’s message, Dean Sweigard highlights a few key objectives.  Watch the Dean’s message…


Opening Doors and Minds to STEM Education

Each June, the University of Memphis hosts two fast‐paced interactive summer programs that engage, educate, and excite Memphis area high school and middle school students with a number of activities designed to motivate and challenge participants to explore engineering. In June 2013, the Herff College of Engineering expanded the scope to include 23 high school teachers from area public, private and parochial schools! The college funded a teacher workshop that was held simultaneously with the Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) High School Program. Click here to read more about his new STEM outreach and to see pictures from the camps.

Dr. Jacobs

Dr. Eddie Jacobs Elected SPIE Fellow 

The International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE) promoted 69 new Fellows of the Society in 2013 to recognize the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. U of M’s Associate Professor for Electrical Computer Engineering, Dr. Eddie Jacobs, was among this elite group. Dr. Jacobs was recognized for his achievements in imaging system performance. Read more…


IFTI Hosts National Transportation Center Conference

On June 10-12, the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute hosted the 2013 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) summer meeting. CUTC members represent the nation's leading university-based transportation research and education programs and work to advance the state-of-the-art in all modes and disciplines of transportation. During the summer meeting, more than 130 transportation-related academicians from the major universities in the United States attended the conference. Participants included individuals from MIT, Northwestern University, the University of California-Berkeley and many other schools, as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation and state transportation organizations. Read more…


Progress Report: Water on Wheels Mobile

The Water on Wheels (WOW) Mobile will be ready to roll by the end of the fall! Funded by the International Paper Foundation, the Ground Water Institute (GWI) will use this innovative teaching tool to inform participants of all ages about the water cycle, the role of groundwater and other important water related facts.  The WOW Mobile is a trailer that is creatively filled with interactive educational components designed to make learning fun and memorable. Plus, the displays and activities complement state mandated academic standards. Since the WOW Mobile comes to you, the experience maximizes students’ learning time.  Click here to see “in progress” pictures of the WOW Mobile.



Herff College ROCKS!

It is official – the Herff College of Engineering ROCKS! Thanks to this one-of-a-kind custom University of Memphis themed guitar from the Memphis based Gibson Guitar Factory.  What’s the story behind this wonderful gift? The factory makes replicas of vintage guitars and wanted to take their reproductions to a new level of accuracy. Robert Hewitt, Associate Professor in Engineering Technology, worked with the crew to use the University’s equipment to get precise measurements of some rare guitars. As a thank you, Gibson gifted the College this unique guitar. Come take a look the next time you are in the Herff College Administration building. We plan to display the guitar in the Dean's office area.


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