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Dear Herff Community,

For the past several months, we have been preparing for a virtual accreditation visit from ABET, Inc., on Nov. 8-9. ABET is a nonprofit, nongovernmental agency that accredits programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Programs must be reevaluated every six years to retain ABET accreditation, a distinction that demonstrates our collegiate programs have met standards essential to prepare graduates to enter critical engineering and technology fields in the global workforce. 

On Nov. 8-9, an ABET evaluation team (team chair and program evaluators) will review course materials from each academic department, as well as student projects and sample assignments. Evaluators will also interview students, faculty and administrators and take a virtual tour of the engineering complex. Following this visit, the team chair will begin preparation of a draft statement to Herff; typically provided several months after the visit. On receipt of the draft statement, Herff has 30 days to respond to issues identified in the evaluation. After this response, the team chair will prepare a final statement.

The final statement and recommended accreditation actions will be reviewed by the Engineering Accreditation Committee and the Engineering Technology Accreditation Committee at the annual meeting in July 2022. Committee members will vote on the final accreditation actions based on findings from the committees and we will be notified of their decision in August 2022. We are excited to move forward in the process starting Nov. 8 to demonstrate to ABET, the Herff community and beyond, that a degree from the Herff College of Engineering continues to deliver the best educational experience for our students. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates below and for your continued support of the Herff College of Engineering.



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Rick Sweigard
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UofM COVID-19 Updates >

Design Development Phase Complete for UofM STEM Research & Classroom Building 

Above: SRCB View of North Side
Above: SRCB View of Northeast Entrance
Above: SRCB View of Southeast Entrance
We are excited to announce the completion of the Design Development Phase for the UofM's STEM Research and Classroom Building (SRCB). The last phase of design, the final Construction Documents, is on schedule for approval in November. By spring of 2022, the UofM expects to break ground on the 65,000-square-foot-facility that will serve as a new home for STEM research, instruction and student design space.  

The facility will be located at the corner of Central Avenue and Zach Curlin Street, adjacent to the existing Herff College of Engineering complex. For reference, the north side view featured in the rendering above, faces Central Avenue.   

Recent Faculty Awards 

Dr. Aaron Robinson, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded $50,000 from Sivananthan Laboratories for his project “Novel Image and Signal Processing Embedded System Development.”

Dr. Farhad Jazaei, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $25,735 from Brown and Caldwell for his project “Research - Microplastics in Stormwater.”

Dr. Brian Waldron, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and director for the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering (CAESER), was awarded $16,100 from the City of Bartlett for his project “Bartlett GW Support” and was awarded $5,000 from the City of Millington for his project “CAESER GW Support.”

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for research, Herff College of Engineering and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $14,324 from Gannett Fleming, Inc., with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for her project “TSMO Workforce Summit.”

Dr. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan, UMRF Ventures assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded $2,400 from Allworld Project Management LLC for his project “Allworld Project.” 

Loe Receives UofM 2021 Professional Advisor Award

Congratulations to Betsy Loe, academic advisor for the Herff College of Engineering, who recently received the University of Memphis 2021 Professional Advisor Award during the second annual Excellence in Academic Advising Awards Celebration hosted by the Division of Student Academic Success. Congratulations, Betsy! 

Smith+Nephew Featured as UofM Employer of the Day

The Herff College of Engineering and the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, in partnership with UofM's Corporate Relations office, recently hosted Smith+Nephew as UofM's inaugural Employer of the Day. The purpose of the daylong event was to increase student understanding of the professional opportunities available with Smith+Nephew, while strengthening relationships between Smith+Nephew leadership and faculty from both colleges. Events included a faculty breakfast, informational booths in both colleges throughout the day, a lunch and learn for invited students and an evening informational session. Thank you to Smith+Nephew for spending the day with UofM engineering and business students and for your continued partnership with the University of Memphis!

If your organization would like to be featured as UofM Employer of the Day, please contact Kimberly Grantham, senior director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, at

West TN STEM Hub to Host
Water Pollution Prevention Workshop

Join Dr. Maryam Salehi, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 9 at UofM Lambuth for an exciting Water Pollution Prevention workshop. The 90-minute workshop will include a presentation and in-class activity resources for teachers to use in their own classrooms. The target grade level is middle school, although all science teachers are welcome! Parking and specific location information will be emailed to all who register through the link below.

This workshop is supported by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Nonpoint Sources Program, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and is part of the West Tennessee STEM Hub's Innovations in STEM workshop series for teachers.
Register for the Water Pollution Prevention Workshop
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