TBP Laureates, Distinguished Alumni, & Other Leaders

Five members of Tau Beta Pi have been selected as 2014 Laureates. The Laureate program aims to “recognize gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors.” You can read the press release here, or read about our 93 remarkable TBP Laureates. The class of 2014 Laureates includes:

Bingxuan Dennis Chua – (NY D 2014) Cornell University, for achievements in the arts
Christopher M. Douglas – (IL D 2014) Bradley University, for diverse achievements
Lisa N. Garrett – (IA A 2014) Iowa State University, for diverse achievements
Erika M. Pliner – (WI G 2014) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for achievements in athletics
Tonya J. Whitehead – (MI E 2015) Wayne State University, for service contributions


For the first time in the 18-year history of Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Alumnus program, three alumni have been selected as the 2014 winners. Click here to read the press release. They are:

Delon R. Hampton, Ph.D., P.E. – (DC A ’54) president & CEO of Delon Hampton & Associates and a past president of ASCE
Asad M. Madni, Ph.D. – (CA E ’69) distinguished adjunct professor at UCLA and retired president of BEI Technologies, Inc.
Col. Gary E. Payton, USAF Ret. – (CO Z ’71) distinguished visiting professor at USAFA and former NASA astronaut


Nicholas J. Altiero, Ph.D. (IN G ’69), officially assumed the presidency of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at the society’s annual conference in Indianapolis on June 18. Dr. Altiero is Dean of the School of Science & Engineering at Tulane University, where he also serves as a professor of biomedical engineering and engineering physics. “It is an honor to assume the presidency of ASEE, an organization that for 121 years has influenced the quality of engineering and engineering technology education in this country,” said Dr. Altiero. Read the news announcement for more details


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