SHPE Star Awards, The Bulletin, & Chapter Anniversary (November 2015)

At the 2015 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Conference last week, the annual STAR awards were announced “honoring key contributors in the Hispanic community in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).” This year there were 21 STAR Award winners, several of which are Tau Bates, including:

Brian Vazquez (CA I ’08) – College Educator of the Year, Higher Education: adjunct faculty at East Los Angeles College
David Estrada, Ph.D. (ID G ’07) – Innovator Award: at assistant professor Boise State University
Fidel Hernandez III (CA G ’11) – Student Role Model, Graduate: Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University

Click here for the press release and the full list of winners.


The November issue of The Bulletin is now available. The issue includes a summary of the 2015 Convention with details of all chapter awards. In addition, there is an article from Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, with details of the proposed restructuring of the Tau Beta Pi Executive Council. Other items include 2016 District Conference schedule, newly appointed Association Officials, information on an alumni panel meet and greet, 2014-15 TBP Fellowship reports, and information on joining the Student Advisory Board.


The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University (TX) profiled the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Texas Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. Installed on December 18, 1940, at Rice University, Texas Gamma has initiated nearly 2,000 Tau Bates in its 75 years of existence. TX Gamma Chapter president Jared D. Elinger, TX G 2016, was interviewed for the news article.

“I want people to know that being part of this honor society helps them to have a networking base of people like them,” Elinger said. “Wherever you go, you can find someone who’s a member, and that can be so helpful in your career.” His goal as chapter president is to increase the chapter’s visibility and member participation on campus.


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