Engineering & Education, February 2014

The Daily Targum, the student newspaper at Rutgers University, published an article on a recent Young Engineers Day hosted by the New Jersey Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Rutgers. The event was part of Engineers Week activities and included K-12 students from seven New Brunswick public schools. The student teams competed in an egg drop competition and “constructing a ramp that would stop a cart from moving down a steep slope.”

As part of the event, Serena M. Mueller (NJ B 2014), also gave a speech to the students in attendance about what being an engineering student means to her: “Whatever job you choose, you should make sure you’re making a difference in someone’s life — big or small,” Mueller said.

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi recently recognized Rani Warsi Sullivan, Ph.D. (MS A ’89), as the 2014 Diversity Educator of the Year. Dr. Sullivan is an associate professor of engineering at Mississippi State University, an advisor to the MS Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, and provides a summer program to local high school students that will be freshmen in college.

For more biographical information and details of the award, read the article

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Elif Akcali, Ph.D. (IN A ’01), was recently profiled for incorporating fine arts into the senior design project of University of Florida engineering students. “Creativity and problem solving are defining characteristics that make us human,” said Dr. Akcali. “Everyone is an artist and an engineer.” She is currently an associate professor of engineering and a creative scholar-in-residence at the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. Click here to read more about her plans to include the fine arts in her engineering classes and to watch a video of her engineering students’ choreography performances

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