Making News, October 2012

Purdue University announced plans this week to hire “more than 100 new engineering professors and boost engineering enrollment by 10 percent over the next five years” in the College of Engineering. Tim D. Sands, Ph.D. (CA A ’80), is acting president at Purdue and said that the decision was made to cope with the growing demand of undergraduate engineering enrollment.

Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Leah H. Jamieson (IN A ’74), added that “as many as 107 new professors in mechanical, astronautics, and biomechanical engineering will be hired in the next five years.” This would grow the engineering faculty to more than 450. Read more here

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Four more Tau Beta Pi alumni gatherings have been scheduled. Visit the TBP alumni involvement page for all the details. Here is a brief summary of the upcoming events:

New York, NY – Tuesday, October 23, 6:30pm at Fish & Richardson P.C.
Charlotte, NC – Friday, October 26, 6pm at the BlackFinn in The EpiCentre
Atlanta, GA – Saturday, November 3, to be announced
Boca Raton, FL – Friday, November 9, 5pm at the Florida Atlantic University Engineering Building

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A recent Q&A session with Oklahoma State University engineering professor Dr. Gary L. Foutch, P.E. (MO B ’76), touched on his work to develop more efficient toilets worldwide. Dr. Foutch and his project is “competing for Phase 2 funding with from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Click here to read the article from the Oklahoman with more details on the “concept of sanitizing waste through viscous heating.”

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