Materials Science Lectures, WVU Alumni Initiates, & AIMBE President-Elect

Alan I. Taub, Ph.D. (RI A ’76), professor of engineering at the University of Michigan will present twice during the 25th A. Frank Golick Lecture in materials science and engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The theme is challenges facing today’s materials scientist and on Thursday, April 20, Dr. Taub’s lecture is titled “Aligning Carbon Nanotubes in Polymer Matrices by Applying Electrical, Magnetic and Shear Forces.”

The Friday lecture is titled “Challenges to Reduce Weight in Transportation Applications.” According to the news article, both lectures are free and open to the public. Dr. Taub earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University. He was VP of GM Global Research; CTO of LIFT; managed Ford Motor’s material science dept.; and was a senior lecturer of materials science at MIT.


On April 8, two West Virginia University (WVU) alumni will be initiated as eminent engineers into Tau Beta Pi at the West Virginia Alpha Chapter’s spring initiation. In addition, a current WVU faculty member will also be initiated along with approximately 30 undergraduate students. This initiation is scheduled to take place during the TBP District 4 Conference.

Verl Purdy earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from WVU and is currently a managing partner with Cadrillion Capital, a private investment firm. His previous work experience includes developing BASF from a start-up to a multi-billion-dollar entity. Kerri Knotts graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering from WVU and had a 20-plus year career with NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Today, she is CEO at PetroActive, a fuel-additives company. Read the article for more bio details on the two eminent engineers and on David J. Klinke, Ph.D., an adjunct associate professor in the WVU School of Medicine.


The University of Florida (UF) has announced that Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D. (TX A ’88), has been named president-elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Her term as president will begin in 2018. Dr. Schmidt is a professor and chair of the department of biological engineering at UF.

Members of AIMBE’s College Fellows are nominated each year by their peers and represent the top 2 percent of the medical and biological engineering community. Dr. Schmidt’s research focuses on engineering novel materials and therapeutic systems to stimulate damaged peripheral and spinal neurons to regenerate. Click here for more about her unique research approach and her membership in AIMBE.


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