Professor Profile, TBP Events, & Student-Athlete Feature (Feb. 2016)

Kathryn A. Whitehead, Ph.D. (DE A ’02), is an assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She was profiled on the CMU Facebook page for her efforts to find new ways to fight mantle cell lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin B cell lymphoma, by attacking cancer cells from the inside out. “Dr. Whitehead is developing tiny particles called siRNA-loaded lipid nanoparticles which selectively enter and destroy lymphoma cells.”

Last year, she was named to Popular Science‘s 2015 Brilliant Ten for her innovative work on drug delivery systems. Dr. Whitehead earned her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware where she was a two-term president of the DE Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. She has also recently been active in the Tau Beta Pi Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, alumni chapter.


Below is a list of upcoming Tau Beta Pi events for both alumni and collegiate chapters of Tau Beta Pi. A reminder that unless otherwise noted, all Tau Beta Pi alumni events are open to members regardless of your initiating chapter. Follow the links for more information or visit the TBP alumni calendar to RSVP.

Austin, Texas – Thursday, February 11 at the Crown & Anchor Pub (6:30pm)
Denver, Colorado – Thursday, February 11 at Garcia’s Restaurant (6:30pm)
Tampa, Florida – Tuesday, February 16 at Topgolf Tampa (6 pm)
Berkley, Michigan – Friday, February 19 at Patrick J’s Irish Pub (5 pm)
Evanston, Illinois – Saturday, February 20 at John Evans Alumni Center (11 am)
Bronx, New York – Sunday, February 21 at Manhattan College
Chico, California – Saturday, March 5 at Cal State Chico (10:45 am)


The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has highlighted senior Dominic Granato, MA D 2016, for “channeling his creativity into his academic and professional interests” as the NESCAC Friday Feature talented student-athlete. Granato is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Tufts University (MA). He plays forward on the Tufts’ varsity men’s hockey team.

Read the NESCAC news article for the full Q&A with Granato whose dream job is working for Disney as an Imagineer or more specifically as an inventor/ mechanical engineer.


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