Engineers, Events, & People, August 2012

Last week, aerospace engineer Lawrence M. Mead Jr., NJ D ’40, passed away at the age of 94. Most recently Mead was a senior vice president of Grumman Aerospace Corp. (now Northrop Grumman). He is known as the design chief for the A-6 Intruder, a fighter and bombing aircraft that could carry up to 18,000 pounds.

According to the obituary from The New York Times, Mead was a member of the team that designed the Apollo lunar module that carried astronauts to the surface of the Moon in 1969. “He was also one of the chief designers of the F-14 Tomcat, the fighter featured in the hit movie “Top Gun.” He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in engineering.

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Two Tau Beta Pi chapters in California are planning on having a joint BBQ social in August. The CA Eta chapter at San Jose State University and the CA Alpha chapter at the University of California, Berkeley will host an event at Fremont Central Park on Saturday, August 25. For more details and to register, click here

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The Flint Journal profiled an engineering student at Kettering University that will be in charge of “Recycle Camp” at the upcoming Burning Man festival. According to the festival’s website “this year we’ll have more space than ever for our dedicated Recyclenauts” at Black Rock City. Read the article for more information on how the electrical engineering student designed the three-tiered recycling structure.

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