Colleen L. Hill-Stramsak, P.E., recently joined the Macomb (MI) County Department of Roads as a traffic safety engineer, after spending the past 20+ years working for Hubbell, Roth & Clark as a department manager and associate.
Colleen has a B.S. in civil eng'g and an M.S. in transportation eng'g, both from Wayne State University, where she served in many officer positions, including chapter president. She is currently a MI E Chapter Advisor (since 2003) and secretary and past president of the TBP Southeastern Michigan Alumni Chapter.
She has served on the International Board of Direction for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2012-14, and mentors women interested in the transportation industry.
Joan is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a B.S. degree in aeronuatical engineering.
She served as the California Mu Chapter president during her senior year. After graduating, she participated in design meetings for the Engineering Futures Program in the late 1980's and facilitated sessions from 1987-98. Joan is currently semi-retired after a diverse career, over 30 years, with Honeywell International where she held leadership positions in engineering project, field support & aircraft engine test, business management, program & product management, a joint venture with General Electric, a $1B divestiture transistion, operational & process excellence, six sigma and lean problem solving, business continuity management, global strategic sourcing, customer & product support, global internal consulting and human resources talent management.
She is the founder of Finestra Consulting, LLC, where she continues to follow her passion for process excellence and coaching /mentoring early and mid-career professionals in leadership and leadership presence. She has been a volunteer mentor with Menttium since 2008. Joan enjoys being outdoors and fills her spare time with travel, snow skiing, show shoeing, and hiking. She is the proud morther of two sons; an electrical engineering and civil engineering.
Curt attended Wayne State University where he majored in electrical engineering and minored in computer science. Upon graduation, he went to the University of Michigan where he earned a master's degree in computer science and engineering. He worked for nine years in Michigan's Plant Operations department serving as a system administrator, database administrator, project engineer, and two terms as interim manager of his department.
Curt was hired as Tau Beta Pi's fourth Executive Director in 2011 to lead the Association's day-to-day operations including overseeing the 14-member Heaquarters staff.
Curt was initiated into the Michigan Epsilon Chapter in 1998. He served as the chapter's cataloger and president, president of the Southeastern Michigan Alumni Chapter, District 7 Director, and advisor to Michigan Gamma. He married fellow Tau Bate Tricia Schwaller in 2010 after meeting her through their mutual involvement as District Directors and proposed to her at a District Conference.
MingDe is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in biomedical engineering. He earned his Ph.D.in biomedical engineering from Duke University.
MingDe is the Director for Clinical Research North America for Visage Imaging, Inc., where he oversees and directs academic-industry research partnerships, especially around Artificial Intelligence and acts as the liaison between engineers in Visage and clinical collaborators to translate ideas to products that improve patient care. He is also an adjunct assistant professor, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Lin is directly involved in research to develop better ways to treat patients with liver cancer and in this context, and is the chief engineer and operations manager of the Yale Interventional Oncology Research Lab.
At Yale, MingDe has been an advisor for CT Alpha Chapter since 2016, and from 2017, he reactivated and has been serving the Central Connecticut TBP Alumni Chapter, first as President (2017-19) and then as Director in order to shepherd the transition of new leadership and to work with the officers in longer term strategic goals to bring a closer connection together with the collegiate chapters. He looks forward to instilling a greater connection between alumni and collegiate Tau Bates, to explore the role TBP can play in diversity and inclusiveness, and to encourage aspiring engineers towards TBP.
Rachel was initiated in 2013 and held collegiate chapter positions as Social Chair, President-Elect, and President. As a chapter officer, she focused on building its image on campus with new posters, hand delivering invitations to candidates, and adding TBP shirts/hoodies for purchase by members as part of initiation. Each year since 2014, Rachel has attended Convention. After graduating with a B.S. in civil engineering from California State University, Sacramento, she served as Acting Secretary and is currently President of the Sacramento Valley Alumni Chapter (SVAC). This chapter is working with local collegiate chapters to provide guidance on transitioning to the professional world with alumni panel discussions and resume workshops.
Rachel is an associate engineer for the Sacramento Area Sewer District. Previously, Rachel was with an architectural engineering firm and performed forensic investigations of structures which gave her the unique knowledge of construction defects and design repairs. As a member of the Executive Council, she wants to assist in building our image and reconnecting with alumni. Rachel looks forward to collaborating on ideas for our future growth.
Marla was nominated by the Arizona Alpha Chapter and became a TBP Executive Councillor in January 2023. She earned a B.S. in systems engineering from the University of Arizona (UA), where she served as AZ Alpha Chapter vice president for two years.
She initially joined Garrett, now Honeywell, and refined her love of technology and efficiencies by becoming a Black Belt, Lean Expert, and Lean Master. Now, Marla is a senior technical manager for Continuous Improvement. She has been dedicated to aerospace product excellence for 38 years, serving in leadership positions for over 25 years at various levels.
Marla is a founding member of the Engineering & Technology Diversity Council and Women in Honeywell network. She also serves as the Honeywell corporate program manager for engineering diversity events and is the campus manager of UA. She continues to mentor and sponsor interns, new hires, and experienced women in aerospace.
Mike has served as a TBP District 7 Director since 2016 and previously served as MI Gamma Chapter president and advisor. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering systems.
He is currently employed at Ford Motor Company as an autonomous vehicle systems engineer. Additionally, he served as chair of the Student Advisory Board, is a TBP Fellow (2012), helped establish the Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter, and helped lead the Constitution and Bylaws reorganization from 2014-18.
Mike has attended every Convention since 2011 and plans to work to create Association committees to provide more volunteer opportunities for students and alumni, expand chapter resources, streamline the organization's operations, and expand the Association's commitment to DEI Initiatives.
Thomas A. Pinkham IV, is currently the strategic accounts program manager for Kodak Moments, where he oversees product delivery and operations, supporting and retaining customer's accounts for over $100M in annual revenue in Europe.
He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and attended IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, as part of an Executive Development program.
Tom has served as a TBP District 2 Director (NY & NJ) since 1990, enjoys developing chapter and Association leaders, and has advised nearly every Convention committee.
Henry H. Houh, Ph.D., currently works independently as a technology consultant and a technical expert witness, having previously assumed key roles in various venture-backed startups, including chief technologist and CTO.
He holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science; a B.S. in physics; and master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering & computer science.
Henry served as an advisor to the MA Beta Chapter from 2003-16 and is a TBP Laureate (1989).
Ron began serving as a TBP Executive Councillor in 2021 and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering. He is a senior systems engineer at Interconnect Systems, a subsidiary of Molex, LLC, where he is involved in the development of hardware for instrumentation and RF bandwidth ADCs and DACs coupled with FPGA processing. Previously, Ron co-founded startup TechnoConcepts, Inc., and served as its first president.
He has served at TBP's permanent Convention Chair 28 times and as parliamentarian before that. He previously served as a District 15 Director, Engineering Futures Facilitator, and Director of Engineering Futures. More recently, he served as an advisor to the CA Epsilon Chapter. He enjoys living with his family in Newbury Park, CA, and playing music in his spare time.
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