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Dr. Joe Whitehead

NASA Space Travel Touchdown

Great news for those interested in space exploration.  No, I am not talking about Star Trek; I am talking about NASA’s recent Mars rover. 

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has scored a touchdown with a rover named Curiosity.  According to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, this is part of “a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet.”  Curiosity was designed to “assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s ‘habitability.’”

NASA explains the rover “carries the biggest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the martian surface.” 

According to NASA,

  • The rover will analyze samples scooped from the soil and drilled from rocks.
  • The record of the planet’s climate and geology is essentially “written in the rocks and soil” — in their formation, structure, and chemical composition.
  • The rover’s onboard laboratory will study rocks, soils, and the local geologic setting in order to detect chemical building blocks of life (e.g., forms of carbon) on Mars and will assess what the martian environment was like in the past.

 To learn more about NASA’s exciting mission, visit NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory. 

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Great Camp Shelby Visit

CoST at Camp Shelby

I am proud that the College of Science and Technology along with other departments on campus spent the day at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center College and Career Festival. 

In addition to CoST, attending departments included Eagle Learning Online, Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, and the College of Education and Psychology. 

The event was hosted by Camp Shelby and allowed us to engage with transitioning soldiers, veterans, civilian employees and family members.  We are able to let them know about the numerous educational opportunities at Southern Miss. 

We were proud to be one of 16 college and universities represented and look forward to working with Camp Shelby in the future. 

Here are some photos from the visit:   

Dr. Joe Whitehead

The Ultimate Reward

Today is graduation.  A proud event for families, friends, supporters, and all of those special people who supported our students on their journey towards their ultimate goal, graduation. 

The College of Science and Technology and all of the Southern Miss family including faculty and staff congratulate our students on their achievements. 

As part of our graduation reception, we set up our College display for students and their supporters to take pictures of this occasion.  Here are some of the photos.  More can be seen and downloaded on our Facebook page. 




Dr. Joe Whitehead

Marine Science Professor Speaks on NPR

Max van NordenThe College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss is committed to having an impact on our local, state, and national community.   Faculty at Southern Miss are experts in the classroom as well as the larger community.

One of our own, Max van Norden, program coordinator for the hydrographic science master’s program in the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science at  Stennis Space Center, was featured as a call-in expert on NPR’s Science Friday program on Jan. 20 from 2:30-3 p.m.

Van Norden answered questions on electronic charting and surveying technology in the wake of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy.

Click to see the Science Friday archive of van Norden’s discussion. 


Dr. Joe Whitehead

Construction Graduate Gives Back to Community

Garrett Wright, a construction engineering graduate from Gulfport, Miss., has received national recognition as a recipient of the Pearson Prize for Higher Education.  Wright was one of 20 students honored as Pearson Prize National Fellows.

Garrett is featured on our Southern Miss website home page, as the example of our “Achieve” feature.   He has gone on to pursue a masters degree in economic development.

Garrett Wright, featured on

Garrett Wright, featured as "Achieve" example on University website

Garrett Wright Construction Graduate

Construction Engineering Graduate, Garrett Wright


Watch Garrett’s video about his success as a Southern Miss student through campus and community involvement.