Shelby Celebrates 50 Years of Engineering

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Video by Ebonee Burrell

By: Marissa Mason | Managing Editor

The University of South Alabama College of Engineering celebrated 50 years of engineering at the University of South Alabama Saturday, April 13.

Professional leaders, distinguished students, alumni, faculty and staff were all in attendance. Special guests included USA President Dr. Tony Waldrop, Industrial Advisory Board Chair Tom Perrine and Mobile Chamber of Commerce president Bill Sisson.

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“As I talk with companies— Airbus, Austal and many, many others— how frequently they tell me, ‘We had an intern and we offered them a job before they finished their internship so they could start as soon as they graduated,’” Waldrop said. “The only criticism externally about the college of engineering is: ‘can you turn out more students? We really need them, they’re well trained, and we value them very much.’”

Senator Richard Shelby, who Shelby Hall is named after, was not in attendance but sent a video message for the occasion.

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“South Alabama’s College of Engineering has provided a first-rate education for the people of Alabama since 1969 and continues to serve out great state through economical and technical development…” Shelby said. “I’m confident that you will continue to achieve success for Alabama in the years to come.”

The event featured tours of the labs, a wave flume demo and a small presentation. Then, after a celebratory toast given by College of Engineering Dean Dr. John Steadman, the evening concluded with a celebration at the Shelby Hall fountain including live music, refreshments and champagne in special commemorative glasses.

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