Andrew Grove, SAE Fellows, & Minivan Engineer

On March 21, Intel announced that the company’s former CEO and Chairman Andrew S. Grove passed away at the age of 79. According to the obituary, Grove, Ph.D. (NY H ’60), “became Intel’s President in 1979 and CEO in 1987. He served as Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2005. Both during his time at Intel and in retirement, Grove was one of the most influential figures in technology and business, writing best-selling books and widely cited articles, and speaking out on an array of prominent public issues.”

He studied chemical engineering at the City College of New York, completing his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1963. Dr. Grove also provided $26 million to the City College of New York to help establish the Grove School of Engineering.


At the recent SAE 2016 World Congress, there were 18 recipients of the SAE Fellow Grade of Membership. At least five of the new Fellows are Tau Beta Pi members, including: (click here for full list and other award winners)

1. Richard S. Davis (MI Z 1986) – General Motors
2. Johney B. Green Jr., Ph.D. (TN E 1992) – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
3. Christine K. Lambert, Ph.D. (TX Z 1994) – Ford Motor Company
4. Thomas G. Leone (IL A 1988) – Ford Motor Company
5. Mark P. Musculus, Ph.D. (MI B 1992) – Sandia National Laboratories


The Detroit Free Press profiled the chief engineer of minivans at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and her decision to see out the completion of the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Jessica LaFond, PA A ’95, has worked for 21 years at Chrysler and “had to turn down several promotions so she could remain in her job as lead engineer for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.”

“For me, it was much more important to finish something from beginning to end (rather than accept a promotion) and have something that nobody would be ever be able to take away,” said LaFond. Read the article for more information on the new minivan and LaFond’s automotive engineering experience.


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