Things to Know: Events, Projects, & Programs (March 2015)

On Saturday, March 28, the 250th chapter of Tau Beta Pi will be installed at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The chapter will be known as Indiana Zeta and will be the 243rd active collegiate chapter of Tau Beta Pi. Executive Director Curt Gomulinski and President J.P. Blackford will be on hand to formally install the chapter. The initiation of new members will be for current Tau Bates only, but the rest of the program, including installation ceremony and refreshments, will be open to interested parties. Below is a list of alumni events, district conferences, and opportunities to socialize for Tau Bates across the country. (Full calendar/list here.)

Orlando, Florida – March 28, 2015: District 5 Conference, networking, and alumni panel
Auburn, Alabama – April 11, 2015: District 6 Conference, networking, and lunch
Blacksburg, Virginia – April 11, 2015: District 4 Conference, Engineering Futures session, and dinner
East Lansing, Michigan – April 11, 2015: District 7 Conference, networking, and lunch
Minneapolis, Minnesota – April 11, 2015: District 11 Conference and dinner
Prescott, Arizona – April 11, 2015: Installation of AZ Delta Chapter
Reno, Nevada – April 11, 2015: District 15 Conference, alumni panel, and lunch
Tucson, Arizona – April 17/18, 2015: District 13 Conference, dinner, and alumni panel
Anchorage, Alaska – April 22, 2015: 40th Anniversary of AK Alpha Chapter


The New York magazine recently profiled two engineering students from George Mason University (D.C.) that developed “a fire extinguisher that puts out flames with sound waves” for their senior project. The students explained the video: “by blasting a flame with low-frequency sound waves in the 30 to 60 hertz range, the extinguisher separates oxygen from fuel. The pressure wave is going back and forth, and that agitates where the air is. That specific space is enough to keep the fire from reigniting.” Click here to read the article and watch the extinguisher in action.


The deadline to submit nominations for three of Tau Beta Pi’s award programs is Wednesday, April 1. Visit the Association’s Awards & Programs web page for details on the Laureate, McDonald Mentor, and Outstanding Advisor programs. In addition, the deadline to complete and submit your TBP Scholarship application is May 1. The Association plans to award more than 250 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. More information is available here


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