Engineering Leaders: Then & Now

Tau Beta Pi remembers Michael Kovac who died this week at the age of 70. Dr. Kovac, IN G ’63, was instrumental in the development of the I-4 corridor, which brought tech companies to Florida so that “the companies would work with university students and researchers, and in the process spur economic development.”

He also served as Dean of the University of South Florida College of Engineering for 13 years. Read an obituary from the Tampa Bay Times


Today will continue the 23-year-old tradition of the Sociedad de Ingeniero at New Mexico State University. This year 300 graduating engineering students will take part in the unique ceremony. Click here for the article from Las Cruces Sun-News

Alicia L. Salazar, NM A 2012, will be recognized as the Outstanding Senior as chosen by the Alumni Association, “in recognition of her high academic standards and involvement in camps and organizations. She will attend graduate school at the University of Michigan.”


In partnership with the National Science Foundation, LiveScience recently published an article and Q&A with Dr. Karen A. Panetta, MA D ’85. Dr. Panetta is currently a professor at Tufts University, a NASA Langley Research Scientist fellow, and creator of “Nerd Girls.”

In the article, she discusses her path toward a career in engineering, her imagination and determination, and the importance of expressing yourself. Currently, Dr. Panetta expresses herself with a “pink Hello Kitty Laptop encrusted with 240 Swarovski crystals.”



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