KU Initiates, ASEE Teaching Medal, & Org. Data Exchange (April 2019)

On March 31, the Kansas Alpha Chapter at the University of Kansas hosted its spring initiation. The chapter posted an image (see below) of the roughly 20 new members to its Instagram account.


Mark M. Budnik, Ph.D. (IN D ’90), has been selected to receive the ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal. Dr. Budnik is a professor of engineering at Valparaiso University (IN).

According to the announcement, he had a 16-year career in the semiconductor field before joining the Valpo faculty in 2006. His research specialties include analog and digital circuit design, assistive devices, K-12 outreach, and embedded system design.


The Daily Texan profiled a logistical solutions database created by Tau Bate and previous TX Alpha Chapter president Ethan Freeburg, TX A 2019. Started in 2018, the Longhorn Data Exchange assists campus organizational leaders with information such as volunteer opportunities, catering vendors, banquet venues, and more.

Click here to read about the database that consists mainly of engineering organizations to date. “Our first big break was in engineering when we had about 30 organizations join and contribute data,” Freeburg said. “We want to expand since many orgs do a lot of the same functions, like everyone has to plan events, order food, and recruit.”


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