Academic All-District Football, Yale Initiation, Academic All-District Volleyball (Nov. 2017)

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Football teams, including Division I, II, III, and college division. All First Team Academic All-District selections advance to the national Capital One Academic All-American ballot.

There are five Tau Beta Pi members, two elected, and one eligible, that have been named to the 2017-18 Capital One Academic All-District Football teams: (See the full list)

NCAA Division I: First team (District 1)
Nicholas G. MarinoNH A 2016, mechanical engineering at University of New Hampshire (grad student)
NCAA Division III: First team (District 1)
Udgam GoyalMA B 2019, electrical engineering & computer science at MIT (eligible)
NCAA Division III: First team (District 3)
John C. RamsdellNY G 2018, biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (TBP Chapter vice president)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 4)
Caleb YatesGA B 2018, biomedical engineering at Mercer University (elected)
NCAA Division II: First team (District 4)
1. Colin G. PeterCO A 2017, mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines
2. Nick K. ThorpeMN B 2018, mechanical engineering at University of Minnesota, Duluth
NCAA Division III: First team (District 7)
Cyler E. CaldwellOH I 2018, mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University (TBP Chapter treasurer)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 8)
Connor R. SpencerCA AE 2018, electrical engineering at University of San Diego (elected)

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On November 7, the Connecticut Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Yale University, hosted its Fall 2017 initiation. A total of 19 new members were inducted into Tau Beta Pi. Read the news article for the names of the 15 juniors and four seniors that joined. You can also see an image of the group below, including Chief Advisor W. Mark Saltzman, Ph.D. (IA A ’81), and Advisor MingDe Lin, Ph.D. (NY G ’01).

Yale initiates 2017

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The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Volleyball teams, including Division I, II, III, and college division. All First Team Academic All-District selections advance to the national Capital One Academic All-American ballot.

There are six Tau Beta Pi members and one eligible, that have been named to the 2017-18 Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball teams: (See the full list)

NCAA Division I: First team (District 1)
Kristen WaldingMA E 2019, industrial engineering at Northeastern University
NCAA Division III: First team (District 1)
1. Abby BerticsMA B 2019, electrical engineering & computer science at MIT (eligible)
2. Azita BakhtyariMA A 2019, mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
NCAA Division I: First team (District 4)
Haley E. JaredAL G 2018, electrical engineering at University of Alabama at Birmingham
NCAA Division I: First team (District 5)
Ashley T. EvansIN A 2018, mechanical engineering at Purdue University
NCAA Division I: Second team (District 5)
Lauren BakaitisOH Z 2019, bioengineering at University of Toledo
NCAA Division II: Second team (District 7)
Emily R. TorveMN B 2019, chemical engineering at University of Minnesota, Duluth

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2017 Convention Press Release, Wisconsin Joint Initiation, & Solutions Engineer

The press release for Tau Beta Pi’s 2017 Convention has been published. Click here to read it. The minutes and ratification ballot from Convention will be posted soon.

You will be able to view many of the Convention images online. More will be added. You may request large resolution images, if needed. Please let the Association know, if you plan to use an image for something other than personal media.

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GE Healthcare electrical engineer Aaron M. Hartwig, WI G 2016, posted an update and image from a recent joint initiation of three collegiate chapters of Tau Beta Pi. On November 11, there were 47 new members that joined TBP from WI Beta (Marquette University), WI Gamma (UW-Milwaukee), and WI Delta (MSOE). Click here to read the full post and see the image below.

2017 Wisconsin joint initiation.

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Intelisys has added an eighth solutions engineer Thomas J. Legare, WI A ’89, to its national team. Legare has most recently been with Windstream as a Manager Sales Engineering. He also previously worked as a sales executive with AT&T for 16 years.

Read the press release for more information, including Legare’s skills for bringing a structured approach to the optimization of cloud and networking technologies.

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New Members UMass Lowell, Grand Canyon Tau Bates, & RIT Initiates (November 2017)

On October 28, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell hosted their fall Tau Beta Pi initiation. Nearly 70 new members joined Tau Beta Pi at the Massachusetts Theta Chapter, including professor Oliver C. Ibe, Ph.D. (MA Q ’75), as an eminent engineer. Dr. Ibe teaches at UMass Lowell. The image below was taken of the new initiates, and others in attendance, and posted to the MA Theta Facebook group.

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Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, celebrated his 40th birthday last week by hiking through the Grand Canyon National Park. He was joined by 11 friends, including 9 Tau Bates. The image below includes all the Tau Bates that joined in on the trip (from left to right): Rev. Richard R. Andre, NY K ’96; Tricia E. Gomulinski, SD A ’98; Curt; Stacey L. Forkner, WI A ’96; Travus J. Knotts, SD A ’98; Noy E. Vultaggio, MI E ’99; Andrew P. Vultaggio, MI E ’98; Colleen L. Hill-Stramsak, P.E. (MI E ’00); and Steven A. Stramsak, P.E. (MI H ’01).

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An image taken by Tau Beta Pi District 2 Director Tom A. Pinkham, MA E ’88, shows-off the nine newest members of the New York Pi chapter at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Visit the District’s Facebook group for more chapter news and images.

RIT will host the 2018 District 2 Conference in Rochester on February 24-25. Also in attendance at the initiation was a new member of New York Kappa (Univ. of Rochester), RIT Dean Doreen D. Edwards, Ph.D. (NY S ’97), and advisors James E. Heliotis, Ph.D. (NY D ’75), and David R. Borkholder, Ph.D. (NY N ’91).

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UArk EF Session, Duke E-Social, & Nuclear Engineering Talk (November 2017)

On Thursday, November 9, the Arkansas Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the University of Arkansas, will host an Engineering Futures: People Skills session. According to the announcement, the session will teach “the importance of developing your interpersonal skills in today’s world and how to make them even better.” UArkansas students of all majors are invited to attend this free session.

The event begins at 5:30pm. Questions can be directed to Arkansas Alpha Program Chair Sarah C. Gould, AR A 2019.

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The North Carolina Gamma Chapter, at Duke University, is co-hosting an E-Social on Friday, November 3. Smart Home is the other host and will bring a bike blender. The NC Gamma members will have a “Pie a Pi” event, so come and ~blend in~ while pieing your favorite TBP members.

Click here to read the Facebook event page for more details. There will also be MONUTS and sports equipment for everyone to use. Food and drinks are for Pratt undergrads.

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J. Michael Doster, Ph.D. (NC A ’81), will speak on “Coupling Thermal Energy Storage to Small Module Reactors” at the University of Tennessee on Wednesday, October 8. Dr. Doster is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University.

The event will also be broadcast through a webcast link. Find the link, abstract, and more details on the event here.

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2017 Convention Images, Alumni Events, & ISU Awards (November 2017)

The images from the 2017 Convention are being uploaded for viewing. You can request a high-resolution copy of any image or if you think there is a photo that was not uploaded contact Tau Beta Pi HQ. See the images here as they are added.

2017 TBP Distinguished Alumni

Three of the four 2017 TBP Distinguished Alumni.

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Check out the upcoming alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled for November. 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 44 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

Boca Raton, Florida – Thursday, November 2 (free speaker)
San Antonio, Texas – Friday, November 3 (collegiate chapter initiation)
New Haven, Connecticut – Tuesday, November 7 (dinner meeting & collegiate initiation)
Kalamazoo, Michigan – Saturday, November 18 (alumni meeting)

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Several Tau Bates were recently recognized by the Iowa State University (ISU) Alumni Association for the 2017 ISU Honors and Awards Ceremony. Tau Beta Pi member recipients include:

James L. Melsa, Ph.D. – (IA A ’60) Anson Marston Medal, dean emeritus of the ISU College of Engineering
Michael W. Beckman – (IA A ’07) Young Alumni Award, VP & General Manager of Linear Power at Texas Instruments
Amy C. Kurr – (IA A 2018) materials engineering major, Cardinal Court & outstanding student Homecoming Royalty

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IN Zeta Bent Dedication, Women in Science Fellow, & Images from Convention

On Friday, October 27, the Indiana Zeta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), hosted a Bent monument dedication. The event was attended by TBP Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, Executive Councillor J.P. Blackford, DC G ’95, and District 8 Director Bruce DeVantier, Ph.D., P.E. (IL E ’77).

Gomulinski (left) and Blackford (right) with the new Bent monument.

IN Zeta was installed as the 250th chapter of the Association in March 2015. The new monument was dedicated by the 2016-17 academic class of IUPUI.

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Five recipients have been named by L’Oréal USA for the 2017 For Women In Science Fellowship. The honor provides female scientists “at a critical stage in their careers with $60,000 grants to advance their postdoctoral research.” According to the press release, this is the fourteenth year for the fellowship program.

Ritu Raman, Ph.D. (NY D ’12), is a postdoctoral fellow in mechanical and biomedical engineering at MIT and one of the 2017 recipients. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Raman’s research focuses on the design of new smart materials that dynamically respond and adapt to their environment.

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Tau Beta Pi Convention photographer Kiffer Creveling, UT A ’13, continues to process the images taken at this year’s Convention in Michigan. Here are a few from Friday’s activities:

Contact TBP HQ to request your chapter’s award image.

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The Arkansas Alpha delegates together.

Melissa Freeman, NM G 2018, discusses communications in an Interactive Chapter Exchange session with Rodrick Rogers, MS B 2018.

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TBP Outstanding Chapter, Convention Images, & UT Engineers Day (October 2017)

The University of South Alabama (USA) published a press release regarding the Alabama Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at USA, which was named the R.C Matthews Outstanding Chapter for 2016-17 at the recent Tau Beta Pi Convention in Michigan. This is the second time in the past three year’s that AL Epsilon has received the top chapter of the Association award.

The chapter’s great run actually dates back to 2012. In the past six years, the chapter has been named honorable mention four times and won the award twice. According to the release, the chapter participates in K-12 projects, Jubilee Best Robotics and the Mobile Regional Science & Engineering Fair, volunteers with Boys & Girls Clubs, and awards a sophomore scholarship. Chapter president Phiwat Klomkaew, AL E 2018, and the chapter’s chief advisor Sally J. Steadman, Ph.D. (WY A ’69), were on hand to receive the award.

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The images from the 2017 Tau Beta Pi Convention are coming in. Here are a few that we’ve processed so far: (More will be available here in the coming weeks.)

Levi Clark, OR A 2018, presents as a member of the Financial Affairs Committee.

Gwendoline Jones, representative from petitioning chapter at Oregon Inst.
of Technology.

Jan Keiser, P.E., presenting her popular professional development session on networking through conversation.

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The Tennessee Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the University of Tennessee, is hosting the University’s Engineers Day on Thursday, October 26, 2017. See images and descriptions of the activities and events here. The image below is the banner from the event.

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