Department Chair Speeches

Shashi Lalvani, Chemical, Paper, and Bioengineering Department ChairShashi Lalvani, Department of Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering Chair

It is indeed my pleasure to acknowledge the graduates of the Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering Department. These graduates have amply demonstrated ability in the areas of problem solving and analytical methods, teamwork skills, and the potential for leadership and life-long learning.

I congratulate each of you for your dedication and hard work, and we welcome your future endeavors and support of the Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering Department!

Assisting me today are professors Doug Coffin and Lei Kerr.


Qihou Zhou photoQihou Zhou, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dean Dollár, honored guests, fellow faculty members, graduates, families, and friends:

On behalf of the ECE Department, I am most pleased to offer the warmest congratulations to our newest graduates on their achievements. This is a joyous moment that you, your family and friends, and all of us at Miami are proud of.

Graduates, as students, you have made Miami come alive. Tomorrow, you will be an alum aiming at higher goals. You will be dearly missed. We have asked you to do many things while you are here, there is one more thing I would like to ask you to do.

Please come back! I promise you we will not quiz you on Fourier transform, Laplace transform, or z-transform. We want to hear your transform. I have been amazed by your transformation in your years at Miami. We love to see and hear the great transforms or inventions you will make. Just remember to share your stories with us!

Helping me today are professors Chi-Hao Cheng and Mark Scott.


Jim Kiper photoDr. Jim Kiper, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Thank you, Dean Dollár. Graduates, congratulations on reaching this point. I know that our faculty have asked you to work hard; we are now confident that you are ready to conquer the world. Congratulations on your perseverance, hard work and accomplishments.

I have a favor to ask of you. Please continue to let us know about your successes over the years as you progress professionally. And please return for our annual alumni conference!

Let me share with you some advice in the form of a quotation from Margaret Thatcher: “Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”

Parents and grandparents, thank you for allowing us to work with your children for a few years. It is clear that your sons and daughters have had the kind of family support that leads to hard working, well-disciplined, clever, interesting young adults.

Assisting me today are Professors Matt Stephan and Daniela Inclezan.


Brian Kirkmeyer photoDr. Brian Kirkmeyer, Senior Assistant Dean for Student Success

Dean Dollár, honored guests, family, friends, and of course, you the graduates – I give a most heartfelt congratulations to all of you on your achievements that we recognize tonight! I met many of you while you were still in high school, when this day was a quarter of your life or more away. I spoke of it to you at venues like Make It Miami, this starting line for the rest of your life. You’re here now, ready to go forth and conquer, and to that I say Woooooooo!! Go get ‘em, and always keep us abreast of your newest achievements!

It is now my honor to present the 2017 candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering – General Engineering. These students are completing a program that combines the challenges of an engineering major with interdisciplinary focus areas including law, business, the sciences, health, and medicine. They truly embraced the ideal that liberal education is meant to be. I am certain that all will find success following today’s graduation, and I wish them the greatest of success in their futures.


Tim Cameron photoDr. Tim Cameron, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Good evening everyone! It is a pleasure to be with you on this special occasion to honor the 2017 graduates of the College of Engineering and Computing.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and fellow students, I want to thank our Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering graduates for several wonderful years. We have had good times together. You have enriched our lives. We are truly proud of what you have accomplished so far, and of what you will accomplish in the future.

As you embark on the next phase of your lives, please remember the Miami motto, “Prodesse Quam Conspici” which means “to accomplish rather than to be conspicuous.” Demonstrate your character and ability not only by what you say, but also by what you do — what you do to benefit your family, your friends, your community, your employer, your colleagues, your nation, your world. As we derive great satisfaction in seeing you, our alumni, prosper and flourish, we hope you will find joy in contributing to the success and happiness of others.

Helping me today are Professors Amit Shukla and Edgar Caraballo.