Tech Leader, Quantum Engineer, & 2015 Robotics Challenge

Mina P. Sooch, MI E ’89, was recently profiled as part of a series on Women in Tech by Crain’s Detroit Business (MI). According to the article, she “scored the second largest round of venture capital in Michigan state history in 2014 when she raised $59.5 million for ProNAi Therapeutics as President & CEO, which is developing targeted cancer treatments.”

Now Sooch is President and CEO of Gemphire Thereapeutics, a company developing a cholesterol lowering drug, where she has secured investments from Blue Water Angels and Grand Angels. She graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in chemical engineering, was the commencement speaker, and earned her MBA at Harvard Business School.

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On August 13 as part of the Google TechTalks on Quantum Computing, William D. Oliver, Ph.D. (NY K ’94), presented “Quantum Engineering of Superconducting Qubits” in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Oliver is a senior staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratories and a professor of the practice of physics at MIT. Click here to watch the full presentation.

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At this year’s Tau Beta Pi Convention, along with Association business, professional development, and networking a challenge is being prepared in the form of a separate, opt-in design competition for a team of 2-4 engineers. Each team will be provided with tools and materials for designing and building a sumobot. At the end, each team’s sumobot must defend itself against others’ designs and prevent itself from being pushed out of the sumo ring. Superior designs will prevail and be rewarded!

The competitions and workshop will be run by Mike Greenberg, FL E ’09, founding director of Hacklab North Boynton (FL) and principal at Nobulb, Inc. Watch a video example of professional sumobots during a 2014 competition.

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