NCAA Woman of the Year, Great Minds in STEM, & AL Teaching Awards (October 2017)

Lizzy Crist, MO G 2017, was named the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year at a ceremony in Indianapolis, IN, this past weekend. She graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota biomedical engineering Ph.D. program.

Click here to read the announcement with biographical information on Crist who led her varsity soccer team to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Championship while being selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association National Player of the Year. She was also a three-time Academic all conference honoree.


The 2017 HENAAC Award Winners were announced by Great Minds in STEM, the gateway for Hispanics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Several awardees are Tau Bates, including:

Humberto Santacruz – (TX Q 2008) most promising engineer advanced degree master’s, Sandia National Laboratories
Rigoberto A. Lopez – (TX D 2013) most promising engineer undergraduate degree, BP


Four recipients were announced by the University of Alabama National Alumni Association for the 2017 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards. This is the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. Two of this year’s recipients are Tau Bates: (Read the news article.)

James P. Hubner, Ph.D. – (FL A ’90) associate professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics & 2010 COE Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Faculty member.

Kenneth G. Ricks, Ph.D. – (AL B ’88) assistant department head, associate professor of electrical and computing engineering, & started Alabama Astrobotics on the UA campus in 2009.


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