Pictured below are 30 notable members, with short bios, from a distinguished group of Tau Bates that includes 17 Draper prize winners, eight postage stamp honorees, 12 winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 20 Nobel laureates, 52 recipients of the National Medal of Technology, 65 honorees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 70 astronauts, 80 recipients of the National Medal of Science, hundreds of members of the National Academy of Engineering, hundreds of corporate CEOs and academic leaders, 14 state governors, more than 20 Olympic and professional athletes, and two Super Bowl winners.
Served as president of the University of Michigan from 1988-96 and currently holds the title of president emeritus and university professor of science and engineering at the University of Michigan. His teaching and research interests have spanned a wide range of subjects in science, mathematics, and engineering. Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous national awards for his research, teaching, and service activities, including the National Medal of Technology for exemplary service to the nation. He has served on or chaired numerous public and private boards including the National Science Board and numerous committees of the National Academies including its executive committee and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy.
Gregory L. Fenves is the 29th president of The University of Texas at Austin. Before he became president in 2015, he served the university as executive vice president and provost and as dean of UT's Cockrell School of Engineering. He began his career in 1984 as an assistant professor in UT's department of civil engineering. He then served more than 20 years on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he became an internationally renowned expert on structural engineering for earthquakes. For his research and teaching, Fenves was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.
Gast became the 16th president of Imperial College London in 2014. An internationally renowned scholar and researcher, she was named one of the top 100 "Modern Era" engineers in the country by AIChE. Gast served as the vice president for research and associate provost at MIT, before being appointed as Lehigh University's 13th president in 2006, where she served until 2014. The focus of Gast's research career was the study of surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behavior of complex fluids.
Hennessy served as president of Stanford University from 2000-16. A pioneer in computer architecture and dubbed the "godfather of Silicon Valley," he is one of the founders of MIPS Computer Systems Inc. as well as the founding board chair of Atheros, one of the early developers of WiFi technology. He has served on the board of Cisco and Alphabet (Google's parent company) and holds numerous honors including 2012 Medal of Honor from IEEE. Read profile from TBP's magazine The Bent.
Dr. Klawe became the first woman president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006 and was previously Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. She is a renowned computer scientist and international lecturer. She's made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science and has served on numerous boards including Broadcom and Microsoft, and was ranked 17 on Fortune's 2014 list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. Read profile from TBP's Bent magazine.
Dr. Vest served as MIT president from 1990 until December 2004, and as president of the National Academy of Engineering from 2007-13. He was the provost and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, prior to his appointment as MIT's president. Vest served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and chaired the task force on the Future of Science Programs at the Department of Energy. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 72.
He is a mechanical engineer and former NASA astronaut and fighter pilot. Aldrin earned an Sc.D. degree in astronautics from MIT making him the first astronaut with a doctoral degree. As lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the moon. Included among his awards, service medals, and honors is the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969), and induction into the International Space Hall of Fame. He has appeared in more than 20 movies and television shows.
He is a U.S. Air Force officer, NASA astronaut, and former Chief of the Astronaut Office. Behnken holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and has logged over 1,000 flight hours in 25 different aircraft. He flew aboard Space Shuttle missions STS-123 and STS-130 as a Mission Specialist, accumulating over 708 hours in space, including 37 hours of spacewalk time. He is currently assigned to the first test flight SpX-DM2 of the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
She is a former NASA astronaut and previous vice president and deputy general manager of Jacobs Engineering. A veteran of three space flights, Davis logged over 673 hours in space. She received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive and NASA's Exceptional Service medal (twice), and was a 2016 TBP Distinguished alumna.
He is a former NASA astronaut and senior advisor of space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. His space flight experience includes two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions (STS-109 and STS-125), becoming the first person to use Twitter in space during STS-125. He appeared in several movies and television shows, including a recurrent role in six episodes on the CBS TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Massimino is a best-selling author and a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University.
She was an electrical, software, and biomedical engineer, pilot, and NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Resnik was the second American woman in space logging 145 hours in orbit. She was also the first Jewish woman of any nationality in space. The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor.
He was an American aeronautical engineer, U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. On June 3, 1965, he became the first American to walk in space. White died along with two other astronauts during prelaunch testing for the first manned Apollo mission at Cape Canaveral. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his flight in Gemini 4 and was then awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor posthumously.
Former professional ballet dancer and elite cyclist; she is a freelance technology journalist for Daily Dot, Refinery29, and WIRED. She was awarded the 2010 Tau Beta Pi Laureate for arts.
Professional fast pitch player, USA Softball National team player, and UAB medical student. Graduate of Auburn University where she owns almost every offensive batting record. She was awarded the 2017 Tau Beta Pi Laureate for athletics.
Dennison is an offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. He served as the special teams coach for the Super Bowl Champion Broncos in 1997 and 1998; and played for the Broncos as a linebacker from 1982-90.
The first person to ascend all of Colorado's fourteeners solo in winter. Subject of the 2019 film 127 Hours. He is a motivational speaker and mechanical engineer.
Co-founder of the band Boston and inventor with nearly three dozen patents. Internationally recognized musician, songwriter, and philanthropist. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus (2017).
One-man industrial doom metal band, mechanical engineer, and artist. He custom designs and fabricates most of his instrumentation and controllers from raw materials and open source electronic circuitry. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He is a senior partner at Sienna Ventures and a past chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. He has held other leadership roles, including CEO of National Semiconductor and president of Rockwell Communication Systems. His technical contributions include the first practical charge coupled image sensor and charged couple device that is used as the eyeball of the Hubble Space Telescope. He was a recipient of the 2015 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus Award.
She is the Chairwoman and CEO of General Motors Company. Her bachelor's degree in electrial engineering was earned from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).
He is retired chairman and a director of Bechtel Group Inc., serving as Bechtel president from 1960-90. He received the 1999 National Academy of Engineering founders award and the 2008 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus award.
He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon; founder of aerospace company Blue Origin; and owner of The Washington Post. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. In 2018, he was named the "richest man in modern history."
He is a founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg, L.P., and served three terms as mayor of New York City beginning in 2002. He is also a philanthropist and made the largest private donation to a higher education institution (Johns Hopkins University).
She is CEO and co-founder of Hearsay and author of New York Times best-seller, The Facebook Era. Clara is a member of Starbucks board of directors and previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. She has been named one of Fortune's "Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs." In 2005, she was recognized as a Tau Beta Pi Laureate for diverse achievements. Read her leadership profile from The Bent magazine.
Bose was an inventor, entrepreneur, electrical and sound engineer, and a professor of electrical engineering at MIT for over 45 years, winning numerous teaching awards. His research in the areas of speaker technology and acoustics led to his founding in 1964 of Bose Corporation, a worldwide producer of products for home, car, and professional audio. Dr. Bose earned several honor and awards including IEEE Fellow and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Dr. Dresselhaus was known as the "queen of carbon science" and her research helped to develop technology based on thin graphite which allow electronics to be "everywhere," including clothing and smartphones. During a 57-year teaching career, she was a professor emerita of physics and electrical engineering at MIT. Dresselhaus received more than 25 honors and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Medal of Science, induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and as the first female recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor.
She is a business executive, engineer, academic, former government official, and is the 13th chancellor of the State University of New York. Dr. Johnson has been a leader in the development of optoelectronic processing systems, 3-D imaging, and color-management systems. She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2015) for polarization-control technology, and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016
Kilby was an electrical engineer, who took part in the invention of the first integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments in 1958. For this, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000. From 1978-84, Kilby was a distinguished professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M. Also the co-inventor of the handheld calculator and the thermal printer, he received the National Medal of Science and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He also has patents for seven other inventions. See an interview with Tau Beta Pi in the Summer 2001 issue of The Bent magazine.
Dr. Langer is heralded as one of the most prolific inventors in the history of medicine, as well as the father of controlled drug release and founder of tissue engineering in regenerative medicine. He is the most cited engineer in history with more than 273,000 citations. Dr. Langer is a professor at MIT and a faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Langer is one of four living individuals to have received both the U.S. National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. View his leadership profile from The Bent magazine.
Sasson is an electrical engineer and the inventor of the first self-contained digital camera. He has worked at Eastman Kodak since graduating from engineering school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
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