Purdue Dean, TBP Engineering Futures, & Innovation Prize for Africa (July 2017)

The Journal & Courier (IN) profiled Mung Chiang, Ph.D. (CA G ’00), the new Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Chiang began his new position on July 1, 2017. Previously, he was a professor of engineering, director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education, and founded the EDGE Lab all at Princeton University.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels referred to Dr. Chiang as “one of the genuine superstars of American engineering and higher education.” Dr. Chiang won the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, one of the highest honors given to U.S. scientists and engineers under 35, in 2013 for his research to design simpler and more powerful wireless networks. Click here to read more about Dr. Chiang and for a Q&A on his new position.

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Over the July 15-16 weekend, a group of 20 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Futures (EF) facilitators met in Chicago, IL, for a day-long retreat to review information from the 2016-17 program year, explore new materials, and to make short and long-term plans for refreshing and extending the program curriculum. The image above was taken of the attendees over the weekend.

In addition, Director of EF Katy L. Colbry, Ph.D. (MI A ’99), announced that a NSF proposal submitted by herself and Dirk J. Colbry, Ph.D. (MI A ’06), has been funded. Read the grant details here.

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Aly El-Shafei, Ph.D. (MA B ’88), has won the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa for his patented innovation, SEMAJIB, a smart bearing which improves the performance of turbines generating electricity. Currently, Dr. El-Shafei is a professor of vibration engineering at Cairo University, Egypt. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Read the announcement for more details on the Innovation Prize for Africa now in its sixth year. A judge said of Dr. El-Shafei: “He’s spent his entire career studying vibrations and this felt like the fruit of his life’s work. It’s the kind of African innovation that can be exported to the rest of the world.”

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Alumni Events, NSPE President, & Speaker + Award (July 2017)

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

Berkeley, California – Friday, July 14 (social dinner)
Irvine, California – Sunday, July 16 (social & meeting)
Sacramento, California – Sunday, July 16 (social event)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Monday, July 17 (dinner meeting)
Minneapolis, Minnesota – Tuesday, July 18 (social event)
New York City, New York – Thursday, July 20 (social event)
Los Angeles, California – Sunday, July 23 (social & meeting)
Stillwater, Oklahoma – Tuesday, July 25 (dinner meeting)

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Tom C. Roberts, P.E. (KS G ’70), will be installed as the president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) on July 22 during the Professional Engineers Conference in Atlanta, GA. After working at Black & Veatch as a nuclear systems engineer, Roberts was appointed assistant dean and associate professor for the College of Engineering at Kansas State University.

He spent 21 years working at KSU, his alma mater, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering. Read the full bio here.

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On July 13, William F. Baker Jr., P.E. (MO A ’75), will deliver a keynote presentation at the Structural Engineers World Congress (SEWC) in Bangalore, India. Themed “Architecture-Structure Interaction for a Sustainable Built Environment,” the congress will focus on innovative uses of concrete in highly sustainable projects.

Baker is a structural & civil engineering partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. According to the news article, he will also be honored with the SEWC Sundaram Award for outstanding structural engineers during the congress.

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TBP Scholars, Innovation Prize for Africa Finalist, & P.E. Licensure (July 2017)

Tau Beta Pi has announced the 2017-18 class of Association Scholars. This year 271 students were selected to receive cash awards for their senior year of engineering study. This is the largest class of scholars in program history with more than $500,000 being awarded!

Read the press release for more information, including the names of several new scholarships. Short biographies of the Scholars will be published in August in conjunction with the Fall issue of The Bent magazine and online publication of The Bulletin.

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Omolabake A. Adenle, Ph.D. (MD E ’03), has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 18, in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Adenle is from Nigeria and is founder of AJA.LA Studios, a startup with a platform of African language voice recognition and speech synthesis software.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University and holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She was a 2003-04 Tau Beta Pi Fellowship recipient. Read the announcement for more biographical information on Dr. Adenle who has developed software that can understand and digitize spoken African languages, and synthesize speech from African languages presented as digitized text.

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The Durango Herald (CO) has announced that Ryne M. Waggoner, CO D ’11, recently passed the Colorado principles and practice of engineering exam, which qualifies him as a licensed professional engineer registered in Colorado. Click here for the news article.

Ryne Waggoner, P.E., is a staff engineer at La Plata Electric Association and previously worked for Lockheed Martin in the space systems division. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and a master’s in mechatronics from the University of Denver.

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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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TBP Executive Council Slate, ASEE President, & HQ Team (June 2017)

Four Tau Bates were nominated to serve on the Association’s Executive Council. Three of the four will be elected by the 2017 Convention to serve a term from 2018-20. The Executive Council is Tau Beta Pi’s board of directors and consists of eight (nine starting in 2018) members who are alumni and serve a three-year term.

Click here for short bios of each of the eligible candidates.

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Bevlee A. Watford, Ph.D. (VA B ’81), will become president of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at the society’s annual conference in Columbus, OH, on June 28. Dr. Watford is the associate dean for academic affairs and professor of engineering education at Virginia Tech.

She was elected as a Fellow of ASEE in 2010, recently served as First VP, and chaired the Diversity Task Force that resulted in the creation of the ASEE Diversity Strategic Plan. Read the press release for more information.

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Get to know the Headquarters team of Tau Beta Pi! The 14 employees have been broken into smaller groups to focus on different key areas. Find these updates, individual bios, and images of each staff member on the Association’s website.

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USA Today Ad, Alumni Events, & Grad Profile (June 2017)

Check out the online edition of the USA Today 2017 special edition U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publication. Tau Beta Pi has a full-page color add on page 61.

You can also request a physical copy of the magazine from Tau Beta Pi Headquarters.

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There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place this summer. 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.

Birmingham, Alabama – Wednesday, June 14 (social meeting at brewery)
Raleigh, North Carolina – Thursday, June 15 (social event)
West Palm Beach, Florida – Wednesday, June 21 (social event)
New York City, New York – Thursday, June 29 (escape room activity)
Stillwater, Oklahoma – Tuesday, July 25 (dinner meeting)

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Isaac Daniel, AL D 2017, recently graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in electrical & computer engineering. He was recognized as the Outstanding Computer Engineering student for his class.

According to a profile from the Montgomery Advisor, Daniel will begin working as a computer security analyst at Redstone Arsenal.

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Images: New Bent Monument, Alumni Event, & LED Project (June 2017)

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis associate professor and Indiana Zeta Chapter Chief Advisor Ken Yoshida, Ph.D. (CA E ’89), sent an image of the recently constructed and placed Tau Beta Pi Bent monument on campus.

It took more than 18 months of planning and work, but the IN Zeta chapter now has erected a Bent monument. More details will be announced in the coming weeks regarding the dedication ceremony and placement of the plaque to go along with the Bent monument.

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On Friday, June 2, the Rocket City Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted a banquet to honor two 2016 TBP Distinguished Alumni and to formally be installed as an alumni chapter of Tau Beta Pi. More images and summaries will be posted soon. Below is a picture taken at the event by Tricia E. Gomulinski, SD A ’98, the Director of Alumni Affairs for the Association.

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The image below is from the presentation of a LED panel project from members of the California Alpha Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Several members have been working on the project since early May.

The display was part of an event, “TBP Revival,” and chapter Tau Talks on Friday, June 3. Visit the chapter’s Facebook page for more images from the event. which included other research and senior design projects presentations.

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