Past & Present: Difference Makers

Tau Beta Pi has learned of the passing of Merl Baker, Ph.D. (KY A ’45). The former dean of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and first chancellor of the University of Missouri-Rolla was 89. Baker earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Kentucky and joined the UK faculty in 1948, before joining Rolla in 1963. Read the obituary

An authority on heat transfer and energy conservation, he published more than 100 articles. Baker was recognized by Tau Beta Pi in 2010 as the Association’s Distinguished Alumnus.


The 2013 LACCEI Conference is taking place this week in Cancun, Mexico. This year’s Conference is focused on international events related to Engineering Education, Research Technology and Practice. There are several Tau Bates in attendeance, including Ioannis N. Miaoulis, Ph.D. (MA D ’83), who is a keynote speaker.

Dr. Miaoulis is currently the President and Director of the Museum of Science in Boston, MA. The title of his speech is “Science in the K-12 schools: Oh My … Do we have it WRONG!” Click here to read more about Dr. Miaoulis and other keynote speakers at LACCEI


Forbes recently named ten rising stars at the world’s most innovative companies. Craig M. Federighi, CA A ’91, made the list as senior vice president of software engineering at Apple. Previously, Federighi led the development of the enterprise objects framework at NeXT and was CTO at Ariba. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from UC Berkeley.



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