Countdown to Convention, New Dean Named at Carnegie Mellon, & NJ D Chapter President Honored


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8 Days: Here We Come Columbus

The 2019 Convention begins October 10 in Columbus, Ohio. It is hosted by Tau Beta Pi Chapters Ohio Gamma (The Ohio State University), Ohio Delta (Ohio University), and Ohio Iota (Ohio Northern University).

Voting Delegates must present a photo ID

New for this year is an online portal loaded with TBP members resumes for Recruiters at the Convention to access. Regardless of whether you are in attendance or not, recruiters can use the online portal to view your resume.

Daily Highlights:
Thursday –
Professional Development Workshops, Committee Meetings, ICE Training/Special Topics, & Laureate Banquet
Friday – Recruiting Fair, Professional Development Workshops, Professional Photos, & Advisor / Mentor Awards at the Banquet
Saturday – District Meetings, Group Photo, Campus Tour, Reception Honoring 50 Years of Women in TBP, & Alumni & Chapter Awards Banquet

For specifics, click here for the schedule of events.

Site of the 2019 Convention – Columbus Ohio

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New Dean Named at Carnegie Mellon University

William H. Sanders, Ph.D., IL A ’83

William H. Sanders, Ph.D., IL A ’83, has been appointed as the next dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, effective January 1, 2020. He will also hold an appointment in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, as well as a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science Department in the School of Computer Science.

Sanders spent the past 25 years of his career as a tenured professor at Illinois in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science. He was the founding director of the University of Illinois’ Information Trust Institute in 2004, served as director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory from 2010-2014, and was head of the university’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2014-2018. He also co-founded the Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore in 2009, which is Illinois’ first international research facility.

At the time of this announcement, Sanders held the Herman M. Dieckamp Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was the interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in the University of Illinois System. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, master’s degree in computer, information and control engineering, and doctoral degree in computer science and engineering.

Jonathan (Jon) Cagan, NY Kappa ’83, will remain the interim dean at Carnegie Mellon, a position he has held since January 2019, until Sanders arrives. Cagan plans to continue his research and to teach as a member of the college’s mechanical engineering faculty.


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NJ D Chapter President Recognized for Academic Excellence

Nicholas A. G. Johnson
NJ D ’20

A recent article in a Montreal community newspaper reported that Tau Bate Nicholas Johnson was presented with the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award on September 8. As stated on Princeton’s website, the award is given to the undergraduate who, at the end of the junior (3rd) year, has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the university.

This past summer, Johnson worked as a software engineer in machine learning at Google’s California headquarters, which followed internships at Oxford University’s Integrative Computational Biology and Machine Learning Group, where he developed and implemented a novel optimization technique under the supervision of Aleksandr Sahakyan, principal investigator and group head.

In June 2019, his project was recognized with the Angela E. Grant Poster Award for Best Modeling, at the 25th Conference of African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences.


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