SWE Awards, ECU Community Project, Litigation Partner (October 2017)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has announced the recipients of its annual awards program, which recognizes innovators and leaders who are supporting the enrichment and advancement of women in the engineering community from industry to education. This year’s award recipients will be recognized at WE17, Oct. 26-28, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
The following are a few of the Tau Bate award recipients: (See the full list of award recipients.)

Achievement Award – Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D. (NJ D ’79) Caltech professor and director.
Distinguished Engineering Educator Award – Deborah J. O’Bannon, P.E., Ph.D. (MO A ’79) Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City professor
Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award – Diane L. Peters, P.E., Ph.D. (IN G ’93) assistant professor at Kettering University
Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award – Mark W. Albers (TX D ’79) senior Vice President ExxonMobil Corp.


Several students from the North Carolina Zeta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at East Carolina University (ECU), presented a new exhibit to the Neuseway Planetarium. The exhibit included models of the Chandra satellite using 3-D printers.

“A lot of engineering has gone into making the day-to-day life on the International Space Station better, and 3-D printing is part of that as well,” Ricky T. Castles, Ph.D. (VA B ’03), NC Z chief advisor and assistant professor of engineering at ECU.
Click here to read the article.


Jayme Partridge, TX D ’82, has jointed Fish & Richardson’s firm in the Houston, TX, offices as a principal in its Litigation Group, “where she will focus her practice on complex intellectual property litigation.”

According to the press release, she previously was a partner at Patterson + Sheridan, spent two years as in-house litigation counsel for ExxonMobil, and worked as a mechanical engineer for six years before law school. Partridge earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University.



STEM Talk, Hyperloop Founder, & Environmental Engineering Position (September 2017)

On Tuesday, September 19, at 7pm (ET) join @EducationNation and @DiscoverEorg (on Twitter) for September’s #ToolkitTalk. This month’s topic is “Pathways to STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation.” Marvi A. Matos, Ph.D. (PR A ’01), project group lead for materials and processes at Blue Origin will be one of the featured speakers.

Dr. Matos earned her bachelor’s (University of Puerto Rico) and Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon University) in mechanical engineering. She is an “active presenter of scientific outreach to middle and high school students in efforts to increase their engagement in math and engineering.”


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently profiled Josh D. Giegel, PA B ’07, president of engineering, co-founder, and board member of Hyperloop One. Giegel earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State and a master’s from Stanford University. Both of his parents are engineers.

Hyperloop One launched in 2014 and this past August a prototype pod reached 192 miles an hour in the Nevada desert. This was the first display that the concept of hyperloop travel could work. Click here to read the article for more information.


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is looking for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in environmental engineering with an emphasis in emerging environmental challenges.

According to the job post from The Chronicle of Higher Education, candidates for the position are required to have earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field by the time of appointment. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by October 31, 2017 for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled


Successful Intern Profile, HQ Power Outage, & STEM Girl Scout Badges (July 2017)

Wichita State University (KS) recently profiled Amy P. McClain, KS B 2018, for her work as an engineering intern at Burns & McDonnell. A mechanical engineering major, McClain began by taking the only open internship position in marketing and now moved into the engineering office. Most recently, she has been working with mechanical HVAC and plumbing systems for manufacturing facilities.

In addition, McClain is the KS Beta Chapter president of Tau Beta Pi. In the article, she talks about the importance of her involvement and leadership roles in organizations outside of the classroom. “Academics are extremely important since companies are wanting that degree from you,” says McClain, “but I think overall, they don’t solely look at your course work because they want to see how your soft skills and your problem solving skills carry over.”


On July 31 beginning at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. on August 1, the University of Tennessee will be working on the power to Dougherty Engineering Building. This will impact Tau Beta Pi Headquarters’ servers, so the Association website and associated applications will be down during this time period.


Several news outlets reported on the addition of 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for the Girl Scouts of the USA. According to the article from the Houston Chronicle, there is a badge for kindergarten and first graders to introduce the world of robots and engineering.

Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia E. Acevedo, NM A ’79: “It’s really all about how do we capture that interest in science and technology,” Acevedo said. “The other thing is the girls are learning not just how to do a specific skill but also how to think, how to think like an inventor, how to think like a creator, how to think like a maker. Those are the types of things that we want to ignite in the girls.”


MindSET K-12, New Dean, & Student Engineers Blog (June 2017)

Rutgers University recently profiled the New Jersey Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi’s work with the K-12 MindSET program. At the most recent session, concepts of energy, momentum, and optimizations were taught through the water bottle flip challenge. Fourth and fifth grade students from Woodbridge township participated in the activity.

The program has been active for the past two years. “I’m hoping this helps them learn the engineering process—the scientific approach to a problem-by applying it to a fun activity,” said Jonathan Albar (NJ B 2018), MindSET chair and mechanical engineering junior. Click here to read the full article for more information.


Justin Schwartz, Ph.D. (IL A ’85), has been named the new Dean of the College of Engineering at Penn State University. He will begin his new position on August 15. Currently, Dr. Schwartz is professor and department head of materials science and engineering at North Carolina State University.

Read the news announcement for more bio details on Dr. Schwartz who recently co-founded Lupine Materials and Technology, Inc., an optical fiber sensors and magnetic materials company of which he serves as CEO. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in nuclear engineering.


Two recent engineering graduates from Rowan University (NJ) have started a blog, “Engineering Exposed,” to share their education, work experience, and other engineering passions. They are James Henry, NJ E 2017, and Bobby J. Samuel, NJ E 2017.

Henry graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and now works at Ellenby Technologies as a design engineer. While at Rowan, he was a member of the first ever Design/Build/Fly team, helping to design and build a fuselage for an RC aircraft capable of flying a 32 oz. Gatorade bottle. Samuel also graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and will work at NAVAIR. He has volunteered to help restore a decommissioned aircraft at the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society.


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.


Sylvia Acevedo, Jobs, & City Engineer

Sylvia E. Acevedo, NM A ’79, is the Interim CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA and was recently profiled with a video on CNBC to encourage young girls to consider STEM careers. Acevedo earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University and received a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University.

In addition, Acevedo was honored on May 1 at the State Capitol by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with the 2017 Latino Spirit Award in health and science. Read the article for more information about her “longtime advocacy for underserved communities, including girls’ and women’s causes.” She has been a presidential commissioner for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics since 2011.


Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Plant Engineer with Minnkota Power in Center, North Dakota
2. Cognitive Systems Engineer at Charles River Analytics in Cambridge, Massachusetts
3. Manufacturing Engineer II at Abbott in Atlanta, Georgia
4. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at the International University of Grand-Bassam in Ivory Coast
5. Student Intern/ Co-Op at Siemens in Knoxville, Tennessee
6. Chief of Engineering and Construction with City of Baltimore Dept. of Public Works in Maryland
7. Capture Manager/ Sr. Outside Sale Manager I at Jacobs in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
8. Engineer for HV Battery Controller Design & Analysis at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan


The City of Pocatello, Idaho, has named Jeffrey L. Mansfield, P.E. (ID B ’06), as the new public works director/city engineer. He will begin his new position immediately from his current position as senior engineer for the City. He will oversee the operation of the water, water pollution control, sanitation, streets, engineering, and science/ environmental departments.

According to an article from the Idaho State Journal, Mansfield served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a civil engineer/ flight superintendent. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Idaho State University and is working towards a master’s degree in civil engineering at Colorado State University.


Clemson Honors, Design Project, & Roller Coaster Competition

At a recent ceremony, several of the “best and brightest” students in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University were honored. Several are Tau Beta Pi members, including: (Click here to see the full list of awards.)

Ben H. Shumpert (SC A 2016) – Moorman Award (computer engineering)
Joey R. Wilson III (SC A 2016) – Davis Leadership Award (bioengineering)
Aaron S. Gordon (SC A 2016) – Earle Award (civil engineering)
Amanda D. Farthing (SC A 2017) – Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (industrial engineering)
Hannah McNulty (SC A 2017) – TBP Scholarship for SC Alpha (environmental engineering and Earth sciences)


Tyler E. Gester, AL B 2017, is a member of a team of University of Alabama engineering students that adapted a toy car for a young boy with femur-fibula-ulna syndrome. The activity was part of their senior design project and allowed the boy to be mobile and independent.

This week, the team brought the car to the young boy’s school for his first ride. Read the article from the Tuscaloosa News for more information on the re-configured controls that allow the car to be driven with a joystick and buttons instead of a pedals and a steering wheel.


On Thursday, April 13, the Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted the 17th Annual Tau Beta Pi Roller Coaster Engineering Competition. This year’s Rube-Goldberg Challenge was “to score a goal.” Four of the six awards went to Urbandale High School Physics Teams.

Watch videos of the winning teams in a news article from the Urbandale Community School District.


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