SXSW Speakers, Federal Engineer of the Year, & Energy Engineer Speaker (March 2018)

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals will take place March 9-14 in Austin, Texas. At least two Tau Bates are scheduled to present as speakers.

Ernestine Fu – (CA G ’13) venture partner at Alsop Louie Partners will present “Minorities in Tech: Old & New Challenges Under Trump” on March 14.

Rev. Rich R. Andre – (NY K ’96) associate pastor at St. Austin Catholic Parish will present “Mentor” with advice on public speaking on March 13.


During the 39th Annual FEYA Banquet on February 23, John Henderson, P.E. (SD A ’94), was named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ 2018 Federal Engineer of the Year. Henderson is the assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for installations, environment, and energy.

John Henderson, P.E.
John W. Henderson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

As a district commander, he oversaw 1,300 personnel in 10 states and managed over 2,500 projects involving more than $250 billion of critical federal infrastructure. Henderson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Click here for more details on his work and the award.


Devan L. Tracy, NY T ’13, is a senior project engineer at Lockheed Martin. She will speak on the topic of designing for sustainability during the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference, May 15-17, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

Read more about her session and details on how the company uses lifecycle assessment analysis to support Lockheed Martin’s corporate sustainability initiatives.


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