Books by Tau Bate Authors & Alumni Events (July 2016)

Former NASA astronaut Michael J. Massimino, Ph.D. (NY A ’84), is author of Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the University. Dr. Massimino’s new book can be pre-orderd now and is scheduled to be released in hardcover on October 4, 2016. Dr. Massimino is currently a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University and the senior advisor of space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. He participated in two Space Shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

His book details his journey and perseverance in becoming an astronaut. “Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where the nerdiest science meets the most thrilling adventure, and pulls back a curtain on just what having ‘the right stuff’ really means.” Click here for more information on the book from publisher Penguin Random House.


There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in July and August. You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bate (alumni and student) from any chapter, unless otherwise stated. Find details below on upcoming events.

St. Paul, Minnesota – Thursday, July 21, at Tin Whiskers (networking social)
New York City, New York – Saturday, July 23, at Central Park (friends & family picnic)
Rocklin, California – Thursday, July 28, at Dragas Brewing (social)
Cedar Springs, Michigan – Saturday, August 13, at Cedar Springs Brewing Co. (lunch social)
Old Hickory, Tennessee – Saturday, August 13, at Old Hickory Dam (USACE tour)
Woodinville, Washington – Sunday, August 14, at Guardian Cellars (networking social)


A recent press release, profiles a new book Stop the “Fuelishness” by Johnroy Messick, AL A ’68. The book presents Messick’s self-funded research and a solution to transitioning away from fossil fuels “based on truth, honesty, and knowledge, not based on money from Big Oil and the Koch brothers.”

Messick’s career includes 60+ years of studying and practice in the energy sector. He has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Auburn University. The book is available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book. “The book is called ‘Stop the Fuelishness’ because the debate surrounding fossil fuels today is truly foolish,” Messick said, “it requires a serious approach and understanding of the facts to create positive change.”


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