Natural Materials Grant, New Alumni Chapters, & NFL Hire (September 2017)

Case Western Reserve University associate professor LaShanda T. Korley, Ph.D. (GA A ’99), is leading a research team developing functional materials inspired by substances found in nature. The team received a grant from the National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education program to allow for work to be done at CWRU, in Switzerland, and University of Chicago labs.

Click here for more details on the grant, research project and Dr. Korley who earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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The Executive Council of Tau Beta Pi has approved two new alumni chapters, they are: the Pioneer Alumni Chapter (based in Oklahoma) and the Orange County Alumni Chapter (based in California). We are excited to welcome these new chapters and hope you will reach out to them and join in their upcoming activities.

To contact the current alumni chapter contacts, visit this page on the TBP website.

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Roger R. VanDerSnick, IN B ’85, has been hired by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) as chief sales and marketing officer. According to the announcement, VanDerSnick has 30 years of experience in the sales and marketing fields and previously served as chief sales and marketing officers of International Management Group College.

He is an Indiana native and graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. From 2000-06, VanDerSnick served as vice president of marketing with NASCAR.

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Tufts Positions, USF Event, & Honda Hires (September 2017)

Tufts University is seeking candidates at the rank of lecturer, assistant professor, and professor of the practice. Here are a few of the disciplines with openings: biomedical engineering, computational material science & engineering, electrical & computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and more.

Click here for more details from the listing on The Chronicle of Higher Education. To apply for a position, visit this page.

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On September 18, the Florida Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the University of South Florida sponsored a professional development event at the University of South Florida. Presenters included Paul Schnitzler, Ph.D. (FL G ’57), a faculty member at USF that gave insights on what industry-level resumes should look like.

FL Gamma Khan

Details of the event were posted on LinkedIn by Yunus Khan, FL G 2017, a chairperson of the FL Gamma chapter. See an image from the event above.

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Honda Motor Co. has announced the addition of “300 jobs at two Ohio factories as it begins mass production of the redesigned Accord flagship sedan for 2018,” according to a Forbes news article.

Investments will also include new welding robots and other upgrades as it begins building the company’s first turbocharged engine. Honda R&D will be recruiting at the upcoming Tau Beta Pi Graduate School & Corporate Recruiting Fair in Dearborn, Michigan, on October 13.

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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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UK COE, WMIAC, & Disney Board (September 2017)

This week the University of Kentucky College of Engineering opened a new student resource, the James and Gay Hardymon Center for Student Success. The goal of the center is to “centralize essential student resources in one convenient location.”

The renovations to the necessary space were made possible from a gift by alumnus James F. Hardymon, KY A ’56, who has supported several initiatives and provided additional funding toward an endowment for the college’s undergraduate research and education abroad programs. Read the article for more details on the center, which includes a location for academic tutoring from the Kentucky Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

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The West Michigan, Grand Rapids Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted a dinner social at Graydon’s Crossing gastro pub on Monday, August 28. The image below was submitted by Lisa E. Dohn, IL E ’12, the president of the WMIAC. More information on the Association’s alumni chapter can be found here.

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Reports are that Disney has announced the addition of Mary T. Barra, MI Z ’85, to its board of directors, effective immediately. Barra is the chief executive of General Motors. For more information, read the announcement from the Los Angeles Times.

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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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