The Fellowship Board of Tau Beta Pi , the engineering honor society, announces the selection of 40 young engineering students from 265 applicants for graduate fellowships in 2012-13. Twenty-three of this year's winners will receive cash stipends of $10,000 for their advanced study; the others do not need financial aid from Tau Beta Pi. More than $5,500,000 in stipends will have been given by the Society when this 79th group of scholars completes its graduate work. All Tau Beta Pi Fellowships are awarded on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. All fellows are members of Tau Beta Pi and may do their graduate work at any institution they choose.
Fourteen of the winners will study mechanical engineering, six chemical engineering, five aerospace engineering, five civil engineering, three biomedical engineering, and three electrical engineering. The others have chosen to study bioengineering, biosystems, and industrial engineering.
Tau Beta Pi was founded at Lehigh University in 1885. It has collegiate chapters at 238 engineering colleges in the United States and active alumnus chapters in 18 cities. It has initiated nearly 532,000 members in its 127-year history and is the world's largest engineering society.
Given for the 27th time, the Centennial Fellowship honors the Society's most outstanding fellow.
The Charles H. Spencer Fellowship is given for the 57th time. Named for Tau Beta Pi's national president in 1936-47, it is awarded to that winner whose contributions to his or her collegiate chapter are judged worthy of commendation.
The Harold M. King Fellowship , awarded for the 51st time, honors the 1954-58 president of Tau Beta Pi and is given to that winner whose participation in his or her technical society is judged worthy of special mention.
The fifteen Tau Beta Pi-James Fife Fellowships are presented in memory of the father of the late member William Fife, CA A '21 .
The Tau Beta Pi-Sigma Tau award, given for the 39th time, perpetuates the name of Sigma Tau, a national engineering honor society founded at the University of Nebraska in 1904 and merged into Tau Beta Pi in 1974. It also commemorates Sigma Tau's former national president and secretary-treasurer, Clarel B. Mapes.
The Donald A. Stark Fellowship is supported by a gift from a charitable trust named for the man who contributed much to progress in the fluid-power industry.
The Edward H. Williams Jr. Fellowship, awarded for the 33rd time, honors the founder of Tau Beta Pi. It is given to a winner who plans to earn a doctoral degree and become a professional engineering teacher, as was Dr. Williams.
The Matthews Fellowship is awarded in honor of R.C. “Red” Matthews, IL A '02 , who served as Secretary and Secretary-Treasurer in 1905-47 and as Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus in 1947-78. The Nagel Fellowship is given to honor Robert H. Nagel, P.E., NY D '39 , for his service as Editor and Secretary-Treasurer during 1942-82 and as Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus in 1982-97.
The Anderson Fellowship is named for Mabel E. and Marshall Anderson, MI G '32, who left a bequest to the Society in 2005. The Hanley Fellowship is named for Edward P. Hanley IL B '42, whose widow, Mary A. Hanley, left a bequest to Tau Beta Pi in 2007. Also that year, the Association received a bequest from the estates of David L. Arm, PA E '30, and his wife, Rena Miller Arm, sufficient to permanently endow the Arm Fellowship.
Walter E. Deuchler Sr. left a bequest in 1979 to endow the Deuchler Fellowship for graduate study in water supply, waste-water treatment, and ecology. The Lynnworth Fellowships are named for Lawrence C. Lynnworth, NY E '58, TBP Fellow No. 140, and matched by the GE Foundation. The first Forge Fellowship is named for Charles O. Forge, CA G '56, who left a bequest in 2010. The first Zimmerman Fellowship is named for Marlin U. Zimmerman Jr., MD A '44, who left a bequest in 2010.
These awards bring the total to 1,461 fellowships granted since the program was inaugurated in 1929. The 2012-13 Tau Beta Pi Fellows are introduced in the attached list at the top of the page.