Benjamin Franklin Medal, FORBES 30 Under 30, & UCR Hiring

Two Tau Bates were among the eight laureates selected for the 2017 Franklin Medals by the Franklin Institute. The Franklin Medal is one of the oldest and most prestigious comprehensive science awards in the world. Click here to see the full list of Franklin Institute Awards for 2017.

Nick Holonyak Jr., Ph.D. (IL A ’50), is a Endowed Chair Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was cited “for the development of the first visible (red) laser and LED used in displays and lighting, and the use of various alloys in colored light sources, which led to reduced energy consumption worldwide and contributed to the realization of optical data communications as the backbone of the Internet.”

Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Ph.D. (SC G ’51), is Professor Emerita at MIT. She was cited “For her fundamental contributions to the understanding and exploitation of carbon nanomaterials, such as the spheres known as buckminsterfullerenes, the cylindrical pipes called nanotubes, and the single-atom-thick sheets of carbon known as graphene, and for launching the field of low-dimensional thermoelectricity, the direct conversion of heat to electricity.”


Forbes has announced the 2017 Class of 30 Under 30. The honor goes to “young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.” Only 30 individuals are selected in each of 20 industries. The following are Tau Bates. Read the article for more information.

Nishant Garg (FL A 2010) – Flow Labs co-founder

Manufacturing & Industry:
Sean T. Hunt, Ph.D., (DE A 2011) – Solugen co-founder (TBP Scholar 2010)

Raja Bobbili (MA B 2008) – Analyst at Abrams Capital

Enterprise Technology:
1. Curtis B. Liu (MA B 2010) – Amplitude Analytics co-founder
2. William W. Woods, Ph.D., (PA H 2011) – Capella Space co-founder & CTO (PA Eta chapt. Pres)
3. Andrew D. First (NC G 2010) – Leanplum co-founder
4. Beyang Liu (CA G 2011) – Sourcegraph co-founder

1. Nicole C. Moskowitz (NY A 2014) – IntuiTap Medical, Inc., Co-founder
2. Austin W. Walker, M.D. (IL G 2011) – Innovein CEO
3. Archit N. Bhise (MA B 2013) – Wellframe co-founder


A job listing from The Chronicle of Higher Education details a major expansion of faculty at the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) Bourns College of Engineering. UCR is looking to hire “emerging scholars as they transition into the professoriate.” To learn more, visit a website regarding the new University of California Office of the President program.


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