TBP Alumni Chapter Installations, Pi Day Video #2, & USA Science & Engineering Festival

In the month of April, there will be two Tau Beta Pi Alumni Chapter installations. On April 19, in Freehold, New Jersey, the Central Jersey Alumni Chapter will be installed during a dinner event. In addition, TBP Executive Councillor J.P. Blackford, DC G ’95, will be on hand and the award-winning all girls FIRST Robotics team will present their current project to attendees.

In Austin, Texas, on April 29, the Central Texas Alumni Chapter will be installed during a lunch event. TBP Executive Director Curtis Gomulinksi, MI E ’01, will be on hand to officially install the chapter and to provide updates on the Association. Visit the TBP alumni web page for more details and information on upcoming alumni gatherings, including those in Alabama, West Virginia, and Louisiana.

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Below is the second Tau Beta Pi Day 2017 compilation video. A big thank you to all of our members (alumni & collegiate) for participating in and promoting this event. We hope you had as much fun as we did promoting the Association, STEM, and Pi(e).

Click here for the first compilation video.

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Tau Beta Pi has committed to being a Titanium sponsor and booth participant at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, April 6-8. This is the fifth Festival and the largest celebration of STEM in the United States. The Expo event is free and open to the public.

The Association has proudly participated in the previous four Festivals. Make plans to join us for a fun and challenging hands-on activity at our booth. You can also learn about Tau Beta Pi and meet local collegiate members, Headquarters staff, and Executive Councillors.

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Pioneer in IoT, Top Organization on Campus, & New Dean

According to an article from the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Ph.D. (OH D ’79), has been recognized by Connected World as one of the top 10 Pioneers in the Internet of Things (IoT) for “his contributions in large scale 3-D printing and a concept called telefracturing: the ability to manufacture remotely.”

Dr. Khoshnevis is a professor in the department of industrial and systems engineering at USC. He holds more than 100 U.S. and international patents and says that “construction is the last frontier for automation.” Read the Connected World article featuring Dr. Khoshnevis.

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The Omicron Delta Kappa chapter at Clemson University recently announced its spring organization and individual awards. ODK is the national leadership honor society and they host an annual banquet “to recognize outstanding students and organizations in community service, academics, and leadership.”

The South Carolina Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Clemson, is the recipient of the “Clemson University Organization of the Year” award. The chapter also received the “Omicron Delta Kappa President’s Leadership” award. The banquet will take place on April 17. Click here for more information.

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Jean Zu, Ph.D., has been selected as the new dean of the School of Engineering & Science at Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ). Currently, Dr. Zu is the chair of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Toronto.

She sill start her new position on May 1, 2017. Click here for more biographical information on Dr. Zu whose scholarly interests include mechanical vibrations and dynamics.

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All-Academic Team, District 13 Conference, & NM Gamma Food Drive

Jaclyn V. Solimine, MA Q 2017, has been named to the America East Track and Field All-Academic team. She is a mechanical engineering major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. According to the news article, Solimine is the school’s individual record holder in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter races and took the America East crown in the 5,000-meters this season.

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On March 24-25, the District 13 Conference of Tau Beta Pi took place in El Paso, TX, hosted by the Texas Theta Chapter at the University of Texas at El Paso. There are nine TBP collegiate chapters in District 13 and together with Association Officials and other members there were more than 40 on hand.

TBP Executive Councillor George J. Morales, Ph.D. (FL E ’06), traveled to participate in the Conference and took several pictures, including the above image of the TX Theta bent monument. It was also the final TBP event for District Director Jeff G. Dabling, UT B ’00, who is retiring from his position. Dabling has served for nearly 15 years as a TBP District Director and before that was Utah Beta chapter president.

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About 10 current members and initiates from the New Mexico Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology participated in a food drive over the weekend. The chapter was able to “get around $1,000 worth of food donated.” Read more about the activity on the chapter’s Facebook page. You can also find more images from the event like the one below.

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Howard West, Student Innovation Showcase, & UW Gift (March 2017)

USA Today reported on a new outpost “Howard West” on the Google campus in Mountain View, California. The outpost will offer computer science majors from Howard University (DC) the opportunity to “immerse themselves in coding instruction and tech culture.”

According to the article, between 25 and 30 upperclassmen from Howard will spend 12 weeks at Google this summer receiving instruction from senior Google engineers and Howard faculty. The program is part of Google’s effort to recruit more software engineers from historically black colleges and universities.

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Ru Chen, NY H ’13, is one of six individuals selected to present an invention at the National Academy of Inventors Student Innovation Showcase in April. Chen is an engineering graduate student at the University of Delaware where she has “developed wearable electronic sensors made of a robust soft material with conductivity and the ability to stretch more than traditional materials.”

Her team includes an industrial collaborator and her mentor Norman J. Wagner, Ph.D. (PA G ’84), a chaired professor of engineering at Delaware. “The most interesting thing is that when we stretch the material, the conductivity of the material increases. It’s lightweight, transparent and we can make almost any device out of it,” said Chen. Click here to read the article profiling Chen and her invention. Chen is pursuing her Ph.D. and graduated with a chemical engineering bachelor’s degree from the City College of CUNY (NY).

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The University of Washington (UW) is set to receive $40 million from Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen. The gift will go to the UW computer-science department and in response the Board of Regents has announced the naming of the school to the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering.

Read the article for more information on how the money will be used for research, experimental-education initiatives, and scholarships.

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Outstanding Faculty, Crew All-American, & Tech Culture Workshop

A faculty duo from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering were recently recognized by the Louisville Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers with the Outstanding Achievement in Education award. According to the news announcement, the award “is presented to an individual or individuals within the academic community who has/have contributed outstanding service to education.”

Patricia S. Ralston, Ph.D. (KY B ’80), is a professor and department chair of engineering fundamentals and Larry D. Tyler, Ph.D. (KY B ’63), is a professor of engineering fundamentals, both at the University of Louisville. “Our interactions while teaching highlight our enthusiasm and encourage students to become engaged,” said Dr. Ralston. “Our goal is to inspire students to learn as we develop the topics together and show our passion for teaching,” added Dr. Tyler. The pair also both serve as advisors to the KY Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

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In 2016, Sharon Wu, MA B 2017, became the first woman in program history to earn an All-America award for women’s lightweight crew. Wu is studying electrical engineering & computer science at MIT, where she is a starter on the varsity lightweight crew team. She was named to the Pocock Lightweight All-America Team as announced by the College Rowing Coaches Association.

In addition, she led the team to its first appearance in the Gran Final at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship in June 2016. Read more here

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On Thursday, March 23, Gary S. Brown, CA A ’91, will run a workshop on “Tech Company Culture” at his alma mater, UC Berkeley. The event is hosted the CA Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and starts at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the presentation is to learn how to get ahead in the fast-moving world of tech.

Details of the event can be found here, along with a bio for Brown who is currently head of Marketing at Movidius (an Intel company). Previously, Brown was a part of an HD Video processor project at Matsushita Electric (now known as Panasonic) at their Osaka headquarters, where he enjoyed the challenges of developing microprocessor functional testing methods.

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TBP Scholarships, Tau Beta Pi Day Video, Alumni Events (March 2017)

A reminder that the deadline to apply for a Tau Beta Pi Scholarship is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Visit the Scholarship web page for an info sheet and FAQs.

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The Association has received many great images and reports from this year’s Tau Beta Pi Day activities.
The first compilation video has been completed. A second compilation video is scheduled for release in early April.

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There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in March & April. You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bate (alumni and student) from any chapter, unless otherwise stated. Find details below on upcoming events. Click here for a list of contacts for all 41 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

Urbana, Illinois – Sunday, March 26 (baseball game)
Birmingham, Alabama – Saturday, April 8 (networking lunch)
Morgantown, West Virginia – Saturday, April 8 (District Conference)
Freehold, New Jersey – Wednesday, April 19 (alumni chapter installation)
New Orleans, Louisiana – Friday, April 21 (4th annual crawfish boil)

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MN Engineer of the Year, Scholar Athlete, & GA Engineer of the Year (March 2017)

Rachel E. Pichelmann, P.E. (IA A ’09), was recently recognized as the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies Young Engineer of the Year during the organization’s annual awards banquet. At the same event, she also received the Young Engineer Award for the Society of American Military Engineers. Pichelmann is a professional engineer and certified floodplain manager at Short Elliott Hendrickson engineering firm.

She attributes a 4-H project in high school to her decision to seek an engineering degree from Iowa State University. Read the news article for more biographical details.

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The Landmark Conference has named Guido M. Saccaggi, DC B 2017, the men’s swimming & diving senior scholar athlete for the 2016-17 season. Saccaggi will earn his mechanical engineering degree from The Catholic University of America (DC); is a 16-time All-Conference selection; and earned 10 individual Landmark Conference Championship titles.

He holds school records in the 500-freestyle, 1000-freestyle (also conference record), and the 1650-freestyle. During his senior year, Saccaggi served as team captain and led the Cardinals to their first Landmark Conf. Championship Title. Click here for more information on Saccaggi who also served as the DC Beta Chapter treasurer of Tau Beta Pi.

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The 2016 recipient of the Georgia Engineer of the Year in Government Award is Raymond J. Wilke, P.E. (OH B ’81), for “his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare and humankind.” Wilke serves as senior watershed director of the department of watershed management for the City of Atlanta. He has held numerous other roles during his more than 35 years as a civil engineer.

According to the article from the University of Cincinnati, Wilke has managed and designed numerous projects for municipal, state, federal and industrial owners across 13 states and Washington, DC. He has also authored several papers and is a certified professional in erosion & sediment control.

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