Graduate Fellowships & Eng’g Building Named (August 2015)

Two recent engineering student graduates from Michigan Technological University will begin graduate studies at Iowa State University this fall as Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellows, a national graduate student award that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsors. Both Ellen Nightingale, MI B 2015, and Patricia A. Thompson, MI B 2015, will pursue master’s degrees in civil engineering.

Nightingale will present research about high-tension cable barriers on Iowa’s highways and Thompson will present research on the development of crash prediction models for urban road segments both at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Click here to read the article for more information on the Fellowship program and the two Tau Bates.


John R. Lewandowski, OH A ’12, has been selected as a 2015 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. “Each young entrepreneur receives $10,000 in financial support of his or her work. BHSI Fellows are hosted in Chicago, all expenses covered, for Chicago Ideas Week. They will participate in events throughout the week, Oct. 12–18, 2015, and will present their ideas at the CIW Conversation Solving the Impossible through Social Entrepreneurship.”

Lewandowski is the founder and CEO of Disease Diagnostic Group, an organization focused on screening, tracking and diagnosing highly infectious or neglected tropical diseases in the developing world through portable and reusable devices. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. at MIT in the Mechanosynthesis Group. Lewandowski has previously been recognized as a NDSEG Fellow, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2012 Tau Beta Pi Fellow, and a Lemelson-MIT Prize Inventor. Read the news release for more information on the five Fellows selected from more than 300 applicants.


Utah State University (USU) hosted the official naming this week of the Richard and Moonyeen Anderson Engineering Building. “The 107,000-square-foot building was constructed in 2003, but University officials noted it did not have an official name until now. USU chose to name the building after the Andersons, who met at USU in the 1950s, in light of their $5 million in donations over many years.”

According to the article, Richard Anderson spent 40 years at Hewlett-Packard before retiring as a senior vice president. His gifts have contributed not only to the new engineering building, but also to a scholarship for USU undergraduates. Ryan J. Martineau, UT G ’13, is currently a Ph.D. student at USU and an Anderson scholarship recipient as a mechanical engineering undergrad. Martineau spoke about the Andersons: “They’re the most deserving people to have this honor; they’ve helped so many people,” Martineau said. “When I look up at that building name, and come into class, I want to remember that’s another goal I have to pay it forward to other students in the future.”


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