Attorney of the Year, Engineering Dean Opening, & Lecture (Feb. 2017)

John A. Dragseth, MN A ’91, was one of three named “2016 Attorneys of the Year” in the team category by Minnesota Lawyer for their win at the U.S. Supreme Court for client Halo Electronics, Inc. The case, (Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc.) has been widely cited as one of the most important patent cases of 2016.

Dragseth is a principal and attorney at Fish & Richardson. According to the press release, Dragseth’s practice centers on complex legal analysis and writing. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.


The Chronicle of Higher Education posted a job listing for the Dean, School of Mines and Engineering, at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. “Required qualifications include: a Ph.D. in an engineering field from a regionally accredited university and five years of broad-based and progressively responsible administrative/budget experience and responsibility in a regionally accredited university. Licensure as a professional engineer current or within one-year is preferred.”

Click here for more information and to apply.


On Friday, February 17, guest speaker John Young, Ph.D. (AL A ’96), will give his talk entitled “From Zero Hertz to Terahertz: Modern Challenges in Computational Electromagnetics.” Dr. Young is a research assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, where his lecture will take place in the Gatton College of Business & Economics (Room 283).

Dr. Young’s research interests include integral equation methods, finite element methods, electromagnetic theory. He previously worked at Japan Radio Co. All three of his degrees, B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., are in electrical engineering. Read the event page for more details.


Jobs, Heat Transfer Memorial Award, & Chapter Installation (February 2017)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Ergonomic Engineer at Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. in Loudon, Tennessee
2. Associate Director, National Toxicology Program with NIEHS/NIH in Research Triangle, North Carolina
3. Tenured Faculty in Engineering and Policy at Arizona State University in Phoenix
4. Technical Support Engineer – Vascular with GE Healthcare in multiple U.S. locations
5. Engineering – Electrical Engineer at Procter & Gamble in Lima, Ohio
6. Embedded Software Engineer posted by Recruiting in Motion in Vaughn, Ontario (Canada)
7. Software Engineering Intern with L3, in Plano, Texas
8. Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Raj M. Manglik, Ph.D. (OH B ’76), has received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award. Dr. Manglik is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was honored “for pioneering and seminal advancement of the science and engineering of interfacial transport phenomena, boiling, thermal processing of non-Newtonian media, enhanced heat transfer, and micro-scale compact heat exchangers, leading to transformative contributions to the archival literature as well as engineering design practice.”

In addition, Dr. Magnlik serves as Director of the UC Thermal-Fluids & Thermal Processing Laboratory. Click here to read the news announcement.


Tau Beta Pi is pleased to announce the upcoming installation of the Association’s 246th collegiate chapter at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg on Saturday, March 4. Events are planned to take place in the Science and Technology Center and the Manwaring Center on campus. Parking is free on weekends. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Initiation of new members at 3:00 p.m. (STC 361)
Installation immediately following initiation at 4:00 p.m. (STC 361)
Banquet at 5:00 p.m. (MC 387)

The cost of the banquet is $15 per person. Attire for all events is business formal. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet fellow Tau Bates in the area and welcome new members to the Association. Please keep in mind that the initiation ceremony is closed to members only, and we ask that you arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. to attend initiation. If you plan to attend, register by Wednesday, February 22.


Gordon Prize, Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer, & BEYA Promising Engineer (Jan. 2017)

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has announced the 2017 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education winners. The Gordon prize is split between the school and the individual professors recognized by the NAE. This year’s Prize goes to Julio M. Ottino, Ph.D. (MA Z ’76), “for an educational paradigm that merges analytical, rational left-brain skills with creative, expansive right-brain skills to develop engineering leaders.”

Dr. Ottino is Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University (IL). He is the founder and former director of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. Read the award announcement for more information.


A job opportunity with Radio Flyer, a respected name in the toy industry, was recently posted to the Tau Beta Pi LinkedIn job board. The company is looking for a Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer in Chicago, Illinois.

Required skills include: a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering and 5 years’ experience in quality engineering with a toy or consumer product company. A few of the job responsibilities are “being responsible for QA support on new product development, quality improvement projects to reduce cost of quality, and improving the manufacturing process controls on both mechanical and electrical related components.”


Kwame J. Marshall, MD E ’12, is an electrical engineer with the Naval Air Systems Command Avionics Division. He will receive the “Most Promising Engineer – Government” award at the 2017 BEYA STEM Conference in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University (MD), where he served as MD Epsilon Chapter president and treasurer. After graduation, he also served as an advisor from 2012-13.

The image below is from his 2016 engagement photo shoot with his wife Raisa.


Photo Credit: Nadja


Benjamin Franklin Medal, FORBES 30 Under 30, & UCR Hiring

Two Tau Bates were among the eight laureates selected for the 2017 Franklin Medals by the Franklin Institute. The Franklin Medal is one of the oldest and most prestigious comprehensive science awards in the world. Click here to see the full list of Franklin Institute Awards for 2017.

Nick Holonyak Jr., Ph.D. (IL A ’50), is a Endowed Chair Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was cited “for the development of the first visible (red) laser and LED used in displays and lighting, and the use of various alloys in colored light sources, which led to reduced energy consumption worldwide and contributed to the realization of optical data communications as the backbone of the Internet.”

Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Ph.D. (SC G ’51), is Professor Emerita at MIT. She was cited “For her fundamental contributions to the understanding and exploitation of carbon nanomaterials, such as the spheres known as buckminsterfullerenes, the cylindrical pipes called nanotubes, and the single-atom-thick sheets of carbon known as graphene, and for launching the field of low-dimensional thermoelectricity, the direct conversion of heat to electricity.”


Forbes has announced the 2017 Class of 30 Under 30. The honor goes to “young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.” Only 30 individuals are selected in each of 20 industries. The following are Tau Bates. Read the article for more information.

Nishant Garg (FL A 2010) – Flow Labs co-founder

Manufacturing & Industry:
Sean T. Hunt, Ph.D., (DE A 2011) – Solugen co-founder (TBP Scholar 2010)

Raja Bobbili (MA B 2008) – Analyst at Abrams Capital

Enterprise Technology:
1. Curtis B. Liu (MA B 2010) – Amplitude Analytics co-founder
2. William W. Woods, Ph.D., (PA H 2011) – Capella Space co-founder & CTO (PA Eta chapt. Pres)
3. Andrew D. First (NC G 2010) – Leanplum co-founder
4. Beyang Liu (CA G 2011) – Sourcegraph co-founder

1. Nicole C. Moskowitz (NY A 2014) – IntuiTap Medical, Inc., Co-founder
2. Austin W. Walker, M.D. (IL G 2011) – Innovein CEO
3. Archit N. Bhise (MA B 2013) – Wellframe co-founder


A job listing from The Chronicle of Higher Education details a major expansion of faculty at the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) Bourns College of Engineering. UCR is looking to hire “emerging scholars as they transition into the professoriate.” To learn more, visit a website regarding the new University of California Office of the President program.


Jobs, Yale Dean, & ECHO Award (Jan. 2017)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Process Engineer at Enviva in Raleigh, North Carolina
2. Electrical Engineer with Planate Management Group in Palo Alto, California
3. President at Oakland University in Detroit, Michigan
4. Manager | QA Engineering with Raytheon in McKinney, Texas
5. Lean Manufacturing Specialist, Cast Products at Alcoa Corp., in Knoxville, Tennessee
6. Logistics Engineer Associate at CSRA in Kuwait
7. Engineer 3 – Paint Engineering with Nissan Motor Corp., in Canton, Mississippi
8. Software Engineer at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
9. City of Dallas Engineer in Texas


Yale University has announced that current Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science Kyle Vanderlick, Ph.D. (NY G ’81), will return to full-time teaching and research at the conclusion of her current term as dean ending December 31, 2017. Dr. Vanderlick has served as dean since 2007. Read the news announcement for more biographical details.

Yale President Peter Salovey had this to say about her efforts: “Kyle has brought to life on our campus the ‘cool’ nature of engineering,” said Salovey. “Interest and enrollment in Yale’s engineering programs has skyrocketed, and student groups centered on engineering now abound – including the national engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi and a chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, both launched in recent years. Her energy and creativity are reflected in every facet of the vibrant school she has shaped and shepherded these past 10 years.”


Craig T. Burda, PA L ’85, is the recipient of the 2017 ECHO (Environment, Community, Humanity, Ownership) Award “for his sustained efforts to effectively implement the law.” Burda is a mining engineer with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This is the fifth ECHO Award given out by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).

According to the press release, Burda “has dedicated himself to protecting people and the environment against the ongoing threat of acid mine drainage coming from permitted coal waste facilities.” Also, WPMT Fox43 (PA) has video coverage of Burda receiving his award.


Process Engineer Position, Cardiologist Profile, & Professional Development Resources

Enviva a biomass fuels company is looking to hire a process engineer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in engineering (preferably mechanical), working knowledge of value stream mapping and FMEA, and a minimum of three years of manufacturing experience.

Because the company is “the world’s largest producer of wood pellets” experience in wood processing is desired. Click here to apply and to read the full job listing.


John E. Broadbent III, M.D. (KY A ’86), will join the medical staff at Murray Hospital as a cardiologist beginning January 2017. Dr. Broadbent is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, a member of the American College of Cardiology and American Medical Association & AIChE, and has contributed six published articles relating to cardiology topics.

Read the announcement from the West Kentucky Star for more details.


For the past several years, Tau Beta Pi has offered professional development sessions as part of its annual Convention. Due to the success of this program, the Association would like to provide more information and details on these sessions to all of its members, not just those that attend Convention.

To this end, a new web page has been created “Professional Development Resources” with short bios, session summaries, and materials from several of the sessions. Alumni and collegiate chapters of TBP are encouraged to review these sessions and consider offering them at the local level. Email TBP Headquarters with questions or for contact information for presenters.


MA Epsilon 75th Anniversary, USAFA Opening, & OH Alpha Tutoring (Dec. 2016)

Chief Advisor of the Massachusetts Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, Tom Sheahan, Sc.D., P.E. (NY M ’81), and chapter president Ashley M. Testa, MA E 2017, commemorated the 75th anniversary of the installation of the MA Epsilon Chapter. The 78th chapter of Tau Beta Pi, MA Epsilon, was established on December 13, 1941.


Dr. Sheahan is a professor of engineering and senior associate dean for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University. He posted the above image to his Twitter account.


USAJOBS, a U.S. Office of Personnel Management website, posted an opening for an assistant professor of systems engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). The position will begin on June 1, 2017, and “is in the excepted civil service.”

USAFA is located north of Colorado Springs, applicants must be U.S. citizens, and have a doctoral degree completed by the application deadline. Candidates with a record of peer-reviewed research and publications as well as systems engineering teaching experience are highly desirable.  Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. 


On Sunday, December 11, the Ohio Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Case Western Reserve University, will host Core Cram. This event is hosted each semester during finals week to “help other students focus on final exam studying and get advice from older students.”

This year in addition to offering tutoring on engineering and science core classes, OH Alpha has partnered with two other campus societies to allow for a broader focus and more diversified mentors. Click here to learn more about Core Cram, which includes free food.