Academic All-Americans, Rhodes Scholars, & VCU Initiation (Nov. 2016)

Three Tau Bates were recently selected for the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Men’s Soccer teams. Click here for the All-America Division III Men’s Soccer first, second, and third teams.

Steven E. CollinsNY G 2016, is a chemical engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and first team All-American. He is an attacker and junior captain. Collins is a two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection, an economics minor, and is the scholarship chair at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Andreas FatschelPA G 2017, a mechanical engineering major from Carnegie Mellon University and CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Div. III Men’s Soccer. He plays defense and is captain on the soccer team. Fatschel is a two-time Academic All-American First team selection, was named to the All-UAA First Team, and interned at Philips Respironics.

Richard LanderNY S 2017, is a senior mechanical engineering major at Alfred University and second team All-American. He is a midfielder on the soccer team. Lander is a two-time second team Academic All-American, is All-Empire 8 Athletic Conference First team, and last season was named NSCAA Div. III Men’s All-East Region Third team.


The 2017 Rhodes Scholars have been announced. There are 32 American winners this year. Two of this year’s Scholars are Tau Beta Pi members: (Read the press release.)

Kirk P. Smith, OK B 2017, is a mechanical engineering major at the University of Tulsa (OK). He will do a D.Phil. in engineering science at Oxford, is captain of the Tulsa cross-country team, and built an electric bicycle while in college.

Josh J. Carter, MT A 2016, is graduating with dual degrees in mechanical engineering and microbiology at Montana State University. He will pursue a master’s in clinical neuroscience at Oxford. Read short bios of all the 2017 Rhodes Scholars for more information on Smith and Carter.


On Saturday, November 12, the Virginia Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), hosted its fall initiation. The chapter welcomed 14 undergraduate students and 1 eminent engineer, Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. (VA E ’70), VCU School of Engineering Dean nominated for her many accomplishments in industry and academe.


In addition, Dr. Boyan spoke to those present after the initiation stating that she was very honored and moved when she received the invitation, and after becoming an official member of Tau Beta Pi, she finally felt like a “real engineer.” The image above is from VA Epsilon’s Facebook page.


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