Announcements & Events, October 2012

Tau Beta Pi’s push to reconnect alumni with the Association is taking hold across the country. There are at least five alumni gatherings scheduled for October and November of this year. For details on times and locations and to RSVP, visit the TBP alumni web page.

Here is a list of upcoming events: (See the Google Calendar for more details.)

Chicago, IL – Thursday, October 4, 2012
Dayton, OH – Friday, October 5, 2012
New York, NY – Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Charlotte, NC – Friday, October 26, 2012
Atlanta, GA – Saturday, November 3, 2012


The Wayne State University College of Engineering will honor seven alumni and friends for their outstanding professional achievements on October 27. The College’s 2012 Night of the Stars Gala will be held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, MI.

Tau Bate Dr. Derrick M. Kuzak, MI D ’74, will receive the Socius Collegii Award Recipient as a friend of the College. Dr. Kuzak recently retired from the Ford Motor Company after 33 years. Most recently he was the group vice president of Global Product Development. Click here to learn more about his career accomplishments and the other honorees


Earlier this week, Donald E. Bently passed away at the age of 87. According to the obituary, Bently, IA B ’49, was a professional engineer, industry pioneer, philanthropist, and businessman. He served in World War II as a Seabee and began working for North American Aviation/Rocketdyne before starting his own company, Bently Scientific Co. in 1956.

The focus of his business was on “instrumentation for rotating machinery condition measurements.” Bently was recognized with a honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (1987), as the first person to receive the Vibration Institute’s DECADE Award (1992), and with an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2007).



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