Texas Flooding, Uber CEO, & VCU Grant (August 2017)

Tau Beta Pi has received word from members in Houston and the surrounding areas during this dangerous time. Fortunately, everyone has confirmed their safety, but many have been displaced or have have flooded homes. Our District Directors are in the process of reaching out to check in on students.

The Association will work with our volunteers to support our chapters and students affected by the flooding. Please keep the people impacted by the storm in your thoughts and prayers.

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Dara Khosrowshahi, RI A ’91, has been offered the position of CEO of Uber. Currently, he is CEO of Expedia. According to a news article under Khosrowshahi’s leadership, Expedia revenue has jumped from $2.1 billion (2005) to $8.7 billion (2016).

His bachelor’s degree is in electrical engineering from Brown University. Click here to read more about the decision to choose Khosrowshahi as the new CEO.

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Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded funds by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create the Medicines for All Institute. The “program that will seek ways to make life-saving medications less costly and more available worldwide.”

Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. (VA E ’70), dean of the School of Engineering, said: “The costs of these medicines has not risen to a great extent, but to many people in the world they’re still too expensive and just too difficult to have access to.” Read coverage of the announcement event from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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