Dear Engineering Alumni and Friends,

June was a busy and exciting month. Not only are we welcoming a new class of students through a series of orientation events, but we have also moved into the newly renovated Old Chemistry Building! We have waited several years for this move, so it is really exciting!

Old Chemistry is 90 years old. Generations of students took classes in this building. In fact, on the third day of moving, I was standing in the hallway, and a gentleman walked in looking for MMRI (Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute). He introduced himself as Charles Coney, a graduate of geological engineering, and he said that three generations of his family took classes in the auditorium.

On July 27, the Old Chemistry auditorium will be dedicated as Comer Auditorium to honor Ole Miss graduate and Fulmer, Miss., native Carl Comer. Many dignitaries, including Sen. Thad Cochran, will take part in the event.

The auditorium is well-preserved. Each of the original chairs was removed, refurbished and put back. Other parts of the building, such as windows, doors and handrails, were also preserved as much as possible. The renovated building is beautiful, and it is very student-friendly. When you enter the building, immediately to your right you will find three consecutive large rooms of student lounges. The first one with comfortable seating is for student social gatherings. The second one with tables and chairs is for groups to study. A carpeted inner room with a sofa is for quiet, individual study. Across the corridor, there is a meeting room for student organizations, which will be managed by the Engineering Student Body and used by all engineering student societies.

The dean’s office complex is located on the second floor, together with student service staff rooms. At the end of one wing is a beautiful conference room surrounded by windows on three sides. In addition to the engineering dean’s office, Old Chemistry also houses MMRI, NCCHE (National Center for Computational Hydroscience), part of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and part of the Department of Civil Engineering.

With this addition, the Ole Miss Engineering Complex now consists of Old Chemistry, Carrier Hall (soon to be renovated), Carrier Hall Extension (under construction), Anderson Hall, Charles Smith Engineering Science Building and, wedged in between, the Center for Manufacturing Excellence (under construction).

Alumni and friends, I welcome you to visit. Feel free to drop in to see me. I will proudly give you a tour!

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Alex Cheng
Dean of the School of Engineering

UM chapter of Engineers Without Borders extends services to global, local community When a small group of University of Mississippi engineering students decided that they wanted to serve the needs of the global community last September, they had no idea so many would be willing to join them in their endeavors.

“This year we worked with the Office of Sustainability on game day recycling and regularly with Habitat for Humanity,” said Rebecca Werner, a civil engineering major from Diamondhead. “The outpouring of volunteers to assist in the Habitat house displays people’s cheerful willingness to serve.”

From those initial projects arose the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA. And while the chapter remains committed to serving the Lafayette-Oxford-University community, its 173 members retain their original mission of going abroad in service as well.

To read more, visit http://news.olemiss.edu/um-chapter-of-engineers-without-borders-extends-services-to-global-local-community/.

Dean on the move
Picking summer travel destinations was easy for Dean Alex Cheng. He chose places across the United States where he could meet and speak with alumni on the state and progress of the School of Engineering. Cheng, accompanied by Joshua E. Waggoner, director of development, traveled to Houston, Texas, on June 24-25, and will be in Washington, D.C., July 7-8, and San Francisco, Calif., on July 14-16.

Those cities were chosen because of the strong concentrations of alumni in those areas who either are hosting or are willing to meet to discuss development opportunities for the school. This summer’s trips are a marked expansion of the school’s efforts as it sets out to deepen and cultivate relationships with alumni near and far.

Last fall, Cheng and Waggoner concentrated on building relationships in the South, speaking to alumni and corporations in Vicksburg, Jackson and Oxford, Miss.; Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Charlotte, N.C.

“We have some of the best alumni of any engineering school in the country. They are passionate about their alma mater and about making a difference,” Waggoner said. “It’s because of their efforts to come back and help serve, recruit, give and even teach that make this school so special.”

The School of Engineering is constantly looking to expand existing and establish new corporate and political partnerships. To plan an alumni event, contact Waggoner at 662-915-1601.