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

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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)

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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.

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New Provost, Jobs, & New Dean (June 2017)

Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D. (IN A ’81), has been named the new executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami. He will start this position on July 1, 2017. Since 2012, Dr. Duerk has served as the dean of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Duerk is one of the world’s leading experts in biomedical imaging, with emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging. He holds more than 30 patents and was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors in 2017. Click here to read more about Dr. Duerk.

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Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Cyber Systems Engineer 4 with Northrop Grumman Corporation in Orlando, Florida
2. Senior R&D Scientist/Engineer at Waters Corporation in Milford, Massachusetts
3. Software Engineer at SoundHound Inc. in Santa Clara, California
4. Professor or Assistant Professor Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Southern University of Science & Technology in China
5. Senior Environmental Engineer at McHale and Associates, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee
6. Sr. Test Engineer with Raytheon in Aurora, Colorado
7. Specialist, Process/Packing Engineering at Merck & Co. in Wilson, North Carolina
8. Lecturer – Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley

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East Carolina University (ECU) has selected Harry J. Ploehn, Ph.D. (TX G ’83), as dean for the College of Engineering and Technology. Currently, Dr. Ploehn is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of South Carolina (USC) and associate dean for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives in the College of Engineering and Computing.

According to the news article, he has been on the faculty as USC since 1995, served as vice provost and director of academic planning, and interim dean of the engineering college. Dr. Ploehn’s research focuses on nanotechnology.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Stanford Engineering Showcase, Top Razorbacks, & Manufacturing Innovation Job

On Monday, April 17, The Engineering Showcase at Stanford University will take place. This year’s event is co-hosted by the local chapters of Tau Beta Pi and IEEE at Stanford.

According to the event web page, “(showcase) aims to provide a common platform for engineering undergraduates from all fields to come together and engage in conversation. A brand-new aspect of this initiative is an interactive networking opportunity with startups and industry leaders around Silicon Valley, who will be displaying and demoing their products side by side with student presenters.” RSVP for the showcase here. Visit the California Gamma Chapter’s website for more details.

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Emily A. Degner, AR A 2017, has been named to the 2017 Class of Razorback Classics at the University of Arkansas. The award is the pinnacle of the Arkansas Alumni Association program that started in the fall with hundreds of nominations. This award looks at the entire student experience.

Degner is a chemical engineering major, AR Alpha Chapter recording secretary, and TBP Scholar (2016). She is now eligible to be named one of the top two seniors on campus. Click here to read the article for more information.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education posted a job listing for a Director of Manufacturing Innovation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. This position has been created to support research and workforce development initiatives that result from membership in eight of the 14 Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes.

Position requirements include a graduate degree in STEM and at least five years of related industry experience in scientific or engineering areas. Apply through the job posting.

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Jobs, Ghana Director-General of SSNIT, Marathon Winner (April 2017)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Sr. Software Engineer for Cloud Applications & Services at Autodesk in Boston, Massachusetts
2. Planning Engineer with Tesoro Corporation in Los Angeles, California
3. Power Delivery Engineer at ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., in Raleigh, North Carolina
4. Assistant Professor of Electrical Energy Engineering at Keimyung University in Korea
5. Flight Test Engineer at Epic Aircraft LLC in Bend, Oregon
6. Systems Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering with Google in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7. Production Engineer at JTEKT in Vonore, Tennessee
8. Systems Engineering at Moog in East Aurora, New York

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President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has appointed John Ofori-Tenkorang, DSc (MA B ’89), as the Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT). Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang has been working in the office of H.E. Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia since 2014 as technical advisor. Read the news announcement for more information on the investment banker, engineer, and academic Dr. Ofori-Tenkorang.

He attended MIT where he earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor of science in electrical engineering and computer science. He spent several years as an instructor at MIT where he also developed novel electric motors and propulsion systems for modern electric vehicles.

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Hannah Cooling, CO A ’13, won the Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans Marathon in March. Cooling’s efforts were profiled by her alma mater the Colorado School of Mines where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and was a member of the cross country team. She is a previous CO Alpha Chapter president and TBP Scholar.

Cooling now works as an engineer for ExxonMobil. According to the article, her training was interrupted due to long hours at work because one of the refinery processing units was taken off-line. Her perseverance and success has motivated her to set sights on running the California International Marathon in December 2017 with hopes to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

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Jobs, Outstanding Seniors, & Process Engineer Retires (March 2017)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Chemical & Materials Engineering Department Chair at the University of Alabama in Huntsville
2. Staff Geotechnical Engineer from Engineering Jobs in San Ramon, California
3. City Engineer at the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa
4. Sr. Environmental Engineer with McHale Performance in Knoxville, Tennessee
5. Lead Product Engineer at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in Shenzhen, China
6. Quality Engineering Analyst – Intern at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Motion in Houston, Texas
7. Sr. Cyber Defense Systems Engineer with Exelon Corp. in Owings Mills, Maryland
8. Senior Lecturer Petroleum Engineering at the Abu Dhabi Polytechnic in United Arab Emirates

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Three engineering students at the University of Mississippi have been named recipients of the 2016-17 Outstanding Senior Leadership Award in the School of Engineering. According to the news article, “each recipient was selected through a competitive nomination process. Nominations are based on the students’ records of academic achievement, leadership, professional development and community service.”

Two of the three awardees are Tau Bates. Holly R. Pitts, MS B 2017, is a civil engineering and general studies major. She also received the Mississippi Engineering Society’s Outstanding Senior award and scholarship. She plans to earn her MBA and a master’s in fine arts to combine her interests in engineering, business, and art. Dustin A. Dykes, MS B 2017, is a mechanical engineering major with a 4.0 GPA. He received the 2016 Association of the U.S. Army scholarship for top cadet in the nation. His plans include attending graduate school to study aerospace engineering and serving as a U.S. Army test pilot.

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Joseph D. Honerkamp, MO A ’48, recently celebrated his last day as a chief process engineer at GasTech. He was profiled by the Tulsa World (OK) for his six decades working as an engineer. Honerkamp is now 90 years old and attributes his longevity to “his passion for engineering.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri and served in both the U.S. Navy and Army. Read the article for more biographical details.

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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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