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Engineering Leadership Fellows Visit Washington, DC

Apr 26, 2011   //   by Webmaster   //   News  //  Comments Off on Engineering Leadership Fellows Visit Washington, DC

Students enrolled in the Engineering Leadership Class (EGR 599) spent three days during UK’s spring break in our nation’s capital. The group of 15, consisting of students from all majors from within the college, met with Congressman Ben Chandler as well as senior staff members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation. In addition, the students received briefings from high-ranking officials at federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. A highlight of the trip was a meeting with UK civil engineering alumnus Major General Timothy Byers (BSCE ’81), the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer, who then treated the students to a tour of the Pentagon. While in Washington, the group visited such landmarks as the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress as well as the U.S. Senate gallery during crucial budget deliberations.

The Engineering Leadership Fellows are chosen by interview from interested seniors on the basis of outstanding scholarship, participation in University and College organizations, and involvement in the community and non-profit organizations.

This is the fourth year of program which is funded by a generous grant from Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Pigman (MngE 1981) of High Point, NC.

Dean Thomas Lester serves as the course instructor.

College honors five 2011 Hall of Distinction inductees

Apr 19, 2011   //   by Webmaster   //   News  //  Comments Off on College honors five 2011 Hall of Distinction inductees

Terry Strange, Cliff Randall, Joan Herbig, Steve Gardner and Steve Saran

On Friday, April 15, 2011, the College of Engineering honored five alumni who have demonstrated distinguished engineering professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service. This recognition serves to encourage exemplary achievements by current students and others. It is a symbol of the respect and admiration held by the University of Kentucky College of Engineering for these esteemed individuals.

The inductees are:

J. Steven Gardner, B.S. Agricultural Engineering, 1975 and M.S. Mining Engineering, 1991. Gardner is president and CEO of Engineering Consulting Services, Inc., where he is responsible for business and project management, planning and development. ECSI, based in Lexington, provides civil, mining, and environmental engineering services, surveying, health and safety evaluation and training, litigation support and laboratory and analytical services.

Joan E. Herbig, M.S. Computer Science, 1986. Herbig is CEO of ControlScan in Atlanta. She is responsible for business operations and is focused on growing the company’s revenues and expanding its position as a leading PCI compliance and security provider focused on small-to-medium-sized merchants.

Clifford W. Randall, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1959 and M.S. Civil Engineering, 1963. Randall served on the faculty at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va., where he served as chair of the Environmental Engineering and Sciences programs from 1979-96 and as a professor until 2001 when he attained emeritus status. His areas of interest include biological nutrient removal, eutrophication, industrial wastewater treatment and water pollution control.

Steven S. Saran, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1987. Saran is chairman of the board of Saran Holding, a company he founded in 1989 that is a 100 percent privately owned entity in Turkey. Saran Holding incorporates 29 companies including the Saran Defense, Saran Broadcasting, Saran Media, Saran Energy and Saran Health sectors and employs over 2,000 people.

W. Terry Strange, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1972 and M.S. Chemical Engineering, 1974. Strange is the site manager for a state-of-the-art semiconductor facility now under construction for Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville, Tenn. He is responsible for the development of all procedures, standards and job roles to commission, start-up and operate the Clarksville site.