Valedictorian, Family Tradition, & Presidential Scholars (May 2016)

The City College of New York (CCNY) Athletics website has announced that Antonios “Andoni” Mourdoukoutas, NY H 2016, has been named the class of 2016 valedictorian. He will be the valedictorian at the CCNY’s 170th commencement exercises on June 3. He is graduating with a degree in biomedical engineering and a 3.90 GPA. Andoni is a 2016 NSF Fellow, 2015 Goldwater Scholar, and 2015 Tau Beta Pi Scholar.

In addition, he played varsity soccer at CCNY and was named the men’s soccer player of the year for 2013-14. His interest is neural stimulation to treat illness, he hopes to become a professor, and advance medical technologies.


A recent article from the Michigan Tech News, profiles a 90-year history of a family earning engineering degrees at Michigan Technological University. Michael C. Young, MI B ’65, graduated in mining engineering, like his father before him, and his granddaughter and grandson both recently received their engineering degrees. Click here to read the story and see pictures of three of the generations together at the December 2014 graduation.


On March 29, fifty students from Western Michigan University (WMU) were recognized as 2016 Presidential Scholars. “This is the highest honor WMU can bestow on an undergraduate. The award goes to the most outstanding seniors in each of the University’s academic schools, departments and specialty programs.” Three scholars are Tau Bates. They are listed below with summaries of their accomplishments as students. Read the news announcement for the complete list of 2016 Presidential Scholars and full bios.

Alexandra C. Ferguson, MI K 2016, is the Presidential Scholar in electrical and computer engineering. She plans to pursue advanced degrees after graduation, she is conducting research applying optimal control techniques to biological neurons and neural systems, and was a 2015 Tau Beta Pi Scholar.

Matthew T. Bracey, MI K 2016, is the Presidential Scholar in industrial and entrepreneurial engineering and engineering management. He will pursue a career in quality and process control and a master’s degree at WMU. “He honed his leadership skills while being active in Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu.”

Jason J. Grant, MI K 2015, is the Presidential Scholar in civil and construction engineering. He has been working since January 2016, as a project manager with ARCO National Construction in St. Louis. He was part of a senior engineering design project that redesigned the I-94 and South 40th Street interchange and served as captain of the men’s varsity soccer team in 2013.


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