Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society, has named four Laureates in the Association’s annual program to recognize gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors
The 2019 TBP Laureates are Casey Main, of Valparaiso University, cited for diverse achievements; Kendra K. Noneman, of Boise State University, cited for achievements in athletics; Rose C. Ridder, of Swarthmore College, cited for diverse achievements; and Kelli L. Swenson, of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, cited for achievements in athletics. A total of 111 remarkable Tau Bates have been named Laureates since 1982
Casey Main, IN Delta ’19, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. She is a dedicated swimmer, natural leader, and enthusiastic volunteer. Main is a four-year member of the Div. 1 women’s swim team. Her nomination stated how she has helped improve the team culture as an academic and athletic leader. As a result, the team was named a Scholar All-America team by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association in 2019.
Kendra K. Noneman, ID Gamma ’20, is a senior majoring in materials science & engineering with an applied mathematics minor. Her contributions as a student-athlete reach far beyond her success on the track. Noneman is a weight and hammer thrower for the Div. 1 track & field team. She reached the finals at the Mountain West championships for two consecutive seasons and had a personal best throw of 18.28 meters in 2019.
Rose C. Ridder, PA Kappa ’20, is a double major in engineering and cognitive science. She is engaged in community development and service locally and internationally while also a leader for on- campus organizations and programs. Over the past year, Ridder has implemented a project in Northern Thailand fostering science engagement and education. The project worked with 70 students and 20 teachers to improve access to resources in rural Thai schools.
Kelli L. Swenson, WI Gamma ’19, is a civil engineering graduate with a perfect GPA and a memorable legacy as a soccer player student-athlete. Swenson joined the varsity soccer team as a freshman walk-on. She was inserted at halftime of the fourth game of her career and went on to start the next 73 consecutive games as a defender.
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