Engineering Makes a World of Difference
Vol. 5 No. 1 – Summer 2022
Students in the News
Congratulations Class of 2022!
Wei Min Patrick, class of 2022, graduated with his second BS degree, this time in Mechanical Engineering. Wei Min was born blind. After receiving his first degree in Music for Piano Performance, he decided he to return to school to challenge himself further. For the full story on WKRG News 5, see "Blind USA Graduate Overcomes Obstacles".
The JagSat-1 has been launched! After several years, and many student and faculty hours in the lab, the JagSat-1 satellite was launched into space on July 14, 2022. It's purpose is to measure the plasma in the outer rim of Earth's atmosphere. Dr. Edmund Spencer, Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department developed a faster means of measuring plasma.
For more information on the JagSat-1,see the linked articles below:
Edgar Reyes, Civil Engineering Junior, received a Charlotte & Ed Rodgers Scholarship from the Alabama Road Builders Association (ARBA). The scholarship is competitive for Civil Engineering programs throughout the state of Alabama.
Congratulations to our "Cast in Steel" 2022 Team!
The Steel Founders Society of America hosted the 2022 “Cast in Steel” national competition in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s competition challenged students to design and produce a functioning Celtic Leaf Sword. As a part of the competition, each sword was put through a series of tests. This year the University of South Alabama team earned 2nd place in the “Best Authentic Celtic Leaf Sword” category. For the full article, see "2022 Cast in Steel."
Bruce Tucker Memorial Scholarship Trust Recipient
Congratulations to graduating senior, Colby Waller, for being selected as a Bruce Tucker Memorial Scholarship Trust recipient for Fall 2022. Colby was awarded and recognized for his interest in the construction industry and recognized for his academic accomplishments.
Engineering Laboratories
Undergraduate Laboratory Equipment Campaign

The College of Engineering has launched an initiative to enhance our laboratories in Shelby Hall. These labs provide our students with hands-on experience and ensure that they are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. Your gift, of any amount, will have an immediate impact on our students and their future careers. To learn more about specific needs of each department, click Engineering Labs.
Faculty Research
Two University of South Alabama professors researching energy efficient forms of carbon-capture have developed a technology that reduces industrial power plant emissions using ionic liquids – salts in a liquid state that melt at relatively low temperatures.
Dr. Kevin West, Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department and Dr. James Davis, Professor in the Chemistry Department have partnered with Norton Engineering Consultants to work on this research. For the full article, see "Cutting Carbon Emissions."
Dr. Jinhui Wang, an Associate Professor of electrical and computer engineering, leads his team to start the IRES (International Research Experiences for Students) program at the University of South Alabama on June 13, 2022. This program is funded by NSF and has a cultural experience component in addition to educational activities for the students. For the full article, see "NSF IRES Program."
Faculty in the News
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) has completed its selection process for IEEE endorsed ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Program Evaluators for 2021-2022. Both Dr. Clive Woods, Associate Dean and Dr. Huyla Kirkici, Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have been selected to be trained to become ABET Program evaluators.
Dr. Christy Wheeler-West, Associate Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering department and Dr. John Cleary, Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering Department have completed their training to be ABET Program evaluators.
Congratulations Dr. Touma!
Dr. Daniela Wolter Ferreira Touma for receiving the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) - Engineering Educator of the Year Award.
Dr. Touma is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

2022 CCTS Pilot Funding Awardees
Congratulations to Dr. Mohamed Shaban, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department for being awarded one of the 2022 CCTS Pilot Funding awards. For the full article, see "2022 Awardees."
Faculty, Staff, & Students
Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Mohamed El-Sharkh
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Excellence in Research
Dr. Na Gong
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Staff Award
Mrs. Loretta Wilson
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department
"Top Prof" Recognition

Congratulations to the following College of Engineering faculty for their recognition by student members as a "Top Prof" thorugh the Sally Steadman Azalea Chapter of Mortar Board Honor Society.

  • Dr. Grayson Dennis, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Dr. Silas Leavesley, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Dr. Brooks Rabideau, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Dr. Joseph Richardson, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
  • Dr. Daniela Wolter Ferreira Touma, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr. Sean Walker, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Dr. Kevin West, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Student of the Year Awards
(From left to right)
Electrical Engineering: Jacob Lake
Civil Engineering: Ian Cox
Chemical Engineering: Rebecca Bivins
Mechanical Engineering: Hayden Jenkins
Computer Engineering: Stephen Cahoon (not pictured)

Student of the Year for the College of Engineering: Hayden Jenkins
Many faculty, staff, and students attended the 2022 Alabama Hall of Fame hosted by the College of Engineering in February at the Grand Hotel in Fairhope, Alabama.
2022 Summer Engineering Academy
This summer, the College of Engineering revived the Summer Engineering Academy (S.E.A). We had 29 high school participants from the Mobile and Baldwin County areas participate in a week-long camp designed to expose students to the fun of engineering through hands-on labs and activities and what each of our engineering disciplines are about. S.E.A was sponsored by AM/NS Calvert.
Save the Dates

Annual Alumni Fall Social - August 9th: The College of Engineering is partnering with The USA Alumni Association's Takeover Tuesday. Join us at 5:30PM at the Outsider! You can RSVP above.

2022 USA Football Home Games
Join the College of Engineering Tailgates at the Hancock Whitney Stadium!

  • Saturday, Sept. 3rd: (Parent's Weekend): USA vs. Nicholls. Kick off: 4:00pm - Hosted by Thompson Engineering
  • Saturday, Sept. 24th: (Celebrate Mobile/Extra Yard for Teachers): USA vs. Louisiana Tech. Kick off: TBA - Hosted by Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
  • Saturday, Oct. 15th: (Homecoming/Alumni Weekend): USA vs. ULM. Kick off: TBA - Hosted by Airbus
  • Thursday, Oct. 20th: USA vs. Troy. Kick off: 6:30pm - Hosted by Orion Engineering
  • Saturday, Nov. 12th: (Hall of Fame/Salute to Heroes): USA vs. Texas State. Kick off: TBA - Hosted by AM/NS Calvert & BASF
  • Saturday, Nov. 26th: USA vs. Old Dominion. Kick off: TBA - Host Pending
Welcome to the Jungle
September 2nd: Welcome to the Jungle 10:00am-2:00pm, Shelby Hall Fountain - Welcome to the Jungle is the first event of the year providing the opportunity for students to join the many different engineering student organizations. This years' Welcome to the Jungle is hosted by AM/NS Calvert.
Host an Engineering Information Session

We are currently looking for guest speakers interested in sharing their engineering experiences with our current students as well as companies interested in sharing the types of activities engineers are involved in at their company. We can host in-person or virtual meetings.

Please contact Nani Perez Uribe at [email protected] for more information.
College of Engineering Alumni Polos
College of Engineering Alumni polos are currently for sale! If you're interested in ordering a polo, orders can be placed and paid for online: Alumni Polo Order. We have several sizes and colors in stock. If we don't have your size or preferred color, the next order will go out in the Spring. All proceeds go towards the College of Engineering Alumni Society Scholarship. Polos are priced at $39.50 (shipping/handling included).

The polos are crafted using performance material and are offered in men's and women's sizes in the following colors: Black, Charcoal Grey, Navy Blue, Red, and White. Below is an example of a red polo with the USA alumni logo.
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