New President, UMBC EWeek, Museum Engineering Day (Feb. 2017)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has named P. Barry Butler, Ph.D. (IA B ’79), as the sixth president beginning on March 13, 2017. Currently, Dr. Butler is executive vice president and Provost at the University of Iowa. In addition, he has held the position of Dean of Engineering at Iowa where he is also a full professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering.

Click here to read the news announcement for more information on Dr. Butler and his new role at Embry-Riddle.

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The Maryland Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is hosting a full week of activities to celebrate Engineer’s Week 2017 (Feb. 19-25). The kick-off event is speaker Brian H. Wayman, Ph.D. (MD D ’99), who is a program manager at GE Healthcare. Dr. Wayman will discuss his life journey.

Other events for the week include a scavenger hunt (Tuesday, Feb 21), lab tours (Wednesday, Feb 22), and the Battle of the Engineers (Friday, Feb 24). View the full calendar of events on the MD Delta’s website.

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The Riverfront Museum, in Peoria, IL, is hosting an Engineering Day and free day on Sunday, February 19. The event includes regular exhibits and the American Society of Civil Engineers 26th Annual Bridge Contest where middle school students compete to design and construct a bridge using standard index cards.

The Illinois Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Bradley University, is one of the partners and participants in the events on Engineering Day at the museum. “Engineering Day provides kids with an opportunity to see some of the cool and exciting things that engineering entails,” said Nick Rae, planetarium educator and science curator, “Kids also have a chance to ask questions and interact with some of the people who are doing it for a living.” Read the news announcement for more information.

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GIS Hall of Fame, NASA Habitat Challenge, & UCF STEM Day

Mark Monmonier, Ph.D. (MD A ’64), has been inducted into the GIS Hall of Fame at the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Monmonier is a distinguished professor of Geography at Syracuse University.

According to his URISA GIS Hall of Fame bio page, he is one of the world’s leading cartographers, has authored 19 books, and developed an algorithm “to detect boundaries among vertices of a valuated graph.” He was also cited for his dedication to the GIS community as a mentor to younger scholars.

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Team registration for NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is officially open and will close January 31, 2017. As Phase 2 of the NASA Centennial Challenges, the competition is “intended to inspire and activate citizen inventors to develop and showcase innovative technologies with potential to disrupt the future of space exploration and habitation.” Specifically, the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is designed to encourage radical innovation and progress toward developing habitats on the Moon and Mars.

Visit the challenge home page, hosted by Bradley University (IL), for all the details. There is an informational webinar scheduled for Wednesday, November 16.

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STEM Day 2016 on the campus of the University of Central Florida (UCF) included 1,200 K-12 students from 33 schools participating in a variety of activities and demonstrations focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), led and designed by UCF faculty and students. The Florida Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi contributed to the bi-annual event.

Read the article for highlights which included a talk and Q&A with former NASA astronaut Capt. Michael J. McCulley, IN A ’70.

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Convention Performances, Pumpkin Drop, & Computer Science Lecture

The Association was fortunate enough to have two awesome performances at this year’s Convention. On Friday night, Only Won (Baldwin Chiu, P.E.) and Larissa Lam performed songs from their respective albums. On Saturday afternoon, comedian and engineer Don McMillan performed his “Engineer@Heart” show. See images of each performance below.

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On Friday, October 28, West Virginia University’s (WVU) annual Pumpkin Drop will take place on the bridge adjacent to the Engineering Sciences Building on the Evansdale campus. According to the press release, “hosted by the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the event will bring together elementary, middle and high school teams from across the state and region to test protective designs for their pumpkins outside of the classroom.”

The West Virginia Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at WVU will be onsite to assist with clean up and to collect recyclable materials that can be donated to local charitable organizations.

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Jeanette M. Wing, Ph.D. (MA B ’79), will speak as part of the CS @ ILLINOIS Distinguished Lecture Series. Her lecture will take place at 4pm on Monday, October 24, in 2405 Siebel Center. Dr. Wing is corporate vice president of Microsoft Research and she will discuss how Microsoft’s research partnerships with academia touch science, technology, and society. Click here for more details.

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NCAA Woman of the Year, Jobs, STEM Involvement (October 2016)

Margaret G. Guo, MA B 2016, was selected on Sunday, October 16, as the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year. The award recognizes graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in athletics, academics, leadership, and community service. Guo is the first MIT student to receive this award. Guo graduated from MIT with dual degrees in electrical engineering & computer science and biological engineering.

She is currently working on her doctor of medicine and Ph.D. at Stanford University. She already has two patents related to the biotechnology field. Click here to read the news release and watch the video from the NCAA and here for the announcement from MIT.

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Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Mechanical Engineer at Formlabs in Somerville, Massachusetts
2. Bio-Med Specialist – Biomedical Engineering with New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina
3. Spacecraft Systems Engineer with Inmarsat Government in Reston, Virginia
4. Associate Engineer – Mechanical Hardware with Panasonic in Knoxville, Tennessee
5. Open Rank Faculty Mechanical Science & Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
6. Senior Design Engineer with Xilinx in Saggart, Ireland
7. Student Intern/ Co-Op UX Design at Siemens in Knoxville, Tennessee
8. TO1 Senior Project Engineer with Raytheon in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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The Conversation US recently published an article by Carolyn C. Seepersad, Ph.D. (WV A ’96), on involving women and girls in engineering. Dr. Seepersad is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. One of her main proposals for action is “richer storytelling” of what engineers do.

Dr. Seepersad also highlights the importance of engaging the right audience (active with K-12 students) and keeping them involved (to improve retention).

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Concert, Joe Sutter, & A Dangerous Robot

Tau Beta Pi is proud to present Only Won and Larissa Lam in concert on Friday, October 7, at the Town and Country Resort San Diego, CA. A high school engineering information session will be held prior to the concert. Do you know what engineering is? What is the difference between a civil engineer and an industrial engineer? What is college like for an engineering student? Get the answers to these questions and many more from the top engineering students and professionals in the country during this interactive session.

High School Engineering Information Session: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Salon 3)

Concert: 8:45 – 10 p.m. (Golden Ballroom)

Baldwin Chiu, P.E. (CA U ’98), is a director, speaker, and rapper also known by his stage name, Only Won. He is a project manager and senior mechanical engineer. Larissa Lam is an award-winning singer and songwriter. She hosted a talk show on JUCE TV for nine years. This event is free for high school students and their guardians, teachers, and administrators.

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Joseph F. Sutter, WA A ’43, “Father of Boeing’s 747 Jumbo Jet” has passed away at the age of 95. “Joe lived an amazing life and was an inspiration – not just to those of us at Boeing, but to the entire aerospace industry,” said Ray Conner, chief executive officer of Boeing’s commercial airplane division. Sutter retired from Boeing in 1986 as executive vice president in charge of commercial airplane engineering and product development.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington. Click here to read the article on Sutter from Bloomberg Technology.

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A roboticist and artist has constructed the first robot “that was built to intentionally hurt and injure someone.” Alexander J. Reben, NY O ’08, wants to ignite a conversation about where technology is going and what dangers robots will present humanity in the future. Read the article form Fast Company that profiles this robot and Reben.

Reben created the robot to inflict a pinprick randomly. “No one’s actually made a robot that was built to intentionally hurt and injure someone,” Reben claims. “I wanted to make a robot that does this that actually exists.” He works as a member of Stochastic Labs, a Berkeley arts, technology, and science events incubator.

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Alumni Events, TBP/ SAE Scholarships, & Student Essay Contest

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

Cedar Spring, Michigan – Saturday, August 13 (lunch social)
Old Hickory, Tennessee – Saturday, August 13 (USACE tour)
Woodinville, Washington – Sunday August 14 (networking social)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Friday, August 19 (networking social)
Cary, North Carolina – Saturday, August 20 (brewery tour social)
New Braunfels, Texas – Saturday August 20 (tubing social)

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Each year six incoming college freshman are awarded a Tau Beta Pi/ SAE Engineering Scholarship of $1,000 to pursue an engineering or related science degree through an ABET accredited program. The recipients for 2016-17 are:

Loewen Cavill, Milford High School, Milford, OH (Freshman) – mechanical engineering at MIT
Serena Gown-Haeberli, Notre Dame High School, Belmont, CA (Freshman) – mechanical engineering at MIT
Johnathan Lin, Whitney High School, Cerritos, CA (Freshman) – electrical engineering & computer science at the Univ. of California, Berkeley
Haripriya Mehta, Maine Township High School West, Des Plaines, IL (Freshman) – electrical engineering at MIT
Morlan Osgood, Loveland High School, Loveland, OH (Freshman) – engineering at Princeton University
Tyler Testin, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, IA (Freshman) – electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame

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The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Board of Directors would like “students from all walks of life and grade levels (preschool through graduate school) to share their community story by submitting an entry into this year’s” Student Essay & Video Contest. There will be cash prizes for the top three entries, as selected by a group of reviewers from the ASEE Diversity Committee.

The submission timeline includes: September 1, 2016, contest open for submissions; February 1, 2017, submission deadline; March 1, 2017, submission review deadline; and April 1, 2017, winners announced. For requirements and other information, click here.

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ASEE Fellows, ACerS Distinguished, & Teaching Award (June 2016)

The 2016 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) class of Fellows has been announced. The 11 engineering and engineering technology educators will be honored June 27-28 at the ASEE annual conference in New Orleans, LA. “The Fellow designation is one of unusual professional distinction and conferred by the Board of Directors upon an ASEE member with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications, significant experience in engineering or engineering technology education or allied field, and contributions to ASEE.” Click here for the full list of ASEE 2016 Fellows. Six of this year’s Fellows are Tau Bates, they are:

1. Wayne T. Davis, Ph.D. – (TN A ‘73) University of Tennessee College of Engineering Dean
2. John K. Estell, Ph.D. – (OH Z ‘84) Ohio Northern University professor of computer engineering & computer science
3. Ronald E. Land – (GA A ’71) Penn State University, New Kensington professor, co-director, & assistant golf coach
4. Michael J. Prince, Ph.D. – (MA A ’84) Bucknell University professor of chemical engineering
5. Donna S. Reese, Ph.D. – (MS A ‘79) Mississippi State University professor & department head of computer science & engineering
6. Catherine A. Skokan, Ph.D. – (CO A ‘70) Colorado School of Mines associate professor of engineering

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James E. Houseman, Ph.D. (OH G ’68), has been selected as a Distinguished Life Member of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). This award is bestowed on “members of the Society of professional eminence who, because of their achievements in the ceramic arts or sciences, or their service to the Society, are elected to such membership by the Board of Directors.”

Dr. Houseman is currently CEO & Chairman of Harrop Industries, Inc., a kiln manufacturer. Click here to read his full award biography with information on his involvement in ACerS and his education, which includes a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from The Ohio State University.

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The 2016 National Outstanding Teaching Award will be presented to Mary C. Verstraete, Ph.D. (OH K ’82), by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Verstraete is an associate professor and associate chair of biomedical engineering at the University of Akron. She also serves as an advisor to the OH Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Pi (since 2005).

This award provides national recognition to an engineering or engineering technology educator for excellence in outstanding classroom performance, contributions to the scholarship of teaching, and participation in ASEE Section meetings and local activities. Read the press release for more information.

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