Thanksgiving, TX Epsilon, & CA Alpha (November 2017)

The Tau Beta Pi Association would like to give thanks to our members and supporters. There are many exciting projects currently underway and we hope you will participate and continue to be a part of the premier engineering honor society.

Checkout our new mentoring community (TBP4Life), look for our #GivingTuesday campaign in support of our award-winning Engineering Futures program, and start making plans to tout Tau Beta Pi Day 2018.

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This past weekend, the Texas Epsilon Chapter, at the University of Houston, held its fall initiation. More than 50 new members were initiated by the TX Epsilon chapter and per tradition each new initiate takes a picture with the chapter’s Bent monument. See one of the images below.

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As an activity for new initiates, the California Alpha Chapter at the University of Berkeley hosted a Bent monument polishing on campus. Below is an image from the event.

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November Bulletin, Transportation Manager, & ANS Fellows (Nov. 2017)

The November issue of The Bulletin is now available. The issue includes a recap of the 2017 Convention, 2018 District Conference schedule, Convention perspectives, awards for top collegiate chapters, excellence awards, & project awards.

The issue also includes details on the Association’s new Executive Council members, updates from the Student Advisory Board, and many images from Convention. Previous issues can be found here.

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Randall A. Harris, P.E. (NC E ’86), has joined Gannett Fleming, Inc., as the Virginia Area transportation manager. According to the announcement, Harris has 30 years of experience as is responsible for “managing large-scale client projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a focus on roadway, bridge and toll plaza planning and design.”

He graduated from North Carolina AT&T State University with a degree in architectural engineering.

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Earlier this month, the American Nuclear Society announced seven new fellows for their accomplishments in nuclear science and technology. Click here to read the news release, and short bios on the new Fellows, two of which are Tau Bates, including:

Ronald M. Gilgenbach, Ph.D. – (WI A ’72) a professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences at the University of Michigan for his pioneering research on the science and technology of fusion devices and accelerators.

Stephen P. Schultz, Ph.D. – (NY G ’70) recognized for his technical leadership in the utility industry and regulatory agencies

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Rhodes Scholars, MI Epsilon, & Student Profile (November 2017)

The 2018 Rhodes Scholars have been announced. There are 32 American winners this year. Three of this year’s Scholars are Tau Beta Pi members: (Read the press release.)

Matthew Chun, MA B 2018, is a mechanical engineering senior at MIT. He will do a B.A. in jurisprudence at Oxford. Matthew researches intellectual property law, is captain of the MIT wrestling team, and is designing a prosthetic knee for the developing world.

Naomi T. Mburu, MD D 2018, studies chemical engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She will pursue a D.Phil in engineering science at Oxford. Naomi is the first student in UMBC history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, supports STEM education, and is a Goldwater Scholar.

Jaspreet “Jesse” Singh, CO Z 2018, a student at the United States Air Force Academy majoring in mechanical engineering. He will pursue an M.Sc. in engineering Science at Oxford. Jesse conducts research at the Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension and serves as TBP CO Zeta Chapter recording secretary.

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The Michigan Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Wayne State University, held its fall initiation last week. The chapter inducted ten new members (six juniors and four graduate students). Click here to see images from the initiation, a volunteer event at Gleaners Food Bank, and the chapter’s Bent monument polishing on the chapter’s Facebook page.

Image courtesy of Rasik Mostafa, MI E 2018.

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Amulya Veldanda, NJ Z 2018, was profiled and recognized for being a 2017-18 Tau Beta Pi Scholarship recipient. She is a biomedical engineering student a The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with plans to pursue a Ph.D.

Veldanda serves as TCNJ’s Humanitarian Engineering club president and will lead a group of students on a trip to New Orleans to help rebuilding efforts. She is also the TBP NJ Zeta Chapter recording secretary. See the profile for more biographical information.

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Academic All-District Football, Yale Initiation, Academic All-District Volleyball (Nov. 2017)

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Football teams, including Division I, II, III, and college division. All First Team Academic All-District selections advance to the national Capital One Academic All-American ballot.

There are five Tau Beta Pi members, two elected, and one eligible, that have been named to the 2017-18 Capital One Academic All-District Football teams: (See the full list)

NCAA Division I: First team (District 1)
Nicholas G. MarinoNH A 2016, mechanical engineering at University of New Hampshire (grad student)
NCAA Division III: First team (District 1)
Udgam GoyalMA B 2019, electrical engineering & computer science at MIT (eligible)
NCAA Division III: First team (District 3)
John C. RamsdellNY G 2018, biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (TBP Chapter vice president)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 4)
Caleb YatesGA B 2018, biomedical engineering at Mercer University (elected)
NCAA Division II: First team (District 4)
1. Colin G. PeterCO A 2017, mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines
2. Nick K. ThorpeMN B 2018, mechanical engineering at University of Minnesota, Duluth
NCAA Division III: First team (District 7)
Cyler E. CaldwellOH I 2018, mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University (TBP Chapter treasurer)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 8)
Connor R. SpencerCA AE 2018, electrical engineering at University of San Diego (elected)

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On November 7, the Connecticut Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Yale University, hosted its Fall 2017 initiation. A total of 19 new members were inducted into Tau Beta Pi. Read the news article for the names of the 15 juniors and four seniors that joined. You can also see an image of the group below, including Chief Advisor W. Mark Saltzman, Ph.D. (IA A ’81), and Advisor MingDe Lin, Ph.D. (NY G ’01).

Yale initiates 2017

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The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Volleyball teams, including Division I, II, III, and college division. All First Team Academic All-District selections advance to the national Capital One Academic All-American ballot.

There are six Tau Beta Pi members and one eligible, that have been named to the 2017-18 Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball teams: (See the full list)

NCAA Division I: First team (District 1)
Kristen WaldingMA E 2019, industrial engineering at Northeastern University
NCAA Division III: First team (District 1)
1. Abby BerticsMA B 2019, electrical engineering & computer science at MIT (eligible)
2. Azita BakhtyariMA A 2019, mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
NCAA Division I: First team (District 4)
Haley E. JaredAL G 2018, electrical engineering at University of Alabama at Birmingham
NCAA Division I: First team (District 5)
Ashley T. EvansIN A 2018, mechanical engineering at Purdue University
NCAA Division I: Second team (District 5)
Lauren BakaitisOH Z 2019, bioengineering at University of Toledo
NCAA Division II: Second team (District 7)
Emily R. TorveMN B 2019, chemical engineering at University of Minnesota, Duluth

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Jobs, UND Bent monument, & New Hampshire Scholarships (November 2017)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Associate Engineer – Fire Recovery with The County of Napa in California
2. Assistant Professor, Engineering and Technology at Miami University in Middletown, Ohio
3. Battery Lab Technician I with Black Diamond Structures LLC in Austin, Texas
4. Engineer III – Principal Engineer (UCAR) at AREVA in Richland, Washington
5. Senior Planning Engineer with Doosan Babcock in Gateshead, Great Britain
6. Structural Engineer PE at Clark Nexsen in Raleigh, North Carolina
7. Test Engineer with Malin Space Science Systems, Inc. in San Diego, California
8. Process Engineer with Boxercraft in Atlanta, Georgia
9. Forest Engineering Interns at Washington State Department of Natural Resources
10. Engineering Analyst with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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The University of North Dakota (UND) Alumni Association is raising money to replace the Bent monument on the North Dakota Beta’s campus at UND. The monument previously stood at the main entrance to the College of Engineering & Mines. You can support the goal here.

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Robert L. Winot, NH A ’71, has pledged money to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) College of Engineering and Physical Sciences to “ensure several students will receive free tuition every year.” Winot is a UNH alumnus who worked for GE and IBM.

According to the announcement, the scholarship will go to New Hampshire or Vermont students who demonstrate a financial need and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. It is estimated that as many as four students will benefit from the scholarship each year.

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2017 Convention Press Release, Wisconsin Joint Initiation, & Solutions Engineer

The press release for Tau Beta Pi’s 2017 Convention has been published. Click here to read it. The minutes and ratification ballot from Convention will be posted soon.

You will be able to view many of the Convention images online. More will be added. You may request large resolution images, if needed. Please let the Association know, if you plan to use an image for something other than personal media.

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GE Healthcare electrical engineer Aaron M. Hartwig, WI G 2016, posted an update and image from a recent joint initiation of three collegiate chapters of Tau Beta Pi. On November 11, there were 47 new members that joined TBP from WI Beta (Marquette University), WI Gamma (UW-Milwaukee), and WI Delta (MSOE). Click here to read the full post and see the image below.

2017 Wisconsin joint initiation.

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Intelisys has added an eighth solutions engineer Thomas J. Legare, WI A ’89, to its national team. Legare has most recently been with Windstream as a Manager Sales Engineering. He also previously worked as a sales executive with AT&T for 16 years.

Read the press release for more information, including Legare’s skills for bringing a structured approach to the optimization of cloud and networking technologies.

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New Members UMass Lowell, Grand Canyon Tau Bates, & RIT Initiates (November 2017)

On October 28, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell hosted their fall Tau Beta Pi initiation. Nearly 70 new members joined Tau Beta Pi at the Massachusetts Theta Chapter, including professor Oliver C. Ibe, Ph.D. (MA Q ’75), as an eminent engineer. Dr. Ibe teaches at UMass Lowell. The image below was taken of the new initiates, and others in attendance, and posted to the MA Theta Facebook group.

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Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, celebrated his 40th birthday last week by hiking through the Grand Canyon National Park. He was joined by 11 friends, including 9 Tau Bates. The image below includes all the Tau Bates that joined in on the trip (from left to right): Rev. Richard R. Andre, NY K ’96; Tricia E. Gomulinski, SD A ’98; Curt; Stacey L. Forkner, WI A ’96; Travus J. Knotts, SD A ’98; Noy E. Vultaggio, MI E ’99; Andrew P. Vultaggio, MI E ’98; Colleen L. Hill-Stramsak, P.E. (MI E ’00); and Steven A. Stramsak, P.E. (MI H ’01).

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An image taken by Tau Beta Pi District 2 Director Tom A. Pinkham, MA E ’88, shows-off the nine newest members of the New York Pi chapter at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Visit the District’s Facebook group for more chapter news and images.

RIT will host the 2018 District 2 Conference in Rochester on February 24-25. Also in attendance at the initiation was a new member of New York Kappa (Univ. of Rochester), RIT Dean Doreen D. Edwards, Ph.D. (NY S ’97), and advisors James E. Heliotis, Ph.D. (NY D ’75), and David R. Borkholder, Ph.D. (NY N ’91).

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