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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Pioneer in IoT, Top Organization on Campus, & New Dean

According to an article from the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Ph.D. (OH D ’79), has been recognized by Connected World as one of the top 10 Pioneers in the Internet of Things (IoT) for “his contributions in large scale 3-D printing and a concept called telefracturing: the ability to manufacture remotely.”

Dr. Khoshnevis is a professor in the department of industrial and systems engineering at USC. He holds more than 100 U.S. and international patents and says that “construction is the last frontier for automation.” Read the Connected World article featuring Dr. Khoshnevis.

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The Omicron Delta Kappa chapter at Clemson University recently announced its spring organization and individual awards. ODK is the national leadership honor society and they host an annual banquet “to recognize outstanding students and organizations in community service, academics, and leadership.”

The South Carolina Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Clemson, is the recipient of the “Clemson University Organization of the Year” award. The chapter also received the “Omicron Delta Kappa President’s Leadership” award. The banquet will take place on April 17. Click here for more information.

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Jean Zu, Ph.D., has been selected as the new dean of the School of Engineering & Science at Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ). Currently, Dr. Zu is the chair of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Toronto.

She sill start her new position on May 1, 2017. Click here for more biographical information on Dr. Zu whose scholarly interests include mechanical vibrations and dynamics.

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All-Academic Team, District 13 Conference, & NM Gamma Food Drive

Jaclyn V. Solimine, MA Q 2017, has been named to the America East Track and Field All-Academic team. She is a mechanical engineering major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. According to the news article, Solimine is the school’s individual record holder in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter races and took the America East crown in the 5,000-meters this season.

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On March 24-25, the District 13 Conference of Tau Beta Pi took place in El Paso, TX, hosted by the Texas Theta Chapter at the University of Texas at El Paso. There are nine TBP collegiate chapters in District 13 and together with Association Officials and other members there were more than 40 on hand.

TBP Executive Councillor George J. Morales, Ph.D. (FL E ’06), traveled to participate in the Conference and took several pictures, including the above image of the TX Theta bent monument. It was also the final TBP event for District Director Jeff G. Dabling, UT B ’00, who is retiring from his position. Dabling has served for nearly 15 years as a TBP District Director and before that was Utah Beta chapter president.

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About 10 current members and initiates from the New Mexico Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology participated in a food drive over the weekend. The chapter was able to “get around $1,000 worth of food donated.” Read more about the activity on the chapter’s Facebook page. You can also find more images from the event like the one below.

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Outstanding Faculty, Crew All-American, & Tech Culture Workshop

A faculty duo from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering were recently recognized by the Louisville Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers with the Outstanding Achievement in Education award. According to the news announcement, the award “is presented to an individual or individuals within the academic community who has/have contributed outstanding service to education.”

Patricia S. Ralston, Ph.D. (KY B ’80), is a professor and department chair of engineering fundamentals and Larry D. Tyler, Ph.D. (KY B ’63), is a professor of engineering fundamentals, both at the University of Louisville. “Our interactions while teaching highlight our enthusiasm and encourage students to become engaged,” said Dr. Ralston. “Our goal is to inspire students to learn as we develop the topics together and show our passion for teaching,” added Dr. Tyler. The pair also both serve as advisors to the KY Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

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In 2016, Sharon Wu, MA B 2017, became the first woman in program history to earn an All-America award for women’s lightweight crew. Wu is studying electrical engineering & computer science at MIT, where she is a starter on the varsity lightweight crew team. She was named to the Pocock Lightweight All-America Team as announced by the College Rowing Coaches Association.

In addition, she led the team to its first appearance in the Gran Final at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship in June 2016. Read more here

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On Thursday, March 23, Gary S. Brown, CA A ’91, will run a workshop on “Tech Company Culture” at his alma mater, UC Berkeley. The event is hosted the CA Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and starts at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the presentation is to learn how to get ahead in the fast-moving world of tech.

Details of the event can be found here, along with a bio for Brown who is currently head of Marketing at Movidius (an Intel company). Previously, Brown was a part of an HD Video processor project at Matsushita Electric (now known as Panasonic) at their Osaka headquarters, where he enjoyed the challenges of developing microprocessor functional testing methods.

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TBP Scholarships, Tau Beta Pi Day Video, Alumni Events (March 2017)

A reminder that the deadline to apply for a Tau Beta Pi Scholarship is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Visit the Scholarship web page for an info sheet and FAQs.

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The Association has received many great images and reports from this year’s Tau Beta Pi Day activities.
The first compilation video has been completed. A second compilation video is scheduled for release in early April.

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

Urbana, Illinois – Sunday, March 26 (baseball game)
Birmingham, Alabama – Saturday, April 8 (networking lunch)
Morgantown, West Virginia – Saturday, April 8 (District Conference)
Freehold, New Jersey – Wednesday, April 19 (alumni chapter installation)
New Orleans, Louisiana – Friday, April 21 (4th annual crawfish boil)

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Erie Canal Lecture, Images of TBP, & Endowed Professorships

The Syracuse University Libraries will host a talk by professor emeritus Samuel P. Clemence, Ph.D. (MO B ’62), on Tuesday, March 28, at 5pm in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library. Dr. Clemence’s talk is entitled “The Engineering History of the Erie Canal.” The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

According to the announcement, “the canal’s engineering achievements are one of the great stories of American technology.” Dr. Clemence, who is also interim dean of Hendricks Chapel, joined the department of civil and environmental engineering in 1977. He previously spent time as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He supervised engineering and construction projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the South Pacific, Spain, and the United States.

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More images from around the country during Tau Beta Pi Day 2017.

TN Tech (TN Gamma) students shine the Bent monument on campus.

Annual Tau Beta Pi Day celebration piñata from San Diego alumni and collegiate chapters.

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On Wednesday, March 29, Case Western Reserve University will celebrate 12 recently endowed engineering professorships. Click here for the list of honorees and for more details on the ceremony and reception. At least three of the newly endowed professors are Tau Bates, including:

Alexis R. Abramson, Ph.D. – (MA D ’95) Milton & Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation
Roger H. French, Ph.D. – (NY D ’79) Kyocera Professor of Ceramics
Dustin J. Tyler, Ph.D. – (MI B ’92) Kent H. Smith Professor of Engineering

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More Pie (Day), Gates Cambridge Scholar, & WVU Pi Day video

At least 100 Tau Beta Pi chapters, alumni and collegiate, participated in Pi Day activities on Tau Beta Pi Day (March 14). Many will host events throughout the month. The image above is from MD Beta during a community service event shoveling snow for the Snow Angels Program in Takoma Park. The MI Gamma chapter received local news coverage for their large-scale pie giveaway. Also, the CA Theta Chapter posted an image from their Pi Day festivities.

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Sarita S. Deshpande, IL Z 2017, is one of 36 American students to win the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. According to the news announcement, Deshpande will pursue a master’s in medical science in the department of clinical neurosciences. Currently, she is majoring in bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Her focus will be on the study of causes of glaucoma and the mechanisms for cell death. Deshpande is only the fourth student from UIC to win this scholarship. She has won several other university awards and currently conducts research on image segmentation and processing for optical coherence tomography angiography.

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The Dominion Post (WV) newspaper covered Pi Day festivities at West Virginia University and created the video below.

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