Centenarian, Academic All-District Basketball, & Faculty Profile

John J. McKetta Jr., Ph.D. (TX A ’36), is professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) where the chemical engineering department bears his name. Dr. McKetta is a centenarian who has dedicated his life to his students. During his nearly 70-year tenure at UT, he served as vice chancellor of the UT system and dean of the College of Engineering while focused on his duties as a professor.

To list a few of his accolades: served as energy advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush Sr.; elected to the National Academy of Engineering; selected by AIChE as one of the “50 Chemical Engineers of the Foundation Age;” and received the Donald L. Katz Award from the Gas Processing Association. More biographical details can be found on this University of Michigan alumni profile from 2013.

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The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2016 Academic All-District Men’s Basketball teams, including Division I, II, III, and college (division). All First Team Academic All-District selections advance to the national Capital One Academic All-American ballot.

There are three Tau Beta Pi members that have been named to the 2016 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Basketball teams: (See the full list)

NCAA Division I: First team (District 1)
Mac Hoffman – (NY U 2017), systems engineering at the United States Military Academy
NCAA Division III: First team (District 2)
Louis Khouri – (DC B 2017), electrical engineering at the Catholic University of America
NCAA Division II: First team (District 8)
Adam R. Klie – (CA Y 2017), bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego

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Mississippi State University (MSU) profiled Lauren B. Priddy, Ph.D. (MS A ’08), as she recently joined the university’s department of agricultural and biological engineering as an assistant professor. Dr. Priddy completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at MSU, maintained a 4.0 undergraduate GPA, and participated as a university cheerleader.

She completed her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech and was involved as a founder of Biolgnite, a nonprofit camp in that inspires middle school students increase their interests in biomedical engineering and STEM topics. Read the article for more information on Dr. Priddy.

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