University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

March 10, 2005
Contact: Renee Paul, (251) 460-6636

USA Faculty, Students and Alumni Take Engineering Society's Top Awards

Faculty, students, and alumni from the University of South Alabama's College of Engineering received top billing at a recent awards banquet hosted by the Mobile Area Council of Engineers.

Civil engineering professor Dr. Scott Douglass was named 2005 MACE Engineer of the Year, one of the organization's most prestigious honors.

Douglass, who is also director of the Coastal Transportation Research and Education Center at USA, is widely recognized as an expert in coastal processes, including stabilization measures for eroding shorelines. His activities have included applied research as well as evaluation of coastal dynamics and the design measures for erosion control and shoreline protection. He has authored a number of technical articles for professional journals and recently published his book, "Saving America's Beaches," a highly acclaimed resource on beaches and coastal engineering's value to society.

Also receiving one of the organization's top awards was mechanical engineering graduate student Scott O'Briant, who was named MACE Young Engineer of the Year.

Since receiving his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from USA in 1997, O'Briant has been involved in numerous design aspects of several complex projects for Kerr-McGee Chemical and Mitsubishi Polysilicon, both in Theodore, Ala. He now works as a mechanical engineer for Mitsubishi Polysilicon.

Dr. Arifur Rahman, associate professor of electrical engineering at USA and engineering educator for more than 50 years, was honored as the Mobile Area Engineering Educator of the Year.

A member of the USA engineering faculty since 1982, Rahman is both an accomplished researcher and educator. His research has focused on the design of electric machines, power electronics, solid-state drives, instrumentation and measurements in power systems, and magnetic materials. He also serves as graduate program coordinator for the department of electrical and computer engineering, personally advising all of the department's graduate students. He has been the supervisor and chairman of seven graduate theses and project committees and a member of more than 20.

USA computer engineering and mathematics senior Yogesh Dwivedi of Bareilly, India, was named Engineering Student of the Year. His combined grade point average during his undergraduate studies is 3.98. He has also been the recipient of the University Scholarship in Mathematics and Statistics, the Chris Nash Scholarship in Mathematics, and the Sushila Mishra Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Gold Key and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.

USA mechanical engineering sophomore Roy Blanco of Pensacola, Fla., and electrical engineering junior Terry Hall of Mobile both received the 2005 MACE-Raburn/USA Engineering Scholarship.

Blanco has a 3.78 grade point average and was recently selected for induction into the Tau Beta Pi honor society. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is also a cooperative education student working his second term with Boise in Jackson, Ala., where he is designing new conveyor systems used in paper processing.

Hall has a 3.30 grade point average and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Following graduation, he hopes to design guidance systems for NASA.

USA engineering alumnus and 17-year Kellogg, Brown, & Root employee Terry Goodman was honored as Mobile Area Electrical Engineer of the Year. He has more than 19 years of electrical design and construction experience, with more than 15 years of electrical design engineering on chemical and pulp and paper projects.

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