Hurricane Research, 288 TBP Scholars, & Interim Associate Dean (July 2018)

The University of South Alabama (USA) profiled hurricane research being done by assistant professor Stephanie M. Smallegan, Ph.D. (GA A ’10), and her students to “determine the extent to which hurricane conditions” would affect Dauphin Island (AL).

Smallegan research group

According to the article, graduate student Brittany E. McMillan, AL E ’17, and junior Evan M. Mazur, AL E ’19, are working with Dr. Smallegan as they develop their own research projects with the use of computer models and Smallegan’s first-hand research experiences. A third engineering student, junior Peyton Posey, AL E ’19, is going in a different direction. She is researching the site characteristics of barrier islands hit last year by three Gulf of Mexico hurricanes; Harvey, Irma and Nate.


Tau Beta Pi has announced the 2018-19 class of Association Scholars. This year 288 students were selected to receive cash awards for their senior year of engineering study. This is the largest class of scholars in program history with more than $550,000 being awarded!

Read the press release for more information, including the names of new scholarships. Short biographies of the Scholars will be published in August in conjunction with the Fall issue of The Bent magazine and online publication of The Bulletin.


Paul D. Frymier, NC A ’85, has been chosen to serve as interim associate dean for faculty affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, effective July 9, 2018. Dr. Frymier is a professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, and received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia. Read the announcement for more details.


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