Penn State VP, TBP Professional Development, & Autonomous Car Research (June 2017)

William E. Sitzabee, Ph.D., P.E. (NC A ’08), has been named the new associate vice president for facilities management and planning at Pennsylvania State University. He will begin his appointment on July 24. Currently, Dr. Sitzabee is the interim vice president for infrastructure, properties and planning at Cornell University (NY).

According to the announcement, in his new role he will oversee the University’s capital planning initiatives and day-to-day management of more than 32 million square feet of buildings and 22,000 acres of land at 22 campuses across Pennsylvania. Dr. Sitzabee previously spent more than two decades in the U.S. Air Force as an engineer, reaching the rank of colonel.

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The presenters and session summaries have been published for the professional development sessions to take place at the 2017 Tau Beta Pi annual Convention in Ann Arbor-Dearborn, Michigan in October. Click here to see the full list of presenters (listed alphabetically by last name) and their corresponding session summaries.

Popular sessions from the 2016 Convention return, such as “Networking Through Conversation” and “Should I Go to Graduate School.” New topics for this year’s Convention include: “Personal Finance for New Grads” and “Interdisciplinary Studies.” Start making plans to attend Convention for the professional development sessions and graduate school and corporate recruiting fair on Friday, October 13.

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The Autonomous Systems and Intelligent Machines lab at Virginia Tech was recently profiled by WDBJ7-TV (VA). The lab allows for real-world test situations without facing safety issues related to street tests. Read the article for more information on the use of simulators in understanding “the relationship between machine and man.”

Virginia Tech professor and mechanical engineering department head Azim Eskandarian, Ph.D. (DC G ’82), says, “We are capable of evaluating those scenarios in a safe environment and introduce different stimuli, different hazardous situations to the driver and evaluate their performance and then come up with safer systems in vehicle systems in the future.”

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