In the News, May 2013

KOTV (OK) recently reported on the work of mechanical engineering students from the University of Tulsa. As part of their senior project the students created a “one-of-a-kind car (magic rider) designed so children, even without full control of their own bodies, can control something that moves” and a unique and safe slide. Click here to read the news article and watch the video

Will S. LePage, OK B 2013, is one of the UT students that helped engineer the toys, customized for children with disabilities, for The Little Light House. “When else in my life or career as an engineer, will I have the opportunity to build something like this? I hope it comes again,” said LePage.


The West Virginia Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology recently held a spring initiation. The two initiates were highlighted on the WVU Tech website. Both Eric D. Fleshman, WV B 2013, and Nathan J. Settle, WV B 2013, are senior electrical engineering majors in the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering at WVU Tech.

Tau Beta Pi congratulates and welcomes these two new members. See their picture below and read the news announcement

WVU Tech initiates


The Discovery Channel is launching a new show this week entitled “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” According to a recent profile by The Washington Post, “competitors must use creative thinking and skills in the STEM disciplines to propose(d) solutions to an engineering problem.”

Kal Penn is the show’s host and Dr. Christine Gulbranson and Mark Fuller are full-time judges. Guest judges include: Dr. Michael J. Massimino (NY A ’84); Buzz Aldrin (MA B ’62); and Adam D. Steltzner, Ph.D. (CA L ’89). Five of the ten contestants are Tau Bates. Visit the show’s website home page for more information



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