Purdue Dean, TBP Engineering Futures, & Innovation Prize for Africa (July 2017)

The Journal & Courier (IN) profiled Mung Chiang, Ph.D. (CA G ’00), the new Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Chiang began his new position on July 1, 2017. Previously, he was a professor of engineering, director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education, and founded the EDGE Lab all at Princeton University.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels referred to Dr. Chiang as “one of the genuine superstars of American engineering and higher education.” Dr. Chiang won the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, one of the highest honors given to U.S. scientists and engineers under 35, in 2013 for his research to design simpler and more powerful wireless networks. Click here to read more about Dr. Chiang and for a Q&A on his new position.


Over the July 15-16 weekend, a group of 20 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Futures (EF) facilitators met in Chicago, IL, for a day-long retreat to review information from the 2016-17 program year, explore new materials, and to make short and long-term plans for refreshing and extending the program curriculum. The image above was taken of the attendees over the weekend.

In addition, Director of EF Katy L. Colbry, Ph.D. (MI A ’99), announced that a NSF proposal submitted by herself and Dirk J. Colbry, Ph.D. (MI A ’06), has been funded. Read the grant details here.


Aly El-Shafei, Ph.D. (MA B ’88), has won the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa for his patented innovation, SEMAJIB, a smart bearing which improves the performance of turbines generating electricity. Currently, Dr. El-Shafei is a professor of vibration engineering at Cairo University, Egypt. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Read the announcement for more details on the Innovation Prize for Africa now in its sixth year. A judge said of Dr. El-Shafei: “He’s spent his entire career studying vibrations and this felt like the fruit of his life’s work. It’s the kind of African innovation that can be exported to the rest of the world.”


Refinery Manager, Executive Director in CA, & Charles Bachman (July 2017)

The Times of Northwest Indiana profiled Don W. Porter, MI G ’85, as he is the BP Whiting Refinery manager. The Refinery in Indiana and Illinois is the largest in the Midwest and BP’s largest. According to the article, “it supplies gas to seven states and produces nearly five percent of the nation’s asphalt.”

Porter began as a chemical engineer with BP and has held many different positions. Most recently he worked in Texas City, TX, “helping the former BP refinery there recover after a massive explosion in 2005.” Porter says in the article that, “From a professional standpoint, I have always wanted to be in a role of influence where I could make things better, from whatever aspect was needed.”


Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, is on a West Coast trip to meet with the Association’s president and vice president. In addition, he has been visiting local collegiate campuses and participating in alumni events. See the two images below from his trip.

Curt and CA Eta

Curt in San Jose, CA, at San Jose State University.

Curt at CA Phi

Curt in Stockton,CA, at the University of the Pacific.


Charles W. Bachman III, MI A ’48, passed away on July 13, 2017, at the age of 92. A software engineer, Bachman, worked at General Electric and created the Integrated Data Store, or IDS. “It is widely considered the world’s first database management system.” For his work, he received the 1973 A.M. Turing Award given by the Association of Computing Machinery.

Read the obituary from The Washington Post for more biographical information on Bachman, who was also awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.


Alumni Events, NSPE President, & Speaker + Award (July 2017)

There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in July. 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.

Berkeley, California – Friday, July 14 (social dinner)
Irvine, California – Sunday, July 16 (social & meeting)
Sacramento, California – Sunday, July 16 (social event)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Monday, July 17 (dinner meeting)
Minneapolis, Minnesota – Tuesday, July 18 (social event)
New York City, New York – Thursday, July 20 (social event)
Los Angeles, California – Sunday, July 23 (social & meeting)
Stillwater, Oklahoma – Tuesday, July 25 (dinner meeting)


Tom C. Roberts, P.E. (KS G ’70), will be installed as the president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) on July 22 during the Professional Engineers Conference in Atlanta, GA. After working at Black & Veatch as a nuclear systems engineer, Roberts was appointed assistant dean and associate professor for the College of Engineering at Kansas State University.

He spent 21 years working at KSU, his alma mater, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering. Read the full bio here.


On July 13, William F. Baker Jr., P.E. (MO A ’75), will deliver a keynote presentation at the Structural Engineers World Congress (SEWC) in Bangalore, India. Themed “Architecture-Structure Interaction for a Sustainable Built Environment,” the congress will focus on innovative uses of concrete in highly sustainable projects.

Baker is a structural & civil engineering partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. According to the news article, he will also be honored with the SEWC Sundaram Award for outstanding structural engineers during the congress.


Race Engineer, P.E. Licensure, & GVSU NASA’s Micro-g NExT Team (July 2017)

William M. Lee, NC A ’06, was profiled by WRAL (Sports Radio) for living his childhood dream as a race engineer at Stewart-Haas Racing for the No. 10 car driven by Danica Patrick. He began as an intern after receiving his mechanical engineering degree from North Carolina State University (NC State).

At NC State, Lee was a long-snapper on the varsity football team and maintained a 4.0 GPA. Read the article for more details on Lee’s job responsibilities before and during NASCAR races.


The Great Fall Tribune announced that Camille E.V. Johnson, MT A ’11, recently earned her professional engineering license in the state of Montana. Johnson is an engineer with TD&H Engineering. She has been with TD&H for nearly five years in the civil engineering department.

According to the article, she was also involved in the design group who won the 2016 Montana Grand Prize for the American Council of Engineering Companies for the Multiuse Athletic Field & Intermittent Storm Water Detention Pond. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University.


Grand Valley State University (MI) profiled the student team that recently returned from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where they tested a device they built for astronauts to use during future space missions. The team was participating in NASA’s Micro-g NExT Design Challenge to design and build a device that addresses a space exploration challenge.

The GVSU team (North Stars) worked on a surface sampling device for astronauts to use to gather and contain multiple samples of surface particles. Tau Bate Jake D. Stephens, MI L 2018, is a member of the North Stars and a product design and manufacturing engineering major. “Astronauts are working with limited resources and tools while they are in space, so we didn’t want to create something complicated and detailed,” said Stephens.


TBP Scholars, Innovation Prize for Africa Finalist, & P.E. Licensure (July 2017)

Tau Beta Pi has announced the 2017-18 class of Association Scholars. This year 271 students were selected to receive cash awards for their senior year of engineering study. This is the largest class of scholars in program history with more than $500,000 being awarded!

Read the press release for more information, including the names of several new scholarships. Short biographies of the Scholars will be published in August in conjunction with the Fall issue of The Bent magazine and online publication of The Bulletin.


Omolabake A. Adenle, Ph.D. (MD E ’03), has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 18, in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Adenle is from Nigeria and is founder of AJA.LA Studios, a startup with a platform of African language voice recognition and speech synthesis software.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University and holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She was a 2003-04 Tau Beta Pi Fellowship recipient. Read the announcement for more biographical information on Dr. Adenle who has developed software that can understand and digitize spoken African languages, and synthesize speech from African languages presented as digitized text.


The Durango Herald (CO) has announced that Ryne M. Waggoner, CO D ’11, recently passed the Colorado principles and practice of engineering exam, which qualifies him as a licensed professional engineer registered in Colorado. Click here for the news article.

Ryne Waggoner, P.E., is a staff engineer at La Plata Electric Association and previously worked for Lockheed Martin in the space systems division. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and a master’s in mechatronics from the University of Denver.


Jobs, Alumni Events, & Joint BME Chair (July 2017)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Facility Mechanical Engineering Senior with Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado
2. Aviation Logistics Engineer 3 at Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, Alabama
3. IMG CoreMedia VR Pipeline Engineer at Apple, Inc. in Santa Clara Valley, California
4. Production Engineer at Tate & Lyle in Loudon, Tennessee
5. Senior Geotechnical Engineer at DNV GLAS in Norway
6. Assistant or Associate Professor – Cybersecurity at California Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
7. Electrical Engineer at Arconic in Morristown, Tennessee
8. Senior Chemical Engineer with Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri


There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place this July. 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.

Birmingham, Alabama – Wednesday, July 12 (social meeting at brewery)
Irvine, California – Saturday, July 16 (social & meeting)
Minneapolis, Minnesota – Tuesday, July 18 (social event)
Los Angeles, California – Sunday, July 23 (social & meeting)
Stillwater, Oklahoma – Tuesday, July 25 (dinner meeting)


Susan S. Margulies, Ph.D. (NJ D ’82), has been named the chair of the department of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in injury biomechanics. Dr. Margulies is currently a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and will begin her new appointments on August 1, 2017.

According to the news announcement, her research spans the micro-to-macros scales in traumatic brain injury in children and ventilator-induced lung injury. Dr. Margulies earned her B.S.E. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.


IPP at Cornell, Engineers in Medicine, & Project Engineer Promotion (July 2017)

Cornell University (NY) has named Frederick F. Burgess, P.E. (IN G ’87), vice president for infrastructure, properties and planning, effective September 1, 2017. Burgess has served, since 2015, as the commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Washington, D.C.

According to the press release, he has nearly 25 years experience in “managing complex facilities, contracts and public works, most recently as the senior executive in charge of planning, building and maintaining the facilities for eight naval bases in the D.C. area.” Burgess has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s in civil engineering, and is a certified energy manager.


Two recent chemical engineering graduates of the University of Mississippi were recently profiled. Both are Tau Beta Pi members and will be moving into fields of medicine. David K. Langford, MS B 2017, will attend Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine with plans to pursue a doctorate in dental surgery.

Cary N. Roy, MS B 2017, has been admitted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His future plans include working in a “public hospital and opening a free clinic to provide basic medical services to underprivileged and underserved people.” Click here for the news article to learn more about both recent grads.


Derek T. Long, P.E. (NH A ’12), of Billerica, MA, has been promoted to senior project engineer with Sanborn, Head & Associates Inc. Long has been with Sanborn since 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Read the announcement.


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