Exceptional Students, November 2014

The Rhodes Trust has announced the 2015 class of American Rhodes Scholars. This year, thirty-two American men and women were chosen as Rhodes Scholars from a pool of 207 finalists. Two of this year’s Rhodes Scholars are Tau Beta Pi members. Read the press release and profiles on all of the American Rhodes Scholars-elect for 2015.

1. Rebecca A. Esselstein (CO Zeta 2015) – is a senior at the United States Air Force Academy majoring in astronautical engineering, where she ranks 1st both academically and militarily. Her plans include a D.Phil. in astrophysics at Oxford and to become an astronaut.
2. Anisha Gururaj (MA Beta 2015) – is a chemical & biological engineering major at MIT where she is a senior and minoring in energy studies. She plans to do a M.Sc. in biomedical engineering and a master’s of public policy at Oxford with career aspirations in developing affordable biomedical devices.


The Atlanta Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation honored 45 outstanding young scientists with scholar awards at its 23rd annual ARCS Scholar Awards Luncheon Thursday, November 20th. ARCS Foundation Atlanta provides scholar awards to outstanding students at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, and University of Georgia. Six scholars are Tau Bates. They are:

1. Lauren D. (Couch) Casa (TX I ’09) – Betsy Hansen Memorial Award: Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech
2. Susan M. Hastings (GA A 2013) – Roche/ARCS Membership Award: Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech
3. Elizabeth I. Nadelman (NJ D ’11) – UPS Award: Ph.D. candidate in civil & environmental engineering at Georgia Tech
4. Matthew A. Plumlee (IN A ’10) – Printpak/Love Award: Ph.D. candidate in industrial & systems engineering at Georgia Tech
5. Daniel T. Prosser (NY P ’11) – Nunn Award: Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech
6. Carol C. Young (NY G ’10) – Cooley Award: Ph.D. candidate in electrical & computer engineering at Georgia Tech


Twelve Scholars have been chosen for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program class of 2016. This year 270 applicants applied for the 12 scholarships “named in honor of the former Maine Senator’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process.” Recipients for the nationwide competition are chosen “on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service and spend a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

Stephen D. Sechler, PA Q 2015, was chosen as a Scholar. He is a senior at Villanova University where he majors in electrical engineering, he is vice president of the PA Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, and is involved with Level. “Knowing he wants to pioneer new ways to use engineering in medical application with a focus on improvements in auditory devices, Stephen will study bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin.”


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