2017 BEYA, Gianforte Gift, Duncan Fraser Award (January 2017)

Eugene M. DeLoatch, Ph.D. (DC A ’59), will receive the 2017 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) “for bringing about progress in higher education during his 50-year career.” According to the article, Dr. DeLoatch is an engineering icon and will retire this year from his position as the founding dean of the School of Engineering at Morgan State University, after 32 years in this role.

He has served as the president of the American Society of Engineering Education (2002), as dean of the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and was chosen as a 2016 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus.


Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) has announced a gift from Greg R. Gianforte, NJ A ’83, to name the Gianforte Academic Center, a new state-of-the-art interdisciplinary educational and research facility dedicated to technological innovation. Combined with a previous gift from the Gianforte Family Foundation in 2012, makes this the largest gift to a single project in university history.

Click here to read the announcement and for information on the two-building facility that is scheduled for completion in 2019 and “will provide academic space and research laboratories to further advance research and education in areas of significant societal need, such as healthcare and medicine, sustainable energy, financial systems defense and security, and STEM education.”


The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) has awarded Maria M. Larrondo-Petrie, Ph.D. (FL E ’91), with the 2016 Duncan Fraser Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. Dr. Larrondo-Petrie is the co-founder and Executive Director, Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI); Associate Dean of international affairs and professor of computer science and engineering, at Florida Atlantic University.

The Duncan Fraser award recognizes individuals who have made innovative and meritorious contributions having a significant impact on the advancement of engineering education. Dr. Larrondo-Petrie was cited for “her outstanding teaching, training of engineering educators, mentorships of both faculty and students, and her impact on diversity and inclusion. Read the award announcement for more biographical details on Dr. Larrondo-Petrie, who also serves an advisor to the Florida Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.


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