Academic All-American of the Year, Engineering Design Position, & Hi-Def Maps (July 2017)

Recent biomedical engineering graduate of Texas A&M University Sarah E. Gibson, TX D 2017, has been named the Division I Academic All-America® of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She is a two-time first team Academic All-American, graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and was a 15-time All-American as a swimmer.

Gibson was the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and led her team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best showing in program history. This summer, she is a member of the U.S. National Team competing in the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary. Click here to read the announcement.


The Chronicle of Higher Education has a job listing for an assistant professor in engineering design/ mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. There are two full-time openings for faculty appointments in the mechanical engineering department.

Read the job listing for more information, such as the preferred specializations of human centered design, engineering education, and machine design.


Several news outlets are reporting on a new autonomous driving startup focused on making high-definition maps. Lvl5 is co-founded by Andrew M. Kouri, VA A ’14, and has a goal of creating high-definition maps of every route in the U.S. to sell directly to car companies.

Most recently, Kouri was working at Tesla as an autopilot engineer. His bachelor’s degree is in engineering science from the University of Virginia. The other two co-founders of Lvl5 formerly worked at Tesla and iRobot, respectively. For more information on the technology and business plan for the new startup, read the article from the Business Insider.


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