UC Davis Chancellor, Orlando Alumni, & NASA Challenge Top Prize (Feb. 2017)

This week, Gary S. May, Ph.D. (GA A ’86), was selected as the next chancellor of the University of California, Davis. After the vote of the UC Board of Regents, Dr. May will start his new position on August 1, 2017. Currently, he is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Dr. May has been at Georgia Tech for nearly three decades, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. His master’s and doctorate were earned at the University of California, Berkeley. Click here to read the article from the Los Angeles Times with more information.


In Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, February 18, there was a Tau Beta Pi alumni gathering. TBP Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, was on hand to present news about the Association. The event was an opportunity for local members to network and for TBP Director of Alumni Affairs, Tricia Gomulinski (SD A ’98), to discuss the possibility of reactivating the Orlando alumni chapter. The image below was taken at the event: (left to right) Lourdes D. Matos, FL D ’16; her guest Charles McClung; and Andrew P. Conrad, MO B ’07.



A team of engineering students from Tulane University (LA) recently won top prize in NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge with their flower-shaped, solar-powered space ferry. The national contest had been narrowed down to five finalist teams trying “to design better ways to assemble spacecraft in space.” According to the news article, the winning team members get paid internships at NASA this summer.

One of the team members that helped design “The Sunflower,” Tulane’s winning concept for stackable hexagon-shaped modules that unfold like origami from a rocket bay at low-Earth orbit is Max W. Woody, LA B 2018. He is majoring in engineering physics. The team attributed its success to the variety of disciplines/ majors of its members, including biomedical engineering, economics, and architecture.


EWeek 2017, MTI Scholarship, & Engineer@Heart Comedian

Engineers Week 2017 is here (February 19-25) and several Tau Beta Pi collegiate chapters are hosting, partnering, and sponsoring events in their local communities and on campus. Here are a few that we’d like to share.

Kentucky Gamma at Western Kentucky University is co-hosting the 17th annual Kentucky Bluegrass LEGO Robotics Competition on Saturday, February 25. in Bowling Green. Elementary and middle school teams must build autonomous robots from LEGO Mindstorm kits to navigate through two different tracks. The event is co-hosted with the WKU Engineering faculty and staff. Learn more here.

Michigan Beta at Michigan Technological University is sponsoring the EWeek festivities on campus and was recently highlighted by the WLUC-TV. MI Beta Chapter public relations chair Morgan Herzog, MI B 2018, was interviewed for the story. Click here for more details and to watch the video clip.

Michigan Epsilon at Wayne State University is hosting a Penny Wars during the university’s EWeek celebrations. The activity is also a fundraiser for the chapter’s scholarship fund. Read more

On Wednesday, February 22, the Utah Gamma Chapter at Utah State University is hosting Beta Bowl. See the schedule of EWeek events on campus.


Ashley A. McKenna, IA A 2018, has received the MTI Bert Kisher Memorial Scholarship to assist in her undergraduate experience at Iowa State University (ISU). McKenna is a junior majoring in materials engineering. According to the news announcement, she was one of two recipients among applicants from North America, Europe, and Asia.

Highlights of her undergraduate career include: completing the Thermal Papers R&D Co-Op with Appviion, Inc., as a process engineering intern at Alcoa Howmet Power, and studying abroad at the University of Limerick (Ireland). Her career plans are to work in industry for a few years before potentially returning to higher education to pursue a Ph.D. in material science.


Engineer and comedian with Technically Funny, Inc., Don McMillan, PA A ’81, will be performing during EWeek at Rooster T. Feathers, Thursday-Sunday, February 23-26. The comedy club is located in Sunnyvale, California. Don has performed his “Engineer@Heart” show at Tau Beta Pi Conventions in 2014 and 2016. Check him out on Facebook and Twitter for more.

Don McMillan, Technically Funny


IEEE Harry Diamond Award, The Bulletin, & Engineer of the Year in Education

The 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Harry Diamond Memorial Award has been given to Bruce W. Suter, Ph.D. (FL G ’72). The award honors individuals for significant technical contributions in electrotechnology while in government service. Dr. Suter is a principal electronics engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) information directorate.

He was cited for “his distinguished career at AFRL and numerous technical accomplishments in the field of big data for aerospace systems.” His current research involves modeling, processing, and communications for sensory information flow in military aircraft systems. Click here for more biographical details.


The February issue of The Bulletin is now available. The issue includes a student written article on the importance of science communication. In addition, the Association will now accept articles written by Tau Beta Pi student members on salient topics.

The issue also includes the list of TBP collegiate chapter anniversaries, the TBP district conference schedule, an article on why the chapter survey matters, and images of new insignia items that are available to help display your membership in The Engineering Honor Society for the upcoming Tau Beta Pi Day 2017 on March 14.


Nancy S. Turner, P.E. (IN A ’79), has been named the 2017 Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. Turner is a senior lecturer in the civil and construction engineering department at Kennesaw State University. She was recognized for her “strong commitment to engineering education and student success at KSU.”

Turner has been an educator for more than 25 years. She was a lecturer at Southern Polytechnic State University (GA) and previously worked as an engineer at Lockheed Martin. Her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering is from Purdue University. Read the article for more information.


NAE Members 2017, Alumni-Student Workshop, & Tau Beta Pi Day (Feb. 2017)

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President C.D. Mote Jr., Ph.D. (CA A ’59), has announced the election of 84 new members and 22 foreign members into the NAE. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. “Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to ‘engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,’ and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

At least seventeen of the newly elected NAE members are Tau Bates. Click here to see the press release and the full list of newly elected members with the their primary affiliation and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments.


On January 25, the Research Triangle (NC) Alumni chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted a mock interview and resume review workshop with students from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in preparation for the NCSU Engineering Career Fair. The successful event consisted of six alumni interviewers and four alumni resume reviewers.


Michelle Nanney reviews a student’s resume.

A special thank you to Brooks Strickler, NC A ’96, director of sourcing for major projects at Duke Energy Corp. who had non-stop interviews. Also, TBP District Director Michelle Nanney, TX D ’96, made the trip from Greenville, NC, to Raleigh to review resumes. The event was coordinated and pictures were taken by Research Triangle Chapter president Suzette Morales, NC A ’09.


It is less than 30 days until Tau Beta Pi Day 2017. On Tuesday, March 14 (3.14.17), we encourage you to celebrate Pi Day by wearing your TBP insignia and participating in a STEM-related activity. The list of known activities can be found here. Post your pictures and videos to social networks using the hashtag #TauBetaPiDay.


Collegiate Chapter Events (February 2017)

On Monday, February 13, the California Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi is hosting the STAR Banquet. This is the annual Student-Teacher Academic Roundtable at Stanford University. The event provides an opportunity for discussion between engineering students and faculty about the School of Engineering’s successes and potential improvements.

This year’s meal is Thai food with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Visit the event page or RSVP to attend here.


Engineers Week 2017 takes place from February 19-25. On the campus of Iowa State University (ISU), the week will include networking, entertainment, and outreach for the College of Engineering. This year’s co-presidents of ISU’s E-Week in charge of planning teams are Natalie A. Hanson, IA A 2017, and Grace M. Rapp, IA A 2018.

The pair were recently interviewed in a news article in which they discussed their involvement and favorite activities of E-Week. Both attributed their interest in the event to Cody J. Hancock, IA A 2016, a former student leader of the ISU Student Engagement Committee. The Pi Mile Run, co-hosted by the IA Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, was also discussed as a successful event with 80+ runners and free pie.


Earlier this month, members of the Michigan Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Oakland University, participated in Bowling Night! This event, which takes place at Classic Lanes, has become a frequent and popular social activity for the chapter. An image from the most recent bowling night is below. Find more details and images on the MI Theta Facebook page.

MI Theta bowling


Non-Traditional Student, CA Psi Initiation, & TBP Social Media

FabSuite, a steel management software company in Virginia, recently profiled Charlie N. Cox, SC G 2017, for joining Tau Beta Pi on December 11, 2016. Charlie is an associate at Fab Suite (since 2013) and returned to The Citadel to complete his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. “It was a basic case of unfinished business,” Cox said.

He has maintained a 4.0 GPA while completing his engineering degree. Read the announcement for more details. When Charlie was asked what advice he would give others, he said, “Do what you can, where you can, with what you have to improve the lives of those around you.”


On Saturday, February 4, the CA Psi Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the University of California, San Diego, hosted its fall initiation. More than 50 new members were initiated. Tau Bate Len Filomeo, CA M ’74, was on-hand and took a picture (image below) of all of the new initiates. Len is also an active member of the Greater San Diego Alumni Chapter.



The Tau Beta Pi Association has a growing following on social media. There is a Facebook page for those to like and follow. This page is dedicated to Association announcements. There is also a Tau Beta Pi for Members group on Facebook with more specific opportunities and localized events.

Our LinkedIn group is extremely successful with more than 24,500 members. You’ll find weekly discussions, event opportunities, job postings, and networking. The Association also has a presence on Twitter. Be sure to follow our page, to get announcements wherever you are. Finally, is our blog which you can like and follow with daily engineering news and member highlights.


Jobs, Heat Transfer Memorial Award, & Chapter Installation (February 2017)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Ergonomic Engineer at Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. in Loudon, Tennessee
2. Associate Director, National Toxicology Program with NIEHS/NIH in Research Triangle, North Carolina
3. Tenured Faculty in Engineering and Policy at Arizona State University in Phoenix
4. Technical Support Engineer – Vascular with GE Healthcare in multiple U.S. locations
5. Engineering – Electrical Engineer at Procter & Gamble in Lima, Ohio
6. Embedded Software Engineer posted by Recruiting in Motion in Vaughn, Ontario (Canada)
7. Software Engineering Intern with L3, in Plano, Texas
8. Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Raj M. Manglik, Ph.D. (OH B ’76), has received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award. Dr. Manglik is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was honored “for pioneering and seminal advancement of the science and engineering of interfacial transport phenomena, boiling, thermal processing of non-Newtonian media, enhanced heat transfer, and micro-scale compact heat exchangers, leading to transformative contributions to the archival literature as well as engineering design practice.”

In addition, Dr. Magnlik serves as Director of the UC Thermal-Fluids & Thermal Processing Laboratory. Click here to read the news announcement.


Tau Beta Pi is pleased to announce the upcoming installation of the Association’s 246th collegiate chapter at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg on Saturday, March 4. Events are planned to take place in the Science and Technology Center and the Manwaring Center on campus. Parking is free on weekends. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Initiation of new members at 3:00 p.m. (STC 361)
Installation immediately following initiation at 4:00 p.m. (STC 361)
Banquet at 5:00 p.m. (MC 387)

The cost of the banquet is $15 per person. Attire for all events is business formal. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet fellow Tau Bates in the area and welcome new members to the Association. Please keep in mind that the initiation ceremony is closed to members only, and we ask that you arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. to attend initiation. If you plan to attend, register by Wednesday, February 22.