Leaders in Engineering, April 2015

The 2015 District 7 Conference of Tau Beta Pi was held April 10-11 at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan. The Michigan Alpha Chapter at MSU hosted the conference and the Michigan Theta Chapter, at Oakland University, posted images from the gathering of Association students, volunteers, and alumni. Visit the chapter’s Facebook page for five images, including the group shot, an image of the MI Alpha bent monument, and other pictures of campus.

Max Sevak
Max Sevak, MI Q 2015, current chapter vice president.



The Federal Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Government, honors engineers employed by a federal agency that employs at least 50 engineers worldwide. Several of this year’s top 10 finalists are Tau Bates, including: (Read the press release)

David F. Mazurek, Ph.D, P.E. – (FL Z ’82) Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Academy
George Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E. – (AL D ’93) NASA Glenn Research Center
Kathleen D. White, Ph.D., P.E. – (NH A ’82) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources


Terracon is a “Kansas-based consulting engineering firm (that) offers geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, pavement and asset management services” and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The firm was founded in Iowa on April 22, 1965. The company moved to Kansas City in 1980, now has more than 150 offices, and ranks #35 in current Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms ranking. Read the article from The Kansas City Star

“This anniversary is about honoring our clients who have put their trust in us,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO, “and our employees who work hard every day to give back to their communities.” Gaboury, MA Z ’76, has been with Terracon since 1997.


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