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Tau Alpha Pi Welcomes Dr. Michael D. Johnson as the new President of the Board
Dr. Michael D. Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M, he was a senior product development engineer at the 3M Corporate Research Laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on design tools; specifically, the cost modeling and analysis of product development and manufacturing systems; computer-aided design methodology; and engineering education. His work has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, the Journal of Engineering Education, and The Journal of Engineering Design.
Dr. Johnson is a member the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a senior member of IEEE.
Tau Alpha Pi – Pi Beta Chapter Inducts New Members for 2014
The Tau Alpha Pi (TAP) – Pi Beta Chapter of the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, was chartered in 1977 and has been active for the last 37 years. The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis currently has over 1,300 technology students enrolled. In academic year 2013-2014 there were 212 technology students eligible for membership in TAP. Of that number, 53 students accepted membership in the TAP National Honor Society – Pi Beta Chapter. On the evening of Friday, March 7, 2014 we were fortunate to have 34 of these outstanding students along with their parents, friends, and loved ones, present for the induction ceremony.
The induction ceremony was held in the lower level of the IUPUI University Library and began with a welcoming reception in the lobby outside of the Ruth Lilly Memorial Auditorium. After an hour of welcoming of new members along with meeting and greeting of accompanying family and friends, everyone entered the auditorium for the ceremony.
Rob Wolter, M.S., P.H.R., a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication working in the Organizational Leadership and Supervision Program, serves as faculty advisor to The TAP – Pi Beta Chapter. For this evening he was joined by Ken Rennels, P.E., an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Technology and the Director of the Facilities Management Master of Science in Technology Program. Off campus, Ken serves as Treasurer for the Engineering Technology Division of ASEE and as a national board member for TAP. He recently became the 22nd recipient of the Frederick J. Berger Award for individual and programmatic excellence in Engineering Technology Education – awarded by ASEE. In addition to Ken Rennels, Rob was joined onstage by Stephen Hundley, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Technology Leadership & Communication and the IUPUI Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives. Together, Rob, Ken, and Stephen brought greetings to the students from the Chairs of the Technology Departments, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, as well as the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of IUPUI, an Indiana University campus located at Indianapolis.
After introductions and greetings the evening was turned over to the capable care of the officers of Tau Alpha Pi – Pi Beta Chapter. The proceedings were presided over by President – Mary Beth Spindler; Secretary – Katie Ciechanowicz; and Treasurer – Dile Wilson.
As an added bonus for new members this year, and because of its location in Indianapolis, volunteers were solicited to work in support of the 121st ASEE Conference and Exposition scheduled for June 15 – 18, 2014. Five TAP members stepped forward to provide registration and conference support during the event. They will also be allowed to attend ASEE meeting sessions when they are off duty. The Pi Beta Chapter is paying for membership in ASEE for the volunteers and ASEE is waiving the conference registration fee for the five students.