Graduation Honors & Salute (May 2016)

At the recent California State University, Sacramento, (CSUS) commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, CSUS President Robert Nelsen saluted graduating mechanical engineering student Christopher W. Potts, CA U 2016, saying that “academically, (he is) excellent. The work he does is affecting other students.” Potts worked with two other CSUS engineering students to produce a composite press for the college.

All three members of the “Team Meet the Press” are Tau Beta Pi members. The other two members are Matt E. Kovacic, CA U 2016, and Jacob Spivak, CA U 2016. In addition, all three (Kovacic, Potts, & Spivak) are now serving as advisors to the CA Upsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at CSUS. Visit the website for the research project group to learn more about the composite press and the three team members.


Undergraduate and graduate students from the aerospace engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were recently recognized with awards for their scholastic achievement and other contributions. Several are Tau Bates, including: (Click here for the news release.)

Art C. Lapin – (IL A 2017) the H. Everett Sutter Passion for Flying Scholarship
Jacob M. Dray – (IL A 2015) the Robert W. McClay Memorial Award for outstanding academic performance
Brent W. Pomeroy – (NY Q 2010) the Faculty Outstanding Graduate Award
Branding L. Litherland – (IL A 2016) the Tau Beta Pi Scholar Award
Jake J. Goldrich – (IL A 2017) the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Junior Award


On May 21, nine seniors were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception. Eric T. Anderson, CT A 2016, was one of three student-athletes to receive the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. The Kiphuth Award is given to the male and female student-athletes who rank highest in scholarship and have earned two varsity awards.

According to the article, Anderson is a graduating computer science and mechanical engineering major with a 3.98 GPA. He is a member of Yale’s coed sailing team, worked as a computational fluid dynamics researcher, and is a member of the Yale Undergraduate Intelligent Vehicles robotics group.


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