Innovation, Images, & STEM (April 2015)

Popular Science profiled a student team of mechanical engineers from Rice University assisting NASA by “developing a prototype of furniture that could someday be used in space habitats on another planet.” The team developed the Lunar Lounger, a simple chair and desk combo, that incorporated a highly researched and complex design. “We asked them about their daily tasks, and a lot of their workflow was dominated by writing in their space logbooks,” Laura H. Blumenschein, TX G 2015, a member of the design team said. Click here to read the article for more details on the furniture designed by the team.


Colin K. Wattigney, MS B 2014, (left) with Tau Beta Pi Engineering Future’s (EF) Facilitator Scott V. Eckersall, CA I ’96, after a recent EF session. Wattigney is the TBP MS Beta Chapter president at the University of Mississippi.


The Sacramento Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi is hosting K-12 MindSET activity sessions with the Russell Ranch Elementary school in Folsom, California. Earlier this month, third grade students participated in a “rocketry rocketeer” module learning all about rockets and then building a rocket and testing it with an Aqua Pod. Below is an image of the student constructed rockets by session leader and TBP District 15 Director Joe R. Burnett, CA U ’04.

Bottle Rockets



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