Puerto Rico Alpha 50 Years, Engineer Fighting Poverty, & CU Denver Revamp (March 2019)

March 8, marked the 50 year anniversary of the installation of the Puerto Rico Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. The date was celebrated by PR Alpha Chief Advisor and District 5 Director Josuan Hilerio Sanchez, PR A ’07, on his Facebook page with current and historic images of the chapter (two posted below).

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Sarah Tress, MA B 2019, was recently profiled by MIT News for her efforts “to use engineering to reduce hardships in developing countries.” The mechanical engineering major took an internship at a hospital in a poor region of India after her freshman year and has now shifted her career focus to fighting poverty.

According to the profile, Tress was on a premed track but now is focused on Mobility Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries. She has developed a new wheelchair cushion that is high in quality but low in cost. She is also a Rhodes Scholar and will pursue an MPhil in development studies at Oxford University.

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The Denver Post, published an article on CU Denver’s College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean, Martin L. Dunn, Ph.D. (WA A ’92), and his efforts to refresh the college with a revamped curriculum and new state-of-the-art building. Dr. Dunn took over as Dean on January 1, 2018.

Previously, he was an associate provost for research at Singapore University of Technology and Design where he helped create an engineering school. Click here to read the article.

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