Alumni Stories

Thomas A. Bayliss III

Founder TAB Electric Supply Company

Former Mayor of New Bern

Tom graduated from the ECU in 1973 with a B.S. in physics.  He went on to found TAB Electric Supply company in 1983, which was involved in some of the earliest applications of automation in the electrical control of paper mills.  In 1991 he was elected as Mayor of New Bern, NC and served there for 16 years.  He was a member of the ECU Board of Trustees from 1999-2003.  He founded the Sarah Patterson Lane Award and the TAB Scholarship for outstanding physics students at ECU.

Clara Ferreira

Assistant Professor and Clinical Medical Physicist

University of Minnesota Medical School

Clara is an assistant professor and clinical medical physicist at the University of Minnesota Medical School. At ECU she obtained a PhD in Biomedical Physics and a MS in Medical Physics both in 2013. She also had a clinical assistant position at the ECU Brody School of Medicine for one year. She says that her training at ECU helped her in getting accepted into a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) accredited residency position, helped her pass her board exams, and helps her in her current position as a professor advising her own PhD students. She is thankful to everyone at ECU, in particular Dr. Dingfelder and Dr. Jung, for helping her achieve her goals. She also is thankful for all the professors and staff at ECU for their kindness, helpfulness and friendliness.