Engineers in Education & Laboratories (May 2015)

Ten students at Lamar University (TX) were recently recognized with the Plummer Award, recognizing them as the top male and female graduates in Lamar’s 2015 May graduating class. David J. Mikel, TX Z 2015, was selected as one of the top graduates, earning a degree in electrical engineering. Mikel was treasurer of the Texas Zeta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, will get married in November, start working at INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA Chocolate Bayou Works, and would like to someday start his own consumer electronics company for home automation products. Click here to read the press release


The Green Car Congress announced that RAPTOR, “a turbulent combustion code developed by Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Joseph C. Oefelein, Ph.D. (NJ B ’89), was selected as one of 13 partnership projects for the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR). CAAR is a U.S. Department of Energy program located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and is focused on optimizing computer codes for the next generation of supercomputers.”

Read the article for more details on RAPTOR that was developed at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility and is “a general solver optimized for Large Eddy Simulation (LES, a mathematical model for turbulence), is targeted at transportation power and propulsion systems.”


Parag Gupta, Ph.D. (TN B ’02), has been named a 2015 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) finalist for his work in the STEM track. Gupta recently completed his doctorate studies in mechanical engineering and materials science & engineering at Northwestern University. He serves as an advisor to the IL Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi on the Northwestern campus. See the official list of finalists for the class of 2015, which includes 600 finalists out of approximately 7,8000 applicants for the PMF Program 2015 application cycle.


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