News in Engineering Education, April 2013

Karen L. Hendricks, OH G ’71, was recently profiled by the Ohio State University College of Engineering. Hendricks graduated from OSU in 1971 with a degree in chemical engineering and was “one of 13 students out of about 7,000 who were honored as Outstanding Graduating Seniors.” Her career included executive roles with Procter & Gamble and the Dial Corporation. She retired in 2001 as chairman, president, and CEO of the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company. Click here to read the article

Along wither her husband Milt (a Lehigh University graduate), Karen made a gift to name the Unit Operations Student Lounge two years ago and have set up the Hendricks Scholarship (since 1999). The current scholarship recipient is OSU chemical engineering student Mrs. Madeline A. Shirk, OH G 2013. “It’s motivational because here are people who don’t really know who I am, yet they think it is worth investing in my education and demonstrating faith in my potential and future. The least I can do is to pay them back by working hard in school. It also gives me time to get involved in activities where I can build my leadership skills,” said Shirk.

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The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has announced the results for the 2013 Board Elections. The ASEE President-Elect for 2013-14 is Dr. Nicholas J. Altiero, (IN G ’69) Tulane University Dean School of Science & Engineering. Dr. Bevlee A. Watford, VA B ’81, was elected as the Vice President, external relations. Use the link above to view all of the newly elected ASEE officers.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting that the new Cornell Tech campus in New York city has received a gift from Irwin Mark Jacobs, Ph.D. (NY D ’56), and his wife Joan Klein Jacobs to create the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute. Dr. Jacobs is the founding chairman of Qualcomm and he and his wife are both Cornell alumni. The funds will also “be used to hire professors, support graduate students, develop curricula, and foster industry interactions.” Read the article

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