Alumni Events, Outstanding Student, & New Ph.D. Program (May 2017)

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

Seattle, Washington – Tuesday, May 23 (collegiate chapter initiation)
Huntsville, Alabama – Friday, June 2 (recognition dinner)
Tampa, Florida – Saturday, June 3 (networking dinner)
Seattle, Washington – Sunday, June 4 (wine tasting & networking)
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Thursday, June 8 (engineering talks)

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Trey E. McGinnis III, TN D 2017, was named the 2017 Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award recipient and Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate at the Presidential Recognition on May 12, 2017, at Christian Brothers University (TN). He is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

McGinnis served as TN Delta Chapter president and chair of IEEE student chapter. He won 3rd Place in paper competition at the IEEE SoutheastCon 2017. In addition, he was selected as one of the 2016-17 Lasallian Fellows. Trey is in the middle of the picture above receiving his award plaque.

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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the department of energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are teaming together to promote advanced research and provide innovative solutions to global challenges in energy, engineering and computation through a new doctoral program in data science and engineering.

According to the news article, the program is “the brainchild” of ORNL computational sciences and engineering division director Shaun S. Gleason, Ph.D. (TN A ’89), UT business analytics associate professor Russell Zaretzki, and Bredesen Center Director Lee Riedinger. Enrollment plans are to admit 10 to 15 graduate students per year, growing to a goal of approximately 100 students.

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UCSC Event, Marconi Young Scholar Award, & Teenage Tau Bate

The California Alpha Delta Chapter at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is hosting an event on Friday, May 26, at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. The “Tau Beta Pi Revival” will include technical talks, food, and music. The event is free and is aimed at bringing the local engineering community together.

Please register for the event here and visit the chapter’s website for more information.

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The Marconi Society is accepting nominations for the prestigious Paul Baran Young Scholar Award through June 30, 2017. “The Young Scholar Award is unlike any other, offering unparalleled connections, networking and opportunity for social impact.” Click here to learn more and to access the nomination form.

Two Tau Bates are recent recipients of the Young Scholar Award: George R. MacCartney, Ph.D. (PA Q ’10), 2016 Young Scholar; and Joseph M. Lukens, Ph.D. (AL B ’11), 2015 Young Scholar. You can also view the list of Tau Bate Marconi Prize winners.

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WJLA news in Washington, D.C., recently profiled chemical engineering student Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu. She graduated this May with her bachelor’s degree from Howard University. She is only 18 years old.

Originally from Nigeria, Chidi-Ogbolu will pursue a Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. She joined the DC Alpha Chapter at Howard in March. Read the article for more biographical information.

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Distinguished Speaker Series, Academic All-District Men’s At-Large, & Service Award

On Monday, May 15, the California Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Stanford University hosted Stewart Butterfield as part of the annual Distinguished Speaker Series “to share the voices of leaders in the technology industry with the Stanford community.” Butterfield is founder and CEO of Slack Technologies and co-founder of Ludicorp, the maker of Flickr.

The event was free and open to the public. Butterfield was interviewed by The Economist’s U.S. technology editor Alexandra Suich. The image above was taken at the event and posted to Twitter by @SenseiHub.

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The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large 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 12 Tau Beta Pi members that have been named to the 2016-17 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s At-Large teams: (See the full list)

NCAA Division III: First team (District 1)
1. Tyler J. OlneyMA D 2017, mechanical engineering (lacrosse)
2. Braeden OstepchukVT B 2018, mechanical engineering (chapter president; ice hockey)
NCAA Division III: First team (District 2)
1. Timothy H. KeithDC B 2017, biomedical engineering (lacrosse)
2. Guido M. SaccaggiDC B 2017, mechanical engineering (past treasurer; swimming)
3. Michael J. SimunekNJ E 2017, mechanical engineering (swimming)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 3)
Jared R. JohnsonTN Z 2016, chemical engineering (grad student; wrestling)
NCAA Division III: First team (District 3)
Nicholas C. StrandholmNY Q 2017, civil engineering (lacrosse)
NCAA Division II: First team (District 4)
Stuart L. MossopMO B 2017, chemical engineering (swimming)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 6)
1. Weston E. ChristensenSD B 2017, civil engineering (swimming)
2. Christopher L. RumrillSD B 2018, electrical engineering (Swimming)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 7)
Lucas A. FumagalliCO Z 2017, mechanical engineering (tennis)
NCAA Division I: First team (District 8)
Michael FehrenbachAK A 2017, mechanical engineering (nordic ski)

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Graduate student Keyou Mao, IN A ’20, has received the 2017 Purdue College of Engineering (CoE) Outstanding Service Award. According to the blog post, the award “recognizes Keyou’s mentorship and community-building among graduate students in the School of Nuclear Engineering and the CoE, as well as his leadership and dedication to a variety of campus student organizations including Tau Beta Pi and Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.”

Mao is pursuing a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and serves as an advisor to the Indiana Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

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Newman Fellowship, ASEE President’s Award, & Faculty Honors (May 2017)

Ashle M. Page, NC A 2017, has been selected as the first student from North Carolina State University to receive a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship. “The national Fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which Fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring.” Page is graduating with degrees in chemical engineering and polymer and color chemistry.

According to the news article, she has been active in several campus organizations and has been an intern and fellow at NASA’s Langley Research Center. She has also served as lead ambassador for the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State. The program “hopes that presenting information to young people in an interactive way will plant a seed to encourage them to tackle the problems in their communities.”

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On June 26 at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference, the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering will receive the President’s Award, which “recognizes organizations making the best use of media to encourage P-12 students to enter engineering schools and purse engineering careers/ and or influence public opinion and create recognition of the critical role that engineering plays in today’s technology-driven society.”

The award will be accepted by USC engineering dean Yannis C. Yortsos, Ph.D. (CA D ’73). Read the press release for details on Dr. Yortsos’ presentation at the White House regarding the ASEE’s Dean Diversity Pledge.

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Clarkson University (NY) has announced that five faculty members were honored at a recognition ceremony “for their excellence in the classroom and dedication to mentoring.” Thomas M. Holsen, Ph.D. (NY Q ’85), is the recipient of the Outstanding Advisor Award. Dr. Holsen is a distinguished professor in engineering and serves as an advisor to the NY Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Clarkson.

In addition, Chen Liu, Ph.D., received the Tau Beta Pi Faculty Award presented by the NY Theta chapter annually “to a faculty member who has embodied and instilled in students the ideals of integrity and excellence in engineering.” Click here to read the announcement for the other faculty honors.

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NAU President’s Prize, Commencement Speaker, & Salutatorian Profile

Five graduating seniors have been selected as the spring 2017 Northern Arizona University President’s Prize winners. Among the recipients is Tau Bate Amanda K. Crawford, AZ G 2017, a mechanical engineering major. She joined Tau Beta Pi and soon became the AZ Gamma chapter president where she has helped to rebuild the chapter.

Her involvement with Tau Beta Pi on campus has encouraged her to stay as a mentor to students following in her footsteps and she is now an advisor to the AZ Gamma chapter. In addition, Crawford is a member of Blue Key Honor Society where she participates in a weekly service project. Read the article for more biographical details, including her plans to pursue a master’s degree in systems and controls engineering.

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Former NASA astronaut Mary L. Cleave, Ph.D., P.E. (UT G ’79), will deliver the commencement address at the Colorado State University (CSU) College of Natural Sciences ceremony on Saturday, May 13. Dr. Cleave earned her degree in biological science from CSU in 1969. She received a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering before joining NASA.

Dr. Cleave flew on two Space Shuttle Atlantis flights as a mission specialist. For more information, read the news announcement.

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José Alberto Suárez, IN G 2017, has been named the salutatorian of the 2017 University of Notre Dame graduating class. Suárez is graduating with a degree in computer science and engineering, has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, and will offer the Commencement invocation.

According to the news article, he will work for McKinsey & Company as a business analyst after graduation. In his time as an undergraduate he served as president of the Student International Business Council and engaged in two international experiences.

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Fellowships of TBP, TX Delta Initiation, & Association Images (May 2017)

The 83rd class of Tau Beta Pi Fellows from 2016-17 has submitted their Fellowship reports of their year of graduate study. Click here to read the 24 reports on the TBP website. Each of the fellowship recipients expressed appreciation to their supporters, TBP donors, and the Fellowship board.

The 84th class of TBP Fellows was recently announced. Read the press release and see the electronic listing of this year’s 25 recipients.

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On Sunday, April 30, the Texas Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted its spring initiation. TBP Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, was in the area this weekend for an alumni chapter installation and was able to attend the TX Delta initiation. See the image below of Curt with a bent monument on the campus of Texas A&M University.

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The school newspaper of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ), The Horizons, tweeted an image of the Bent monument on the Arizona campus over the weekend. The image below (left) is the Bent monument of the Arizona Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. The second image below (right) was tweeted by a recently initiated member of the California Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at California State, Long Beach.

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TBP Fellows 2017, Pi Talks, & Princeton Salutatorian (April 2017)

Tau Beta Pi would like to congratulate the 25 Fellows that comprise the 84th class of Tau Beta Pi Fellowships. Twenty-four of this year’s Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend for the 2017-18 year of full-time graduate study.

Read the press release to see the full list of this year’s Fellows. Short bios will be published in the Summer issue of The Bent magazine. An electronic list of this year’s Fellows is available here.

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On April 18, the District of Columbia Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted six speakers for a “Pi Talks” event. Session topics ranged from preventive HIV medication, to tales of Tesla, and the engineering behind the Chicago World’s Fair.

Lilia Abron, Ph.D., was the final speaker and is recognized as the first African American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.

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Grant J. Storey, NJ D 2017, was recently profiled as the salutatorian in the graduating class at Princeton University. Storey will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and plans to pursue a master’s degree at Cornell University.

Read the news article for more biographical details on Storey who contributed to a paper on the future of ad blocking.

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