2022 National Volunteer Month Revisited

National Volunteer Month is over, but that doesn’t mean that our volunteers stop working as hard as they do! Volunteers are a critical piece of Tau Beta Pi’s success in supporting and inspiring future generations of engineers. Selfless, hardworking, and inspirational are only a few words that describe the 1,000+ TBP volunteers.

If you dedicate your spare time to helping Tau Beta Pi: THANK YOU, from all of us at TBP Headquarters. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our goals as THE engineering honor society. Are you interested in becoming a TBP Volunteer? Visit the member’s website for more information!

Madison R. Herman, OH Z ’13, has served as OH Zeta recording secretary and president, Student Advisory Board member, and District 10 Director since 2015. After graduating from the University of Toledo, she spent over three months traveling the world before beginning her career as a chemical engineer for Marathon Petroleum.

As District Director, she has organized several district conferences and has participated in the installation of the TX Xi Chapter in 2020 at the University of Texas-Dallas (pictured above). She has been with Marathon since May of 2014 and has held roles in process unit support, project management, and energy systems management.

Sandhiya Kannan, NY O ’17, is a newly appointed District 2 Director and a seven-year TBP Volunteer! She served as Recording Secretary from 2015-16, Chapter President from 2016-17, and hosted the District 2 Conference in 2017. She was an advisor from 2017-20 and is currently the NY Omicron Chapter’s Chief Advisor. Sandhiya has held many positions on the Student Advisory Board including, Secretary (2017), Vice-Chair (2018), Chair (2019), and Advisor (2020-21)! During her time as a member of the SAB, she supported the creation of the Officer Handbook, Chapter Mentoring Initiative, and Chapter Toolkit. She was also the president of the Central Jersey Alumni Chapter!

She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University, and is currently working as a Senior Scientist in skin health research and development at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health where she works end-to-end product development.

Wayne B. Paugh, FL G ’93, has volunteered for Tau Beta Pi as an Engineering Futures Facilitator since 2012, an Executive Council member from 2017-19, and President during 2019. 

Paugh currently works for the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the District of Colorado.  Wayne prosecutes federal crimes related to narcotics and also serves as a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) attorney.

Prior to his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Wayne served in a number of federal government roles, including Chief of Staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and later as the Administration’s U.S. Coordinator for International IP Enforcement. Wayne also served as an applications engineer in the robotics field before changing his career path to law.

Wayne has LL.M. and JD degrees in law as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in the management of technology.

He says, “I volunteer my time with Tau Beta Pi because I believe that engineers remain critical to our collective future even though my own career path has led me into the law.”

Antony P. James, FL G ’18, is an electrical engineer working for Harvest CROO Robotics, an ag-tech startup based in Tampa, Florida. His work involves developing robotic control & tracking algorithms for picking delicate fruits. He holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor’s degree in electronics & instrumentation engineering from the Government College of Technology, India.

He served as the Professional Chair for the FL G chapter in 2018. Currently, he is the treasurer of the Tampa Bay Alumni Chapter and is also actively involved in organizing and hosting Engineering Futures Sessions. Additionally, Antony is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Colleen L. Hill-Stramsak, P.E., PTOE, MI Epsilon ’00, is currently an Associate/Transportation Department Head with Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. where she has worked since 2002. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University (WSU) in 2000 and M.S. in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Transportation Engineering in 2002 and worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for WSU Transportation Research Group from 1998-2002.

Colleen is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan and certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) and Road Safety Professional (RSP1) by the Transportation Professional Certification Board.

She is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers; Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society; and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Colleen is a past Institute of Transportation Engineers Great Lakes District Chairman and International Director and the current Great Lakes District Administrator.

Her volunteer activities include: serving as secretary for the Southeast Michigan Alumni Chapter (2021-present), an Advisor for the MI Epsilon Chapter (2003-present), and chair of the Alumni Advisory Committee (2020-present). Previously, she served as president of the Southeast Michigan Alumni Chapter (2002-20), secretary of the Alumni Advisory Committee (2019), treasurer (1996-97) and president (1997-98) of the MI E Chapter.

Her husband, Steven A. Stramsak, P.E., MI Eta ’01, is also a Tau Bate! He has attended six TBP Conventions as a guest and both he and Colleen have joined other Tau Bates for hikes in the Grand Canyon and Mt. LeConte in TN (pictured above).

William P. Cleveland, MS A ’10, has been an Engineering Futures Facilitator for TBP since 2014 and presents a Professional Development Seminar at Convention. In the past, he was president of the MS Alpha Chapter and a member of the Student Advisory Board. He was a 2008 TBP Scholar and received a Fellowship in 2010.

William is a Senior System Engineer at Kutta Technologies, focusing on Unmanned Aircraft Command and Control software solutions. His responsibilities have included requirements development, systems design and integration, test development and execution, and product demonstrations. Prior to joining Kutta, he worked at Honeywell as a systems engineer in the Human Factors Center of Excellence and as a program manager supporting ISC Sourcing Transformation. Experiences included crew interface design and evaluation, flight deck certification, cost schedule performance management, and leading diverse project teams.

He graduated with an MBA from Arizona State University with an emphasis in management, an MS degree from Georgia Institute of Technology with an emphasis on cognitive engineering, and a dual BS degree from Mississippi State University in computer engineering and aerospace engineering.

In addition to his TBP volunteer work, William flies search and rescue missions for the Arizona Civil Air Patrol!

Midge Royer, TX K ’05, has enjoyed volunteering since she was a child, singing soprano in various choral groups since the age of 12. Throughout college, she held officer positions in several student organizations including Pi Mu Epsilon, Eta Kappa Nu, and IEEE.

For Tau Beta Pi, she served as president of her TX K student chapter, advisor for the MA Epsilon and TX K Chapters, member of the Alumni Advisory Committee, Website Task Force, Advisor Recruiting and Development Council, and president of the Palm Beach Broward Alumni Chapter. Midge attended several District Conferences and Convention as well! Currently, she volunteers her time as a math tutor to 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students at two South Florida elementary schools.

Midge and her six-year-old son make care packages for the homeless. When she is not volunteering or advocating for her son, who is on the autism spectrum, she works on various arts and crafts projects, which she uses to help “make people happy.”

She graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Midge’s career has spanned various industries, including semiconductor, oil and gas, and defense.

Wendy A. Harper, WV B ’00, has been an Engineering Futures facilitator for nineteen years and has served as an advisor for the Kentucky Alpha chapter at the University of Kentucky for nine years.

As the Structural Engineering Manager of the structural design team at Stantec in Lexington, KY, Wendy is responsible for client coordination, project management, and quality control for the design of transportation structures. She has over 21 years of experience in the design of highway and light rail structures!

Wendy received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2000 and a master of science in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2003.

Christopher Stemple, AZ A ’10, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, engineering management, and business administration. Since being initiated in 2008, he has held several volunteer positions within the Association.

In 2009 he served as president of the AZ Alpha Chapter and has been the chapter’s Chief Advisor since 2010. He has been a D13 Director since 2015 and has recruited for Texas Instruments and Raytheon Technologies at the Convention Recruiting Fair.

After graduating, he founded Desert Currents Consulting, a provider of hardware and software design and prototyping services. Later, he joined Texas Instruments, first as a product marketing engineer and subsequently in a dual role in program management and product engineering, managing the release of new precision operational amplifiers products to market.

Currently, Chris is a senior manager of the supply chain at Raytheon Technologies, managing hardware procurement to support national defense needs through the production of the Standard Missile 3 product.

Regardless of whether you were featured this year or not, know that if you are a volunteer for TBP, your work definitely does not go unnoticed.

As Margaret Mead said,

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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