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John W. Covington
National Chair, Board of Directors

Charles L. Karr, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering

Karen Meshad Baldwin
Director, External Affairs and Development

Trudeau B. Livaudais iV
Coordinator, Capstone Engineering Society
                                                                                                                       One thing in life is a constant: family. Caring,
                                             From one family to another—Nicolette and Joni Corbin are one of the       comforting, loving and supporting are just a few
Mary Wymer
Editor                                       many sets of siblings in the College. Article is on page 2.
                                                                                                                       of the many qualities of a family. From parents to
Allison Bridges                                                                                                        siblings to extended relatives, a family changes and
Assistant Editor                                                                                                       grows constantly.

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Cathy Butler                                                                                                               So, too, our College of Engineering grows
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                                                                                                                       College has expanded by adding faculty, depart-
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                                                       2      From One Family to Another                               to offer academic diversity and
                                                                                                                       challenge, but small enough
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Capstone Engineer is published in
the spring and fall by the                             12     News                                                     As we’ve grown, we have kept a
Capstone Engineering Society.                                                                                          sense of community and caring.
                                                       23     Surveying the College                                    We have kept our family focus.
Sharon Lewis
                                                       29     Our Students. Our Future.                                    As you read this issue of the
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                                                                                                                       of Engineering is a family away from home for our
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                                        A C L O S E R L O O K AT E N G I N E E R I N G S I B L I N G S W H O A R E
                                        P A R T O F T H E C O L L E G E O F E N G I N E E R I N G FA M I LY

                                                                                     By Allison Bridges

                                          Coming from a family of four or five to one of 1,900 can be an intimidating transition for
                                          students as they make the move from life at home to life in the College of Engineering.
                                           However, some engineering students found the transition to be simple because they
                                            came to The University of Alabama with a piece of home – their brother or sister –
                                             and they entered into the College of Engineering family where the guidance and
                                             commitment of faculty help students prepare for a promising engineering career.

                                         The College of Engineering allows students to             expand their boundaries of knowledge through
                                         experience classes with a small student-to-teacher        hands-on experiences and interdisciplinary
                                         ratio, a key component when enabling better               research teams. These experiences allow students
                                         learning techniques and developing research skills.       to become a part of a small group, facilitating
                                         In fact, one of Dean Chuck Karr’s top priorities is       a sense of community and making it easier to
                                         to provide students with the opportunity to               manage the demands of academics.

                                                         Opposite page: Calvin and Jamelia Culliver; Far Left: Joan and Sarah Reichwein;
                                                             Middle: Justin and Jordan Crouch; Right: Brandi and Heather Freeman

                  From    One Family
                           to Another
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                                                                   Far Left: Justin and Jordan Crouch
                                                                   Right: Nicolette and Joni Corbin
                                                                   Opposite page: Left: Jamelia and Calvin Culliver
                                                                   Middle: Heather and Brandi Freeman
                                                                   Far right: Joan and Sarah Reichwein

     Family Support                                               Brandi Freeman, a sophomore majoring in             of Engineers Without Borders,” said Nicolette.                   “It was obvious that he was interested in me
     Justin Crouch, a senior majoring in construction         metallurgical and materials engineering, explained      “It is a wonderful thing to have the opportunity            and what I could do to benefit the College,”
     engineering, has experienced this sense of               that she has both benefited from being a member         to join with members of your family and other               said Daniel. “he explained to me the boundless
     community. Justin says that even though he               of the engineering family and attending the             engineering students who are as dedicated to using          opportunities I would have as a student at one of
     enjoys the fact that he and his brother, Jordan, a       College with her sister, heather, a senior majoring     their engineering expertise to improve the lives of         the most prestigious engineering programs in the
     sophomore majoring in civil engineering, attend          in computer science and math. The two sisters           others around the world. It is an honor to be a part        nation, and I saw how dedicated the faculty was to
     UA together, he has truly become a member of the         also explained that the College of Engineering          of a family whose interests coincide with our own           its students and the academic community. Needless
     College of Engineering family. he attributes his         has provided them with a unique opportunity to          and whose purpose is to improve the lives of                to say, it was too good an offer to turn down.”
     success at UA to his small engineering classes and       communicate with other engineers on a daily basis,      other families.”                                                 Other students and their parents simply did
     interaction with faculty.                                thus increasing their respect for one another and                                                                   research on specific fields of study only to find
          “Everyone involved at the engineering               intensifying their interest in the engineering field.   Why Choose the Capstone?                                    that engineering offers one of the most promising
     department truly cares about the success of each             “It is always an engaging experience to meet        Of the 1,900 undergraduate students enrolled in             careers for young professionals. Calvin Culliver,
     individual within this college; they care about          with engineering students who have the same goals       the College of Engineering, many have different             a senior majoring in construction engineering,
     how I am doing in and outside of the classroom,”         in mind,” said Brandi. “Despite my independent          backgrounds, cultures and interests. Considering            and his sister, Jamelia, a sophomore majoring in
     explained Justin. “That is what a                                       nature, being a member of the            most of these students visited several universities         civil engineering, did not plan on attending UA’s
     family is all about. Jordan and         “Everyone involved at the engineering family has made me rely            before deciding on attending UA, there were many            College of Engineering together until they realized
     I are obviously close because            engineering department on my sister more for support.”                  factors that led to their final decision. So, what          how beneficial an engineering degree from UA
     we are brothers, and we have                                                       Some students have even       actually influenced our future engineers to become          could be.
     always turned to one another         truly cares about the success allowed both their collegiate and
                                                                                                                      members of UA’s College of                                                    “Believe it or not, but my brother
     for support, but now we have          of each individual within this         biological families to influence    Engineering? Was it the promise            “It is an honor to be a part had no influence on my coming to
     nearly 2,000 other engineering       college; they care about how them to use their engineering                  of an established career? Or the           of a family whose interests the Capstone,” said Jamelia. “It was
     students and 100 faculty                                                     education in outside-the-           dream of receiving a degree from
     members to turn to.”
                                            I am doing in and outside
                                                                                  classroom experiences.                                                        coincide with our own and just a coincidence that we both
                                                                                                                      one of the oldest engineering                                                   enjoy math and science. After
          Daniel Free, a sophomore              of the classroom.”                      Nicolette Corbin,             programs in the nation?                 whose purpose is to improve doing research with our parents,
     majoring in mechanical                                                      a junior majoring in chemical             For some students, like Adam         the lives of other families.”        we found that engineering could
     engineering, has also benefited from the                 and biological engineering, has really enjoyed her      and Daniel Free, simply knowing                                              satisfy both of our interests, and it is
     presence of his brother, Adam, a senior                  time with Engineers Without Borders, a student          that they could attend a university known to have           a promising field.”
     majoring in industrial engineering and business          organization that partners with disadvantaged           one of the most prominent engineering programs in                Calvin agreed with his sister in that their
     administration. he also agrees about the                 communities around the world to design and              the nation was enough to make their decision easy.          decision to become a member of UA’s College of
     family-oriented community found within                   implement engineering projects to improve the                Daniel said Dean Chuck Karr made a lasting             Engineering was one that required much research
     the College of Engineering.                              quality of life in these communities. She and           impression on him when he visited The University            and discussion with their parents. “My mom
          “We both have frequent study groups with            her sister, Joni, a junior majoring in civil and        of Alabama, and he knew he wanted to receive a              found that UA’s engineering department was well-
     friends and faculty in the College, and these            environmental engineering, have become active           degree from a school that really took an interest in        known throughout the Southeast and the nation,”
     meetings help us get to know each other while            participants in EWB service projects by putting         its students and their potential.                           said Calvin, “and after I did research on the
     we learn the material,” said Daniel. “It makes           their engineering education to good use.                                                                            opportunities available to engineers, I realized that I
     us feel like we have extra support, and we have              “Not only are we sisters, but we are members
     people we can count on.”                                 of the College of Engineering and members

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          “I’m receiving a top-notch education                   “We always thought of the Capstone as an                  Joni Corbin felt the same way about her              As the first university in the state to offer
              alongside some of the most                     option for college because many women in our             relationship with her sister, and she is thankful    engineering classes and one of the first five in the
                                                             family have graduated from UA,” said Sarah.              that, because of Nicolette, she is more willing to   nation to do so, the College of Engineering has a
               influential professors in the                 “But, after realizing the rewarding program offered      get involved in engineering organizations and        rich history of educating young people and
              nation, and I am still close to                through the Computer-Based honors Program                less likely to get lost in the crowd.                expanding their boundaries of knowledge.
                 my home and friends.”                       and receiving scholarships to do something we                 “having someone to go to meetings with and      The College of Engineering continues to reach
                                                             thoroughly enjoy, becoming a part of the College         urge you to join certain organizations is always     out to young people by influencing them
                                                             of Engineering was the obvious choice.”                  a plus, but it is even better when that person       to become a part of this College and this
      could put my science skills to use by developing a                                                              is your sister, and the two of you have similar      University.
      solid foundation in construction management.”                                                                   interests and activities,” said Joni.
                                                             Sibling Rivalry?                                                                                                   The College of Engineering is helping
           however, for Benjamin Johnson, a senior in                                                                      Nicolette agreed with Joni that she takes       its students take the next step to build a
                                                             All students who are a part of the College of
      chemical engineering, and Bradley Johnson, a                                                                    advantage of having a sister who serves as a         better quality of life for their families, their
                                                             Engineering have been inspired by someone or
      senior in mechanical engineering, the decision to                                                               roommate and classmate. The two sisters              communities and their state by instilling in
                                                             something to make the most of the engineering
      become a part of UA’s College of Engineering was                                                                help motivate one another by surrounding             them a sense of community and fellowship.
                                                             program. But, as anyone with siblings can agree,
      easy because they always have had a love for both                                                               themselves with activities that are conducive
                                                             sibling rivalry typically plays a large role in the
      science and Tuscaloosa. “I’m receiving a top-notch                                                              to their learning.
                                                             family dynamic − especially for siblings in the
      education alongside some of the most influential
                                                             engineering program. Fortunately, UA students use
      professors in the nation, and I am still close to my
                                                             this sibling rivalry to their advantage by making it a
      home and friends,” said Benjamin.
                                                             type of motivation.
           On the other hand, Bradley enjoys knowing
                                                                  heather Freeman explained that she and Brandi
      that graduating from UA with an engineering
                                                             have a beneficial relationship because they look
      degree will provide him with the competitive
                                                             to each other for academic encouragement. “We
      edge needed to pursue a career in the real world.
                                                             used to be competitive. Of course, all brothers and
      “Engineering can be a challenge,” said Bradley, “but
                                                             sisters normally compete with one another. But
      I am ready to take on the demands of mechanical
                                                             now that we are at the Capstone and we have had
      engineering so that I can soon reap the benefits of
                                                             a couple of the same classes, we try to compete
      being an engineer.”
                                                             against one another to make each other excel.”
           Joan reichwein, a junior majoring in
                                                                  Brandi agreed that there is virtually no sibling
      metallurgical and materials engineering, and her
                                                             rivalry apparent in their relationship because they
      sister, Sarah, a senior majoring in mechanical
                                                             are constantly seeking each other’s help. “heather
      engineering, were interested in math and science
                                                             is usually the one who spends most of her time
      when they were children. The sisters would help
                                                             helping me out,” Brandi said, laughing. “But if you
      their father with household projects that involved
                                                             want to see a rivalry, try putting a pair of BCBG
      building and mechanics, and always teased that
                                                             shoes between the two of us.”
      they were going to be engineers because of their
      talent for fixing things.

                                                                                                                                        “Joni and I have always been competitive with one another
                                                                                                                                        as far as academics are concerned because we want each
                                                                                                                                     other to succeed,” said Nicolette. “Even though we are in college
                                                                                                                                        now, nothing has changed; we benefit more from our rivalry
                                                                                                                                               because we encourage each other to do well.”

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                                                                                                                                                                               Box siblings: Michael, Jason, Bart, and Jared
                                                                                                                     Family Support
                                                                                                                     Buddie E. Carroll, owner and chief executive
                                                                                                                     officer of Freightliner dealerships in
                                                                                                                     Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn., graduated
                                                                                                                     with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical

                        Alumni Siblings
                                                                                                                     engineering in 1961. his brother, Dr. Chester C.
                                                                                                                     Carroll, also graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s
                                                                                                                     degree in electrical engineering. While in the
                                                                                                                     U.S. Army, the Carroll brothers planned on
                        By Tru livaudais                                                                             attending the University together. Once they
                                                                                                                     arrived on campus, Buddie appreciated having
                                                                                                                     his brother’s support and decided to focus his
                                                                                                                     abilities in math and science.

                                                                                                                        “A benefit of being in the College of
                                                                                                                      Engineering with family was the mutual
                                                                                                                       support and encouragement, as well
                                                                                                                          as the sharing of difficulties and
                                                                                                                         accomplishments in academics,”
                                                                                                                       Buddie said. “We were competitive in
                                                                                                                      contribution but not against each other.           hammond and richard rood also attended
                                                                                                                       The aggressive effort and professional            the College of Engineering together.
                                                                                                                                                                         hammond chose UA because, “Alabama
                                                                                                                          contribution has carried forward               had a good engineering program and a
                                                                                                                           throughout both of our lives.”                great football program.”

                                                                                                                     Although they took some classes together, their     having a brother who had gone through some
                                                                                                                     paths separated with Buddie in mechanical           classes a couple of years before hammond
                                                                                                                     engineering and Chester in electrical. “We          definitely didn’t hurt. The brothers “weren’t
                                                                                                                     probably had similar goals to begin with,”          competitive and still aren’t,” according to
                                                                                                                     Buddie explained, “but our interest diverged        hammond, so richard would occasionally share
                                                                                                                     toward academics for Chester and business for       knowledge of course content or what to expect
                                                                                                                     me.” Chester went on to receive master’s and        from certain professors in the few common
                                                                                                                     doctorate degrees in electrical engineering,        courses they shared.
                                                                                                                     and then spent his career in academia at The
                                                                                                                     University of Alabama and Auburn University.        Why Choose the Capstone?
                                                                                                                                                                         For other engineering siblings, coming to
                Throughout the lifetime of UA’s College of Engineering, one thing that has remained                  Besides the similar experiences they shared while   UA was less of a decision than a destiny. Bud
                constant amidst historical change is the appearance of siblings who have decided to                  on campus, the Carrolls have an added family        Johnston, a petroleum engineering specialist
                make the transition from students to engineers. Their reasons for attending together                 connection to the College of Engineering. “A        for Shell Oil Co. in Denver, Colo., continued
                vary, but the results of their education do not.                                                     cousin, Arland Carroll, was in civil engineering    a family tradition that began with his parents.
                                                                                                                     at UA at the same time,” Buddie said. “All of us    he attended UA with his brother, Gary, and
                                                                                                                     graduated within one year of each other.”           soon afterwards, they were joined by their
                                                                                                                                                                         sister, Stephanie. Bud graduated in 1983 with a
                                                                                                                     Their love of the Capstone was made evident by      bachelor’s and in 1985 with a master’s, Gary in
                                                                                                                     a gift from the three Carrolls to the College in    1984, and Stephanie finished in 1988.
                                                                                                                     1994; they established an endowed scholarship
                                                                                                                     fund in the Carroll family name, which
                                                                       Johnston siblings: Bud, Stephanie, and Gary
                                                                                                                     continues to support engineering students.

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          “My mother and father both attended UA,             curriculum than he did. “I remember running       by their brother, Bart, who graduated in 2001      Amazingly, Jared and Jason have worked with
          and they were the greatest influence on my          into Stephanie at a bar, and she mentioned        with a mechanical engineering degree.              the same two companies thus far in their
          attending UA,” Bud said. “I remember my             having a calculus test the next day. When                                                            careers, keeping the pair together long after
          parents having exciting stories about their         asked why she wasn’t studying, she replied that   Growing up in a family of die-hard Alabama         their dual graduations. Competition has given
          time there. My father’s stories were about his      she already knew the material,” Bud said. “It     fans made choosing a university an easy            way to a stronger desire to succeed, and a
          adventures with other football players, and         seemed she easily made straight A’s in each       decision, but choosing a major was slightly        realization that working as a team has helped
          my mother’s stories involved her sorority           of the calculus courses.” Stephanie politely      different. “I have always been interested in       the brothers do just that.
          and friends. Their fond memories and our            demurred. “Never could I compete,” she said.      science and technology, and it seemed that
          occasional visits to campus had the most            “Bud worked so hard for grades, and Gary was      an engineering degree would fit well with          “I think competition is inevitable for siblings,
          influence on my desire to attend UA.”               just naturally smart. he could look at anything   those interests,” Jason said. “I also wanted to    especially twins,” Jared said. “however, we
                                                              and just know it. Bud also advised me on how      pursue a challenging discipline, and I felt that   have become less competitive as we’ve gotten
          Stephanie Johnston Tresch, a marketing              to seek extra help with the tutor sessions and    engineering would provide that better than         older. Currently, we are working hand-in-
          strategy and initiatives analyst for the National   professor office hours.”                          some of the other programs offered at UA.”         hand on a pretty cool software project that
          Society of hispanic MBAs, remembered                                                                                                                     potentially will be involved in the Iraqi
          visiting campus as a child and knowing there        Interestingly enough, their father, Henry,        Jared, however, came to his decision more          war theater.”
          would be no other choice. “I remember my                                                              gradually. “I was not a science and math whiz
          mom’s story of how she met my father on
                                                                  had four siblings who all attended
                                                                                                                in high school, so the decision was a gradual      “I always wanted to see my brother do
          campus, and knew he was ‘the one’,” Stephanie       Auburn. “We grew up with cousins who              one based upon ruling out other majors such
          recalled. “I loved the Quad and couldn’t wait        were extreme Auburn fans,” Stephanie             as business or law,” Jared said. “Jason had this
                                                                                                                                                                    well, too,” Jason added. “We found it
          to walk across it to attend classes.”
                                                               said. “I can remember several Thanks-            great inspiration to do it. I originally balked    much more beneficial to work together,
                                                              givings that the Alabama-Auburn game
                                                                                                                at the idea but ultimately decided that if he         especially considering the difficult
          The Johnstons all gravitated towards the same                                                         could do it, so could I – probably not the
          field of study with their parents’ guidance.             caused problems at Granny’s.”                                                                   nature of an engineering major. I think
                                                                                                                best reason to pick a major.”
          “My mother worked as a schoolteacher, and                                                                                                                the same mentality carries over today.
          my father worked as an engineer,” Bud said.         Sibling Rivalry?                                  Jared and Jason took the same classes and          My brother and I work together in the
          “With all of us having a preference for math        The chance to attend the College of               studied together, often working on the same           same company, and I want to see
          and science, no one seemed surprised that we        Engineering with a sibling is rare enough;        design projects. “I think there were major
          all chose engineering. It seemed as natural as      attending with an identical twin is even more     benefits to having a brother in the College
                                                                                                                                                                     him succeed as much as myself.”
          attending UA together.”                             so. Jared and Jason Box both graduated with       of Engineering, especially at the same time,”
                                                              degrees in mechanical engineering in 1996                                                            The desire to succeed and to work together
                                                                                                                Jason said. “We studied together, and often
          In fact, Stephanie chose an initial major based     and degrees in computer science in 2001.                                                             as a family is a common thread that runs
                                                                                                                if I didn’t understand something, he could
          on her brothers’ advice, and Bud helped her         They followed one semester behind their older                                                        through the College of Engineering. Starting
                                                                                                                explain it to me and vice versa. I think we also
          through her first registration process.             brother, Michael, who received a marketing                                                           in the 1830s and continuing now, the goal
                                                                                                                motivated each other to excel in our classes. If
          “I began in computer science because                degree, and for a brief time they were joined                                                        of receiving an education in the field of
                                                                                                                I had been in the College alone it might have
          both of my brothers said it was paying                                                                                                                   engineering at a flagship institution is what
                                                                                                                been easier to change majors when things were
          the most at that time,” Stephanie                                                                                                                        makes our family grow larger and larger every
                                                                                                                difficult, but having my brother there made
          said. “I remember Bud helping                                                                                                                            year. These brothers and sisters who complete
                                                                                                                the perseverance much easier.”
          me through sign-ups the first                                                                                                                            the curriculum set forth by the College set
          time, and I was so thankful he                                                                                                                           an example for the rest of us to follow as
                                                                                                                Jared and Jason got to pass some of their
          was there.”                                                                                                                                              we extend our engineering family and
                                                                                                                knowledge on to their brother Bart. “I really
                                                                                                                                                                   move into the future.
                                                                                                                benefited from my brothers’ knowledge of
          Although the Johnstons weren’t                                                                        teachers, classes and a poster-sized flowchart
          academically competitive, Bud                                                                         of the class sequence for the M.E. degree,”
          does humorously mention that                                                                          Bart said. “It’s also given us many common
          he noticed his siblings having                                                                        experiences that we still talk of today.”
          a slightly easier time with the

                                                                                                                Jason Box (left), and Jared Box (right)

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                            ALABAMA ENGINEERING HALL OF FAME
                           INDUCTS DELAHAY, DOSTER AND OZTEKIN
       The State of Alabama Engineering hall of Fame held its induction ceremony on Feb. 24, 2007.                                                                                           (Left to right: Ronald W. Gray,
                 The following UA alumni and friends received the prestigious recognition.                                                                                                   Ronald R. Campbell, Walter L.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Jones, and Walter Schoel Jr.)

                                                                                                                              UA HONORS FIVE DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING FELLOWS
                                                                                                                       The University of Alabama College of Engineering honored five alumni and friends of the
                                                                                                                          College by inducting them into its class of 2007 Distinguished Engineering Fellows.

                                                                                                                   Ronald R. Campbell                                       division manufacturing manager. he continued to
                    Delahay                         Doster                          Oztekin                        B.S.M.E. ’73                                             advance at Union Camp, becoming vice president
                                                                                                                   Campbell has dedicated 27 years of engineering           of aroma chemicals and vice president of the
       James Delahay                                             In 1993, he was selected as a UA Distinguished    expertise to Southern Company. Campbell has              chemical group. In his current position, Jones is
       Delahay, a posthumous induction, is remembered        Engineering Fellow, and he has endowed several        held numerous positions in the company, including        responsible for representing and promoting the
       for leading lBYD and working on vital structural      scholarships that benefit UA College of               engineer, project supervisor, operations manager         interests of producers of chemicals derived from
       code committees. Delahay earned his bachelor’s        Engineering students.                                 and general manager. In 2000, he was promoted to         pine trees.
       degree in civil engineering in 1980 from UA                                                                 vice president of technical field services. Currently,
       before joining Birmingham’s lane/Bishop/              John Oztekin                                          he provides technical services to all the operating      David S. King
       hodnett. he became a registered professional          Oztekin has 11 patents that are testament             fossil/hydro plants for Alabama Power, Georgia           B.S.C.E. ’78
       engineer in 15 states, and received his master’s      to how his innovations revolutionized store           Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power.                 King has excelled in various leadership roles,
       degree from the Capstone in 1987. In 2000, he was     fixtures. Others adopted his techniques, but                                                                   proof of his expertise in petroleum engineering.
       elected president of the firm now known as lBYD.      the contemporary design came from Oztekin’s           Ronald W. Gray                                           Upon graduation, King joined halliburton. In
       he oversaw strategic planning, development            engineering expertise.                                B.S.M.E. ’81                                             2004, he was named senior vice president of global
       and marketing, and human resources.                       After studying liberal arts in Turkey, Oztekin    Gray has become one of Alabama’s leading experts         operations with management responsibilities for
           UA named Delahay a Distinguished                  immigrated to Michigan and began studying             in missile defense and space programs systems.           halliburton’s seven geographical regions. Currently,
       Engineering Fellow in 2003. In 2005, an endowed       engineering at the University of Michigan.            In 1985, Gray moved to huntsville and joined             King serves as senior vice president of production
       scholarship fund was established to honor Delahay.    After being urged by his pen pal and future wife,     Automated Sciences Group. Through his 13                 optimization and is responsible for strategic
                                                             Oztekin transferred to The University of Alabama.     years with ASG, Gray held numerous leadership            leadership and implementation of all business
       Thomas E. Doster III                                      In 1958, Oztekin launched the Kent Corp.,         positions, including program manager, director           aspects for halliburton’s production enhancement
       Doster is the founder, board chairman and chief       where he perfected and patented the first unitized,   and vice president. In 1998, Gray founded Gray           and completion tools service lines.
       executive officer of Doster Construction, a           one-piece, adjustable steel shelves that featured     research. As president he is responsible for the
       company that has received the Contractor of the       uprights with integrated, roll-formed-back-panel      overall management and operation of the company,         Walter Schoel Jr.
       Year award twice by the American Subcontractors       channels. The shelves were named the Supermatic       which has more than 150 employees providing              B.S.C.E. ’57
       Association of Alabama.                               line and were featured at the 1964 New York           engineering assistance to the U.S. Department of         Schoel has continued a tradition of engineering
           Doster graduated from the Capstone and            World’s Fair. In 2005, Kent introduced its state-     Defense and NASA.                                        excellence through his service to Walter Schoel
       has led Doster Construction into the ranks of         of-the-art powder-coat system. Oztekin was                                                                     Engineering Co. Schoel began working for Walter
       the top American contractors. his company             the first person in his industry to perfect paint     Walter L. Jones                                          Schoel Engineering while he was in high school.
       has completed structures in 27 states. Doster         application that eliminated toxic solvents.           B.S.Ch.E. ’64                                            After World War II, Schoel returned to school and
       Construction’s 2006 work contract reached $450            Oztekin established the Oztekin Family            Jones has been a leader in the global chemical           received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
       million. In 2004, Doster received the lifetime        Endowed Scholarship, which assists UA                 industry for the past 40 years. As president and         Following graduation, Schoel began working with
       Achievement Award from the Alabama branch             engineering students. he was named a                  chief operating officer of the Pine Chemicals            Walter Schoel Engineering. he was promoted to
       of the American Subcontractors Association.           Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2006.             Association, he oversees the operation of a major        president in 1968. For the next 30 years, he led the
       In 2005, he received the Cornerstone Award                                                                  trade association representing companies in 14           company during continuous growth, and he worked
       from Alabama Construction News for an                                                                       countries. After graduation, Jones gained experience     on many projects that helped shape Birmingham.
       exemplary, lifelong commitment to Alabama’s                                                                 with Union Camp Corp. in a number of positions,          In 1998, Schoel was succeeded as president by his
       construction industry.                                                                                      including plant superintendent, plant manager and        son, Walter Schoel III.

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                                          BAMBARGER AWARDED OUTSTANDING
                                          ALUMNI VOLUNTEER AWARD                                                                       BIG THANKS!!!
 ENGINEERING SOCIETY                                                                                                         We appreciate our recent partners in UA’s College of Engineering
                                                                The College of Engineering awarded                               family for their support of our students and programs.
 NATIONAL CHAIR                                                 James C. Bambarger with the 2007
                    The Capstone                                Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award.
                    Engineering                                 Bambarger has demonstrated consistent       Mrs. Carole D. Barnett for        Dr. Betty B. and Mr. Edward      Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis for
                    Society                                     loyalty to UA’s College of Engineering      establishing the robert P.        L. Englebert for continuing      continuing support of the lewis
                    announced John                              since he graduated from the Capstone        Barnett Endowed Scholarship       support of the Edward l. and     Family Endowed Chemical
                    W. Covington has                            with a bachelor’s degree in civil                                             Betty B. Englebert Endowed       Engineering Discretionary Fund
                    assumed the role                            engineering in 1970.                        Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L.            Chemical Engineering
                    of national chair.                             After graduation, Bambarger began        Baxendale for establishing the    Scholarship                      Mr. Hau-An Liu for continuing
 During his two-year term as national                           working with TTl Inc., a diverse            Dennis and Virginia Baxendale                                      support of the Chemical
 chair, Covington will preside over                             environmental consulting firm. he served    Endowed Scholarship               Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Fite      Engineering Endowed
 all CES board meetings, oversee all      in numerous positions before retiring as the CEO and chairman                                       for continuing support of the    Discretionary Fund
 activities and responsibilities of the   of the board. Because of his dedication to TTl, the company       BellSouth Telecommunications      Ernest A. and Carol S. Fite
 board, and serve on the committee        chose to honor Bambarger by endowing a student scholarship        Inc. for continuing support       Endowed Scholarship              Mr. and Mrs. Richard M.
 that elects new board members.           in his name. In addition, Bambarger and TTl have pledged          of the Electrical and Computer                                     MacKay for continuing support
                                          more than $100,000 to support scholarships as part of the         Engineering Endowed               Ms. Marce Fuller for             of the rick and Barrett Brock
                                          University’s “Our Students. Our Future.” campaign.                Support Fund                      establishing the Marce Fuller    MacKay Chemical Engineering
 BOEING CONTRIBUTES TO                        Bambarger has diligently served as the chairman of the                                          Endowed Scholarship              Discretionary Fund
 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS                     College of Engineering leadership Board. his responsibilities     Boeing Co. for continuing
                                          include presiding over all leadership board meetings. Bambarger   support of the Boeing             Mr. and Mrs. Robert H.           Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
 Daniel Beggs, senior manager of
                                          was inducted as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2002.       Corp. Scholarship and the         Haubein for continuing           Inc. for establishing the Pratt
 accounting for Integrated Defense
                                                                                                            Multicultural Engineering Fund    support of the Mr. and Mrs.      & Whitney rocketdyne Inc.
 Systems at Boeing Co., visited
                                                                                                                                              robert h. haubein Endowed        Scholarship Fund
 campus and presented Dean Chuck
 Karr with scholarship funds for
                                          COLLEGE RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS                                Dr. Robin B. and Mr. William      Engineering Scholarship
                                          FROM PRATT & WHITNEY ROCKETDYNE                                   Paul Buckelew for support                                          RaCON Inc. for establishing
 minority engineering and general
                                                                                                            of engineering scholarships       Mrs. Diane Dodson Hilleke        the raCON Inc. Endowed
                                                                                                                                              for establishing the Jeffery     Support Fund
                                                                                                            CDG Engineers & Associates        Brett hilleke Memorial
                                                                                                            for establishing the CDG          Endowed Scholarship              Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Roberts
                                                                                                            Engineers Civil                                                    for continuing support of the
                                                                                                            Engineering Scholarship           Honda Manufacturing of           Mark A. and Chrystine B.
                                                                                                                                              Alabama LLC for continuing       roberts Endowed
                                                                                                            Mr. and Mrs. L. Earl              support of the Mechanical        Engineering Scholarship
                                                                                                            Crittenden for continuing         Engineering Gift Fund
                                                                                                            support of the Elna russell                                        Robins & Morton Group for
 CONSTRUCTION                                                                                               and Earl Crittenden Endowed       Hyundai Motor Manufacturing      establishing the robins &
                                          Pratt & Whitney rocketdyne Inc. representatives visited
 ENGINEERING                                                                                                Engineering Scholarship           Alabama LLC for support of       Morton Scholarship
                                          campus and presented the College with scholarship funds
 PROFESSOR WORKS                                                                                                                              the Mechanical Engineering
                                          in aerospace engineering and mechanics, computer science,
                                                                                                            Doster Construction Co. Inc.      Gift Fund                        Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph
 AT DEDICATED DESK                        mechanical engineering and electrical and computer
                                                                                                            for continuing support of                                          M. Rodgers for continuing
 linda Delahay donated Jim Delahay’s      engineering. Dr. Kevin Whitaker (left), associate dean
                                                                                                            the Thomas E. Doster III          Mr. James C. Lewis for           support of the rodgers
 desk from lBYD for Dr. Jim               of academic programs, and Dean Chuck Karr (second
                                                                                                            Endowed Scholarship               continuing support of the        Family Scholarship
 richardson, associate professor          from right) accept a scholarship check from Tracy lamm,
                                                                                                                                              James C. lewis Endowed
 of civil, construction and               government and community relations manager (second
                                                                                                                                              Scholarship                      Mr. Donald J. Ward for support
 environmental engineering.               from left), and Calvin Inabinett, software engineer (right).
                                                                                                                                                                               of engineering scholarships

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                                                                                                     CRIMSON IS…LEAVING A LEGACY
                                                                                              With rising tuition costs, some students would not be able to attend the Capstone
                                                                                           without the generous support of our alumni and friends who have endowed scholarships.

                       Crimson is ...
                                                                                                                The following are newly endowed scholarships.

                            l     E     A     V      I    N        G                  A
                                                                                           THE ROBERT P. “BOB” BARNETT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
                                                                                                                                    In 2007, Carole Deal Barnett established the robert
                                                                                                                                    P. “Bob” Barnett Endowed Scholarship to honor her
                                                                                                                                    husband, Bob. The scholarship supports students
                                                                                                                                    majoring in civil, construction and environmental
                                                                                                                                    engineering. robert Barnett received a bachelor’s
                                                                                                                                    and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the
                                                                                                                                    Capstone in 1968 and 1971, respectively. Barnett’s firm,
                                                                                                                                    Barnett Jones Wilson llC, which he founded in 1986,
                                                                                                                                    completed numerous structural engineering and design
                                                                                                                                    projects throughout Alabama and nationwide. In 2006,
                                                                                                                                    Barnett was recognized as a Fellow of UA’s Department
                                                                                                                                    of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.

                           You help shape the future of UA Engineering by
                           supporting the College financially. There are many
                           ways to help – establish a gift in your estate plan or
                                                                                           THE DENNIS AND VIRGINIA BAxENDALE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
                           donate gifts of cash, appreciated property, or
                                                                                           Dennis l. and Virginia Baxendale established their
                           equipment. Take pride in the knowledge that your
                                                                                           endowed scholarship in 2007 to support students
                           contributions make UA’s College of Engineering                  majoring in chemical and biological engineering.
                           stand out in the eyes of the nation.                            Dennis Baxendale received a bachelor’s degree in
                                                                                           chemical engineering in 1966, and retired as president
                                                                                           and chief executive officer of ElTECh Systems
                           For more information, call us at 1-800-333-8156.                Corp. Baxendale continues to have strong links to his
                                                                                           alma mater as he was recognized as a Distinguished
                                                                                           Engineering Fellow in 2000. Virginia Baxendale
                                                                                           attended the University of West Alabama.

                            (205) 348-7594                    w w w. e n g . u a . e d u

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           THE ERNEST A. AND CAROL S. FITE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP                                                          THE DAVID W. GILBERT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
                                                      Ernest A. and Carol S. Fite established their endowed                                                       Michael C. Simmons established the David W.
                                                      scholarship in 2005 to support students majoring in                                                         Gilbert Endowed Scholarship in 2007 in honor
                                                      civil, construction and environmental engineering.                                                          of his brother-in-law. David W. Gilbert received
                                                      Ernest Fite received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree                                                     a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1961,
                                                      in civil engineering from UA in 1968 and 1970,                                                              and he had a long and distinguished career with
                                                      respectively. he had more than 30 years of combined                                                         rust International Corp. Following in Gilbert’s
                                                      service in the U.S. Army and the Alabama Army                                                               footsteps, Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in
                                                      National Guard, where he retired with the rank of                                                           civil engineering from the Capstone in 1973. The
                                                      colonel. Carol Fite attended the Capstone, where                                                            scholarship supports students majoring in civil,
                                                      she received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in                                                          construction and environmental engineering.
                                                      mathematics in 1966 and 1968, respectively.

                                                                                                                THE MR. AND MRS. ROBERT H. HAUBEIN
         THE MARCE FULLER                                                                                       ENDOWED ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
         ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP                                                                                    robert h. and lee haubein established their endowed
         In 2006, Marce Fuller established her endowed                                                          scholarship in 2004 to support students in the College of
         scholarship to support students in the College of                                                      Engineering. robert haubein received a bachelor’s degree in
         Engineering. Fuller received a bachelor’s degree in                                                    electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1963,
         electrical engineering from the Capstone in 1983. Fuller                                               and he retired as executive vice president and chief production
         is the retired president, chief executive officer, and board                                           officer from Southern Company in 2002. he has become a
         member of Mirant Corp. Under her guidance, Mirant                                                      loyal supporter of The University of Alabama through his
         spun off from its parent, Southern Company, in April                                                   dedicated service as past chair of the College of Engineering’s
         2001 and emerged as a competitive energy provider.                                                     leadership Board and serving on the President’s Cabinet. lee
         Fuller continues to have strong links to her alma mater as                                             haubein attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.
         she was recognized as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow
         in 2004 and serves on the College’s leadership Board.

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                                                                                   In 2007, Diane Dodson                                                         In 2006, Nell and Sorrell lanier established their
                                                                                   hilleke established the                                                       endowed scholarship to support students majoring in
                                                                                   Jeffery Brett hilleke                                                         civil, construction, and environmental engineering.
                                                                                   Endowed Memorial                                                              Sorrell lanier received a bachelor’s degree in civil
                                                                                   Scholarship in honor of                                                       engineering in 1965. he founded lanier and Associates
                                                                                   her husband. The scholarship                                                  in 1974, and it has grown into one of the leading firms
                                                                                   supports students majoring                                                    for marine terminal design and construction. Nell
                                                                                   in chemical and biological                                                    lanier also attended the Capstone, earning a bachelor’s
                                                                                   engineering who are                                                           degree in American studies and master’s degree in
                                                                                   interested in environmental                                                   guidance and counseling.
                                                                                   engineering. Jeffery Brett
                                                                                   hilleke, who passed away Dec.
                                                                                   29, 2006, earned a bachelor
        Left to right: Chris Hilleke, Diane Dodson Hilleke, Dr. Gary C. April, of science in chemical engineering
        and Kenda Hilleke Hembrough                                            in 1971 and a master of science in
                                                                               civil engineering in 1972. hilleke
        had a long, prestigious career in the fields of chemical and environmental engineering, working for
        DuPont Chemicals, St. regis Paper Co., and Champion Paper, which later became International
        Paper. In 1995, hilleke was named a Fellow of UA’s Department of Chemical and Biological
                                                                                                                    THE SANDRA E. AND H. KENNETH WHITE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
                                                                                                                    In 2007, h. Kenneth White and his wife, Sandra,
                                                                                                                    endowed a scholarship for students who are majoring in
                                                                                                                    civil, environmental or construction engineering. After
                                                                                                                    receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from
                                                                                                                    the Capstone in 1971, White started his professional
                                                                                                                    career with a small engineering firm in Montgomery.
         ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP                                                                                        In 1998, White created h. Kenneth White & Associates
         Dean Chuck and Jodie Karr established their endowed                                                        Inc., and soon after his son, Kenneth White Jr., also a
         scholarship in 2006 to honor Dean Karr’s mother,                                                           civil engineering graduate of UA, joined the firm. White
         Betty Karr Mann. The scholarship supports students                                                         has shown his loyal Crimson Tide dedication through
         in the College of Engineering. Mann graduated with                                                         serving as the Capstone Engineering Society national
         a bachelor’s degree from UA’s College of Education,                                                        past chair and hosting many alumni and recruiting
         and she worked as a school librarian in Sylacauga,                                                         events. White was named a Distinguished Engineering
         Ala., and Pensacola, Fla.                                                                                  Fellow in 2001. Sandra White is a registered nurse and
                                                                                                                    graduated from the Birmingham Baptist School of
                                                                                                                    Nursing, now Samford University’s School of Nursing.

                                                                     Dean Chuck Karr and Betty Karr Mann

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                                                                                       E-CITATION ExPANDS                  CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND
                                                                                       THROUGHOUT STATE                    MANAGEMENT FOUNDING PARTNERS

                                                                                       The University of Alabama’s
                                                                                       CARE research &
                                                                                       Development laboratory
                                                                                       expanded its electronic
                                                                                       ticketing system, known
                                                                                       as e-Citation. This latest
                                                                                       expansion includes deployment       LEFT TO RIGHT FRONT ROW: John Stivender, Doster Construction Co. Inc.; Bryson Edmonds, BE&K Inc.; Brian
                                                                                                                           Barr, Brasfield & Gorrie LLC; UA President Robert E. Witt; Steve McCord, Hoar Construction LLC; Mark Mattox,
                                                                                       to all Alabama’s state troopers.
                                                                                                                           Robins & Morton; Jay Reed, Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama; LEFT TO RIGHT BACK ROW:
                                                                                           Developed in 2003,              Geoff Golden, Golden & Associates LLC; Dr. Edd Gibson, director of the construction engineering and
                                                                                       e-Citation operates on laptops      management program; Keith Andrews, RaCON Inc.; Neil Davis, Davis Architects Inc.; Felix Drennen, Brice
                                                                                       in the patrol cars. Tickets are     Building Co. Inc.; Alan Crafton, Excelsior Construction Inc.; Dr. Ken Fridley, department head of civil,
                                                                                                                           construction and environmental engineering
                                                                                       transmitted electronically to
                                                                                       the Administrative Office
                                                                                                                           The College of Engineering congratulates the following as the founding
                                                                                       of Courts in Montgomery,
                                                                                       eliminating data entry of the       partners of the Construction Engineering and Management Program.
                                                                                       tickets by the court clerks. This   Each founding partner has established endowments for undergraduate
                                                                                       allows court clerks access to       scholarships, graduate fellowships and programmatic support.
                                                                                       those tickets without having to
                                                                                       input information.                  •    Brice Building Co. Inc. for the Brice Building Co.
                                                                                                                                Endowed Support Fund
                                                                                                                           •    CDG Engineers & Associates Inc. for the CDG Engineers
                                                                                                                                Civil Engineering Scholarship
                                                                                                                           •    Davis Architects for the Davis Architects Excellence in
                                                                                       UA RECEIVES
  You madE a CarEEr EnginEEring things                                                                                          Construction Engineering Endowed Support Fund
                                                                                       NSF GRANT                           •    Mr. Thomas E. Doster III for the Thomas E. Doster III
    that last. hErE’s anothEr ChanCE.                                                  FOR INCOMING                             Endowed Scholarship
                                                                                                                           •    Excelsior Construction Inc. for the Excelsior Construction
Our university continues to build upon its tradition of excellence through generous,                                            Endowed Support Fund
                                                                                       STUDENTS                            •    hoar Construction for the hoar Construction Endowed Scholarship
long-range gifts from private donors. Please remember the College of Engineering                                           •    raCON Inc. for the raCON Inc. Endowed Scholarship
                                                                                       UA’s College of Engineering
in your will, trust, or other estate plans.                                            has been awarded a grant            •    robins & Morton for the robins & Morton Scholarship
                                                                                       from the National Science           •    Mr. Jerry F. Wilson Jr. and Mrs. Judith F. Wilson for the
                                                                                       Foundation Scholarships in               Jerry F. Wilson Jr. Family Endowed Support Fund
For more information about giving opportunities without obligation,                    Science, Technology,
                                                                                       Engineering and Mathematics.
  contact our professional staff toll-free at 1-888-875-4438,
                                                                                       This grant, totaling
             (205) 348-4767, or visit                                   $500,000, will establish
                                                                                       a new scholarship program
                                                                                       that assists incoming
                                       Our StudentS. Our Future.
                                                                                       engineering freshmen.

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     TAYLOR APPOINTED TO ASME FELLOW                                          MORLEY APPOINTED                  DR. LLOYD A. “PETE” MORLEY RETIRES
                                                                              AS IEEE’S CORPORATE
                                      Dr. robert Taylor, professor of                                                                           Dr. lloyd “Pete” Morley, professor emeritus of electrical and computer
                                      mechanical engineering, was elected     INTEGRITY CONTACT                                                 engineering, retired from the Capstone after more than 21 years of service.
                                      to the grade of Fellow by the           PERSON                                                            Morley served the College in many ways throughout the years including
                                      American Society of Mechanical                                                                            department head, professor and advisor.
                                      Engineers. According to the award       The Institute of Electrical
                                      letter, Taylor has made significant     and Electronics Engineers has                                     Morley started with the College in 1985 as department head and professor
                                      contributions in both engineering       appointed Dr. lloyd A. “Pete”                                     of mineral engineering, and he was named the Drummond Endowed Chair
                                      education and research. his research    Morley, professor emeritus                                        of Mining Engineering in 1993. In 1996, he was appointed as professor
                                      in the prediction of heat transfer      of electrical engineering,                                        of electrical engineering and a year later added the duties of associate
                                      and skin friction effects for flow      as corporate integrity contact                                    department head. In 2000, Morley was named as head of the electrical and
                                      over rough surfaces has led to          person. Serving in this newly                                     computer engineering department. After serving as head for four years,
                                      design tool development in this area.   created position, Morley’s                                        he returned to the faculty and continued teaching and advising.
                                      he has made advancements in the         duties are similar to that
     application and analysis of engineering design and has developed         of an ethics and compliance       Morley has maintained a close association with industry. he has authored or co-authored numerous papers
     an inverse heat conduction model for castings.                           officer in industry. he is        and reports, two editions of a book on mine electrical systems, and has received several awards for his
                                                                              the focus person for receiving,   research, publication and teaching activities. he was elected Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
                                                                              investigating and reporting       Fellow in 1988, and he earned the 1995 IEEE Industry Applications Society Distinguished Service Award.
                                                                              complaints of suspected           In 2000, he received the College of Engineering T. Morris hackney Endowed Faculty leadership Award
     WHITAKER RECEIVES                                                        financial misconduct              for his contributions. In 2005, Morley was the recipient of the IEEE richard M. Emberson Award.
     T. MORRIS HACKNEY                                                        within IEEE.
     The College of Engineering announced                                     AEM PROFESSOR
     Dr. Kevin Whitaker, associate dean for                                   EARNS NSF
     academic programs, as the 2007 T. Morris                                                                   2007 SWE REGION D CONFERENCE                                           LINDA TINGLE RETIRES
     hackney Endowed Faculty leadership
                                                                              CAREER AWARD
                                                                                                                HELD AT UA                                                             linda Tingle, office associate in
     Award recipient. The award honors a faculty
     member who exemplifies the constant                                                                        The Society of Women Engineers held their                              the Department of Computer
     guidance and leadership necessary to make                                                                  2007 region D Conference at the Capstone on                            Science, retired in June 2007.
     the College of Engineering exceptional.                                                                    March 2-4. The conference workshops aimed                              Tingle originally joined the
                                                                                                                at increasing the members’ exposure to future                          College of Engineering in 1985,
     Whitaker began working at UA in 1987 as an assistant professor of                                          engineering technologies, instilling an appreciation                   working for the Department of
     aerospace engineering. he has served as campus director for the                                            of interdisciplinary teamwork, and providing                           Civil and Electrical Engineering
     Alabama Space Grant Consortium, institution coordinator for the                                            opportunities for professional growth.                                 Technology Programs, and she
     NSF-funded Foundation Coalition, and campus director for NASA                                                                                                                     moved to the Department of
                                                                              Dr. James P. hubner, assistant                                                                           Computer Science in 1995.
     Opportunities for Visionary Academics.                                   professor of aerospace
                                                                              engineering and mechanics,
     Whitaker has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding         has been awarded a National
     Aerospace Engineering Faculty Member and the NASA Graduate               Science Foundation
     Student researchers Fellowship. he has been awarded numerous             CArEEr Award. NSF’s
     externally funded research grants, and he has more than 16 reviewed      CArEEr Awards recognize
     publications and 49 conference presentations.                            top-performing young
                                                                              scientists and engineers who
     This award was created as a tribute to T. Morris hackney, and it was     are beginning their careers
     made possible by the contributions from Mr. John h. Josey and his        hubner has been awarded
     son, Mr. howard Josey.                                                   a five-year, $400,000 grant
                                                                              to advance his study of
                                                                              luminescence technology.

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                                               CRIMSON GRITS RACE MINI-                                        ECE STUDENT                             UA ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS
                                               BAJA VEHICLE                                                    RECEIVES THE PAUL                       RESTORES BLACK BELT BASEBALL
                                               UA’s Crimson GrITS (Girls racing in the South)                  W. BRYANT STUDENT-                      FIELD IN HALE COUNTY
                                               tackled tough terrain and conquered water challenges
                                               as they competed in the 2007 Society of Automotive
                                                                                                               ATHLETE AWARD                           Engineers Without Borders partnered with the Black Belt
                                                                                                                                                       Action Commission, an organization aimed at improving
                                               Engineers Mini-Baja Competition. The team designed              rachael Green, a senior in electrical
                                                                                                                                                       the quality of life in Alabama’s Black Belt region, to restore
                                               and built an off-road vehicle that survived rough               engineering, was honored with the
                                                                                                                                                       Curtis Smith Field, a run-down baseball field in Greensboro.
                                               terrain, rolling hills, sandy flats and a challenging water     prestigious Paul W. Bryant Student-
                                                                                                                                                       EWB made several improvements to the field, including
                                               course. The Crimson GrITS team also received the                Athlete Award. Created in 1985,
                                                                                                                                                       patching the roofs of the dugouts, adding bases to the field,
                                               SAE Challenge to Women leaders Award, as awarded                the award recognizes outstanding
                                                                                                                                                       restoring the bleachers and concession stand, and building
                                               by the SAE Women Engineers Committee.                           achievements of Crimson Tide
                                                                                                                                                       new scoreboards.
                                                                                                               student-athletes in the classroom,
                                                                                                               in their athletic endeavors and
     TWO ENGINEERING                                                                                           in the community.
                                               ChBE STUDENT RECEIVES                                                                                   CES OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD
     STUDENTS NAMED TO USA                     HOLLINGS SCHOLARSHIP                                                                                    A $500 cash stipend and plaque were presented to Meredith
     TODAY’S ALL-USA COLLEGE                                         Three UA students will receive
                                                                                                                                                       Brooke Caldwell, a senior in mechanical engineering, as the
                                                                                                                                                       2007 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior.
     ACADEMIC TEAM                                                   the prestigious and highly
                                                                                                                                                       Caldwell’s academic honors include the Dean’s list, Pi Tau
                                                                     competitive National Oceanic
                                                                                                                                                       Sigma Mechanical Engineering honor Society, Golden
                                                                     and Atmospheric Administration
                                                                                                                                                       Key honor Society and Society of Women Engineers’
                                                                     Ernest F. hollings Undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                       Outstanding Awards. Caldwell serves as president of the
                                                                     Scholarship for 2007-08. Ynhi
                                                                                                                                                       Society of Women Engineers, secretary of the American
                                                                     Thai, a sophomore in chemical
                                                                                                                                                       Society of Mechanical Engineers, and was selected to
                                                                     and biological engineering,
                                                                                                                                                       represent the College of Engineering as an Ambassador
                                               will receive $8,000 per year for full-time study during
                                                                                                                                                       of the College of Engineering.
                                               the junior and senior years and $6,500 for a 10-week
     Michelle McGaha     Jennifer Phillips
                                               internship at NOAA. This is the third consecutive year a
     Two engineering students from UA          College of Engineering student has received this honor.
     have been named to the 2007 USA
     Today™All-USA College Academic
     Team. The team includes Second                                       ChBE STUDENTS
     Team members Michelle McGaha,                                        VISIT CENTENNIAL
     a junior industrial engineering
     major, and Jennifer Phillips, a senior                               MEDICAL CENTER
     chemical engineering major. Four                                     IN NASHVILLE
     UA students were named to this
     year’s team.                                                                Mark Cooper, M.D., chief of
          The USA Today All-USA College                                          staff at Centennial Medical
     Academic Team honors the “best of                                           Center and an engineering
     the best” undergraduate academic                                            alumnus, hosted chemical
                                               Dr. Mark Cooper, Stephen Burton,
     all-stars from across the nation.                                          engineering undergraduates
                                               Chris Cater, and Rachel Sollie
     The team recognizes college students                                       for an inside view to how
     who not only excel in scholarship         engineering technology is vital to the medical
     but also extend their intellectual        profession. The students toured a cardiac operation
     abilities beyond the classroom to         suite, dialysis unit and laparoscopic surgical suite. The
     benefit society. A total of 80 students   students participated in hands-on demonstrations using
     nationwide were selected from more        the Da Vinci robotic surgical suite, a new coagulating
     than 600 nominees for the 2007 team.      scalpel, and the laparoscopic surgical equipment.

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                                     STELLAR FACULTY                                                                                        SCHOLARSHIP IMPACTS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING STUDENT
                               Dean Chuck Karr congratulates the following faculty
                                for stellar work during the 2006-07 academic year.                                                       As the College of Engineering continues                 Covington has received numerous
                                                                                                                                         to grow, we are poised to take engineering          honors during her undergraduate years at the
                                                                                                                                         education in Alabama to a level of academic         Capstone, including recognition as a National
                                                                                                                                         prominence. But to do so, we must provide           hispanic Scholar and a Presidential Scholar.
                                                                                                                                         our best and brightest students with the            Among her activities on campus, she is a
        The following researchers generated $1 million or   The following faculty received promotions and
                                                                                                                                         needed financial assistance for them to become      member of Crimson GrITS, UA’s female
        more in new research awards in 2006-07              tenure this year.
                                                                                                                                         successful engineers. These students are critical   mini-baja team. Covington also serves as the
                                                                                                                                         to the future of engineering, which is why          EEC representative for the American Society
        •   Dr. David Brown, professor of computer          •    Dr. Jeff Jackson, professor and head of
                                                                                                                                         the University’s “Our Students. Our Future.”        of Mechanical Engineers, and she is a member
            science and director of development                  electrical and computer engineering
                                                                                                                                         capital campaign is vital to                                             of the University honors
            of UA’s CARE research & Development             •    Dr. Stephen ritchie, associate professor of
                                                                                                                                         our college. This campaign                                               Program and the Pre-law
            laboratory                                           chemical and biological engineering
                                                                                                                                         is focused on providing                                                  Student Association. In
        •   Dr. Brandon Dixon, associate professor          •    Dr. Keith Williams, associate professor of
                                                                                                                                         scholarships to students                                                 addition, Covington is
            of computer science                                  mechanical engineering
                                                                                                                                         while establishing a legacy                                              a founding member of
        •   Dr. Allen Parrish, professor of computer        •    Dr. Keith Woodbury, professor of
                                                                                                                                         that will impact young lives                                             the University Stewards,
            science and director of UA’s CARE                    mechanical engineering
                                                                                                                                         for years to come.                                                       a student organization
            research & Development laboratory
                                                                                                                                              In 2004, Southern                                                   whose purpose is to create
        •   Dr. randy Smith, assistant professor
                                                                                                                                         Company established                                                      personal relationships with
            of computer science
                                                                                                                                         the Southern Company                                                     prospective students and
        •   Dr. Dan Turner, professor of civil,
                                                                                                                                         Corporate Scholars                                                       their parents.
            construction and environmental
                                                                                                                                         Award, which promotes                                                         Grateful for the
            engineering and director of the University
                                                                                                                                         the education of full-                                                   financial assistance she has
            Transportation Center for Alabama
                                                                                                                                         time students majoring in                                                received while attending
                                                                                                                                         mechanical engineering.                                                  the Capstone, Covington
        OUTSTANDING TEACHERS                                                                                                                  Bianca Covington,                                                   attributes much of her
        The following tenure-track faculty received a                                                                                    a junior majoring in                                                     success as an engineering
        4.8 rating and above on teaching evaluations                                                                                     mechanical engineering                                                   student to the scholarships
        for both the fall and spring semesters.                                                                                          from houston, Texas,                                                     she has received. “I
                                                                                                                                         is the 2007 recipient of                                                 take advantage of every
        •   Dr. Steve Kavanaugh, professor                                                                                               the Southern Company                                                     opportunity I am given,”
            of mechanical engineering                                                                                                    Corporate Scholars Award. She has spent her         said Covington, “and I never would have
        •   Dr. Clark Midkiff, professor of mechanical                                                                                   time at The University of Alabama growing           had the opportunity to challenge myself as a
            engineering and director of the Center for                                                                                   as a student while dreaming of becoming an          student and as an engineer had it not been for
            Advanced Vehicle Technology                                                                                                  engineer and receiving her law degree.              the financial assistance I have received along
        •   Dr. Gary Moynihan, professor of                                                                                                   “Considering I come from a large family        the way.”
            industrial engineering                                                                                                       and my mother suffered from breast cancer,              Support the College of Engineering by
        •   Dr. Ken ricks, assistant professor of                                                                                        I would have never been able to attend college,     contributing to the legacy and tradition of the
            electrical and computer engineering                                                                                          much less the Capstone, if it were not for          Capstone’s engineering scholarships. If you
                                                                Front Row: Dr. Stephen Ritchie, Dr. Keith Woodbury; Back Row: Dr. Jeff
        •   Dr. Stephen ritchie, associate professor            Jackson, Dr. Keith Williams
                                                                                                                                         the scholarships I have received,” explained        would like to discuss specific areas of the
            of chemical and biological engineering                                                                                       Covington. “The generosity of Southern              “Our Students. Our Future.” campaign,
        •   Dr. heath Turner, assistant professor                                                                                        Company has made it possible for me to attend       contact Karen Baldwin, director of external
            of chemical and biological engineering                                                                                       one of the most prominent universities in the       affairs and development, at (205) 348-7594
        •   Dr. Keith Woodbury, professor of                                                                                             country and I am forever grateful.”                 or 1-800-333-8156.
            mechanical engineering

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 alumni notes                                                                                                                                                                                                           alumni notes

                                       JOBS     PROMOTIONS                   AWARDS                                              1992                                 2001                                                   Prabhu
                                                                                                                                 Doug Campbell, B.S.M.E.                                Nathan Hefner,                       Sundaram,
                                                                                                                                 ’92, was selected as a NASA                            B.S.C.E. ’01,                        M.S.C.E. ’03,
     1949                                  1977                                       1985                                       Congressional Fellow for 2007                          M.S.C.E. ’06,                        was promoted
     Hank Beaird, B.S.A.E. ’49,            Thomas C. Russell, B.S.C.E.                Troy Hester, B.S.E.E. ’85, was             in the office of Sen. Bill Nelson.                     was promoted                         to assistant
     received an award at the fourth       ’77, retired from the U.S. Air             named the top Department of                he previously worked with the                          to project                           project manager
     annual living legends of              Force and accepted a position              the Army Civilian of the Year              NASA Goddard Space Flight                              engineer at                          at lBYD Inc.
     Aviation award ceremony.              with Innovative Technical                  by the redstone-huntsville                 Center where he managed                                lBYD Inc. he                         he is involved
                                           Solutions Inc. as the senior               Chapter of the Association of              development of the primary                             was involved       with the structural designs of
     1956                                  director of international and              the U.S. Army.                             imaging camera for the James         with the structural design of        numerous projects in Illinois,
     William A. Hughes, B.S.C.E.           special programs.                                                                     Webb Space Telescope.                St. Vincent’s South Tower in         Maine and Ohio.
     ’56, was inducted into the                                                       1986                                                                            Birmingham.
     Alabama road Builders hall            1981                                       Glenn Ray Dodd, B.S.I.E. ’86,              Wes Conwell, B.S.E.E. ’92,                                                2004
     of Fame. hughes was inducted                                    Stephen F.       was appointed president of                 was appointed to serve a three-      2002                                                   Brian Hatcher,
     as a Distinguished Engineering                                  Cash, B.S.C.E.   Dizzy Dean’s Fireworks Inc. and            year term as a member of the         John W. Northington,                                   B.S.C.E. ’04,
     Fellow in 1987.                                                 ’81, has been    proprietor of WinTech Business             Birmingham Urban league              B.S.Ch.E. ’02, accepted a position                     M.S.C.E. ’04,
                                                                     assigned         Solutions, which specializes               board of directors.                  as a process engineer at Southern                      was promoted
     1958                                                            to serve as      in small-business computer                                                      Company in Wilsonville.                                to project
                       Bobby Rice,                                   the acting       consulting.                                Dr. Kristina Diana Rinker,                                                                  engineer at
                       B.S.C.E. ’58,                                 manager of                                                  B.S.Ch.E. ’92, accepted a position   William Sanatra Smith, B.S.E.E.                        lBYD Inc. he
                       retired from        (IMAGe CReDIt: NASA/MSFC) the Shuttle                                Robert M.        as an assistant professor with       ’02, accepted a job as an engineer                     is involved with
                       the University      Propulsion Office at NASA’s                                          Lightfoot        the Centre for Bioengineering        at Con Edison in New York City.      the design of the new Trussville
                       of Alabama          Marshall Space Flight Center                                         Jr., B.S.M.E.    research and Education at the                                             high School and the Samford
                       Athletic            in huntsville. In addition,                                          ’86, was         Schulich School of Engineering       2003                                 University Tennis Facility.
                       Department          Cash will be serving as the                                          named deputy     at the University of Calgary in      Barbara H. McCrary, B.S.M.E.
                       after serving as    acting deputy shuttle program                                        director         Alberta, Canada.                     ’03, M.S.M.E. ’05, received the      Ken Todd, B.S.C.E. ’04, has been
     director of athletic facilities for   manager.                                                             of NASA’s                                             2006 Willis h. Carrier Award for     promoted to project manager
     16 years.                                                                        (IMAGe CReDIt: NASA/MSFC) Marshall Space
                                                                                                                                 1994                                 co-authoring “Environmental          for McAbee Construction Inc.
                                           Col. Terry Senger, B.S.C.E. ’81,            Flight Center in huntsville.              Louis A. Hall Jr., B.S.Ch.E. ’94,    Impacts of Surface Water heat        Todd is responsible for managing
     1974                                  was mobilized to active duty                lightfoot previously served as            accepted a position at Omnova        Pump Systems.” This award is         plant expansion and maintenance
     Col. Edgar Verchot, B.S.E.E.          with the U.S. Marine Corps for              manager of the Space Shuttle              Solutions after previously           presented to the author of a best    projects in the automotive
     ’74, M.S.E.E. ’79, retired from       duty in Iraq. he is serving as the          Propulsion Office.                        working with Delphi.                 paper presented at an American       industry in Vance and several
     the U.S. Air Force after a career     chief of operations at night for                                                                                           Society of heating, refrigeration,   environmental and maintenance
     spanning more than 27 years of        coalition ground forces.                   1987                                       1998                                 and Air-Conditioning Engineers       projects for power plants in
     service. Verchot’s assignments                                                                             Michael          William David Lewis Jr., B.S.C.S.    Inc. meeting.                        Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
     included duty as an electrical        1983                                                                 Kynard,          ’98, accepted a position at the
     engineer, test engineer, exchange     David E. Roberts Jr.,                                                B.S.E.E. ’87,    University of Illinois performing    Tonita Romero Northington,           2006
     officer to the United Kingdom,        B.S.Min.E. ’83, was named                                            was appointed    medical software back-end            B.S.I.E. ’03, won the American       Vladimir Nitriansky, B.S.M.E.
     Pentagon staff officer, and a         senior vice president of business                                    to the federal   support.                             Bar Association’s National law       ’06, accepted a position with
     professor at Defense Systems          development for Marathon                                             government’s                                          Student Tax Challenge. She           Eaton Aerospace in Jackson, Miss.
     Management College. he is             Oil Corp. roberts previously                                         Senior           2000                                 graduated Order of the Coif
     now working in the defense            worked in london as executive              (IMAGe CReDIt: NASA/MSFC) Executive        Ashley Taylor, B.S.Ch.E. ’00, has    from louisiana State University
     industry for Computer                 vice president for BG Group.               Service after serving as manager           been named strategic analyst for     Paul M. herbert law School and
     Sciences Corp.                                                                   of the Ares I Upper Stage                  the Westervelt Co.’s Strategy and    accepted an associate position at
                                                                                      Engine in the Exploration                  Planning Group.                      Balch & Bingham llP.
                                                                                      launch Projects Office at
                                                                                      NASA’s Marshall Space Flight
                                                                                      Center in huntsville.

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in memory                                                                                                                                                                                                 in memory
                                                                                                                                                                  P S T O N
                                                                                                                                                     Richard F.A Hoener
                                                  Ernest Clinton Ash Jr.


                  Ernest Clinton Ash Jr. passed away on Aug. 14, 2006. Ash received a bachelor’s degree                  richard F. hoener of Kettering, Ohio, died May 15, 2007. hoener received
                 in civil engineering in 1942 and then served in the U.S. Navy. His passion was teaching,                a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Capstone in 1939,
                     and he taught at Tarkio College in Missouri and Maryville College in Tennessee.                              and he was named president of the senior class of 1939.

                                                                                                                            During World War II, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army as a test pilot

                                                                                                                                                           E N
                                                       Justin C. Clark
                                                                                                                flying B-17s and other aircraft as they came offGthe assembly line to certify their airworthiness.

                     Justin Clark, age 20, died Feb. 12, 2007. Clark was a junior majoring in industrial                                                                         I
                                                                                                                                                                   I N
                 engineering and was confined to a wheelchair because of muscular dystrophy. He worked                                                                    E E R
                                                                                                                   Following the war, he served in civilian capacity as the head of the static testing laboratory
                      with Denbury Resources as an industrial engineer during the summer of 2006.                 at Wright Patterson Field until 1974. he then moved to long Island, N.Y., and worked with

                              In 2005, Clark served as senator for the College of Engineering.                 Fairchild republic as the chief design engineer for the A-10 Attack Jet. he retired from Fairchild
                                                                                                               republic, and returned to Kettering, Ohio, volunteering at the Wright State University library.
                                                      Elbert B. Craig
                Elbert B. Craig passed away on May 1, 2006. In 1951, Craig graduated from The University                                           Dr. Ernest Carl Houck
                of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Craig was retired from NASA          Dr. Ernest Carl houck died on May 22, 2006. houck received a bachelor’s degree in
                 Marshall Space Flight Center as deputy director of the procurement office. He worked on          mechanical engineering in 1967 and a master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1969.
                  the Apollo and space shuttle programs and was awarded the Exceptional Service Medal.            he continued his education and earned an additional master’s degree and a doctorate at
                                                                                                                Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University. houck joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1972
                                                Charles M. Dieffenbach                                                   and was a professor in the department of business information technology.
                 Charles Maxwell Dieffenbach, professor emeritus of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law,
                   died March 15, 2006. Dieffenbach received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering                                               Afton Bradford Jowers
                        from The University of Alabama in 1934. He received a master’s degree in                         Afton B. Jowers of leeds, Ala., passed away on June 5, 2007. Jowers received
                          economics from the University of Cincinnati, and a juris doctor from                       a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1942, and then served the next two years
                               Ohio Northern University in 1948 and 1957, respectively.                            in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a lieutenant. he returned to the Capstone and received a
                                                                                                                   master’s degree in environmental engineering in 1945. he began his engineering career
                                                       Jeffery Brett Hilleke                                          with Polk, Powell and hendon. In 1956, he was a ranking member of the staff and
                 Jeffery Brett Hilleke of Pensacola, Fla., died Dec. 29, 2006. Hilleke received a bachelor’s             became a partner of the firm. In 1984, he retired from the firm as president
                      degree in chemical engineering and master’s degree in civil and environmental                                and assumed the position of vice chairman of the board.
                engineering from The University of Alabama in 1971 and 1972, respectively. Hilleke began
                     his career as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force at Robins Air Force Base. In 1976,                  Jowers was actively involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers,
                    he was employed by DuPont Chemicals. In 1979, he moved to St. Regis Paper Co.                   the American Water Works Association, and the Industrial Wastes and Sewage Works
                            and then to Champion Paper, which is now International Paper Co.                       Association. he was a licensed engineer in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. In 1988,
                                                                                                                                 Jowers was named a UA Distinguished Engineering Fellow.
                     Diane Dodson Hilleke has established the Jeffery Brett Hilleke Endowed Memorial
                 Scholarship in honor of her husband. Condolences may be expressed at                                                  Gilbert B. Plott III
                                                 until December 2007.                                                    Gilbert B. Plott III died June 16, 2007. Plott received a bachelor’s degree in
                                                                                                                    metallurgical engineering in 1971, and then he received a degree in dentistry from the
                                                                                                                       University of Alabama at Birmingham. he also received a juris doctorate from
                                                                                                                                                  Birmingham School of law.

                                                                                                                                                    C. Dudley Powers Jr.
                                                                                                                 C. Dudley Powers Jr. of Chesterfield, Mo., died May 26, 2007. Powers received a bachelor’s
                                                                                                                 degree in mechanical engineering in 1950 from the Capstone. he served in the U.S. Navy
                                                                                                                     during World War II, and then worked for Monsanto Co. for more than 30 years.

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                                                                                                             DEAN’S LEADERSHIP SERIES: “SO, YOU                                         NEW UA
                                                     Kia Robinson
                            Kia robinson, age 24, passed away on Sept. 4, 2006, from cancer.                 WANT TO BE A CEO?” ICE PRESIDENT VISITED                                   ENGINEERING
                                robinson was a computer science major from Tuscaloosa.                                     CAMPUS IN FEBRUARY                                           STUDENT
                                                                                                                                     Chuck Vice, president and chief
                                             Thomas Marshall Scoonover
                                                                                                                                     operating officer of the Intercontinental          HOSTS DINNER
                     Thomas Marshall Scoonover passed away on April 3, 2006. Scoonover received
                     a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Alabama.
                                                                                                                                     Exchange, spoke with UA students on                AND “CLUE: THE
                        he went on to pursue a master’s degree and doctorate from the University
                                                                                                                                     Feb. 19 in Shelby hall. As president,              MUSICAL”
                                                                                                                                     Vice oversees ICE’s operations,
                                     of Michigan and lehigh University, respectively.                                                                                                   The College of Engineering
                                                                                                                                     including market development,
                                                                                                                                     customer support, business development             does Amateur radical Theater,
                                                  Dr. Sidney A. Whitt                                                                                                                   known as COE does ArT,
                                                                                                                                     activities and the execution of ICE’s
             Dr. Sidney A. Whitt of Bozeman, Mont., died Jan. 25, 2007. Whitt was born in russia and                                                                                    presented dinner and an
                                                                                                                                     technology strategies. he has more than
               immigrated to the United States with his family following the russian revolution. he                                                                                     interactive musical based on
                                                                                                                                     15 years of experience in applying
          graduated from The University of Alabama in 1933 as the top-ranked student in the mechanical                                                                                  the board game “Clue” in
                                                                                                             information technology in the energy industry.
            engineering department and the second-ranked graduate in the College. Tau Beta Pi awarded                                                                                   the h.M. Comer Theatre.
             him a fellowship for graduate study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he                                                                                 Shows were April 13-15. COE
           received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Whitt received a doctorate from New       PRESIDENT OF BROOKWOOD                                                     does ArT, a new, student-
           York University in 1962. In 1972, Whitt became the first dean of the School of Environmental      PHARMACEUTICALS SPOKE                                                      led organization at the
          and resource Engineering at State University of New York. In 1990, The University of Alabama       IN APRIL                                                                   Capstone, aims at disproving
                              designated Whitt as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow.                                                                                                   the stereotype that engineers
                                                                                                             Dr. Arthur J. Tipton, chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                        are not capable of producing
                                              Thomas W. Wilder III                                           officer and president of Brookwood
                                                                                                                                                                                        creative works of art.
             Thomas W. Wilder III of Graceville, Fla., died June 26, 2007. Wilder received a bachelor’s      Pharmaceuticals Inc., spoke with students
              degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering in 1946 and 1952,        on April 2. Tipton joined Southern
           respectively. Following graduation Wilder joined the NASA team at langley Field in Virginia.      research in 2004 to lead the formation
             he continued his career with work at the Convair Division of General Dynamics and then          of a new company based on Southern
           with lockheed’s research Division at Stanford University. In 1960, he became associated with      research’s pharmaceutical formulations
           an enterprise at honeywell and he traveled internationally for consultations with the military.   business. Brookwood Pharmaceuticals
              In 1963, he moved to Graceville, Fla., and began a long career with the Bank of Jackson        was launched in January 2005 with
                       County, eventually becoming the president and chief executive officer.                Tipton as president and CEO.

                   In 1988, Wilder was recognized as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow of the College
                of Engineering. In 1999, Wilder established the Elizabeth Archibald Endowed Engineering
                           Scholarship to support students majoring in mechanical engineering.                                                                                   ALUMNI GATHER IN
                                                                                                                                                                                 BATON ROUGE
                                                                                                                                                                                 Dean Chuck Karr met with alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                 in Baton rouge, la., in January
                                                                                                                                                                                 for a breakfast gathering. About
                                                                                                                                                                                 10 alumni met with the dean and
                                                                                                                                                                                 discussed the College’s goals and
                                                                                                                                                                                 the University’s capital campaign.

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                   GOLFERS RAISE FUNDS FOR CES

       The Capstone Engineering Society held its seventh annual CES Golf Tournament on April 26
       at the Bent Brook Golf Course in Bessemer. About 137 alumni and friends enjoyed a beautiful
              day and raised more than $17,000 (net proceeds) that will benefit CES initiatives.

                                     Thanks to this year’s sponsors!

       Alabama Guardrail Inc.            C.S. Beatty Construction                robins & Morton
     American Cast Iron Pipe Co.
     Apache Construction Corp.
                                           Davis Architects Inc.
                                          Excelsior Construction
                                               Darryl Gilley
                                                                             SAIIA Construction llC
                                                                         Shell Exploration & Production Co.
                                                                                  Thompson CAT
                                                                                                              Crimson is...
             BE&K Inc.
     Consolidated Pipe & Supply
                                          hanson Pipe & Precast
                                      hattemer, hornsby & Bailey PC
                                                                                Volkert & Associates
                                                                                Vulcan Painters Inc.
                                                                                                              Belonging to The Capstone Engineering Society.
       Con-Site Services Inc.                Mark A. roberts                  Whitaker & rawson Inc.

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                                                                                                                   Increase the prestige and value of your engineering or computer science degree.

                                                                                                                      help us achieve higher rankings through increased alumni participation.

                                                                                                                      Provide much-needed financial support for our students and the College.

                                                                                                                                receive updates and information about the College.

                                                                                                                                           receive the Capstone Engineer.

                                                                                                                        receive complimentary admission to the homecoming tailgate party.
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                                                                 TA I L G AT E
                                               Engineering alumni and friends
                                               are invited to join the Capstone
                                                 Engineering Society for this
                                              year’s Homecoming Tailgate Party.
                          P S T O N
                      A                        Join us on the Quad on oct. 6 to celebrate Homecoming 2007 and
                                              cheer for the Crimson Tide against the University of Houston Cougars.


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