Laboratory & Student Engineering Leaders (June 2015)

Jill M. Hruby, IN A ’81, has been named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories. According to the news release, Hrbuy will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory, and the largest national lab, when she begins her new role on July 17, 2015. A Sandia staff member and manager for the past 32 years, Hruby most recently served as a vice president overseeing Sandia efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security; homeland security; counterterrorism; and energy security.

“Leading Sandia is a tremendous responsibility because of its importance to the security of our nation and the phenomenal engineering and scientific talent here,” Hruby said.

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Kettering University (MI) recently recognized 12 graduating students with awards, including the President’s Medal, Sobey Scholar, and Leaders Fellow. Ten of the students are Tau Beta Pi members. The following is a brief list of the recent grads and their accomplishments. Click here for the full list of honors and recipients.

Lance J. Byers (MI Z 2015) – President’s medal recipient, electrical engineering grad, & former TBP MI Zeta Chapter president
Julie A. Clark (MI Z 2014) – President’s medal & Sobey scholar recipient, mechanical engineering grad, & current Brose project engineer
Nathan J. Dwarshuis (MI Z 2014) – President’s medal & Sobey scholar recipient, chemical engineering grad, & Georgia Tech graduate student
Elizabeth C. Facemire (MI Z 2014) – President’s medal & Sobey scholar recipient, mechanical engineering grad, & co-op with Autoliv
Lixi Liu (MI Z 2014) – President’s medal recipient, mechanical engineering grad, & pursuing renewable energy research at the Univ. of Michigan
Lisa A. Mitchell (MI Z 2015) – Sobey scholar recipient, mechanical engineering grad, & participating in the UTC Operations Leadership Program
Ryan T. Neph (MI Z 2015) – President’s medal & Sobey scholar recipient, double major in mechanical engineering and engineering physics grad, & applications engineer at Siemens PLM
John R. Oliver (MI Z 2015) – President’s medal, Sobey scholar, & Leaders fellow recipient, mechanical engineering grad, & former TBP MI Zeta Chapter president
Haley L. Schuller (MI Z 2014) – Sobey scholar recipient, mechanical engineering grad, & drive quality specialist at GM
Jordan P. Syrowik (MI Z 2014) – Sobey scholar recipient, mechanical engineering grad, & works for Chrysler

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In what was an impressive final year of undergraduate education, David M. Zoltowski (MI A 2015), has now been recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Student Engineer of the Year by the Engineering Society of Detroit. Zoltowski recently graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. He will study this fall at the University of Cambridge (UK) as a Churchill Scholar in pursuit of a master of philosophy in information engineering. For more details on the award, read the news article

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