Developing Future Engineers, September 2014

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has announced that JoAnn P. Browning, Ph.D. (KY A ’95), has been named dean and Distinguished Chair of the UTSA College of Engineering. Previously, Dr. Browning was associate dean of administration and professor of civil engineering at the University of Kansas (KU). While at KU she spent three years as an advisor to the Kansas Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

According to the article, she twice was awarded the university’s Miller Award for Distinguished Professional Service (2004 and 2011) and was the 2012 recipient of the Henry E. Gould Award for Distinguished Service to Undergraduate Education while at KU.


Tau Beta Pi is excited to announce the Thursday activities schedule, including professional development sessions, for this year’s Convention in Spokane, Washington. The Convention kicks-off on Thursday, October 2, and more than 530 members are scheduled to attend. This year’s professional development includes 16 sessions presented, in five blocks, including an evening block with eight options.

There are new opportunities this year, including: Ask the Alumni, Speed Networking, Uncommon Career Choices in Engineering, and What the Career Office Didn’t Tell You. Other sessions return by popular demand such as: Engineering Your Career Identity, Nailing Your Job Interview, Managing Your Investments for Retirement, and many more. The Association is fortunate to have so many alumni volunteers, recruiters, and other industry leaders lending their time and efforts to provide these worthwhile sessions.


A team of senior engineering students have won the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) 2014 Outstanding Senior Project Award for their work on the design of SILiX (System Integration Lab running LinuX). “This award is given to the team that the GVSU faculty believes represents the best senior project in terms of technical challenges overcome, teamwork, and effort.”

Read the news release from DornerWorks, the project sponsor, for more information on the SILiX senior project and the team consisting of Brian M. Collins (MI L 2014); Kurtis T. Bell (MI L 2014); Jaime C. Lightfoot (MI L 2014); Ivan Malinov, and Ryan Orzechowski.


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