2016 TBP Convention Speakers
|Peter W. Likins, Ph.D. (CA Gamma '57) — Thursday, Oct. 6
Dr. Likins earned a bachelor's from Stanford and a master's from MIT, both in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he joined the CalTech Jet Propulsion Lab, which had just launched the first U.S. Satellite. When he returned to Stanford for his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics, he was preparing for a faculty career in spacecraft dynamics and control.
After joining the faculty at UCLA, he went on to become dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Next, Dr. Likins became president of Lehigh University and finally he served as president of the University of Arizona until his retirement in 2006.
He is a Fellow of the AIAA and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Likins is author or co-author of more than fifty reviewed technical publications and three engineering textbooks, pubsliehd a family memoir, and a novel.
|Baldwin Chiu, P.E.. "Only Won" (CA Upsilon '98) & Larissa Lam — Friday, Oct. 7
Baldwin Chiu is a speaker and rapper also known by his stage name, Only Won. His music video, "Dim Sum," an homage to classic kung fu flicks was an official selection at the Sacramento Film Festival and Asians on Film Festival (2014).
His clever and witty video "I Wanna Be an Engineer" (a parody of "Billionaire") went viral with over one million views on YouTube. He is also a spokesperson for the White House/Intel campaign, "Stay With It," promoting careers in science and engineering. Chiu's songs were featured in the video game "Sleeping Dogs" and the film "Dead Man Down" starring Colin Farrell.
Chiu is also an actor who has appeared in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness, The Hulk and The Matrix. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Sacramento, CA. He earned his mechanical engineering degree at Sacramento State and is a professionally licensed engineer.
Chiu is a project manager and senior mechanical engineer at Barry-Wehmiller Design Group & Facility Solutions and he is very active in Asian American advocacy speaking on numerous panels addressing representation in media and other sectors.
|Murray E. Rudin (NY Kappa '83) — Saturday, Oct. 8
Murray is a managing director of Riordan, Lewis & Haden. RLH is a private equity firm which invests in fast-growing profitable enterprises in the business services, healthcare, and government services sectors with $25-150 million revenue.
Over the past 18 years, Murray has been a director of more than a dozen RLH portfolio companies across a range of sectors including recruiting services, IT outsourcing, and healthcare revenue cycle management. He is active in all phases of the private equity process, including sourcing, evaluating, and structuring new investments as well as assisting portfolio companies with strategy development and key hiring decisions. He has previously also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for RLH.
He holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering with highest distinction from the University of Rochester and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Board of the Forum for Corporate Directors and a former member of the Trustees' Visiting Committee of the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Science.
|Don P. McMillan (PA Alpha '81) — Saturday, Oct. 8
Don is an engineer and comedian with Technically Funny, Inc. He joined Tau Beta Pi as an undergraduate at Lehigh University and later earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
He spent more than 10 years working in Silicon Valley as a chip designer and manager. In 1993, he won the $100,000 Star Search Comedy Grand Champion competition and decided to become a stand-up comedian.
But in his heart he's still – and always will be – an engineer. His "Engineer@Heart" show celebrates the ways engineers think, live, and interact. Using solid engineering methods to generate comedy, Don has filled his show with graphs, charts, formulas, and complex robust models. Through an engineer's eye, Don addresses everything from relationships to statistical analysis to shopping.