Centenarian, Academic All-District Basketball, & Faculty Profile

John J. McKetta Jr., Ph.D. (TX A ’36), is professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) where the chemical engineering department bears his name. Dr. McKetta is a centenarian who has dedicated his life to his students. During his nearly 70-year tenure at UT, he served as vice chancellor of the UT system and dean of the College of Engineering while focused on his duties as a professor.

To list a few of his accolades: served as energy advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush Sr.; elected to the National Academy of Engineering; selected by AIChE as one of the “50 Chemical Engineers of the Foundation Age;” and received the Donald L. Katz Award from the Gas Processing Association. More biographical details can be found on this University of Michigan alumni profile from 2013.


The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2016 Academic All-District Men’s Basketball teams, including Division I, II, III, and college (division). All First Team Academic All-District selections advance to the national Capital One Academic All-American ballot.

There are three Tau Beta Pi members that have been named to the 2016 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Basketball teams: (See the full list)

NCAA Division I: First team (District 1)
Mac Hoffman – (NY U 2017), systems engineering at the United States Military Academy
NCAA Division III: First team (District 2)
Louis Khouri – (DC B 2017), electrical engineering at the Catholic University of America
NCAA Division II: First team (District 8)
Adam R. Klie – (CA Y 2017), bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego


Mississippi State University (MSU) profiled Lauren B. Priddy, Ph.D. (MS A ’08), as she recently joined the university’s department of agricultural and biological engineering as an assistant professor. Dr. Priddy completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at MSU, maintained a 4.0 undergraduate GPA, and participated as a university cheerleader.

She completed her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech and was involved as a founder of Biolgnite, a nonprofit camp in that inspires middle school students increase their interests in biomedical engineering and STEM topics. Read the article for more information on Dr. Priddy.


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