USF Initiation, TBP in Birmingham (AL), & SC Business HOF (April 2017)

On Saturday, April 8, the Florida Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at the University of South Florida, hosted its spring initiation. The chapter initiated more than 35 new members, including 24 graduate students and an eminent engineer. At the initiation banquet the chapter gave out scholarships for most active initiate and outstanding chapter officers.

(L to R) Kristen Ahlberg, Collins, & Christina-Anne Lafiff

In addition, the chapter recognized departing alumni advisor Bill Collins, FL G ’75, for his service, leadership, and generosity. Collins has served for four year’s as a chapter advisor and was a previous FL Gamma chapter president. See the image above of him receiving a thank you plaque.


TBP Director of Alumni Affairs, Tricia E. Gomulinksi, SD A ’98, hosted an alumni gathering for lunch at Jim’N’Nick’s in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 20 TBP alumni attended the networking, social event. The AL Gamma chapter president, Hemali V. Patel (AL G 2017), was also on hand to discuss the chapter’s activities.

Later in the weekend, Tricia visited the AL Gamma chapter campus, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and took a picture (above) with Patel and the chapter’s Bent monument.


An article from Greenwood Today (SC), profiled South Carolina 2017 Business Hall of Fame inductee Emmett I. Davis Jr., P.E. (SC G ’50), one of the founders of Davis & Floyd. The company was started in 1954 and today is the “largest, privately-owned engineering firm located in the state with 175 employees.”

Davis has been recognized as a leader in his industry and within the community. He is active in various professional societies including the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Council of Engineering Companies, which awarded him the Service to the Profession award in 2008.


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