AIAA Top 20 Students, OK Gamma Bent, & Leading Woman (Feb. 2018)

The Aviation Week Network and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have introduced the 2018 class of 20 Twenties. This group has demonstrated not only their ability in technology classes; they also have set the standard for giving back to society and articulating the value of the research they have done to date.

Seven of this year’s honorees are Tau Bates. See the full list of these top 20 university students.

1. Aaron Aboaf – (CO B 2019) aerospace engineering science at Univ. of Colorado at Boulder
2. Rosemary K. Davidson – (MD B 2018) aerospace engineering at Univ. of Maryland
3. Christine M. Greve – (OK A 2017) aerospace & mechanical eng’g at Univ. of Oklahoma
4. Namrah Habib – (AZ A 2018) aerospace engineering at University of Arizona (TBP Scholar)
5. Matthew L. Marcus – (MD B 2013) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center aerospace engineer
6. Kimberly Rink – (IN A 2016) aeronautics & astronautics engineering at Purdue Univ.
7. Kenneth W. Smith Jr. – (OH K 2015) NASA Pathways structural dynamics engineer


The Oklahoma Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Oklahoma State University (OSU), hosted the TBP District 9 Conference on February 23-24. The event was attended by approximately 74 students from 11 chapters/universities.

In addition to a full slate of activities, the chapter also installed a Bent monument on campus. The group image above was submitted by Kurt P. Rouser, Ph.D. (OH H ’11), chief advisor to OK Gamma and OSU assistant professor of engineering.


Paula E. Harris, TN B ’82, is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Barge Design Solutions, Inc., an architecture and engineering firm based in Nashville, TN. She was recently selected as a 100 Leading Women 2018.

In addition, Harris is a graduate of Leadership Franklin and has served as Executive Director since 2012 in a volunteer capacity. She earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Vanderbilt University. Read her profile from


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