In the News, October 2013

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Skylab, a historic photo of Wernher von Braun, MI G ’32, was donated to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The photo of von Braun, the “Father of Rocket Science,” was presented by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (CO). The timing was also important as the 25th-annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Dinner was held this week at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, hosted by the National Space Club of Huntsville. Click here to read the article

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On October 15, Brown University will host a “edit-a-thon for which volunteers will create and edit Wikipedia pages for women significant in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.” The article from The Chronicle of Higher Education explained that the event falls on Ada Lovelace Day, an unofficial holiday created in Britain in 2009 to recognize women in technology and aims to not only increase the representation of women on Wikipedia pages, but also to bring people together to enlighten themselves.

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Below is a list of awards and honors recently given at the NCEES annual meeting. Several are Tau Beta Pi members:

Bill Dickerson, P.E., of Oklahoma, and Monte L. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E., of North Dakota, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation. Phillips, ND B ’59, is currently president-elect of ABET and will be installed in October.

Howard Gibbs, P.E. (DC A ’72), of the District of Columbia, Miller Love Jr., P.E., of South Carolina, and Gary Thompson, P.L.S., of North Carolina, who received the Distinguished Service Award.

Lance Kinney, P.E., executive director of the Texas engineering board, and George Twiss, P.L.S., executive director of the Washington board, who received the Meritorious Service Award. Sam Sullivan, Ph.D., P.E., of Louisiana, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award, and David Gibson, Ph.D., P.S., of Florida, who received the President’s Award. Sullivan, TX D ’57, has been an NCEES exam volunteer for almost 25 years.

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