Dear Alumni and Friends,

During the past several years, the School of Engineering has initiated improvements and perceptibly raised the level of its services. To adjust to the increased activities and upgraded functions, the school has made a few staff changes.

First of all, I would like to announce that two capable staff members, Marni Kendricks and Scott Kilpatrick, formerly assistants to the dean, have been promoted. Marni was named assistant dean for undergraduate academics, and Scott was named assistant dean for student services.

Scott has a master's degree in management and will be responsible for undergraduate student recruitment, scholarship management, student ambassadors, and the co-op, SUCCESS, tutoring and cohort programs. In addition, he will be a liaison to the Engineering Student Body and the Career Center, and will manage Engineering Career Day and other student-service matters.

Marni has a master's degree in civil engineering and will serve as secretary of the school's Curriculum and Policy Committee, working on such issues as curricula, degree audit and certification. Her responsibilities include new student orientation, being liaison to Engineers Without Borders, program coordinator for the Bachelor of Engineering degree program, and supervisor of student appeals, the students' Honor Council, student records, and the engineering school's website and publications. In addition, she will provide administrative support to the Engineering Advisory Board and help with SACS assessment.

To serve the school's internal and external needs at a higher level, the school has also upgraded the administrative secretary position in the Dean's Office to Office Coordinator II. A new office coordinator, who previously had worked at the Croft Institute for International Studies and UM Department of Political Science, will start Aug. 1.

The school will also host an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for a year, which will help the school develop a service program. The volunteer, a University of California-Berkeley graduate, will start in late August. We look forward to these changes and hope to serve the students, the school and our alumni better!


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Alex Cheng
Dean of the School of Engineering


Remote Learning, Remote Sensing

The School of Engineering has launched a new online graduate certificate program on Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST). The program features a set of courses developed by the nation's leading authority on the subject. All students who enroll in the program will receive the benefit of in-state tuition wherever they are! Course work can be used for a potential master's degree in related areas. View program brochure.

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Twins continue family legacy in engineering, athletics

Scott and Marni Kendricks always hoped that their twin sons, Sam and Tom, would one day attend the University of Mississippi, as they did decades earlier. What the couple didn't anticipate is that each of the brothers would enter his parents' alma mater with stellar achievements in academics and athletics.

Tom and Sam Kendricks

The 18-year-old brothers graduated from Oxford High School in May. Sam set school and state records in pole-vaulting, earning honors as the Gatorade Mississippi Boys Athlete of the Year and Mr. Track and Field in Mississippi. Tom won the Robert Youngblood Award for having the most varsity letters of any graduating senior in track, cross-country and soccer during his high school tenure.

"We are thrilled that our boys will be continuing the family legacy in engineering and in athletics," said Marni Kendricks, assistant dean in the School of Engineering. She is the daughter of Jim Reeves, who was assistant director of UM's National Food Service Management Institute and business manager for the Barksdale Reading Institute before his retirement.

"I think that this is exactly the right fit for each of them to earn their degrees and launch successful career paths," she said.

A champion high school runner and founding member of the Ole Miss track program under coach Joe Walker, Scott Kendricks has been coaching OHS teams for years.

"I am particularly pleased that Sam will now be coached by Joe Walker, who also coached me so many years ago," he said.

Both brothers said they are eager to begin their engineering studies.

"I've visited several other universities, but for me, Ole Miss is still the best," said Sam, a general engineering major, Army ROTC student and athletics scholar. "Ole Miss is whatever you make it to be. I'm going to spend a lot of my time here between ROTC and the track team."

"I feel like engineering is the major I've been guided to my whole life," said Tom, a mechanical engineering major, European Aeronautic Defense and Space North America scholar and co-op intern in the university's National Center for Physical Acoustics. "I love Oxford, and Ole Miss is a great school from which to earn a degree."

Both Sam and Tom will take a required engineering graphics course taught by their mother, who is known to be rigorous in the classroom.

"We had Dad for our coach for six years, so we should be able to take instruction from Mom for a semester," Sam said with a laugh.

Coaching his own sons to athletics success was a challenge, Scott Kendricks said.

"It was pretty normal the first four years, but the last two years, Sam got really good at what he does," he said. "I had to upgrade my own coaching techniques just to match his abilities. I never imagined that he would become this great in the sport."

Already envisioning their post-university careers, Sam hopes to become a civil engineer in the U.S. Army, and Tom's goal is to work as a mechanical engineer for EADS.

Such divergent choices are par for the course for the twins, their father said.

"They've always been very different from [each other]," Scott Kendricks said. "They shared a bedroom, a bathroom and a birthday, and that's about it."


Job openings to be posted prior to engineering career fair

The School of Engineering is expanding the format of its career fair, which is scheduled for Oct. 12 at 1-4 p.m. in Brevard Hall with a reception to follow.

Last year's event featured more than 30 participating companies. As part of the new format, employers can contact the Career Center in the weeks leading up to the career fair to post position openings for full-time, co-op and internship opportunities. Qualified students can submit resumes in hopes of securing an interview with these companies. The employers will be able to review applications and select which candidates they want to interview while on campus.

"We are looking forward to this new format and hope that it will be more productive for the students and the employers," said Scott Kilpatrick, assistant dean for student services at the School of Engineering.

Company representatives who choose to schedule interviews will be able to conduct them the day following the fair, Oct. 13, in the Career Center.

"Engineering Career Day is an excellent opportunity to discuss career information, summer jobs, internships, co-ops and full-time employment," said Casey Cockrell, student placement specialist and instructor with the Career Center.

The Career Center empowers students to make a successful transition into the work world by providing state-of-the-art career tools and access to qualified professionals. For more information, contact Cockrell at 662-915-7174 or casey@career.olemiss.edu.