Top Scholar Athlete, Academic All-American, & Conference Academic Team (May 2017)

The Landmark Conference has named Clair N. Schmitzer, DC B 2017, as the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse Senior Scholar Athlete. She is a civil engineering major at The Catholic University of America and a midfielder on the women’s lacrosse team.

According to the announcement, she earned First Team All-Landmark accolades in 2014 and 2016, won four conference championships, and finished her career with 77 goals. She is involved in community service projects and has interned for Kiewit Construction and Balfour Beatty Construction.


One Tau Bate was recently selected for the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Softball team. Click here for the All-America Division I first, second, and third softball teams.

Kasey M. CooperAL A 2018, mechanical engineering major at Auburn University and first team All-American; she is an outfielder on the softball team. She is holds the Southeastern Conference record for career RBIs (269), a recipient of the 2016 NCAA Elite 90 Award, and two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


Jaclyn V. Solimine, MA Q 2017, is one of four women’s cross country/ track & field members from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to be named to the America East Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team. She is graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Solimine won the 2017 UMass Lowell Scholar-Athlete award, won the 10,000 and the 5,000-meters at the America East Outdoor Championships, and was named the Most Outstanding Female Track Performer. Read the news article for more details.


Co-Valedictorians, Fulbright Program, & Female Leadership Award (May 2017)

The Stute, student newspaper at Stevens Institute of Technology, profiled the three co-valedictorians for the graduating class. Each will complete their degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA and two of the three are Tau Beta Pi members. Read the article for more information on the valedictorians and the May 24 graduation ceremony.

Mark A. Liotta – (NJ A 2017) bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and will attend New Jersey Medical School.
Sara C. Vitkus – (NJ A 2017) computer engineering bachelor’s & systems engineering master’s degree, TBP Scholar 2016, and will work as a systems engineer for Entegra Systems.


Payal Shah, PA Q 2017 is one of 11 students from Villanova University who will travel overseas this fall as part of the Fulbright Program. Shah is graduating with a degree in chemical engineering and is president of the local chapter of AIChE.

She was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistant grant to India. Click here to read more about Shah, a teaching assistant for courses in chemistry and organic chemistry.


The 2017 Catherine Freed Outstanding Senior Female Leadership and Service Award from Ohio Northern University went to Kayla M. Hummell, OH I 2017, a recent graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in applied mathematics. The award recognizes a woman who has shown extraordinary leadership and service throughout her time at Ohio Northern.

According to the news article, she held offices in several campus organizations, was active with Habitat for Humanity and SWE, and earned a research grant from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium and NASA. Hummell will begin a position as a technical problem solver at Epic Systems this July.


The Bulletin, Academic All-American, & Fellowship Reports (May 2017)

The May issue of The Bulletin is now available. The issue includes an image from the installation of the 253rd collegiate chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Brigham Young University-Idaho, a list of 2017-18 Fellows, a summary of Tau Beta Pi Day 2017, and details on the TBP Student Advisory Board.

The issue also includes important information regarding chapter operations, images from TBP District Conferences, a list of 2017 Tau Bate Goldwater Scholars, how to stay involved as a TBP alumni, and details regarding the Association’s ad in the upcoming publication of the USA Today Army Corps of Engineers: Building America special edition.


One Tau Bate was recently selected for the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Softball team. Click here for the All-America Division III first, second, and third softball teams.

Hope ShevchukMA A 2017, chemical engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and first team All-American; she is dual-sport student-athlete in field hockey and softball. She is a six-time NEWMAC All-Academic honoree, studied autism in New Zealand, and is a past president of the MA Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi as.


Click here for the updated Fellowship reports for the 82nd class of Tau Beta Pi Fellows. Four TBP Fellows recently submitted their reports from their year of graduate study. Each of the fellowship recipients expressed appreciation to their supporters, TBP donors, and the Fellowship Board.

Writing a fellowship report is the only requirement of Association fellows. Visit the landing page for TBP Fellowships for the bios, list, and reports of all previous TBP Fellows. You can also read the press release regarding this year’s 25 recipients.


Alumni Events, Outstanding Student, & New Ph.D. Program (May 2017)

There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in May & June. 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 42 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

Seattle, Washington – Tuesday, May 23 (collegiate chapter initiation)
Huntsville, Alabama – Friday, June 2 (recognition dinner)
Tampa, Florida – Saturday, June 3 (networking dinner)
Seattle, Washington – Sunday, June 4 (wine tasting & networking)
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Thursday, June 8 (engineering talks)


Trey E. McGinnis III, TN D 2017, was named the 2017 Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award recipient and Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate at the Presidential Recognition on May 12, 2017, at Christian Brothers University (TN). He is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

McGinnis served as TN Delta Chapter president and chair of IEEE student chapter. He won 3rd Place in paper competition at the IEEE SoutheastCon 2017. In addition, he was selected as one of the 2016-17 Lasallian Fellows. Trey is in the middle of the picture above receiving his award plaque.


The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the department of energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are teaming together to promote advanced research and provide innovative solutions to global challenges in energy, engineering and computation through a new doctoral program in data science and engineering.

According to the news article, the program is “the brainchild” of ORNL computational sciences and engineering division director Shaun S. Gleason, Ph.D. (TN A ’89), UT business analytics associate professor Russell Zaretzki, and Bredesen Center Director Lee Riedinger. Enrollment plans are to admit 10 to 15 graduate students per year, growing to a goal of approximately 100 students.


Retiree Reception, FIU Dean, & Dean Stepping Down (May 2017)

Iowa State University (ISU) recognized Jim C. Hill, Ph.D. (CA G ’62), for his 45+ years as part of the chemical and biological engineering department with a plaque and reception. Dr. Hill is retiring. Read the news article for more information.

Before joining ISU, he worked at NASA’s laboratory for theoretical studies and shell development. He has served as a collegiate chapter advisor to the IA Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi for nearly 20 years, served as a TBP District Director, and was named the Association’s first Outstanding Advisor in 1994. He has also guided the PrISUm solar car racing team since 1989, which has “become one of the most successful and familiar forms of outreach for science and engineering at Iowa State.”


John L. Volakis, Ph.D. (OH L ’78), has been appointed as the dean of Florida International University’s College of Engineering & Computing. Most recently, Dr. Volakis was chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. He has also served as the director of the ElectroScience laboratory overseeing nearly 170 people, including 30 faculty members and researchers.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University (OH). According to the news announcement, Dr. Volakis has earned international recognition for introducing hybrid finite element methods widely used in electromagnetics CAD packages.


After six years of service, Ian A. Waitz, Ph.D. (PA B ’86), has announced that he is stepping down as MIT’s dean of engineering. MIT President L. Rafael Reif, Ph.D. (MA B ’73), said: “Under Ian’s leadership, the School of Engineering has never been a stronger magnet for talent. With characteristic energy, optimism, and persistence, he has cultivated a dynamic community that unites the school’s many departments and links engineering to disciplines across MIT.”

Click here to read the article for more details on successful initiatives and accomplishments of the MIT Engineering School under Dr. Waitz’s leadership.


Directorate of Engineering, Environmental Award, & Professionalism Award (May 2017)

The University of Michigan has announced that professor of mechanical engineering, and former associate dean for research, Dawn M. Tilbury, Ph.D. (MN A ’89), has been selected to serve as Directorate for Engineering for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In her new role, Dr. Tilbury will be “charged with supporting engineering research and education critical to the nation’s future and fostering innovations to benefit society.” Her term can last up to four years, but she plans to return to the Michigan faculty upon completion of her term. Click here for more details on her responsibilities at NSF and biographical information.


Jeffery D. Schone, AZ G ’96, received the 2017 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for his outstanding achievements throughout his career. Schone is a 56th civil engineer squadron environmental engineer at Luke Air Force Base. He was recognized for his “continual dedication to the Defense Department mission and integrated support of sustainability initiatives.”

Schone has provided more than 17 years of service to the Defense Department. According to the article, “he has managed and developed every facet of environmental compliance programs, pioneering pollution prevention initiatives and managing large scale remediation programs and construction projects for the Air Force, Navy, and Army.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Northern Arizona University.


The Louisiana Engineering Foundation has awarded Norman D. Pumphrey, Ph.D., P.E. (LA G ’76), the 2017 Professional Engineer Faculty Professionalism Award for “encouraging their colleagues and who benefit their students and the profession with the promotion of professionalism within their universities.”

Dr. Pumphrey is an associate professor of civil engineering and program chair of construction engineering technology at Louisiana Tech University. He has been at Louisiana Tech for 27 years. Read the news article from KNOE for more information on Dr. Pumphrey who also served as the first director of Louisiana Tech’s Bulldog Achievement Resource Center.


UCSC Event, Marconi Young Scholar Award, & Teenage Tau Bate

The California Alpha Delta Chapter at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is hosting an event on Friday, May 26, at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. The “Tau Beta Pi Revival” will include technical talks, food, and music. The event is free and is aimed at bringing the local engineering community together.

Please register for the event here and visit the chapter’s website for more information.


The Marconi Society is accepting nominations for the prestigious Paul Baran Young Scholar Award through June 30, 2017. “The Young Scholar Award is unlike any other, offering unparalleled connections, networking and opportunity for social impact.” Click here to learn more and to access the nomination form.

Two Tau Bates are recent recipients of the Young Scholar Award: George R. MacCartney, Ph.D. (PA Q ’10), 2016 Young Scholar; and Joseph M. Lukens, Ph.D. (AL B ’11), 2015 Young Scholar. You can also view the list of Tau Bate Marconi Prize winners.


WJLA news in Washington, D.C., recently profiled chemical engineering student Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu. She graduated this May with her bachelor’s degree from Howard University. She is only 18 years old.

Originally from Nigeria, Chidi-Ogbolu will pursue a Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. She joined the DC Alpha Chapter at Howard in March. Read the article for more biographical information.