Three collegiate members of the Louisiana Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at the University of New Orleans received scholarships for excellence in engineering. The awards are sponsored by the American Bureau of Shipping, a maritime classification society headquartered in Houston that donates $10,000 annually for student scholarships at UNO. The spring 2021 recipients will each receive $2,500. Read about those scholarship recipients below, and click here to learn more.
Mara E. Kramer
Mara, a senior from Melbourne, Florida, works as a tutor for the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program at UNO. Mara serves as chapter president for the Louisiana Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, and also holds membership in the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. After graduation, Mara intends to pursue graduate studies at UNO.
Abigail J. Blink
Abigail is a junior from West Chester, Ohio. In addition to her membership in Tau Beta Pi, she belongs to the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, as well as Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. Abigail is also a student manager for the UNO men’s basketball team. The team’s head coach, Mark Slessinger, says “She is a great asset and team member within our program. Her character, honesty, commitment, and integrity are what you dream of seeing in students.” After graduation, she intends to work for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island. The Center serves as the U.S. Navy’s research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support center for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapons systems associated with undersea warfare.
Nhan T. Tran
Nhan is a senior from Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Not only is he a member of Tau Beta Pi, but he also holds membership in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. After he graduates, Nhan plans to pursue work in the maritime industry.