Brown University Dean, Stanford Teaching Honor Roll, & Aircraft Symposium Keynote (June 2018)

Rashid Zia, Ph.D. (RI A ’01), has been named the next dean of the college of engineering at Brown University. Dr. Zia is currently an associate professor of engineering and physics at Brown, will begin his new role on July 1, and is an alumnus of the University.

According to the news announcement, he earned his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Zia is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and was a TBP Fellow in 2001.


The California Gamma Chapter at Stanford University has announced its Teaching Honor Roll for 2018. The Teaching Honor Roll recognizes engineering instructors for excellent teaching, commitment to students, and great mentoring. This year’s class of winners includes six Tau Bates: (see the full list)

John K. Eaton, Ph.D. (CA G ’76) – professor of mechanical engineering

Chris F. Edwards, Ph.D. (CA G ’81) – professor of mechanical engineering

Paul C. Mitiguy, Ph.D. (MA D ’86) – mechanical engineering adjunct professor

Dwight G. Nishimura, Ph.D. (CA G ’80) – professor of electrical engineering

Chris J. Piech, Ph.D. (CA G ’10) – lecturer of computer science

Prof. Mitiguy (left) with Ateeq Suria (right).


From August 13-15 the 31st National Training Aircraft Symposium will take place at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL). This year’s symposium is entitled “The Changing Role of the Pilot.”

One of the scheduled keynote speakers is Earl F. Weener, Ph.D. (MI G ’71), a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Dr. Weener is a flight instructor, boat captain, and aerospace engineer. His previous roles have included managing Boeing’s engineering and technical government affairs and as a foundation fellow for the Flight Safety Foundation.


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