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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Alumnus promotes STEM, Alumni Events, & Engineering Women (March 2017)

An article from the Jackson Hole News & Guide (WY) highlighted a program that brought ten Jackson engineers to local elementary schools during Engineers Week 2017 to “open their eyes to the world of engineering.” This is the second year that Brian T. Lenz, P.E (WY A ’99), has participated in this program. This year he was at Journeys School working with third graders and last year he visited an after-school program at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum.

Lenz is an engineer for the town of Jackson, WY, and spoke to the students about engineers. “We make roads, toys, sewer systems — you name it. Our goal in coming to the schools is to get you guys interested in engineering early on. Lots of you know you want to be a fireman or a doctor. But hopefully after all of this you’ll say, ‘I want to be an engineer when I grow up.'” Read the article for more on his visit.

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There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in March. You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. You should also check out the full list of known Tau Beta Pi Day activities and take part in the celebration. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bates (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.

Moscow, Idaho – Saturday, March 4 (alumni panel and meal)
Rexburg, Idaho – Saturday, March 4 (new chapter installation)
Chattanooga, Tennessee – Saturday, March 11 (Aquarium tour)
Bellevue, Washington – Sunday, March 12 (networking & interview workshops)
Urbana, Illinois – Sunday, March 12 (Pi Mile Run fundraiser)
San Jose, California, Sunday, March 12 (Tau Talks & Alumni panel)
Kentwood, Michigan, Sunday, March 12 (Pie social)
Beavercreek, Ohio – Tuesday, March 14 (Pizza Pi social)
Eagan, Minnesota – Tuesday, March 14 (networking social)
Westminster, Colorado – Tuesday, March 14 (alumni social)

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Paula B. Wells, Ph.D. (NE A ’57), is one of several female engineers profiled in an article from the Omaha World-Herald (NE). According to the article, Dr. Wells was the first woman to graduate with an engineering degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After starting a family and having three children, she decided to start her own firm. Today, her firm is The Wells Resource LLC, which has six employees and provides structural, civil and environmental engineering services.

The article concluded by speaking with current engineering student and electrical engineering intern at Morrissey Engineering, Marissa Gigantelli, NE A 2017. She suggested that women consider careers in engineering. “There’s a high demand for engineers now,” she said. “At a career fair, there were more job opportunities than people applying for them.”

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Intern Profile, Dean Opening, & NASA Astronaut Inspires (Feb. 2017)

Kaitlin H. Lostroscio, FL G 2016, was recently profiled by NASA as she completed her internship with the software, robotics and simulation division at Johnson Space Center (TX). She did well enough during her internship to be offered a graduate pathways position that began in January 2017. According to the article, she will do a second pathways tour in the summer, return to school and graduate with her master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Space exploration has long been important to Kaitlin as her father worked for more than 45 years at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (FL). She has been involved with NASA from her childhood when she would visit on “Take Your Child to Work Day”, in high school with in-house FIRST Robotics team, and with the Micro-g NExT program.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has a job listing for the Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University (ECU). Located in Greenville, NC, ECU is looking for a Dean that “will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and report to the Provost and senior vice Chancellor for academic affairs.”

Click here for the full job listing. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and include a curriculum vitae.

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Earlier this month, former NASA astronaut Mary L. Cleave, Ph.D. (UT G ’79), spoke to a group of middle school girls about her NASA career as part of a global campaign to promote science and engineering careers to girls. The event was hosted by Rockwell Collins in Maryland. Read the article from The Baltimore Sun, which includes video from the event.

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Girl Day 2017, Top Women in Tech, & Student Profile

DiscoverE is leading the charge for Girl Day or “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” day on Thursday, February 23. This year’s focus is on role models and how they can “educate girls about how engineers change our world.” A great example of what the engineering community is doing and can do is the “Girl Day at UT Austin.”

This event will take place on Saturday, February 25, at the University of Texas at Austin. According to the event’s web page, “over 8,000 elementary and middle school students are expected to participate with more than 1,300 volunteers and 150 student organizations, community organizations and companies volunteering.” The Texas Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at UT-Austin, will host a hands-on activity for attendees at this year’s Girl Day. In addition, Purdue University (IN) is hosting a similar event to celebrate Girls Day.

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Business Insider has published a list of the “43 most powerful female engineers of 2017” in honor of National Engineer’s week. The list profiles the most powerful women engineers in U.S. tech. Many are Tau Beta Pi members, including:

Selina Tobaccowala (CA G ’98) – co-founder at Gixo, Inc.
Raylene K. Yung (CA G ’07) – engineering at Stripe
Stephanie W. Butler, Ph.D. (TX A ’90) – technology innovation architect at Texas Instruments
Reates K. Curry, Ph.D. (NJ B ’94) – technical expert at Ford Motor Co.
Jill M. Hruby (IN A ’81) – president & director of Sandia National Laboratories

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Michelle J. Quizon, NV B 2017, was recently profiled by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Quizon is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also active in powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. Quizon is the 2015 International Powerlifting League World Champion for the 52-kg Junior Women’s class.

The theme for SWE’s 2017 Conference is “always connecting…always engineering.” For Quizon, this means “continuously contemplating how to execute my lifts more efficiently.” Click here for more from Quizon and details about the largest conference for women engineers.

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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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