2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Department of Aviation Science and Technology

Matthew Zachariah, B.S.
Pilot, Southwest Airlines
Dallas, Texas

Matthew Zachariah graduated Cum Laude from Texas Southern University inUnited States.

Department of Biology


Kenneth Caldwell, M.D.

 Carmella Caldwell, M.D.

 Kansas City, Missouri


 Carmella Caldwell is an intern in Family Medicine at the Research Medical Hospital in Kansas City.




Department of Chemistry



Sharunda D. Buchanan, Ph.D.

National Center for Environmental Health

Atlanta, Georgia

country. Dr. Buchanan and her husband, Marcus, have two children: Kayla and Nicholas.




Department of Computer Science

Delores S. Grant, M.A.

Project Manager – IT, Motorola Solutions Schaumburg

Chicago, Illinois

Delores (Dee) Grant graduated from TSU in 1993, with a BS Degree (Summaactive member in her local Church.



Department of Engineering Technology






Kanayo U. Okafor, B.S.

Region Engineer, Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping GoM

Houston, Texas


Kanayo Okafor graduated from Texas Southern University in May 2008 withbetter himself as an engineer.



Department of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences

Natalie H. Moore, Ph.D.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Houston, Texas

Dr. Natalie H. Moore joined the team at VA Medical Center in 2009, whereCode and Healthcare & Environmental Science.



Department of Industrial Technology

Lisa Richardson, B.S.

L.R. Richards Construction, Inc

Atlanta, Georgia


Lisa Richardson is a proud alumna of Texas Southern University School ofpossibilities.



Department of Mathematics

Nchekwube Mbamalu, M.S.

Geophysicist, Nexen Petroleum

Houston, Texas

Mr. Nchekwube Mbamalu received his B.S. in Mathematics from Texasyears and have a one year old son.












Department of Physics


Micheal Rashaun Smith, B.S.


M.S. Candidate, Health Physics Program


Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas




Mr. Micheal Smith was one of the top TSU – Bachelor of Science Physicsaccomplishments.






Department of Transportation Studies 

Jim Dickinson, M.S.

Senior Transportation Planner

8-County Houston-Galveston Management Area

Jim Dickinson grew up in the 1960’s near the campus of Syracuse UniversityGeographic Information System. He then graduated in the summer of 1997.