In the News, September 2014

Fortune has announced their annual list of “The Most Powerful Women in Business” 2014. According to the announcement, “nearly half of the women on the list run huge companies – a record.” Another recent article highlights the top women in the 2014 Fortune Most Powerful Women list for having degrees and backgrounds in STEM disciplines.

Here are a few notables among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, including #1 and #2 who are Tau Bates:

1. Ginni Rometty – (IL G ’79) Chairman, CEO, & President of IBM; her 3rd time as #1; bachelor’s degree in computer science & electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
2. Mary Barra – (MI Z ’85) CEO of General Motors; bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University)
4. Marillyn Hewson – Chairman, CEO, & President of Lockheed Martin
5. Ellen Kullman – Chairman and CEO of DuPont; bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University

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On Thursday, October 2, the Tau Beta Pi Association and all of its Convention attendees will be welcomed to Washington for the 109th Convention by Senator Michael Baumgartner of the 6th Legislative District. Tau Beta Pi is honored that Senator Baumgartner will be the keynote speaker at the evening’s banquet. More information on this year’s Convention can be found here

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Finalists for the Wendy Schmdidt Ocean Health XPRIZE competition were recently announced. Among the 18 finalists is a team from Ohio State University led by Sudhir K. Sastry, Ph.D. (FL A ’80), professor of food engineering and a scientist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

“The competition aims to spur development of new sensors to measure the acidification of ocean waters resulting from higher levels of atmospheric carbon.” Over the next three months, lab trials will examine the sensors for accuracy in measuring ocean water acidification. Finalists will be selected and will compete in the international competition in 2015 for $2 million in prizes. Read the news article

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