Mechanical Engineering Major Gains Hands-on Experience at Nissan

Emily Robinson makes most of co-op experience, on-campus education

Emily Robinson is gaining lots of hands-on experience – thanks to both her on-campus education and a cooperative internship at Nissan in Canton. Robinson, a junior mechanical engineering major at the University of Mississippi, said she was well prepared for her internship at Nissan through what she learned in UM’s Haley Barbour Center for ManufacturingRead the story …

Back to Teaching

After 9 years as department chair, Jacob Najjar rejoins civil engineering faculty

Nine years ago, Jacob Najjar assumed the duties of chair and professor of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Following two successful terms as chair and achieving several of his goals for the department, Najjar will return to the faculty full time to continue teaching the next generation of civil engineers.Read the story …

UM Remembers Julius M. Ridgway

Geological engineering alumnus succeeded in oil, gas industry, supported alma mater

University of Mississippi faculty, staff, alumni and students are remembering the contributions of Julius Mosal Ridgway (BSGE 56), a geological engineering alumnus who became a titan in the oil and gas industry and later generously supported his beloved alma mater. A lifelong Jackson resident, Ridgway, 87, died peacefully at his home in the early morningRead the story …

From UM to the Moon and Mars

Engineering faculty, students assist NASA with fundamental research toward building structures in space

OXFORD, Miss. – As NASA resumes its prepandemic missions to return to the moon and place an astronaut on Mars, some University of Mississippi engineering faculty and students are assisting these efforts through several futuristic research projects. “A Particle-Based Numerical Framework for Continuum-Level Modeling and Simulation of Titanium Alloys in In-Space Additive Manufacturing,” grant No.Read the story …

Three Selected for 2021 UM Engineering Alumni Awards

William Baker Jr., David Dykes, Clay McLeod honored for career achievements, service, leadership

Three University of Mississippi engineering alumni were recently honored with annual awards for their respective career achievements, service and leadership. The Engineer of Distinction Award recipient is William “Bill” Baker Jr. (BSME 63) of Santa Fe, New Mexico. David A. Dykes (BSChE 86) of Madison, Alabama, was chosen to receive the Engineer of Service Award.Read the story …

UM Civil Engineering Professor Authors Textbook for Environmental Engineers

Cris Surbeck textbook provides much-needed update on environmental remediation

When Cristiane “Cris” Q. Surbeck, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Mississippi, began writing her first textbook, she had in mind students, professionals and instructors who needed a framework to learn about investigating and cleaning up contaminated soil and groundwater. With thousands of contaminated sites in the United States and around theRead the story …

UM Chapter of Tau Beta Pi Passes 50-Year Mark

Past, present officers reflect on national engineering honor society's five decades on campus

Fifty-two years. That’s how long ago the Beta Mississippi chapter of Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society was established at the University of Mississippi. With six engineering students as charter members, the late Damon Wall, assistant dean emeritus and associate professor emeritus of electrical engineering, served as the chapter’s inaugural adviser. Over the pastRead the story …

Rocket Team Blasts Off

School of Engineering's Rocket Team readies for Spaceport America Cup

The University of Mississippi School of Engineering’s Rocket Team is busy preparing for the Spaceport America Cup competition to be held in New Mexico in 2022. The team built rockets last winter, held a launch day with Mississippi State’s team in the spring and is using the summer to formalize the structure of the organization.Read the story …

UM Engineering Seniors Recognized for Outstanding Service

Kelly Bates presented David Arnold Service Award; Benjamin Koltai received Gregory Gomez IV Humanitarian Service Award

Neither Kelly Bates nor Benjamin Koltai ever expected to be recognized for serving others. When the University of Mississippi engineering seniors received separate prestigious awards for their outstanding volunteer service, the honor took each of them by surprise. A dual general engineering and secondary mathematics education major from Collinsville, Bates is the 2021 recipient ofRead the story …

From Engineering Alumnus to Surgeon

Civil engineering graduate Christopher Martin on front lines in fight against COVID-19

How did a University of Mississippi civil engineering graduate become a physician on the front lines in the ongoing fight against COVID-19? The answer is one strategic decision at a time. “Engineering taught me how to think and solve problems,” said Dr. Christopher Martin, a Natchez surgeon who has spent countless hours in the MeritRead the story …