Tau Beta Pi celebrates the accomplishments of collegiate members Rand Y. Alagha (TX Delta ’22) Steven Klepac (AL Epsilon ’21), Madeline A. Suellentrop (AR Alpha ’21) and Jaclyn R. Walls (AR Alpha ’20). These students are fulfilling the Tau Beta Pi creed of Integrity and Excellence, working hard to serve their campus communities while maintaining high levels of scholastic achievement. Read more about Rand, Steven, Madeline and Jaclyn and their awards by clicking their respective links.
Rand Y. Alagha, a junior petroleum engineering major at Texas A&M University at Qatar, won the Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award. This award is a collaboration between The Association of Former Students, LAUNCH: Academic Excellence, and the Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi that recognizes the top junior in each of the academic colleges at Texas A&M. Selection is based on an evaluation of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments/awards, and academic record.
Rand conducts research in drilling, completion, and petrophysics and has conducted research about women in engineering. She serves as the President of the Palestinian Cultural Club, is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a member of the TAMUQ PetroBowl team that won second place in the regional competition. She has served as a student orientation leader, a panelist, and as a participant in different Engineering Enrichment Programs. Rand was also recognized as a distinguished student by Texas A&M University at Qatar and as an outstanding student by the Petroleum Engineering department.
Steven Klepac, a student at the University of South Alabama, won the Alabama Concrete Industries Foundation scholarship. Two $8,000 scholarships are given per year. Steven, a civil engineering major, is a member of the President’s list for his outstanding academic achievements. He currently serves as the president of the Alabama Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. Steven’s work ethic is impressive. Though he originally started school in 2010, he had to leave due to the loss of college funding. He found work as a construction inspector and in 2017, Steven returned to university while continuing his employment. Upon graduation this year, he plans to pursue his master’s degree in structural engineering.
Madeline A. Suellentrop, a student at the University of Arkansas, was awarded one of five scholarships given by Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society. Madeline received the 2020-21 S. Balachandran Service Scholarship, established in 2016 to recognize outstanding service. Madeline has served as the recording secretary of the Arkansas Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. She is also a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority where she serves as a Girl Scout mentor, sustainability chair and as the liaison between her chapter and the Children’s Safety Center in Springdale, Arkansas.
Madeline is working to complete her thesis in which she analyzes the use of drones to deliver medical supplies in Rwanda. She has completed two co-op internships with Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company in Kansas City and will return to work for them after graduation. Madeline was also one of 71 graduating seniors to be chosen by the Arkansas Alumni Association as the 2021 Seniors of Significance, selected based upon their academic achievements, leadership skills and extracurricular campus and/or community activities.
Jaclyn R. Walls, a senior at the University of Arkansas, also received a scholarship from Alpha Pi Mu. In addition to majoring in industrial engineering, Walls is pursuing a minor in accounting and plans to continue her education, obtaining a master of accountancy degree.
Walls served with the Student Alumni Association as president and as a member of Tau Beta Pi. Additionally, she has served with her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, as the recruitment logistics chair and with the U of A chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering as treasurer for two years.