Bartley Durst (CE, B.S. ‘86, M.S. ’02) and Toney Cummins (CE, M.S. ‘96) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory were named two of the top 20 inventors in the Army for 2009-2011. The award recognizes their contributions to the Army’s selection as a 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators Award.

Carl Ray Furr (CE, B.S. ‘64 ) earned the 2013 Teddy Roosevelt Award from Mississippi’s branch of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Damir Novosel (EE, Ph.D. ‘91 ) named president-elect for IEEE’s Power and Energy Society. PES is the third largest IEEE society with over 30,000 members worldwide, 200+ local chapters, and over 90 student branch chapters.

Ray Sweeney (CS, B.S. ‘93, M.S. ‘95); Catherine Dunn (IE, B.S. ‘75); Gary Warren (AE M.S. ‘89); Charles Holder II (ME, B.S. ‘61); Kermit Earl Reynolds Jr. (PE, B.S. ‘82 ); W. Kenneth Hughey (CHE, B.S. ‘78); Farley Owens III (CPE, B.S. ‘87); John Davis IV (BE, B.S. ‘88); Melinda McGrath (CE, B.S. ‘85); and Gerald “Jerry” Thames (NE, B.S. ‘70, MBA ‘71) named the 2013 Distinguished Fellows for the Bagley College of Engineering. (H)

Faculty & Staff

Douglas Bammann was named a Fellow in the Society of Engineering Science during the organization’s 50th annual technical meeting.

National Academy of Engineering member Michael I. Baskes joined the Bagley College of Engineering as a professor of aerospace engineering and special assistant to the dean. (B)

Undergraduate coordinator Robert Green was installed as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers during its annual conference in Washington, D.C. Elected to the position by his fellow society members, he has served as vice president for the past year in preparation for his new role.

Mark F. Horstemeyer, professor and CAVS chair in computational solid mechanics, earned the grade of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. He already held this title in ASM International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). (D)

Jason Keith, a professor and director of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, received the David Himmelblau Award from the Computing and Systems Technology division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He also was named education division chair of the organization and has been selected to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s first Regional Energy Resource Council.

The Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, known as KITECH, has appointed Roger King to its international advisory board, which has a focus on the industrialization of advanced technologies. Board members include eminent scientists and engineers from around the world. King wasl also named Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the total IEEE membership earns the honor each year.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science named James C. Newman Jr. a Fellow. The professor and Richard H. Johnson chair of aerospace engineering also received the Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials Lifetime Achievement Award. He also recieved Mississippi State’s 2013 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Masoud Rais-Rohani, a professor of aerospace engineering, joins the college leadership team as the associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Lesley Strawderman received the college’s first Excellence in Online Teaching award.

Rebecca Toghiani received this year’s Bagley College of Engineering Faculty Career Award. She passed away a few months after being awarded the honor.

James Warnock, an associate professor of biomedical engineering in the agricultural and biological engineering department, was appointed to the position of interim associate dean for undergraduate studies.

Li Zhang, an associate professor in civil engineering, will serve a nearly three-year term on the task force for emergency evacuations of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council.

In the past year, the BCoE has awarded seven endowed chair and professorships positions: Patrick Donohoe, Paul B. Jacob chair; Jenny Du, Bobby Shackouls Endowed Professorship; Isaac L. Howard, materials and construction industries endowed chair; Jonathan W. Pote, William and Sherry Berry chair; Robert “Bob” Reese, Robert D. Guyton Chair for Teaching Excellence; David S. Thompson, American Eurocopter Professorship; and Hossein Toghiani, Tommy M. Nusz Endowed Professorship.

Amy Barton, Isaac Howard, Pedro Mago, and James Martin have been inducted into the college’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Pedro Mago, Mohsen Eshraghi and Ankit Singh Arya earned the BCoE’s research awards for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, respectively.

Rani Sullivan, an associate professor of aerospace engineering, and Angela C. Verdell, director of diversity programs and student development, were presented the 2013 faculty and staff awards, respectively. (F)

Islam El-adaway, Bryan Jones, Lesley Strawderman and Rani Sullivan attended the National Academy of Engineering’s fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in Irvine, Calif.

Momentum magazine, Dimensions annual report and the 2012 Dean’s Report–received Awards of Excellence at the Southern Public Relations Federation Lantern Awards ceremony. These publications, with the addition of the homecoming t-shirt, also earned Awards of Excellence at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi PRism competition. The publications were the work of Susan Lassetter, Heather Rowe and Todd Dickey of the BCoE publications office. They include the photography of Megan Bean, Beth Wynn, and Russ Houston of MSU Public Affairs.


Kristopher McKenzie of Tylertown, Miss., is one of 40 from across the country to earn the 2014 Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Embassy. The only recipient from Mississippi and one of only 18 engineering students in the program, he will have the opportunity to work at a research lab in France.

Aerospace senior Mary Kate Smith of Madison, Miss., will appear on the second season “King of the Nerds” on TBS. Premiering Thursday, Jan. 23, the show features 11 contestants who will test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess as teams and individuals to see who will be crowned king (or queen) at the end of the season. (E)

Jennifer Sloan Ziegler of Sturgis, Miss., has earned a 2014 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. She is one of 10 in the group of 50 that will serve as a legislative fellow, advising members on Congress on marine policy.

Senior aerospace engineering majors Anthony Favaloro, Wesley Melton, Neal Rivenbark, Austin Powell, and John Nott, won the international 2013 IT FLIES Annual Aircraft and Handling USA Flight Simulation Competition. The team received a $1,000 prize and a year’s free membership in the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Four teams of BCoE students were awarded startup money for proposed research as part of the college’s Think Big program. The teams are: mechanical majors Tausif Jamal, Matthew Wong and Varun Chitta, aerospace major Eric Robertson, and industrial major Krystal Kimble advised by professor Keith Walters; sociology graduate students Megan Stubbs; Jennifer Carruth and Jeannice Louine, software major Kaleb Stuart, and computer science major Kayla Huddleston advised by assistant professor Cindy Bethel; mechanical majors Clay Varner and Sylvester Stafford, and electrical major Ryan Crownover advised by professor Judy Schneider; and mechanical majors Charles McCullough, Zachary Brown, and civil major Tessa Hall, electrical major Oliver Norris, and aerospace major Shiraz Mujahid advised by assistant professors Scott Thompson and Heejin Cho.

A Bagley College of Engineering team of civil engineers won the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers National Timber Bridge Competition, with support from the College of Forest Resources. L-R: Brian Bullock (captain), Hunter Hudson, John Dodds, Patrick Kuykendall, Mark Barry, John Mullens, and Lando Shepherd. (A)

Mississippi State’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers brought home top honors overall and several individual competition awards from a recent regional conference. L-R: Andy Odenthal, Sarah Grace Smith and Andrew Sensing. (G)

The Mississippi State University Space Cowboys rocket team impressed judges at NASA’s 2013 University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition. Placing fifth out of 25 teams from across the nation. The team also won the Design Review Award for the best combination of written reviews and formal presentations during competition. (C)

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