Dear Alumni and Friends
of Ole Miss Engineering,

In this issue, we are pleased to bring you news of Sam DeLeeuw, chair and professor emeritus of civil engineering. Although Sam has been retired for more than 15 years, he is still active in the Oxford community and helps out with the school. We hope this feature will bring back memories of him for many of you. Please feel free to drop him a line directly or through me.

We also are pleased to report on the success of chemical engineering alumnus Larry Kelly, who has been appointed to a top position at the U.S. Department of Energy. He oversees DOE operations in the Oak Ridge Office in Oak Ridge, Tenn., including the Oak Ridge National Lab.

In other stories, we reconnect with an international graduate, Hesham Elmahdy, who is enjoying a successful career in Egypt. And we report on two students who studied abroad in Germany this past summer.

I hope you will enjoy these articles. If you have story suggestions or would like to share your own story, please feel free to drop me a line.

Best wishes,

Alex Cheng Signature

Alex Cheng
Dean of the School of Engineering

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Engineering students take advantage of study abroad program in Germany

Thomas "Ty" Gunter of Nashville, a senior civil engineering major, and Nathan Forester of Hendersonville, Tenn., a senior mechanical engineering major, both spent the summer studying in Germany, thanks to a study abroad program. Read more...

Alumnus named manager of DOE's Oak Ridge Office

Larry Kelly (ChE 79) has been selected as manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office. As the manager of one of DOE's most diverse field locations, Kelly's executive responsibilities include management of the Oak Ridge Integrated Support Center. The center provides critical support services in such areas as personnel, finance, procurement, security and emergency management, and employee health and safety on a national and local level. Read more...

Computer science graduate now award-winning professor

Nearly two decades ago, upon a nomination from the Egyptian government's ministry of defense, Hesham N. Elmahdy came to the University of Mississippi as a doctoral student majoring in computer and information science. Read more...

Woods Order replaced by the Woods Society

After more than 30 years of supporting engineering education at the University of Mississippi, the Woods Order is being replaced by a new program. Read more...

Colleagues cherish retired engineering chair's friendship

When Sam DeLeeuw came to the University of Mississippi in 1965, the only person he knew other than family was Karl Brenkert. As the new dean of the School of Engineering, Brenkert had recruited DeLeeuw from Yale University to join the UM faculty as chair and professor of civil engineering. Read more...