TBP Distinguished Alumni, Event Reminder, & Interim Dartmouth Dean (Aug. 2018)

The 21st group of Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Alumnus program has been announced. This year, four alumni have been selected as the 2018 recipients. Read the press release. They are:

James E. Halligan, Ph.D., P.E. – (IA A ’62) two-term Oklahoma State Senator and past president of two universities.
William L. Collins Jr. – (FL G ’75) an inventor and dedicated leader of the FL Gamma Chapter of TBP.
Aprille J. Ericsson, Ph.D. – (DC A ’86) spent 25+ years at NASA and currently sits on academic boards at MIT and the National Academies.
Gary D. Hoover, P.E. – (IA A ’61) philanthropist and board member at Iowa State University and Wartburg College.


Check out the upcoming alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members for the remainder of August and into September. You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bates (alumni and student) from any chapter, unless otherwise stated. Find details below on upcoming events. Click here for a list of contacts for all 45 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

Bristol, Connecticut – Saturday, August 25 (American Clock & Watch Museum tour)
Knoxville, Tennessee – Saturday, August 25 (annual potluck picnic)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Saturday, August 25 (TBP EC reception)
London, England – Tuesday, September 5 (alumni dinner)
Madrid, Spain – Monday, September 10 (alumni dinner)
Dallas, Texas – Saturday, September 15 (networking social)


Dartmouth has announced the appointment of Laura E. Ray, Ph.D. (NJ D ’84), as interim dean of Thayer School of Engineering. Dr. Ray is a professor of engineering who has been at Thayer for 22 years.

According to the announcement, her research includes developing robots to support science in polar regions and is funded by NASA and the NSF. Dr. Ray’s bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees are in mechanical and aerospace engineering form Princeton University.


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