Recognitions, July 2014

L. Robert “Larry” Smith, P.E. (NY H ’66), was recently recognized with the NSPE Award, the “highest award given to an individual by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The award is “presented to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and humankind.”

Larry was president of Waterman Engineering Company for 25 years before he sold the company. Most recently he has been practicing as a forensic engineer. He received his degree in civil engineering from CCNY. During his career, Larry has served as President of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers (RISPE), the Rhode Island Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Providence Engineering Society (PES). To this day he continues to serve actively on these Societies’ boards as a Past-President. Click here for more biographical details and information on the NSPE award.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently profiled 2014-15 Tau Beta Pi Scholar Niklaus “Nik” H. Evitt, CA G 2015. Nik is majoring in chemical engineering at Standford University, is the corresponding secretary for the California Gamma Chapter, and is heavily involved in research with the Swartz Research Group.

In addition, he has served as the chair of the CA Gamma Chapter’s K-12 MindSET program, which offers hands-on STEM activity modules at local schools. “True to the spirit of AAAS, Evitt says he’s trying to instill that scientific spark to the next generation of kids.” Read the article


The North Texas section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has named Terry V. Baughn, Ph.D. (TX I ’65), as the Engineer of the Year. Dr. Baughn was recognized at the Texas Society of Professional Engineers banquet. He worked for 23 years with Raytheon Co. in the space airborne systems area before retiring. Currently, Dr. Baughn is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In the news announcement, he spoke about his unique ability to help students become professionals. “I can help our academic-based students through the huge transition of being useful once you come to work,” he said. “Professional engineering is a competitive world, within the company and with external competition.”


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