Dear Engineering Alumni
and Friends,

A bit delayed New Year's greeting: I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!

Let me use this opportunity to look back on 2010, a hugely successful year for the school!

First on student accomplishments:

    1. Anna Hailey, chemical engineering major, won the Barry Goldwater Fellowship, a Congressional honor.
    2. Christine Bonnington, electrical engineering major, was named a Laureate of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society (five awarded nationally).
    3. Pablo Mariaca, civil engineering major, won a CH2M Hill Engineers Without Borders-USA Scholarship (12 awarded nationally).
    4. The mechanical engineering capstone design team won second place in the ASME regional competition and qualified for the national competition.
Considering that there are more than 300 engineering schools in the United States, and we are among the smaller schools, it is incredible that so many of our 100 seniors received national honors in one year. I am amazed by and proud of the academic excellence and leadership of our students! I am sure that you are, too.

The school also sees advancement in many other fronts, including the acquisition of the renovated Old Chemistry Building as the school's flagship building (which will be dedicated as Brevard Hall during the upcoming 110th anniversary celebration), and the renovated and extended Carrier Hall (we are set to move into it in about two weeks). Additionally, this past fall, we saw record enrollment, exceeding 1,000 students for the first time!

I would like to use this opportunity to invite all of you to come back to campus on April 1, 2011, to celebrate the school's 110th anniversary and to meet with our excellent students in person. I look forward to chatting with you about your fond memories of the university and your suggestions for continuing to improve the School of Engineering.


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Alex Cheng
Dean of the School of Engineering


Civil engineering student named Engineers Without Borders scholar
Of all the things Pablo Mariaca received during the Christmas holidays, nothing topped the e-mail message notifying him that he had been named a 2011 CH2M Hill Engineers Without Borders-USA Scholarship recipient.

"I still can't believe it," said the University of Mississippi senior civil engineering and economics major from La Paz, Bolivia. "I am very humbled by it. I'm thankful for the School of Engineering and its commitment to EWB, for our chapter and for all the opportunities I've had by being involved with EWB-USA. I'm so happy!"

ewbMariaca is among 12 recipients of the coveted award, which recognizes students' dedication to academic excellence, use of technical skills to improve living conditions in impoverished Third World countries, and proven leadership ability. More than 80 candidates of extremely high caliber applied to the program.

"I learned about the scholarship through a newsletter sent by EWB-USA that Dr. Chen periodically forwards to our chapter," Mariaca said. "The application consisted of two letters of recommendation, a transcript, an application form and one essay describing how my involvement with EWB-USA has prepared me for a professional engineering career and made me a better engineer."

Engineering faculty and administration are equally excited about Mariaca's honor.

"Pablo's winning the very competitive award reflects his passions not only for excellent academic records and self-enrichment but also for the people around him and those in the world," said Wei-Yin Chen, professor of chemical engineering and faculty adviser for the EWB-Ole Miss Chapter. "I am happy to see that our EWB chapter has provided an opportunity for our students to stretch their characters for success."

"We are proud of Pablo, who, like many other engineering students, has strong leadership, character and a commitment to serve," said engineering Dean Alex Cheng. "The School of Engineering works closely with the Engineers Without Borders chapter to provide the leadership, service and global opportunities to our students."

Mariaca is project coordinator of UM's EWB chapter. He was a delegate to the EWB-USA Southeast Regional workshop in Miami in October 2009 and the international conference in Denver last spring.

"Our first EWB-Ole Miss project consists of a small drinking water treatment facility in a village in Togo (west of Africa)," he said. "We are planning to have an assessment trip during spring break or early summer."

EWB-USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide to improve quality of life. The partnerships involve implementing sustainable engineering projects while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

For more information about Engineers Without Borders-USA, visit http://www.ewb-usa.org/. For more information about the UM School of Engineering, visit http://www.engineering.olemiss.edu or call 662-915-7407.


Celebrating 110 years of Ole Miss Engineering
This year, the School of Engineering celebrates its 110th anniversary, and we hope you, our loyal alumni and friends, will join us on April 1 to mark the occasion with festivities that not only celebrate the school's esteemed past but also will showcase its exciting future. Here's some of what we have planned:
    • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Barbecue and Blues, Lyceum Circle

    • 1:30-3:45 p.m.: Open houses for alumni and their families offered by all engineering departments and the school's student organizations

    • 4-5 p.m.: Dedication of Brevard Hall (formerly Old Chem), named in honor of Henry Brevard, 1943 civil engineering graduate, and the Brevard family

    • 6:45 p.m.: Annual Excellence in Engineering reception and banquet honoring outstanding students, faculty and alumni for their accomplishments
Please watch your mailbox for a formal invitation, and stay tuned for updates on the plans. Click here to REGISTER NOW. For more information, contact Clay Cavett at clay@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7375, or Christine Wallace at cswallac@olemiss.edu or 662-915-5203.

Note: Corporate and private sponsorship opportunities are available for events throughout the celebration. Please contact Joshua Waggoner at 662-915-1601 or waggoner@olemiss.edu for more information on sponsorship opportunities.