Boise TBP Conference, AIAA Lifetime Award, & NASA Moon Presentation (Feb. 2019)

February 22-23, collegiate chapters from Tau Beta Pi’s District 12 met in Boise, Idaho for their District (Spring) Conference. The weekend was hosted by the ID Gamma Chapter at Boise State University. Highlights included attending an Idaho Steelheads hockey game and a presentation (with provided lunch) from local Micron Technology employees.

The image above is of Tim M. Hollis, Ph.D. (UT A ’03), senior member of the technical staff at Micron as he addresses attendees.


Mark J. Balas, Ph.D. (WY A ’65), has received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace, Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award for 2018. The award is considered a lifetime achievement award and cited Dr. Balas “for sustained excellence in developing the frontiers of theory and practice in advanced adaptive control systems for complex and dynamic systems.”

Dr. Balas is currently a professor and founding director at the University of Tennessee Space Institute for Autonomous and Evolving Systems. He is also a visiting distinguished professor at Embry-Riddle and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.


The Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University presents a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, “On the Shoulders of Giants.” Ann P. Over, OH G ’83, hosted an activity focused on the current research and plans for future space missions: “Orion: Back to the Moon and Beyond.”

Over is a NASA aerospace engineer and deputy manager for the European Service Module Integration Office at Glenn Research Center. She has been at NASA for more than 30 years and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. Click here for more information.


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