Development Officer Shares Progress Report

Priorities include student scholarships, improvements to facilities, labs

UM School of Engineering Dean Dave Puleo (front row, right) and development officer Greg Carter (far right) meet with alumni working at ExxonMobil Corp. during a recent visit to the company’s headquarters in Texas. Submitted photo

July marked my sixth month with the Ole Miss School of Engineering. I’m happy to report that it has been a productive and successful period. Working with Dean Puleo and the chairs of our departments, we’ve found success in reconnecting with our alumni, and we are also paving the way to tighter connections with industry.

The new academic year is upon us, which brings more excitement to the school. We will continue meeting with our alumni to help address pressing needs at the School of Engineering. As always, student scholarships are a top priority, but we will need to start looking at improving our facilities.

Biomedical engineering continues to grow rapidly and will reside on the third floor of Brevard Hall. Plans are in place to repurpose this space to meet the needs of faculty and students. We are looking at improvements to existing labs for all our departments. This is an ongoing need, and we hope that we can find support from our alumni.

The School of Engineering continues to be one of the best performing schools on campus. Students are advancing their skills and resumes through internships and co-ops. Having met with many graduates at ExxonMobil during a visit in Texas, I can tell you that Ole Miss engineering graduates are broadly prepared to tackle anything that is thrown at them. This is in great part to the faculty members who work hard to ensure students are prepared for an ever-changing workforce.

In the next six months, we look forward to meeting with you on campus and on the road. Thanks to all of you who have made my first six months a wonderful experience.

Hotty Toddy!