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Oct. 8, 2001

SMU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Southern Methodist University School of Engineering has announced the members of its new Executive Board. Board members will work with Dean Stephen Szygenda and his leadership team to promote interaction between the school and area industry and to implement several new programs in the school, including its new executive master’s degrees in engineering and its new Industry Scholars and Research Scholars programs. The board held its first meeting Oct. 5-6 at SMU.

Chairman of the board is G. Mark Cullum, president of Cullum Construction Co. and a 1970 graduate of the School of Engineering. Vice chairs are Richard H. Brown, chairman and CEO of EDS; and community leader Karen Shuford, a 1970 graduate of the School of Engineering.

Other board members include: Sheldon Arora, president and CEO of Esoftsolutions; C. Fred Ball, president and CEO of Bank of Texas and a 1966 graduate of the School of Engineering; David Biegler, president and CEO of TXU; Peter Brodsky, a partner in the law firm of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst; Berry Cash, a general partner with Inter-West Partners; George Cullum Jr., chairman and director of Cullum Construction Co. and a 1942 graduate of the School of Engineering; Richard Dennie, president of MFC Construction Company; Dr. Judith Denton, chairman and co-founder of CapMed Corp. in Huntsville, Ala., and a 1984 graduate of the School of Engineering; and Walter Downing, executive vice president of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and a 1973 graduate of the School of Engineering.

Also Lindsay Embrey Jr., chairman of the board of First Continental Enterprises and a 1945 graduate of the School of Engineering; Dr. Delores Etter, the ONR Professor of Technology at the United States Naval Academy; George Fargo, director of software engineering for Richardson-based Chairo Networks; Joel Fontenot, founder and president of Plano-based Netrake and a 1988 graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business; David Franklin, president of Texas Land & Cattle Company and a 1962 graduate of the School of Engineering; Henry Gilchrist of Jenkens & Gilchrist; Raymond Hood, CEO of EXE Technologies; Max Hopper, president of Max D. Hopper Associates; Ron Jenkins, managing partner of JW Thompson; and J. Charles Jennett, former president of Texas A&M International University. Jennett received a bachelor’s degree from the School of Engineering in 1963 and a master’s degree in 1966.

Also, Bobby Lyle, chairman, president and CEO of Lyco Energy Corporation and a 1967 graduate of the School of Engineering; Harold MacDowell, managing director of TD Industries and a 1984 graduate of the School of Engineering; Dr. Chao C. Mai, president and COO of Dallas Semiconductor; Ray Marr, a partner with the Marr Company who received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Engineering; Lewis McMahan, vice president/manager of worldwide facilities for Texas Instruments and a 1969 graduate of the School of Engineering; Ray Naeini, president of InterVoiceBRITE Network Solutions; Paul Orsak, chief technology officer for NextJet; Robert Paluck, general partner with CenterPoint Ventures and a 1980 graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business; and Carl Sewell, chairman of Sewell Motor Company and a 1966 graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Also, Mark Shepherd, retired chairman and CEO of Texas Instruments and a 1942 graduate of the School of Engineering; William Solomon, chairman and CEO of Austin Industries and a 1965 graduate of the School of Engineering; Troy Stovall, president and CEO of Gulf South Capital in Jackson, Miss., and a 1987 graduate of the School of Engineering; Troy Todd, executive vice president for leadership and change management at EDS; Jan Walstrom, vice president and regional business group manager for CH2M HILL Companies; James Watson of the StarTech Business Development Center; Dr. John Watson, deputy director of health at the National Institutes of Health and a 1966 graduate of the School of Engineering; and Dr. Charles Whitten, professor of anesthesiology and pain management at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a 1980 graduate of the School of Engineering.

The board also includes pharmaceutical executive and consultant Myra Williams of Princeton, N.J., a 1964 graduate of SMU’s Dedman College and 2001 SMU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient; Dan Yost, president and COO of Allegiance Telecom and a 1971 graduate of the School of Engineering and a 1976 graduate of the Cox School of Business; and Robert Zollars, president of Huitt-Zollars Inc. and a 1972 graduate of the School of Engineering.


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