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.


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.


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.”


Refinery Manager, Executive Director in CA, & Charles Bachman (July 2017)

The Times of Northwest Indiana profiled Don W. Porter, MI G ’85, as he is the BP Whiting Refinery manager. The Refinery in Indiana and Illinois is the largest in the Midwest and BP’s largest. According to the article, “it supplies gas to seven states and produces nearly five percent of the nation’s asphalt.”

Porter began as a chemical engineer with BP and has held many different positions. Most recently he worked in Texas City, TX, “helping the former BP refinery there recover after a massive explosion in 2005.” Porter says in the article that, “From a professional standpoint, I have always wanted to be in a role of influence where I could make things better, from whatever aspect was needed.”


Tau Beta Pi Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, is on a West Coast trip to meet with the Association’s president and vice president. In addition, he has been visiting local collegiate campuses and participating in alumni events. See the two images below from his trip.

Curt and CA Eta

Curt in San Jose, CA, at San Jose State University.

Curt at CA Phi

Curt in Stockton,CA, at the University of the Pacific.


Charles W. Bachman III, MI A ’48, passed away on July 13, 2017, at the age of 92. A software engineer, Bachman, worked at General Electric and created the Integrated Data Store, or IDS. “It is widely considered the world’s first database management system.” For his work, he received the 1973 A.M. Turing Award given by the Association of Computing Machinery.

Read the obituary from The Washington Post for more biographical information on Bachman, who was also awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.


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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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)


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.


Passing of Mallory Ivanowsky

Tau Beta Pi has learned of the unexpected passing of Mallory Downs Ivanowsky on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. She lived with her husband, Roger, in Lee, Massachusetts. Their first son Emmett was recently born.

Ivanowsky joined Tau Beta Pi while earning her bachelor’s degree in computer science & engineering from Norwich University. She served as the Vermont Beta Chapter President from 2009-10. Mallory began serving as a TBP District 1 Director in May 2016. She worked for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems as an Engineer.

Tau Beta Pi is deeply saddened by the loss of Mallory. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.


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.


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.


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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