Honors & Recognition, May 2014

This week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates. The NAS is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.

Three of the newly elected members are Tau Bates. They are:

1. James A. Dumesic, Ph.D. – (WI A ’71) Professor University of Wisconsin-Madison
2. Howard A. Stone, Ph.D. – (CA L ’82) Professor Princeton University & chief advisor to TBP NJ Delta Chapter
3. Sergio Verdú, Ph.D. – (IL A ’84) Professor Princeton University


Benjamin Ostrofsky, Ph.D. (TX E ’47), recently wrote the book “Memoirs of an Engineer” which was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Ostrofsky is a retired engineer, professor, and veteran and he received permission to use a well-known image of Tau Beta Pi’s bent on the cover of his book (See image below). For more information about the book, the author, and to purchase a copy click here



The Missouri S&T Academy of Civil Engineers recently inducted eight civil engineers with ties to Missouri University of Science & Technology. The academy honors civil engineers for their contributions to the profession, leadership and involvement with Missouri S&T. The academy also serves as an advisory group to the Missouri S&T civil, architectural and environmental engineering department. Alard “Al” Kaplan, MO B ’72, was one of the newly inducted members. Kaplan got his civil engineering bachelor’s degree from Missouri S&T, currently owns Energy Project Consulting, and has authored several technical papers on LNG production and transport. Read the news article



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