Univ. of Portland Hire, Alumni Events, & Dean Davis to Retire

Kathleen Bieryla, Ph.D. (PA L ’04), was profiled as a recent hire at the University of Portland as an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering. Previously, Dr. Bieryla was a faculty member at Bucknell University (PA). She made a trip last year to Chile to teach engineering courses to college students.

Her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering is from the University of Pittsburgh, and she has master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. Read more here.

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Check out the upcoming alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in this month. 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.

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – Tuesday, September 19 (social)
New York City, New York – Tuesday, September 26 (free workshop)
Allendale, Michigan – Wednesday, September 27 (GVSU lecture series)
New Orleans, Louisiana – Friday, September 29 (technical social tour)
Tampa Bay, Florida – Saturday, September 30 (game night)
Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Tuesday, October 3 (meeting/ BBQ)

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This week, Wayne T. Davis, Ph.D. (TN A ’73), announced his intent to retire as dean of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering. Dr. Davis has served in faculty and administrative roles at UT for 43 years and plans to retire early in the summer of 2018. He has served as dean since 2009.

According to the news article, Dean Davis was “named University Macebearer in 2003, UT’s highest faculty honor. He has been recognized for his service and accomplishments by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, ORNL, and the American Society for Engineering Education.”

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STEM Talk, Hyperloop Founder, & Environmental Engineering Position (September 2017)

On Tuesday, September 19, at 7pm (ET) join @EducationNation and @DiscoverEorg (on Twitter) for September’s #ToolkitTalk. This month’s topic is “Pathways to STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation.” Marvi A. Matos, Ph.D. (PR A ’01), project group lead for materials and processes at Blue Origin will be one of the featured speakers.

Dr. Matos earned her bachelor’s (University of Puerto Rico) and Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon University) in mechanical engineering. She is an “active presenter of scientific outreach to middle and high school students in efforts to increase their engagement in math and engineering.”

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently profiled Josh D. Giegel, PA B ’07, president of engineering, co-founder, and board member of Hyperloop One. Giegel earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State and a master’s from Stanford University. Both of his parents are engineers.

Hyperloop One launched in 2014 and this past August a prototype pod reached 192 miles an hour in the Nevada desert. This was the first display that the concept of hyperloop travel could work. Click here to read the article for more information.

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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is looking for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in environmental engineering with an emphasis in emerging environmental challenges.

According to the job post from The Chronicle of Higher Education, candidates for the position are required to have earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field by the time of appointment. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by October 31, 2017 for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled

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Convention Speaker, Jobs, & Academic Leadership Awards (September 2017)

James A. Anderson, MI E ’66, is the keynote speaker for the Advisor and Mentor Appreciation Banquet on Friday, October 13, at the 112th Convention of Tau Beta Pi. Mr. Anderson is president, CEO, and chairman of Urban Science, a global consulting firm, with headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.

He actively supports and is involved with his alma mater at Wayne State University, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. Read more about Mr. Anderson.

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Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Intern – Civil Engineering at Kimley-Horn in Nashville, Tennessee
2. R&D Electrical Engineer-Flight & Ground Test at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico
3. Assistant Professors for ME Tech & Industrial Engineering Tech at the University of Dayton (OH)
4. Cyber Cryptographic Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Annapolis Junction, Maryland
5. Mechanical Engineering Technology Specialist at Belcan in St. Louis, Missouri
6. Senior Engineering Specialist with City & State of Oak Ridge, Tennessee
7. CFD Engineer with Koch-Glitsch in Wichita, Kansas
8. Assistant Professor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

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The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded seven college presidents with Academic Leadership Awards to support academic initiatives on their campuses. According to the press release, the presidents are being recognized for their “excellence in undergraduate education, the liberal arts, equal opportunity, the development of major interdisciplinary programs, international engagement, and the promotion of strong ties between their institutions and their local communities.”

Maria M. Klawe, Ph.D. (CA W ’73), president of Harvey Mudd College (CA) is one of the recipients.

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TBP Recruiting Fair, VCU’s 15th, & Marconi Young Scholars (September 2017)

On October 13 in Dearborn, MI, the Association’s annual Graduate School & Corporate Recruiting Fair will take place at The Edward hotel. This event is free and open to all Tau Beta Pi members. We encourage all of those within driving distance to join us. If you are too far away, you can submit a zip folder of resumes for your chapter members. The deadline to submit these files is September 15. Read the full instructions here.

Recruiters and sponsors are being added daily, check out the list. Companies recruiting this year include: BAE Systems, Honda R&D, KLA-Tencor, Sandia National Laboratories, Shell, & Texas Instruments. Current grad schools include: Columbia, MIT, Northwestern, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, & more.

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The Virginia Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is raising money for a new Bent monument for their campus to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the chapter’s installation into Tau Beta Pi on March 1, 2003.

At the chapter’s first business meeting of the fall term, a discussion was had regarding a study room service to be provided on campus and other outreach opportunities. Visit the chapter’s Facebook page for more information, images, and videos from chapter activities.

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The Marconi Society has announced its class of four 2017 Paul Baran Young Scholars. Young Scholar candidates are nominated by their academic advisors. Winners are selected by an international panel comprised of engineers from leading universities and companies. Read the announcement for bio information on each scholar.

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Alumni Events, Convention Schedule, & FL Engineer of the Year (September 2017)

Check out the upcoming alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. 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.

Madison, Alabama – Saturday, September 9 (social cookout)
Eagan, Minnesota – Monday, September 11 (community service project)
New York City, New York – Thursday, September 14 (social happy hour)
New York City, New York – Tuesday, September 26 (free workshop)
Allendale, Michigan – Wednesday, September 27 (GVSU lecture series)
Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Tuesday, October 3 (meeting/ BBQ)

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The 112th Convention of Tau Beta Pi is less than 40 days away. See the updated Convention schedule and be sure you have submitted your travel plans. Read the Convention general information page for all the details to prepare for this exciting weekend in Ann Arbor and Dearborn, Michigan.

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Rob F. Rennebaum, P.E. (SC G ’84), was recently profiled by the Palm Beach Post as he was named the state of Florida’s Engineer of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society. Rennenbaum is president and owner of Simmons & White Inc., in West Palm Beach (FL).

According to the article, he has worked on projects such as the International Polo Club (Wellington), the environmentally friendly EcoPlex offices, and even President Trump’s new helipad at Mar-a-Lago. He has more than 33 years of experience as a civil and traffic engineer. Rennenbaum received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Citadel (SC).

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TBP Convention Experience, P.D. Soros Fellows, & Nutrition App (August 2017)

Want to know what to expect at this year’s Tau Beta Pi Convention? Here is a video of Tomas W. Green, KS A 2018, with a recap of his experience from the 2016 Convention.

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The 2017 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows have been announced. The 30 recipients are “outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants from all over the country and world who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.” Two Tau Beta Pi members were selected from the 1,775 applicants this year. Click here for the full list of fellows.

Amin Aalipour, CA G ’14, is pursuing a M.D./ Ph.D. in bioengineering at Stanford University. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were earned at Stanford in materials science and engineering. Ivan A. Kuznetsov, MD A ’16, is also pursuing a M.D./ Ph.D. in bioengineering at University of Pennsylvania. His bachelor’s degree is in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

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George B. Bennett, Ph.D. (WV A ’66), was profiled by The State Journal (WV) for developing “a wellness program that includes an app that tracks nutrition in a one-of-a-kind way.” Dr. Bennett is co-founder, chairman, & CEO of the platform. According to the article, the technology behind Good Measures gives a person customized meal and snack suggestions that address daily nutritional needs, while taking into consideration food preferences and food restrictions.

Dr. Bennett has been an entrepreneur for more than 35 years and earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University. Read his bio here.

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Texas Flooding, Uber CEO, & VCU Grant (August 2017)

Tau Beta Pi has received word from members in Houston and the surrounding areas during this dangerous time. Fortunately, everyone has confirmed their safety, but many have been displaced or have have flooded homes. Our District Directors are in the process of reaching out to check in on students.

The Association will work with our volunteers to support our chapters and students affected by the flooding. Please keep the people impacted by the storm in your thoughts and prayers.

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Dara Khosrowshahi, RI A ’91, has been offered the position of CEO of Uber. Currently, he is CEO of Expedia. According to a news article under Khosrowshahi’s leadership, Expedia revenue has jumped from $2.1 billion (2005) to $8.7 billion (2016).

His bachelor’s degree is in electrical engineering from Brown University. Click here to read more about the decision to choose Khosrowshahi as the new CEO.

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Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded funds by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create the Medicines for All Institute. The “program that will seek ways to make life-saving medications less costly and more available worldwide.”

Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. (VA E ’70), dean of the School of Engineering, said: “The costs of these medicines has not risen to a great extent, but to many people in the world they’re still too expensive and just too difficult to have access to.” Read coverage of the announcement event from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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