UNO Provost, System Leadership Talk, & Renowned Mining Engineer

Mahyar A. Amouzegar, Ph.D. (CA N ’89), began on January 9, 2017, as the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Orleans (UNO). Previously, Dr. Amouzegar was dean of the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. He served in this role for the past five years overseeing 300 faculty and staff and 5,000 students.

Click here to read the announcement for more biographical information on Dr. Amouzegar who earned his master’s in electrical engineering and a doctorate in operations research, both from UCLA.


On Wednesday, February 15, Janis P. Terpenny, Ph.D. (IA A ’81), will present a webinar as part of the Systems Leadership Series at Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ). Dr. Terpenny is chair and department head of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Penn State University. Her talk is entitled “Essential Elements for Thoughtful Purposeful Leadership.”

According to the event page, Dr. Terpenny is also the director of the Center for e-Design, a 7-university 30+ industry/government member NSF industry/university cooperative research center. Her research focuses on engineering design and smart manufacturing. Registration is free, but required to join the 11 am (EST) webinar.


The Arizona Daily Star recently profiled renowned mining engineer Louis D. Ricketts (1859-1940) whose “contributions to mining operations in Arizona and Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries enabled the greater development of second-grade ores on a massive scale for a profit.” Ricketts, CA B 1881, earned dual degrees in chemistry and economic geology from Princeton University. He was initiated into Tau Beta Pi in 1932 at the California Institute of Technology as an eminent engineer.

Read the article for more details on Ricketts’ contributions, including discovering a method for treating the oxidized overburden on a large scale using the Ajo leaching process, which he is credited with developing.



Churchill Scholar, HS HOF, & ACIF Scholar (Jan. 2017)

Chris B. Cooper, NC A 2017, has been awarded a 2017 Churchill Scholarship. Cooper is a senior majoring in chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering and biotechnology at the University of Cambridge (UK), beginning in the fall of 2017.

According to the announcement, Cooper is a 2016 Goldwater Scholar, a researcher creating soft electronic devices, and active in raising money for the Krispy Kreme Challenge to benefit the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. His future plans include pursuing a Ph.D., obtaining a university professorship, and creating energy-harvesting devices.


Norwalk High School (OH) has selected five alumni to be inducted into its Hall of Fame for 2017. Among the inductees is Robert M. Factor, Ph.D. (CO G ’66), a computer systems engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Denver, a master’s and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Click here to read the article with details of his professional career, including as Director of Operations support systems at AT&T Bell laboratories and as a principal engineer for General Dynamics. The inductions ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 28.


On January 19, the Alabama Concrete Industries Association (ACIF) hosted its annual business meeting. Michael R. Dunn, AL B 2017, was chosen as the ACIF scholar recipient from 61 applicants. He is a civil engineering major at the University of Alabama.

In addition, Steven M. Jones, AL A 2017, was awarded the first Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship. Jones is a civil engineering major at Auburn University. Click here to read more about the ACIF event and this year’s scholarship recipients.


AAAS Fellows, Top Aerospace Student, & CO Alpha Initiation

In October 2016, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) elected 391 Fellows who will be recognized, receive an official certificate, and fellowship rosette pin (the emblem of Fellowship). For the full list of Fellows, click here

Here are just a few Tau Bate 2016 AAAS Fellows from the section on engineering: David Darwin, Ph.D., P.E. (NY D ’67) – distinguished professor & chair University of Kansas; Philippe M. Fauchet, Ph.D. (TN B ’78) – dean, school of engineering Vanderbilt University; Ali M. Khounsary, Ph.D. (FL A ’96) – adjunct professor Illinois Institute of Technology; and Matthew W. Ohland, Ph.D. (FL A ’96) – professor of engineering Purdue University (IN).


Jenni I. Domanowski, ID G 2017, has been recognized by Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as one of the “Top 20” aerospace-bound engineering students. She will receive her award during Aviation Week’s 60th annual Laureates Awards on March 2 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Domanowski is a senior majoring in materials science and engineering at Boise State University (BSU) where she has served as both corresponding secretary and president of the Idaho Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. She was also selected as a 2015 TBP Scholar. Read the article for more information on the recognition and Domanowski, who was nominated by Amy J. Moll, Ph.D. (IL A ’87), dean of the College of Engineering at BSU.


On December 2, 2016, the Colorado Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the Colorado School of Mines, hosted its fall initiation. A picture of the 40 new Tau Bates with the chapter’s bent monument is below. See more images from the CO Alpha Chapter on their Facebook page.

CO Alpha TBP


Alumni Events, Chief District Engineer, & EW Webinar (January 2017)

There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bate (alumni and student) from any chapter, unless otherwise stated. Find details below on upcoming events. Click here for a list of contacts for all 42 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

Huntsville, Alabama – Saturday, January 21 (networking social)
Raleigh, North Carolina – Wednesday, January 25 (mock interviews with collegiate chapters)
New York City, New York – Thursday, January 26 (meeting with speaker)
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Thursday, February 2 (dinner social)


Bob Yeager, KY A ’74, has been named chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 office in Covington. Most recently, he has been serving in the acting CDE capacity. Yeager began his career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 1975.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky. Read the news article for more information.


The Association of Old Crows is hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 2, entitled “Wideband Frequency Conversion and Characterization.” The presenter for this webinar is William H. Weedon, Ph.D. (MA E ’89), president, CEO, & founder of Applied Radar Inc., and Quonset Technology LLC. In these roles, he assumes “the role of engineering manager and principal investigator on numerous government and commercially funded R&D projects.”

Learn more about the webinar and register here. The Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in electronic warfare, electromagnetic spectrum management operations, cyber electromagnetic activities, information operations, and other information related capabilities


Major League Soccer Draft, Honors Programs, & CEO Dinner

Stefan Cleveland, NH B 2016, was recently selected fourth in the second round (#26 overall) of the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He was chosen by the Chicago Fire out of the University of Louisville where he played goalkeeper for the varsity men’s soccer team and is completing his MBA. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth while playing varsity soccer.

Cleveland was named Ivy Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Second team in 2016. Read the article for more information.


Oakland University (MI) recently hosted its second annual Honors Institute event, which celebrates the university’s honor societies. Faculty, staff, and student leaders from several honor societies, including Tau Beta Pi were on hand. Click here to read the news article.

Robert P. Van Til, Ph.D. (MI A ’79), is a professor in the industrial & systems engineering department and he spoke about his experiences as faculty advisor for Oakland’s Tau Beta Pi chapter, a role he has served in since 1989. Currently, Dr. Van Til is the chief advisor to the Michigan Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. “We’ve always strived to build community among the students,” Dr. Van Til said, noting that the chapter has twice been named the nation’s most outstanding chapter.


On January 11, the California Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Stanford University hosted a “CEO Dinner with Matt Kraning.” The event is part of a series that allows Tau Bates “to have a small and personal dinner with leaders of the local tech industry.”

Kraning, Ph.D., completed all his degrees (in Physics and electrical engineering) at Stanford and is co-founder and CTO at Qadium. According to the event page, Qadium “indexes all devices connected to the Internet.”


In Memory Of (January 2017)

Omer W. Blodgett, MN A ’41, was 99 when he passed away on January 11, 2017. Blodgett is a world-renowned authority on the design of welded connections. He spent 60 years working at Lincoln Electric, retiring as a senior design consultant. During his tenure, he authored numerous manuals and textbooks for the arc welding industry and his seminars on welding were known throughout the welding industry.

Read the obituary for more biographical details, including the fact that in 1999 Blodgett was named by Engineering News-Record as one of the construction industry’s top 125 innovators over the past 125 years, a distinction also given to John Roebling, Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Frank Lloyd Wright and R.G. LeTourneau.


The Bent monument on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) was profiled on The monument is dedicated to David M. Wilson, MI G 1919, as the “founder of the California Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.” It was dedicated by the Association’s 57th Annual Convention on October 18, 1962. See the image below. Wilson was a professor of civil engineering at USC, until his death in 1961.



On January 11, 2017, Irwin Isaacson Jr., LA B ’47, passed away at the age of 91. Isaacson was the former president and chairman of Weil and Moses Inc. According to his obituary, he “worked on such New Orleans landmarks as the Superdome, the International Trade Mart, and the Rivergate.”

Isaacson earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University. He also served on the city of New Orleans’ Board of Electrical Examiners and a committee to write new building code.


TBP: Scholarships, Executive Council, & Events

For the 19th year, Tau Beta Pi will award and recognize members in support of their senior year of undergraduate study. Applications for this year’s TBP Scholarship Program will be available beginning on January 15, 2017. The deadline to complete the application and have your recommendations sent in is April 1, 2017.

The Association plans to award more than 175 scholarships this year on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and the promise of substantial contributions to the engineering profession. Recipients will be announced in July. Click here for the info sheet with more details.


The Executive Council of Tau Beta Pi officially expanded to eight members on January 1, 2017. There are also some changes in leadership positions. The list below includes the three new Councillors elected at the 2016 Convention (Paugh, G. Youssef, & M. Youssef). You can read more about the Executive Council and each of its members here.

President: Norman Pih, TN Alpha ’82
Vice President: Susan L.R. Holl, Ph.D., CA Lambda ’76
Secretary: George J. Morales, Ph.D., FL Epsilon ’06
Treasurer: Alan J. Passman, FL Alpha ’06
Joseph P. (J.P.) Blackford, DC Gamma ’95
Wayne B. Paugh, Esq., FL Gamma ’93
Menna M. Youssef, Ph.D., VA Gamma ’04
George Youssef, NJ Gamma ’01


Be on the lookout for Tau Beta Pi gatherings taking place in 2017. You can find the calendar with a list of alumni events here. Collegiate members and alumni of the Association, please start making plans to attend the 2017 District Conferences. There will be 16 Conferences this spring around the country.

A reminder that events are open to all Tau Bates (alumni and students) from any chapter, unless otherwise stated. Click here for a list of contacts for all 42 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

January Events
Raleigh, North Carolina – Wednesday, January 25 (mock interviews & resume review workshop)
New York City, New York – Thursday, January 26 (meeting w/speaker)


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