TBP Fellows 2017, Pi Talks, & Princeton Salutatorian (April 2017)

Tau Beta Pi would like to congratulate the 25 Fellows that comprise the 84th class of Tau Beta Pi Fellowships. Twenty-four of this year’s Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend for the 2017-18 year of full-time graduate study.

Read the press release to see the full list of this year’s Fellows. Short bios will be published in the Summer issue of The Bent magazine. An electronic list of this year’s Fellows is available here.


On April 18, the District of Columbia Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted six speakers for a “Pi Talks” event. Session topics ranged from preventive HIV medication, to tales of Tesla, and the engineering behind the Chicago World’s Fair.

Lilia Abron, Ph.D., was the final speaker and is recognized as the first African American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.


Grant J. Storey, NJ D 2017, was recently profiled as the salutatorian in the graduating class at Princeton University. Storey will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and plans to pursue a master’s degree at Cornell University.

Read the news article for more biographical details on Storey who contributed to a paper on the future of ad blocking.



Eco-sustainability talk, Admit Weekend Organizers, & IEEE VIC Summit Keynote

On Monday, May 1, the California Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the California State University, Long Beach, is hosting a talk by Tony Pereira, Ph.D. (CA Q ’02), on Eco-sustainability. Dr. Pereira’s talk concludes a series of professional development speaking events hosted by the chapter.

According to the Speaker Series web page, Dr. Pereira is a professor of engineering, applied science and sustainability at UCLA. His research interests include sustainability, multi-functional composites, nano-composites, and energy conversion, among many others, studied mechanical engineering in his undergraduate and postgraduate education.


Stanford University hosts an annual Admit Weekend. The California Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi is the primary organizer of the event, in collaboration with the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs. Read more about the Friday, April 28, event here.

Responsibilities of CA Gamma include recruiting volunteers, preparing handouts for prospective freshmen, designing the layout of the space, and cleaning up after the event.


The 1st annual IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit & Honor Ceremony Gala will take place on May 25 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. James D. Plummer, Ph.D. (CA E ’66), is scheduled as a keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Plummer is a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, where he served (1999-2014) as dean of the School of Engineering. His 15-year tenure is the longest of any Stanford Engineering Dean.

Read more about the IEEE VICS Summit which aims to “bring together leading innovators, visionaries, and disruptors in technology to discuss, explore, and uncover what is imminent, what is possible – and what these emerging technologies mean for the future.”


SUNY Chancellor, Fresno Profile, & Arlington Provost

Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D. (NC G ’81), has been appointed by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees as the 13th chancellor of SUNY. Dr. Johnson is currently the founder and CEO of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses.

Previously, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Under Secretary of Energy and served as Johns Hopkins University provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. According to an article from The New York Times, Dr. Johnson will begin her position on September 5, 2017.


The family of engineers of Kimberly R. Stillmaker, Ph.D. (CA R ’08), were recently profiled by California State University, Fresno. Dr. Stillmaker completed her master’s and Ph.D. degrees this past summer and is now an assistant professor in the department of civil and geomatics engineering at Fresno. Her motivation to become an engineer stems from her aunt, uncle, and grandfather, all of whom were engineers.

She is also married to an engineer, Aaron T. Stillmaker, Ph.D. (CA R ’08), an assistant professor of computer engineering at CSU, Fullerton. Kimberly is teaching three courses, working on research, and local STEM outreach. In addition, she is an advisor to the CA Rho Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and a past TBP District Director. Read the article.


The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) has announced that Teik C. Lim, Ph.D. (AL B ’85), will be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at UTA. Dr. Lim presently serves as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. His appointment will take effect starting June 30, 2017.

Read the news release for more details on Dr. Lim who is described as an experienced leader, accomplished scholar, and innovator. All of Dr. Lim’s degrees are in mechanical engineering with his Ph.D. being earned from The Ohio State University.


Univ. of Kentucky Awards, RPI Initiates, & WMU Presidential Scholars

On April 18, the annual College of Engineering Awards Banquet sponsored by the local Tau Beta Pi chapter at the University of Kentucky was held. A recap and list of all awards and recipients was published. Many of the awardees are Tau Bates, including:

Engineering Alumni Association Senior Leadership Award: Joshua B. Feinn (KY A 2017), Lindsey M. Gillaspie (KY A 2017)
Tau Beta Pi Most Outstanding Senior: Grant Boggess (KY A 2017), chapter president
Tau Beta Pi Most Outstanding Professor: Tom Dziubla, Ph.D. (IN A ’98), associate professor
Dr. Bruce L. Walcott Tau Beta Pi Most Outstanding Service Award: Suzanne Weaver Smith, Ph.D., P.E. (SC A ’77), professor


The image above is from the Sunday, April 23, initiation at the NY Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More images available from the TBP District 2 Facebook page.


Western Michigan University’s has named fifty students from the 5,900-member senior class as 2017 Presidential Scholars. The annual Presidential Scholar designation is the highest honor WMU can bestow on an undergraduate. The award goes to the most outstanding seniors in each of the University’s academic schools, departments and specialty programs. Several are Tau Beta Pi members, including: (See the news announcement for the full list.)

Alec Ingram (MI K 2017) – civil & construction engineering
Sarah K. Seng (MI K 2016) – electrical & computer engineering
Michelle M. Valente (MI K 2017) – industrial & entrepreneurial Engineering and engineering management
Daniel J. VanZweden (MI K 2018) – chemical & paper engineering


Gibbs Brothers Medal, Central Jersey AC, & New JEE Editor

The National Academy of Sciences has announced that Jerome H. Milgram, Ph.D. (MA B ’61), will receive the 2017 Gibbs Brothers Medal “for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering.” Dr. Milgram is a professor at MIT and “has made countless contributions to naval architecture in areas such as theoretical hydromechanics, education, yacht design, environmental protection, and the practical arts of ocean systems.”

Read the announcement for more biographical details and information about the recognition. In addition, Milgram’s yacht-design work helped to lead eight America’s Cup design teams to championships. For the 1992 AC campaign, Milgram was the design director and chief computer modeler.


The Central New Jersey Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi was officially installed on April 19 during a ceremony and dinner at the Tokyo Sushi and Hibachi Buffet in Freehold, NJ. Past President and current Executive Councillor J.P. Blackford, DC G ’95, was on hand to lead the installation.

Several images from the event were posted on Facebook by Scott L. Bilker, NJ G ’91, including the one above.


Lisa C. Benson, Ph.D. (VT A ’82), has been named the new editor of the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Benson is a professor at Clemson University. According to the news release, her research interests lie at the intersection of student motivation and their learning experiences.

Michael C. Loui, Ph.D. (CT A ’75), has served as the JEE editor since 2012. Dr. Loui is a professor of engineering education at Purdue University. “JEE has long been the intellectual standard for engineering educators seeking to disseminate their research. I am honored to take on the role of editor, following in the footsteps of pioneers in engineering education like John W. Prados, Ph.D., P.E. (TN A ’54), Jack Lohmann, and Michael Loui,” said Dr. Benson.


Alumni Events, NY Rho Initiation, & Conference Summaries (April 2017)

There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in April, including two alumni chapter installations. The deadline to register to attend the Central Texas Alumni Chapter installation lunch has been extended to Wednesday, April 26. Please RSVP here.

You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bates (alumni and students) 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.

Freehold, New Jersey – Wednesday, April 19 (alumni chapter installation)
New Orleans, Louisiana – Friday, April 21 (4th annual crawfish boil)
Kalamazoo, Michigan – Saturday, April 22 (lunch social)
Austin, Texas – Saturday, April 29 (alumni chapter installation)
College Station, Texas – Sunday, April 30 (collegiate chapter initiation)


On April 18, the New York Rho Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering hosted its spring initiation with nearly 20 new members joining Tau Beta Pi. The image below was one of several posted to the chapter’s Facebook page.


All 16 of this year’s Tau Beta Pi District Conferences have concluded. Summaries and group images will be published in upcoming issues of The Bent magazine (Summer issue) and The Bulletin (May issue). Below are a few images we’ve received from 2017 District Conferences.

District 5 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

District 6 Conference Alumni Panel in Huntsville, Alabama.


Clemson Honors, Design Project, & Roller Coaster Competition

At a recent ceremony, several of the “best and brightest” students in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University were honored. Several are Tau Beta Pi members, including: (Click here to see the full list of awards.)

Ben H. Shumpert (SC A 2016) – Moorman Award (computer engineering)
Joey R. Wilson III (SC A 2016) – Davis Leadership Award (bioengineering)
Aaron S. Gordon (SC A 2016) – Earle Award (civil engineering)
Amanda D. Farthing (SC A 2017) – Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (industrial engineering)
Hannah McNulty (SC A 2017) – TBP Scholarship for SC Alpha (environmental engineering and Earth sciences)


Tyler E. Gester, AL B 2017, is a member of a team of University of Alabama engineering students that adapted a toy car for a young boy with femur-fibula-ulna syndrome. The activity was part of their senior design project and allowed the boy to be mobile and independent.

This week, the team brought the car to the young boy’s school for his first ride. Read the article from the Tuscaloosa News for more information on the re-configured controls that allow the car to be driven with a joystick and buttons instead of a pedals and a steering wheel.


On Thursday, April 13, the Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted the 17th Annual Tau Beta Pi Roller Coaster Engineering Competition. This year’s Rube-Goldberg Challenge was “to score a goal.” Four of the six awards went to Urbandale High School Physics Teams.

Watch videos of the winning teams in a news article from the Urbandale Community School District.


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