MindSET K-12, New Dean, & Student Engineers Blog (June 2017)

Rutgers University recently profiled the New Jersey Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi’s work with the K-12 MindSET program. At the most recent session, concepts of energy, momentum, and optimizations were taught through the water bottle flip challenge. Fourth and fifth grade students from Woodbridge township participated in the activity.

The program has been active for the past two years. “I’m hoping this helps them learn the engineering process—the scientific approach to a problem-by applying it to a fun activity,” said Jonathan Albar (NJ B 2018), MindSET chair and mechanical engineering junior. Click here to read the full article for more information.


Justin Schwartz, Ph.D. (IL A ’85), has been named the new Dean of the College of Engineering at Penn State University. He will begin his new position on August 15. Currently, Dr. Schwartz is professor and department head of materials science and engineering at North Carolina State University.

Read the news announcement for more bio details on Dr. Schwartz who recently co-founded Lupine Materials and Technology, Inc., an optical fiber sensors and magnetic materials company of which he serves as CEO. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in nuclear engineering.


Two recent engineering graduates from Rowan University (NJ) have started a blog, “Engineering Exposed,” to share their education, work experience, and other engineering passions. They are James Henry, NJ E 2017, and Bobby J. Samuel, NJ E 2017.

Henry graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and now works at Ellenby Technologies as a design engineer. While at Rowan, he was a member of the first ever Design/Build/Fly team, helping to design and build a fuselage for an RC aircraft capable of flying a 32 oz. Gatorade bottle. Samuel also graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and will work at NAVAIR. He has volunteered to help restore a decommissioned aircraft at the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society.


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