Successful Intern Profile, HQ Power Outage, & STEM Girl Scout Badges (July 2017)

Wichita State University (KS) recently profiled Amy P. McClain, KS B 2018, for her work as an engineering intern at Burns & McDonnell. A mechanical engineering major, McClain began by taking the only open internship position in marketing and now moved into the engineering office. Most recently, she has been working with mechanical HVAC and plumbing systems for manufacturing facilities.

In addition, McClain is the KS Beta Chapter president of Tau Beta Pi. In the article, she talks about the importance of her involvement and leadership roles in organizations outside of the classroom. “Academics are extremely important since companies are wanting that degree from you,” says McClain, “but I think overall, they don’t solely look at your course work because they want to see how your soft skills and your problem solving skills carry over.”


On July 31 beginning at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. on August 1, the University of Tennessee will be working on the power to Dougherty Engineering Building. This will impact Tau Beta Pi Headquarters’ servers, so the Association website and associated applications will be down during this time period.


Several news outlets reported on the addition of 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for the Girl Scouts of the USA. According to the article from the Houston Chronicle, there is a badge for kindergarten and first graders to introduce the world of robots and engineering.

Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia E. Acevedo, NM A ’79: “It’s really all about how do we capture that interest in science and technology,” Acevedo said. “The other thing is the girls are learning not just how to do a specific skill but also how to think, how to think like an inventor, how to think like a creator, how to think like a maker. Those are the types of things that we want to ignite in the girls.”


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