SUNY Provost, Detroit Mercy Student-Athletes, & ASME Medal (May 2018)

SUNY The State University of New York has announced the appointment of Tod A. Laursen, Ph.D. (OR A ’86), as senior vice chancellor and provost. Currently, Dr. Laursen is the founding president and leader of Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Click here to read the announcement for more information on Dr. Laursen who specializes in computational mechanics and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University.


The University Honors Convocation recently took place at the University of Detroit Mercy and several student-athletes were recognized for their hard work. Below are some of the honors for Tau Bate student athletes from Detroit Mercy: (See the full list.)

Nynke Van Der Goot

Nynke P. Van Der Goot (MI D 2018) – mechanical engineering major, varsity tennis athlete, Leadership Medallion Award recipient, and Student Servant Leader of the Year.

Kayla E. Hughes (MI D 2020) – engineering major, varsity track & field, and Tau Beta Pi (highest GPA) engineering student-athlete.

Molly E. Laird (MI D 2018) – industrial engineering major, varsity golf, Uicker Award (highest scholastic standing of mechanical engineering student), and TBP MI Delta Chapter president.


Ming Leu, Ph.D. (CA A ’80), has been named the winner of the 2018 Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). According to the news article, the award “recognizes significant fundamental contributions to the science and technology of manufacturing processes.”

Dr. Leu is a distinguished professor of integrated product manufacturing and directs the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri University of Science & Technology. He has published more than 400 referred publications in technical journals, received four U.S. patents (with two more pending), and earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in mechanical engineering.


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