TBP Laureates, New Chancellor, & Grad Profile (August 2017)

Tau Beta Pi has announced the selection of three members as the Association’s 2017 Laureates in the annual program to recognize gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors. This year’s Laureates are Kasey M. Cooper, (AL A ’18) for achievements in athletics; Kevin Fraser, (NC G ’17) for diverse achievements; and Simone M. M. Stanley, (DC A ’17) for achievements in the arts.

Cooper is a mechanical engineering major at Auburn University and a two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (softball). Fraser graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and now works as an analyst with BlackRock. Stanley is a chemical engineering graduate of Howard University. She will work in a post-baccalaureate program at the National Institutes of Health. Read the press release for more information on each Laureate’s accomplishments. They will be recognized at the 2017 annual Convention of Tau Beta Pi in Michigan.


Carlo D. Montemagno, Ph.D. (OH B ’80), has been appointed as the next chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Currently, Dr. Montemagno is a professor of engineering and founder/ leader of the interdisciplinary Ingenuity Lab at the University of Alberta in Canada.

He will begin his new role on August 15. According to the news release, Dr. Montemagno “is an internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology and biomedical engineering, focusing his work on linking multiple disciplines to solve problems in areas of health, energy and the environment.” Previously, he was the founding dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati.


Purdy-McGuire, Inc. (TX), profiled recent hire Caroline Kabus, KS G 2017, a MEP designer. Kabus graduated this past May from Kansas State University with a degree in architectural engineering. While an undergraduate, she received a TBP Scholarship (2016), served as vice president & president of the KS Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

She had this to say of her involvement with TBP: “One of my favorite college memories is whitewashing the ‘KS’ hill letters. Now I am out of college and would have already long forgotten about the group, if it didn’t have such a positive impact on my life. I really appreciate the connections I have through TBP.” Click here to read the full profile.


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