Millennium Prize, Academic All-American, & Distinguished Speakers (2016)

The Millennium Prize Foundation has announced Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D. (NJ D ’79), as the winner of the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize “for her discoveries that launched the field of ‘directed evolution,’ which mimics natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory.” According to the winner’s profile, “the awarded technology is being adopted for example in areas of green chemistry and renewable energy and Dr. Arnold’s innovation has been used widely also to create enzyme catalysts to manufacture pharmaceuticals.”

Dr. Arnold is currently a professor and Director at the California Institute of Technology. She has the honor of being elected into all three National Academies in the United States, won a Draper Prize (2011), and won a National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2013).


Tau Bate Kasey M. Cooper, AL A 2018, has been selected for the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Softball team. Click here for the All-America Division I first, second, and third softball teams.

CooperAL A 2018, is a junior mechanical engineering major at Auburn University and first team All-American. She plays third base for the varsity softball team. She was NFCA First Team All-American in 2015, this is her second consecutive year as a Academic All-American, and she is Auburn’s all-time home run leader. This weekend her team plays in the Super Regionals and last year she helped lead her team to the Women’s College World Series.


On May 18, the California Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Stanford University, hosted a fireside chat with Marc Andreessen and Balaji Srinivasan as part of the Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Andreessen is a co-founder of Netscape and the software company Loudcloud. Currently, he is a general partner at the venture capital firm he co-founded, Andreessen Horowitz.

Srinivasan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz as well as CEO of the bitcoin infrastructure company he co-founded, 21. He has also taught in Stanford’s statistics department. Click here to read The Stanford Daily’s coverage of the venture capitalism and entrepreneurship talk.


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