Engineers Making News, May 2014

This past weekend Lafayette College hosted its annual All-College Honors Convocation. Students are recognized with awards and prizes for outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic division: engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Each year, the Pennsylvania Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi on campus awards the William G. McLean (PA E ’32) Tau Beta Pi Prize to the “sophomore engineering students based on academic performance, campus citizenship, and professional orientation.”

Here are few other Tau Bates who were recognized at the event. Click here for the full list of awards and prize winners.

Christopher C. Verni – (PA E 2015) the Donald F. Othmer Award for the highest GPA during his first two years while majoring in chemical engineering.
Zachary T. Benedetto – (PA E 2014) Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize as one of the students deemed most outstanding in the dept. of civil & environmental engineering.
Stephen D. Berkin – (PA E 2014) Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize as one of the students deemed most outstanding in the dept. of civil & environmental engineering.
Eric A. Himmelwright – (PA E 2014) Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize as one of the students deemed most outstanding in the dept. of civil & environmental engineering.
Anthony Vecchio – (PA E 2014) Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize as one of the students deemed most outstanding in the dept. of civil & environmental engineering.

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Twenty-two members were recently selected to serve on the Panel on Review of the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). “The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) serves as the national reference lab for measurements in the chemical, biological and material sciences. The 22 panel members will assess the scientific and technical work performed by the MML, reviewing technical reports and technical program descriptions, touring related NIST facilities, and engaging in discussions with staff. The panel will deliberate findings in a closed session panel meeting and will prepare a report summarizing its assessment findings.” Read an article from Ohio State University for more details

Several of the panelists are Tau Bates, including Ilhan A. Aksay, Ph.D. (WA A ’67); Robert E. Schafrik, Ph.D., P.E. (OH H ’73); and David B. Williams, Ph.D. (OH G ’70). See the full list with biographical information

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Clifford H. Hodges, MA B ’02, is the founder and CEO of Adventure Out LLC, an outdoor school specializing in wilderness survival skills instruction and other outdoor activities in California. Among other business and non-profit endeavors, Hodges is also on the board of directors of Your Future Is Our Business and was previously a board member of Santa Cruz Next.

In April, he spoke at “Event Santa Cruz #7 – The Nexties Night!” to give an update on his career and to discuss what inspires him. Read more about Hodges here and listen to his talk on YouTube (explicit language warning).

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