Events & Announcements

The New York Times is reporting that General Motors has named Mary T. Barra, MI Z ’85, as its next CEO. She will succeed Daniel F. Akerson, who will retire in January 2014. Barra has been at GM for 33 years and most recently held the position of executive vice president of global product development. According to the article, she “is considered a critical player in the overhaul of (the) company’s vehicle lineups around the world.”

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This week is part of a national initiative known as Computer Science Education Week. Around the world teachers and others will take part in the Hour of Code, “a free tutorial in collaboration with engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook. It uses puzzles featuring characters from popular online games like “Angry Birds” to introduce students to coding concepts.” The tutorial was created by Code.org.

President Obama jump started Computer Science Education Week with a YouTube video in which he challenged young Americans, “Don’t just buy a new video game — make one,” he encouraged viewers. “Don’t just download the latest app — help design it. Don’t just play on your phone — program it.” Read more from the US News and World Report article

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On March 14 in conjunction with the annual Pi Day celebrations, the Association is encouraging its members to take part in Tau Beta Pi Day. This initiative includes TBP collegiate and alumni chapters hosting events and participating in service activities and most importantly showing pride in being a Tau Beta Pi member.

There is currently a design contest for members to create a new look commemorating the mathematical constant while also celebrating Tau Beta Pi’s role as the premier engineering honor society. The winning design will be voted on later this month and then printed on t-shirts, knit shirts, and hoodies. These new apparel items will be available for sale and delivery before Pi Day 2014. More details are available in current and upcoming TBP publications

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