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Dear Alumni and Friends
of Ole Miss Engineering,


I am pleased to announce that two of our undergraduate students won prestigious national honors: Nikki Reinemann received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, and Martin Ducote received a Fulbright Scholarship (see related story). Nikki is our second Goldwater Scholar in three years (Anna Hailey won the scholarship in 2010). I cannot say enough about how proud we are of these students! I also should mention that Toran Dean, a geological engineering student and president of the senior class, gave a heartwarming speech to students and parents during the School of Engineering's Commencement ceremony. We will tell you more about Toran and her plans after graduation in a future issue. And this year, engineering students won 11 of the university's Taylor Medals, an unprecedented number!

As if all these honors were not enough, during Commencement, two engineering faculty members were honored with the university's highest awards: John O'Haver received the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award, and Atef Elsherbeni received the Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award (see related story).

Please enjoy these and other stories in this issue.

Sincerely,

Alex Cheng Signature



Alex Cheng
Dean of the School of Engineering
 

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Engineering Student Turns Love of Cars into Fulbright Scholarship to Germany

Playing with cars in the front yard as a child has led a University of Mississippi student to study engineering and be chosen as a Fulbright Scholar to continue his interests. Read more...


Oxford AmeriCorps VISTA Worker Honored with Governor's Award for Volunteer Excellence

Rosie Nelson of Oxford, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the University of Mississippi, has been honored with the inaugural award for Outstanding Service by a National Service Participant by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service. Read more...


New Software Systems Offer Fast Simulation of Catastrophic Flooding

All over the country, millions of Americans still live behind dams or levees, and if these were to fail and unleash catastrophic flooding, as some did in New Orleans in 2005, property, and of course life, might once again pay the price. Read more...


Senior Honors Student Named UM's 13th Goldwater Scholar

Honors student Dana Nicole "Nikki" Reinemann has been named the University of Mississippi's 13th Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Read more...


Electrical Engineering Professor Wins Distinguished Research Award

During his 25-year tenure at the University of Mississippi, Atef Elsherbeni has spent a fair share of time in the classroom teaching electrical engineering principles and mentoring students. He also has carved out a legacy of research that has led to significant improvements in the telecommunications industry. Read more...