Campus News, April 2014

Kenneth E. Harwell, Ph.D., passed away earlier this month at the age of 77. Dr. Harwell, AL B ’59, led the efforts to found the aerospace engineering doctoral program at Auburn University during the 1960s, served as dean and head of the University of Tennessee Space Institute (1982-89), and later became the senior vice president for research and Associate Provost for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition, he was the author of numerous research publications and holds two patents.

Dr. Harwell was a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, class of 1959-60, after graduating first in his class from the University of Alabama with a degree in aerospace engineering and being named the most outstanding engineering senior (1958-59). Read the obituary for more information

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The Ohio Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Ohio University hosted the annual student awards celebration of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology. The Robe Leadership Institute’s Gerald Loehr Outstanding Leader Award was given to Coltan M. Moran, OH D 2012. Nominees for this award are chosen by their respective engineering departments. Click here to see all of the awards that were given out.

The event began with a word of advice from Ohio University Engineering Dean, R. Dennis Irwin, Ph.D., P.E., (MS A ’80): “I would say to you create for good — in other words, pursue your passion. But don’t forget to smile exuberantly as you do,” he said. “If you lose the passion, then you’ll pursue the things that are not worthy goals.”

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The 12th public university in the state of Florida, Florida Polytechnic University, is scheduled to open for the fall 2014. This week the University named its first president, Randy K. Avent, Ph.D. Dr. Avent is a professor of computer science and associate vice chancellor of research development at North Carolina State University. He holds a Ph.D. in biomedical mathematics and engineering. Read the press release

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