Dear Alumni and Friends
of Ole Miss Engineering,

We are pleased to bring you the "Mr. Tailgating" story about Greg Easson, director of UM's Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute and professor of geology and geological engineering. Many of you came to the School of Engineering's tailgating tent during the Texas A&M and Auburn homecoming games at our invitation. The person "with his cap atop his head, an apron around his body and a spatula in hand" behind the grill cooking for you was Dr. Easson. Although we send invitations to alumni only on selected games, the tent is always there for students during each home game. Please feel free to drop by and mingle.

Attending Ole Miss is not just for fun though. Our students perform well and are competitive at the national level. Two mechanical engineering students, Matt Nelms and Graham Jacobs, won second place in the American National Standards Institute's inaugural student paper competition. In fact, the quality of our students keeps on improving. Data compiled this semester show that while engineering undergraduate enrollment has grown by 62 percent since 2008, freshman ACT scores have not been diluted and have increased by 1.3 points, a significant increase!

In this issue, we also feature Bill Parsons, former NASA Kennedy Space Center director, who is now president and CEO of RD AMROSS LLC; the company's rocket engine is being used by United Launch Alliance on the Atlas V.

This semester, the engineering school welcomed nine new members to its faculty. In this issue, we introduce the three new assistant professors in the Department of Computer and Information Science.

And you read about Dr. Sam DeLeeuw, professor emeritus and former chair of civil engineering, in the last issue. We are pleased to let you know that we've reconnected with a number of former students who said they appreciated Dr. DeLeeuw's mentoring. Dr. DeLeeuw would like to use this opportunity to build a small endowment for the civil engineering department to fund departmental activities. He and his former students and friends have made an initial contribution of $10,000. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, we have an article about it here.

I hope you will enjoy these stories. If you have a story suggestion or would like to offer 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' paper takes second place in national competition

What began as a class assignment has become an award-winning entry in a national paper competition for two mechanical engineering graduate students at the University of Mississippi. Read more...

Computer and Information Sciences welcomes three faculty members

Before last August, Jianxia "Jane" Xue, Feng Wang and Byunghyun Jang knew of each other only by name. Since then, the three newest additions to the University of Mississippi Department of Computer and Information Science faculty have found common ground both professionally and personally. Read more...

Donate to the Samuel L. DeLeeuw Civil Engineering Endowment

Adnan We would like to thank so many of you who have read the dean's newsletter and sent your thoughts and comments. Your gracious comments about the Sam DeLeeuw story give us the opportunity to address a major concern. Dr. DeLeeuw has a civil engineering fund in his name, but it has not attained endowment status. Read more...

Former NASA administrator enjoys new role in aerospace industry

William "Bill" Parsons no longer works for NASA, but as president and CEO of RD AMROSS LLC, the University of Mississippi engineering alumnus remains a fixture in the aerospace industry. Read more...

'Mr. Tailgating' a fixture during football season

When football season arrives, Greg Easson always assumes his position. Not on the gridiron but on the lawn in front of Brevard Hall on the Circle. Read more...