Tau Bate Book, Images, & Eulogy (January 2016)

Adam D. Steltzner, Ph.D. (CA L ’89), has published a book The Right Kind of Crazy A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation. Dr. Steltzner is a lead engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was the lead for the entry, descent, and landing team in landing the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. According to the book’s info page on Penguin Random House, “The Right Kind of Crazy is a first-person account of innovation that is relevant to any­one working in science, art, or technology.”

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The “What’s in Woodson” blog’s first post of 2016 included images of “a giant ceremonial key” of Tau Beta Pi. The blog focuses on “rare and unique resources at Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX.” The key includes signatures from all of the founding/ charter members of the Texas Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and was donated to the library by John T. Smith, Ph.D. (TX G ’40).

TX Gamma key

The Texas Gamma Chapter was installed on December 18, 1940, and recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Click here to read the blog post and to see more images of the key.

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A recent post on Electronic Design‘s blog honored a deceased engineer. Author Bill Wong wrote about his father, George H. Wong (WI A ’52), who recently passed away at the age of 87. George earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and owned three patents for paper machine technology. He developed this technology while working for Beloit Corp.

Read the full story to learn more about how George was an inspiration not only to his six children (two of whom became engineers), but also to his fellow engineer colleagues and through service to the Boy Scouts.

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