UC Davis Chancellor, Orlando Alumni, & NASA Challenge Top Prize (Feb. 2017)

This week, Gary S. May, Ph.D. (GA A ’86), was selected as the next chancellor of the University of California, Davis. After the vote of the UC Board of Regents, Dr. May will start his new position on August 1, 2017. Currently, he is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Dr. May has been at Georgia Tech for nearly three decades, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. His master’s and doctorate were earned at the University of California, Berkeley. Click here to read the article from the Los Angeles Times with more information.


In Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, February 18, there was a Tau Beta Pi alumni gathering. TBP Executive Director Curt Gomulinski, MI E ’01, was on hand to present news about the Association. The event was an opportunity for local members to network and for TBP Director of Alumni Affairs, Tricia Gomulinski (SD A ’98), to discuss the possibility of reactivating the Orlando alumni chapter. The image below was taken at the event: (left to right) Lourdes D. Matos, FL D ’16; her guest Charles McClung; and Andrew P. Conrad, MO B ’07.



A team of engineering students from Tulane University (LA) recently won top prize in NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge with their flower-shaped, solar-powered space ferry. The national contest had been narrowed down to five finalist teams trying “to design better ways to assemble spacecraft in space.” According to the news article, the winning team members get paid internships at NASA this summer.

One of the team members that helped design “The Sunflower,” Tulane’s winning concept for stackable hexagon-shaped modules that unfold like origami from a rocket bay at low-Earth orbit is Max W. Woody, LA B 2018. He is majoring in engineering physics. The team attributed its success to the variety of disciplines/ majors of its members, including biomedical engineering, economics, and architecture.


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