Awards, Finalists, & Grants

The 29th Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Conference took place February 5-7 in Washington, DC. The event honored “some of the best and brightest leaders in both industry and military.” This year’s conference was entitled “Exceeding Expectations Path to the Future.” On Sunday at the final Awards Gala, many awards were given out. Five awardees were Tau Bates, they are:

Emmanuel G. Collins Jr., Ph.D. – (GA A ’81) who received the College-Level Promotion of Education award
Marvin D. Carr – (MD E 2010) who received the Dean’s Award to as a White House Policy intern
Anthony T. Plummer Jr., Ph.D. – (MD E ’05) who received the Most Promising Engineer-Industry award
Glenn S. Arnold – (GA A ’83) recognized as a 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

In addition, former Raytheon CEO William H. Swanson, CA M ’72, was honored with a BEYA Experience recognition and spoke on behalf of Raytheon.


This week, the Hertz Foundation announced the 50 finalists for the 2015 class of Hertz Fellows. “The Foundation was created by entrepreneur John Hertz to inspire and invest in the future of scientific exploration by providing resources and academic freedom to young minds.The Foundation funds graduate education for leaders in the fields of applied physical, biological and engineering sciences and encourages its awardees to pursue science for the public good.” Several of the finalists are Tau Bates, they are:

1. Katie Bodner – (MA B 2015) bioengineering MIT
2. Christopher M. Douglas – (IL D 2014) engineering Georgia Tech
3. Zachary K. Funke – (CO Z 2015) astronautical engineering the United States Air Force Academy
4. Jesse D. Kirkpatrick – (MA B 2015) biological engineering MIT
5. Stephen W. Linderman – (NY D 2010) biomedical engineering Washington University (MO)
6. Jelena Notaros – (CO B 2015) electrical engineering University of Colorado at Boulder
7. Sandya Subramanian – (MD A 2015) biomedical engineering Johns Hopkins Univ. & MD Alpha Chapter President
8. Hursh Sureka – (GA A 2014) chemical engineering Georgia Tech
9. Aaron F. Wienkers – (CA A 2014) computer science & engineering Cal Berkeley


Biomedical engineering professor Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, Ph.D. (MA B ’96), has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health “to research how nerve cells grow in an effort to aid in spinal cord injury recovery.” Dr. Sakiyama-Elbert is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis (MO). Read the article for more information on her research which “could find ways to restore function and movement in people with debilitating injuries.”


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