TBP Outstanding Advisor, Alumni Events, & Dept. Chair (August 2017)

The 2017 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Advisor is LeVern W. Faidley, Ph.D., IA A ’67. He is a retired program planning and resource management consultant and Chief Advisor to the Iowa Alpha Chapter at Iowa State University.

Dr. Faidley is involved with several aspects of the Association, including as a supporter of TBP Scholarships, assisting historically black colleges and universities in installing collegiate chapters, and as a member of the TBP advisor recruitment and development committee. For more details, read the press release.


There are several alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bate (alumni and student) from any chapter, unless otherwise stated. Find details below on upcoming events. Click here for a list of contacts for all 40 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

Arlington, Texas – Saturday, August 12 (social dinner w/Executive Director)
New York City, New York – Monday, August 14 (tour & talk)
Austin, Texas – Thursday, August 24 (adult museum event)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Friday, August 25 (ESWP event)
Knoxville, Tennessee – Saturday, August 26 (annual picnic)
Eagan, Minnesota – Monday, September 11 (community service project)


The University of Miami (FL) has announced that Victoria L. Coverstone, Ph.D. (IL A ’85), has joined the College of Engineering as the new chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering on August 1, 2017. According to the news announcement, Dr. Coverstone is the fist woman to chair any department in the College.

Most recently, she was associate dean for undergraduate studies and a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University. She also led the Engineering Opportunities Center, which handles recruitment, retention, placement and academic support services for students. Dr. Coverstone has more than 20 years of experience as an engineering educator, student advisor, researcher and administrator. She spent 20 years as a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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