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Dr. Sweigard

Celebrating the Past 50 Years. Gearing up for the Next 50!

Reaching the 50-year mark in an organization calls for celebration – not just a celebration of the longevity, but of the thousands of lives who have touched and been touched by the organization.

Fifty years ago, on February 7, 1964, the Tennessee State Board of Education approved a resolution authorizing then– Memphis State University to accept a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Herff to establish a master’s degree program in engineering science. In May 1965, the Board approved the undergraduate engineering program – and so began the Herff College of Engineering.

In the coming months, we will embark on a celebratory journey as we reflect on our rich 50-year history and look forward to our next 50 years.  On behalf of the Herff College faculty, staff and students, I invite YOU to join us on this journey!

We’ve created the Herff/50 page to keep you up-to-date with celebration news. Please share your Memphis Engineering memories with us! Update your information to make sure we can communicate with you throughout this exciting celebration and join us at the Golden Jubilee celebration on April 11, 2014 at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Thank you,
Dean Rick Sweigard

Ring Companies

Ring Companies Creates Chair in U of M’s Herff College of Engineering

Ring Companies has completed a $1 million donation to create the Ring Companies Chair in the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis.

The Chair will be awarded to a distinguished scholar and teacher in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering who exhibits excellence in engineering education and research. "Faculty members who are exceptional in both instruction and research are the greatest resources we can offer our students," said Dr. Richard Sweigard, dean of the Herff College. "The creation of the Ring Companies Chair allows us to recruit and retain top quality faculty in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering. We are extremely grateful to the Ring Companies for their generous support and commitment to the Herff College of Engineering." Read more…

Pictured (from left) are: Dr. Richard Sweigard, dean of the Herff College of Engineering; Bobby Prince, U of M associate vice president for Development; Carl Ring, chairman of the board of Ring Companies


Civil Engineering Graduate Students Receive Praise for Project

James L. Mersereau, U of M graduate assistant in the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, presented  research with Kelsey Ford to Jackson, TN city officals and community developers to make Lambuth Boulevard walker and bike friendly for Jackson residents.

Lauren Eichaker

BioMed Student Video Voted a Favorite

University of Memphis Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate Lauren Eichaker’s “Tendon Bone Interface” video won third place in the Orthopedic Research Society Video Outreach Competition.   This year, researchers were asked to make a video highlighting how the collaborations of scientists, engineers and clinicians are vital to improving orthopaedic healthcare. Click to watch the U of M submission. Scroll to “Tendon Bone Interface” and enjoy! Read more…


USDOT Assistant Secretary to Visit the U of M

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute is hosting Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation March 5 and 6. The Assistant Secretary will tour the FedEx hub, visit the aviation program at Wooddale High School and chair a roundtable discussion with Memphis-area transportation industry professionals to discuss engaging women in the transportation field.  Assistant Secretary Kurland leads the APEC Women in Transportation initiative on behalf of Secretary of Transportation Foxx. As the culmination of her visit, she will deliver the key note address at the Society of Female Transportation Professionals Blue Pump Gala. Read more…

research celebration

Memphis Engineering Innovation Celebrated!

Congratulations to Herff College of Engineering faculty and staff for being recognized for your contributions to research. The professors listed below received special recognition during the University of Memphis Research Celebration on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Fogelman Executive Center.

Class of 2014 PI Millionaires
  • Bonny Banerjee, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Dan Pallme, Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute

Faculty Inventors - Current Faculty with Technology Ticenses and/or Patents Awarded in the Past 5 years
  • Joel Bumgardner – Biomedical Engineering; 1 license
  • Warren Haggard – Biomedical Engineering; 2 patents and 1 license
  • Eddie Jacobs - Electrical/Computer Engineering; 1 patent
  • Erno Lindner – Biomedical Engineering; 1 license

2013 Book Authors/Editor
  • William Sequi, Civil Engineering, Faculty Emeritus


The Engineering Alumni Chapter Wants YOUR Feedback!

We want to provide a quality professional development experience to all of our alumni and friends.  Click here to take a 3 question survey.

Participants have a chance to win a complimentary entry to a future Professional Development Hours (PDH) event. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Brandon Hoyer. Click to learn more about the Engineering Alumni Chapter.

Herff Happenings!

Share Your News with the Herff College of Engineering!

Join James Warberg BSEE, GSA 1994 and share your successes! James works for MLGW as an Electric Matrix Planner Coordinator. In January 2006, we was awarded the T.H. Allen Award of Excellence was for design and construction of the newest downtown electric network substation.  James also shares that he, "was a recipient of a Herff College of Engineering Scholarship. It was a big help in getting me through college as a veteran and an adult student."

We want to hear about the great things happening in the lives of Herff College alumni. Simply complete the Herff Happenings: Alumni News survey to provide a life update and to share information about an award or honor that you or a fellow graduate won. Thank you for keeping us updated.

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Bobby Wharton

Bobby Wharton (BSET '75) defines what it means to be a True Blue Tiger. he has given to Professorships in the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering for almost ten years. Read more ...

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