Engineers in the News, April 2014

The Western Herald (MI) recently profiled Fernanda Pereira, MI K 2014, a senior majoring in chemical engineering at Western Michigan University. She has been involved with the local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), serving as both vice president and president. She joined the Michigan Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Pi in 2012.

Pereira took a year off of school to focus on internships at Perrigo and Dow Chemical Company. After graduation in May, she will be working at Dow Chemical Co. as a process engineer. Read the article for more information

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Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society, recently announced its 2014 award winners and scholarship recipients. W.F. Marcuson III, Ph.D., P.E. (SC G ’63), was named as a Chi Epsilon National Honor Member, “an elite recognition based on distinguished accomplishments in the field of civil engineering and outstanding contributions to the object and purpose of Chi Epsilon.” Dr. Marcuson is director emeritus of the geotechnical and structures lab of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

In addition, several Tau Bates received scholarships including: Kayla S. Arruda, MA E 2015; Sarah A. Cote, MA A 2014; Samantha N. Frederick, MS A 2014; and Corey W. King, SC B 2015. Two Graduate Fellowships were also awarded, one to Tau Bate Amelia R. Shaw, TN B 2010. See the full list of award winners, fellows, and scholars

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Emeritus professor at Princeton University, Forman S. Acton, passed away earlier this year at the age of 93. He was known as a pioneer in the field of computer science, whose early career included work on the Manhattan Project. His undergraduate and master’s degrees were in engineering and he earned a doctorate in mathematics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

After World War II, he went to work for the Institute for Numerical Analysis of the National Bureau of Standards where he worked on a machine called SWAC, one of the first digital computers. Later on, he helped establish computing facilities and courses at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India. Click here for more biographical information on Acton, NJ D ’43, from the Princeton University obituary.

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