Purdue Dean, TBP Engineering Futures, & Innovation Prize for Africa (July 2017)

The Journal & Courier (IN) profiled Mung Chiang, Ph.D. (CA G ’00), the new Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Chiang began his new position on July 1, 2017. Previously, he was a professor of engineering, director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education, and founded the EDGE Lab all at Princeton University.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels referred to Dr. Chiang as “one of the genuine superstars of American engineering and higher education.” Dr. Chiang won the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, one of the highest honors given to U.S. scientists and engineers under 35, in 2013 for his research to design simpler and more powerful wireless networks. Click here to read more about Dr. Chiang and for a Q&A on his new position.


Over the July 15-16 weekend, a group of 20 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Futures (EF) facilitators met in Chicago, IL, for a day-long retreat to review information from the 2016-17 program year, explore new materials, and to make short and long-term plans for refreshing and extending the program curriculum. The image above was taken of the attendees over the weekend.

In addition, Director of EF Katy L. Colbry, Ph.D. (MI A ’99), announced that a NSF proposal submitted by herself and Dirk J. Colbry, Ph.D. (MI A ’06), has been funded. Read the grant details here.


Aly El-Shafei, Ph.D. (MA B ’88), has won the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa for his patented innovation, SEMAJIB, a smart bearing which improves the performance of turbines generating electricity. Currently, Dr. El-Shafei is a professor of vibration engineering at Cairo University, Egypt. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Read the announcement for more details on the Innovation Prize for Africa now in its sixth year. A judge said of Dr. El-Shafei: “He’s spent his entire career studying vibrations and this felt like the fruit of his life’s work. It’s the kind of African innovation that can be exported to the rest of the world.”


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