Different Paths, Common Perspectives

Decades apart, UM engineering alumni Siegfried Shalles, Rowan Baird find similar careers

Other than earning engineering degrees from the University of Mississippi, Siegfried Shalles (BSChE 72) and Rowan Baird (BSME 20) wouldn’t seem to have much in common. He’s a retired baby boomer. She’s a recently hired Gen Zer. What other similarities could the two possibly have? Try working for national nuclear research laboratories. A career navalRead the story …

South Campus Recreation Center Named Top New Facility

UM recognized with 2021 Outstanding Facilities Award for innovative design

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi‘s South Campus Recreation Center has been recognized as one of the most innovative new college recreation and wellness facilities in the country. The Ole Miss recreation facility was recently recognized by NIRSA, the nation’s leading college recreation association, with the 2021 Outstanding Facilities Award. NIRSA gives these awardsRead the story …

Engineering Students Conduct Water Quality Research amid COVID-19 Protocols

Article based on students' 'citizen science' research accepted for publication

Necessity truly may be the source of invention. Faced with the challenge of conducting lab experiments while observing COVID-19 safety protocols, three University of Mississippi civil engineering faculty collaborated to bring together nearly 100 students from their courses to work on a unique research project last fall. Assistant professor Matteo D’Alessio and instructors Grace RushingRead the story …

From D.C. to Hawaii and Back

Geological engineering alumnus Gage Johnson consults on major, varied construction projects

From a naval command center to the Cannon House Office Building, Gage Johnson (BSGE 17) has literally come full circle in his career path. “My current title is ‘consultant,’” the Chattanooga, Tennessee, native said. “I have worked on a plethora of jobs within the past two years of working for McDonough Bolyard Peck Inc. (aRead the story …

Wei-Yin Chen Bidding Ole Miss Farewell

After 31 years of service, beloved professor of chemical engineering to retire in June

When Wei-Yin Chen moved from his native country of Taiwan to the United States, he envisioned becoming a mathematician. Nine years into a successful research career and ready for a change, he accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Come June 30, after teaching hundredsRead the story …

Chemical Engineering Alumna Establishes Endowment to Advance Manufacturing

Susan Dio makes substantial donation toward future UM manufacturers

Susan Dio looks back at her career with BP and considers it one of manufacturing. Dio graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983 with a B.S. in chemical engineering, started at BP as a project engineer and retired in 2020 as chairman and president of BP America. She spent almost two decades working directlyRead the story …

Working for Better Water in Bangladesh

UM geology alumnus Tom Varner receives grant to study arsenic in Meghna River

The drinking water along the Meghna River in Bangladesh is tainted with arsenic, a toxic chemical that when ingested may lead to cancer, vascular disease and other health ailments. But one day soon, those waters could become safer to drink – thanks to the research of a University of Mississippi geology alumnus. Thomas (Tom) VarnerRead the story …

Professor’s Devices, Expertise Enhance UM Biomedical Engineering

Troy Drewry is operations manager of university's Center for Diagnostics, Design, Devices and Biomechanics

When the Ole Miss mask – a newly designed form of personal protective equipment in development at the University of Mississippi’s Center for Diagnostics, Design, Devices and Biomechanics (CD3B) – reaches the masses, Troy D. Drewry will be among those smiling the widest. A new faculty member in the UM Department of Biomedical Engineering, DrewryRead the story …

Civil Engineering Alumna Named Mississippi’s Young Engineer of the Year

Hannah Prater Denson helps bring STEM education to local community

A University of Mississippi civil engineering alumna was named the Jackson area’s Young Engineer of the Year for 2020 by the Mississippi Engineering Society and recently learned she was also named the state’s Young Engineer of the Year by the society. Hannah Prater Denson (BSCE 15) was recognized by the organization for her efforts withRead the story …

Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Reaches a Top Engineer Position at Toyota

Tyler Liggins advances from entry-level employee to management position

As a teenager, Tyler Liggins (BSME 16) worked on Toyota models and other cars every weekend at the Ultimate Auto Center in Oxford. Today, the University of Mississippi alumnus is a lead transaxle project engineer at Toyota’s Tennessee manufacturing plant. “Working at Toyota has provided me with a lot of new skills and the opportunityRead the story …