Engineers & Education

Dr. Lewis F. Brown, (SD B ’84) dean of engineering at South Dakota State University, wrote an opinion article on National Engineers Week and the importance of engineering to South Dakota in The Argus Leader.

Read the article for more information on the history of engineering in the United States and the mission of South Dakota State University as South Dakota’s land-grant institution.


The Wyoming Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the University of Wyoming, is conducting the 2013 H.T. Person Tau Beta Pi Column Design Challenge March 3-5 during the Wyoming State Science Fair hosted by the University of Wyoming. K-12 students and teachers can participate by constructing a paper column using only “a single sheet of copier paper and a small bottle of white glue.”

Click here for all the details. Prizes will be awarded for the top three columns carrying the largest load in elementary, middle, and high school categories. There will also be a teachers category. Last year’s winner carried 79lbs!


Each year as part of EWeek, the National Engineers Week Foundation highlights New Faces of Engineering. The New Faces of Engineering program highlights the interesting and unique work of young engineers and the resulting impact on society. Young engineers two to five years out of school are the focus of this recognition program. Engineers Week sponsoring societies nominate young working engineers from among their membership.

Several of this year’s New Faces in Engineering nominees are Tau Bates, including:
Nominated by the Institute of Industrial Engineers: Vanda Ametlli (MI E 2010)
Nominated by ASHRAE: Christopher Gray, P.E. (AL G 2007)
Nominated by the American Council of Engineering Companies: Ronald T. Manney Jr., P.E. (PA E 2005)



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