Engineering Administration

Engineering Administration

Photo of W. Edward Back, Ph.D. Interim Dean

The leadership of The University of Alabama College of Engineering advance the mission of the College, providing support for faculty and students.

The College is led by Dr. W. Edward Back, who oversees the direction of College along with its research centers, academic departments and support programs. Additionally, the College of Engineering Leadership Board made of alumni and industry leaders assist the College’s mission through guidance and counsel to Interim Dean Back and his staff.

Associate Deans

Dr. Viola L. Acoff

Dr. Viola L. Acoff

Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Dr. Kenneth J. Fridley

Dr. Kenneth J. Fridley

Senior Associate Dean for Administration

Dr. John M. Wiest

Dr. John M. Wiest

Associate Dean for Research and Economic Development

See the full Dean’s Office

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Leadership Board

The College of Engineering Leadership Board consists of engineering and computer science leaders from Alabama and the United States. The board assists the College in its drive for enhanced excellence.

Roles and activities envisioned for the board include:

Guidance on the direction and goals of the College of Engineering

Leadership and assistance in identifying resource needs and planning and promoting development activities directed to individuals, companies and foundations

Providing feedback to ensure graduates are prepared through College educational programs to meet the anticipated needs of industry

Advocacy of College interests within and outside the University

James R. “Jim” Azar Jr.

Chief Technology Officer
Orasi Software Inc.
Marietta, GA

James C. Bambarger, P.E.

Chairman Emeritus
TTL, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Brian Douglas Barr

Regional President
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
Birmingham, AL

W. Donald Bell

Consultant and Investor
Sedona, AZ

H. Clay Bright, III

Vice President
Brasfield & Gorrie
Nashville, TN

Robin B. Buckelew, Ph.D., P.E.

Retired, Director for Weapons Development and Integration
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal
Huntsville, AL

S T Bunn

President
ST Bunn Construction Company, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Joseph E. Cates, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and CTO
Universal Pictures
San Marino, CA

Ronald E. Chronister

Director, Army, Cyber and Missile Defense Programs
Dynetics, Inc.
Athens, AL

John R. Cobb, P.E., DBIA

President
CCE, LLC
Fernandina Beach, FL

Clint S. Coleman

Vice President, Engineering
ADTRAN
Huntsville, AL

Mark E. Cooper

Chief of Staff/Surgeon
The Surgical Clinic
Nashville, TN

John Covington

President and CEO
Chesapeake Consulting, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Sheila Cummings

Founder, President, CEO
Cummings Aerospace, Inc
Huntsville, AL

James Robert Dalrymple

Ooltewah, TN

Milton A. Davis

Director of Industrial Business Development
BL Harbert International
Birmingham, AL

Edward Day, VI

Retired, President & CEO
Mississippi Power Company
Birmingham, AL

Thomas E. Doster III

CEO and Chairman
Doster Construction Company, Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Robert Drummond

President and Chief Executive Officer
Key Energy Services, Inc.
Richmond, TX

Chuck Ernst

Retired, Chief Engineer
Honda North America Services
Miramar Beach, FL

Marce Fuller

Retired, President, & CEO
Mirant Corporation
Sarasota, FL

Daniel K. Glover

Vice President Power Delivery – Distribution
Alabama Power
Birmingham, AL

Robert H. Haubein, P.E.

Retired, Executive Vice President
Southern Company Generation
Tuscaloosa, AL

Michael Johns

Vice President, Engineering
Southern Research Institute
Tuscaloosa, AL

Philip C. Johnston

Vice President, Engineering
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc.
Vance, AL

Tom Kilgore

Retired, Chief Executive Officer and President
The Tennessee Valley Authority
Knoxville, TN

Robert M. Lightfoot Jr.

President
LSINC Corporation
Huntsville, AL

Catherine E. Massey

Co-Founder & CEO
Law Docs Xpress
Atlanta, GA

N. Hugh Mathews, P.E.

President and CEO
England, Thims & Miller, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

Greg Mays

Vice President – Maintenance and Engineering
Alaska Airlines
Issaquah, WA

Leroy McAbee

Chief Executive Officer
McAbee Construction
Tuscaloosa, AL

H. Dean McClure

President & CEO
TTL, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Steve McCord

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Hoar Construction
Birmingham, AL

Douglas A. Moore

Vice President and CTO
ISCS, Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Scott Moore

Transmission Senior VP of Transmission
Alabama Power Company
Hoover, AL

Richard Mullen

President and Chief Operating Officer
Drummond Co., Inc.
Birmingham, AL

W. Gary Nichols

President and Chief Operating Officer
McAbee Construction, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Jonathan D. Noland

National Sales Manager
ACIPCO
Birmingham, AL

J. Michael O’Brien

Vice President Sales and Secretary
American Cast Iron Pipe Company
Birmingham, AL

Thomas L. Patterson

Chairman
DAXKO, Inc.
Pensacola, FL

Thomas F. Perrine, PE

Vice President – Engineering
Austal USA
Mobile, AL

Charles M. Rampacek

President and CEO
CMR Energy Consultants LLP
Fredericksburg, TX

Mike Rehwinkel

Retired, Executive Chairman of the Board
EVRAZ North America
Chicago, IL

Chris Richards

Chief Marketing Officer
AM/NS Calvert
Calvert, AL

Davis E. Richards

Senior Vice President of Operations
Energen Corp.
Birmingham, AL

John Richardson

President and COO
Energen Corp.
Hoover, AL

Van L. Richey

President and CEO
American Cast Iron Pipe Company
Birmingham, AL

Jonathan Sharpe

Director, Weapon Systems Integration
Huntsville Site Director
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Huntsville, AL

Michael C. Simmons

President, Express Scale Parts
President, Quality Air Solutions
VIC Systems International
Lenexa, KS

Randy C. Skagen

Vice President and General Manager
Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Michael E. Stevenson

President and COO
Intercontinental Exchange
Norcross, GA

Charles A. Vice

President and COO
Intercontinental Exchange
Atlanta, GA

Matt Watkins

Staffing and Development Department Manager
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC
Lincoln, AL

Rolf K. Wrona

Vice President of Human Resources
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.
Vance, AL

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Campaign Cabinet

The following members of the Capital Campaign Cabinet are working to make sure the College of Engineering is always moving forward.

Tom Kilgore

Brian Barr

Artis Brown

Sheila Cummings

Cindy Gray

Mike Johns

Hugh Mathews

Leroy McAbee

Pierce Norton

Mike O’Brien

Erskine Ramsay

Sid Tankersley

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