In the News, March 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra, MI Z ’85, announced today a new safety chief at GM. Jeffrey M. Boyer, MI Z ’79, has 40 years of experience in engineering and safety at GM and will assume the newly created position responsible “for the safety development of GM vehicle systems, confirmation and validation of safety performance, as well as post-sale safety activities, including recalls.”

Boyer was most recently executive director of engineering operations and systems development. He has an electrical engineering degree from Kettering University. Read the news release


Cadet 1st Class Christopher J. Shannon, CO Z 2014, recently received the 2014 Tomorrow’s Leaders Award during the 57th Annual Laureates Awards March 6 in Washington, D.C. Shannon is the United States Air Force Academy aeronautics department’s top cadet and was chosen for his outstanding leadership and NASA research related to determining the aerodynamic characteristics of the the NASA Maraia Capsule in subsonic flight.

He partnered in his research with Air Force Academy professor Thomas R. Yechout, Ph.D (MN A ’68). In addition, Shannon served as president of the Tau Beta Pi CO Zeta Chapter and the local chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau. Read more about this national award and Christopher Shannon.


April 1 is an important day for Tau Beta Pi and its members. The deadline to apply for the 2014-15 class of Tau Beta Pi Scholarships is April 1. In addition, the Association ratification ballot must be postmarked by April 1. This is the opportunity for members and chapters to vote on constitution and bylaw amendments approved by the 2013 Convention. Finally, the first of April is also the deadline for three major Tau Beta Pi awards. Nominations must be submitted for the Laureate program, the McDonald Mentor program, and Outstanding Advisor program.



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