Tau Beta Pi Leadership
The Executive Council is a group of alumnus members elected by the Convention to lead the Association, under the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws and the Acts of the Convention.
It guides the programs of Tau Beta Pi through a full-time Executive Director, whose offices at the University of Tennessee are the Headquarters of the Association (HQ Staff), and other Association Officials whom it appoints. All actions taken by the Council or the Officials are reported back to the Convention.
|Joseph P. (J.P.) Blackford, DC Gamma '95||Councillor, 2014-18; President, 2014-16; Secretary, 2018|
|Scott E. Fable, CA Tau '96||Councillor, 2018-20|
|Susan L.R. Holl, CA Lambda '76||Councillor, 2014-18; Vice President, 2017; President, 2018|
|Stephan L. King-Monroe, MI Epsilon '08||Councillor, 2018-20|
|George J. Morales, FL Epsilon '06||Councillor, 2014-18; Secretary, 2016-17; Treasurer, 2018|
|Wayne B. Paugh, FL Gamma '93||Councillor, 2017-19; Vice President, 2018|
|C. Craig Smith, TN Epsilon '80||Councillor, 2018-20|
|George Youssef, NJ Gamma '01||Councillor, 2017-19|
|Menna M. Youssef, VA Gamma '04||Councillor, 2017-19|
|Curtis D. Gomulinski, MI Epsilon '01||Executive Director|
|James D. Froula, TN Alpha '67||Executive Director Emeritus|
|Roger E. Hakws, NY Lambda '75||Assistant Executive Director Emeritus|
Joseph P. Blackford has served as an Engineering Futures Facilitator since 2003 and a District 4 Director from 2005-14. He is a graduate of the George Washington University with a B.S. degree in civil engineering, summa cum laude, with a secondary field in biological anthropology, and an M.S. in environmental engineering.
He is Director of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Off-Campus Doctoral Programs at The George Washington University. He is also a lecturer in engineering management and systems engineering at GW and teaches undergraduate courses in probability and statistics, as well as graduate level courses on stochastic processes and decision analysis. Before taking on his current position, he was Director of the Science and Engineering Apprentice Programs, a DoD sponsored program which supported efforts to nurture high school and college students' interests in STEM careers.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the senior environmental services engineer at the American Public Power Association (APPA), a non-partisan, non-profit organization representing community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses, and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 47 million Americans. At APPA, he provided technical, regulatory, and compliance assistance to APPA members and staff on issues facing electric utilities. He enjoys traveling and outdoor activities in his spare time.
Scott E. Fable began serving as a ΤΒΠ
Executive Councillor in 2018 and earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of California, Irvine, and an M.S.M.E. at UC Berkeley.
As a supervisor at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Scott leads a team of technical reviewers for PG&E's energy efficiency incentive programs. Scott has volunteered continuously with ΤΒΠ for twenty years, most recently as a District 15 Director and a Chapter Advisor for California Eta.
In these roles, he consistently applied best practices from program management, team development, group training, and operational strategy to improve District 15 chapters and transfer successes to the national District Program.
Susan L.R. Holl, Ph.D., received her B.S. in electrical engineering, and B.S. and M.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Davis. She earned her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. As an undergraduate, Sue was active in professional societies including SWE, IEEE, ASM, Phi Kappa Phi, and ΤΒΠ, serving as Treasurer of the CA Lambda Chapter.
Upon completing her Ph.D., Sue joined the faculty of the department of mechanical engineering at California State University, Sacramento. During her career at CSUS, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses, pursued research in semiconductor device fabrication and advised student professional organizations. She is currently the department chair. When Sue joined the faculty at CSUS and learned there was no Tau Beta Pi Chapter, she immediately began the process to establish one. California Upsilon was installed in 1984, and Sue has served as Chief Advisor ever since.
Throughout her career, Sue has been active at the chapter and district level, has served on the ΤΒΠ Scholarship/Fellowship Board from 1994-2014, supported the CA Upsilon and Lambda Chapters in hosting the 2008 Convention, has been active in the Advisor and Alumni Chapter Committees at Convention, and has served as President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the Sacramento Alumni Chapter. During her free time, Sue enjoys local activities with her daughter, Christy (CA L '09), and son-in-law Mike, and visiting Jiaxing City, China, where her son, Danny, and his fiancée, Ann, currently reside.
Stephan L. King Monroe began serving as a ΤΒΠ
Executive Councillor in 2018 and is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He graduated with a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Currently, Stephan is is a senior member of technical staff for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. He is responsible for the assurance of legacy stockpile weapons and manages weapon surveillance through flight and lab tests. Stephan has also held multiple leadership positions in Northern California's Toastmasters International. He has served for five years on the planning council of Sandia's regional science bowl, which holds annual competitions for middle and high school students.
Stephan became a ΤΒΠ Engineering Futures Facilitator in 2012 and served on the Engineering Futures Planning Committee. He leads Sandia's recruiting at the ΤΒΠ annual Convention, having learned about it himself there in 2007.
George J. Morales, Ph.D., has served as an Engineering Futures Facilitator since 2010 as well as serving on the Engineering Futures Planning Committee. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He graduated with a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Florida Atlantic University.
Currently, George is employed at Intel Corporation as a test research and development engineer in Chandler, AZ. He currently focuses his efforts on test technology development under the sort test technology division group for a variety of client products. George has also been an active participant in the Stay with It! program, which is based on collaboration between industry, academia, and government. The White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness created this program to address the high dropout rate in undergraduate STEM programs within the United States. George enjoys spending time with his two daughters, traveling, and is an avid basketball player.
Wayne B. Paugh, Esq., was nominated by the Front Range Alumni Chapter and became a ΤΒΠ
Executive Councillor in January 2017.
He received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in public speaking in 1993. He was an applications engineer in the robotics and motion control field until earning a graduate degree in the management of technology. At this point, Wayne pursued a career change by attending law school in the Washington, DC, area and specialized in intellectual property.
He spent 13 years in Washington and worked primarily in the federal government in executive and managerial roles. During this time, Wayne was appointed United States coordinator for international intellectual property enforcement by President George W. Bush. Colloquially known as the "IP Czar," he was responsible for coordinating and leveraging resources of the U.S. Government to protect American IP at home and abroad and to promote international trade and U.S. global competitiveness. Ultimately, he relocated to the Denver area as an assistant chief counsel in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mountain west region. He has also served as a special assistant United States attorney in the major crimes division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado in the U.S. Department of Justice. Wayne has served as an Engineering Futures Facilitator for four years and has gained a renewed dedication to the future of engineering.
C. Craig Smith, P.E., began serving as a ΤΒΠ
Executive Councillor in 2018 and is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He also earned a master's in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Craig joined the Tennessee Valley Authority, engaged in nuclear plant design. He worked at several engineering firms in different roles and, in 2003, joined the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), a Department of Energy research facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. SNS hosts scientists and researchers from over 80 countries and is a key focal point for neutron scattering in the United States.
In 2007, he became involved in the Great Smoky Mountains Alumni Chapter of ΤΒΠ, taking on several officer roles including president. Serving in an active alumni chapter allowed Craig to see the big impact alumni can have on students. He strongly believes that alumni represent a valuable asset for the Association.
George Youssef was nominated by the Central Jersey Alumni Chapter and became a ΤΒΠ
Executive Councillor in January 2017.
He is a graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where he earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, cum laude, and NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College. George joined the General Electric company field engineer program in 2002 working on gas turbines around the globe. George has served in a number of positions including field engineer, resource engineer, training manager, and senior customer service leader in areas ranging from New Jersey and Georgia, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In a recent position, he was responsible for outage planning and execution, upgrades, and parts and repairs for ten nuclear power plants in PA, NJ, and CT.
He currently holds a service director position supporting the boiler services business in the western part of the United States. While at NJIT, he was active in Tau Beta Pi and served as a chapter president. George was a District 2 Director from 2009-16 covering the six chapters in New Jersey. He attended Convention twice as the voting delegate and enjoyed attending last year's Convention in San Diego. He is married with one daughter and relocated from New Jersey to California. During his free time, George enjoys traveling and meeting new people.
Menna M. Youssef, Ph.D., was nominated by the Richmond Alumni Chapter and became a ΤΒΠ
Executive Councillor in January 2017.
She is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she earned a bachelor of science magna cum laude and an M.S., both in electrical engineering. She then attended the University of Dayton, completing her Ph.D. in 2011 focusing her research on pattern recognition and computer vision applications for human activity recognition. Menna was a Graduate Student Research Program fellow and Virginia Space Grant Consortium fellow at NASA Langley researching electromagnetic propagation in aircraft fuselages and interned for NATO working on passive radar scenario testing.
As an instructor at Old Dominion, she developed a strong interest in STEM and education reform that led her to work on developing initiatives in rural communities in the Middle East and North Africa region. In 2014, Menna joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner in the Image Analysis workgroup. She served as a ΤΒΠ chapter president and as an advisor for VA Gamma. She is currently a member of the Advisor Recruitment and Development Committee.
Curtis D. Gomulinski is the Executive Director of The Tau Beta Pi Association. He succeeded Jim Froula at the close of the 2011 Convention. He is the fourth member to hold this position.
He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State University and a master's degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Tau Beta Pi, Curt spent eight years at the University of Michigan serving in a variety of roles including system administrator, project engineer, and interim manager. He was responsible for numerous server systems and departmental applications as well as leading an array of infrastructure projects including the execution of virtualization, storage, networking, and database solutions serving the needs of plant operations.
He was initiated into ΤΒΠ in 1998, served for two years as chapter president, and spearheaded the successful bid to host the 2002 Convention in Detroit. In 2002, he assisted local alumni to reactivate the Southeastern Michigan Alumni Chapter and began his volunteer role as District 7 Director. In 2008, he assumed the role of Chapter Advisor to Michigan Gamma at the University of Michigan. He served in both roles until July 2011.
He lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife, Tricia Gomulinski, South Dakota Alpha '98. He and his wife met through their mutual involvement as District Directors, and he proposed to her at the 2010 District Conference in Laramie, WY. They were married in 2010 on New Year's Eve in metropolitan Detroit. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and learning to play the piano.
James D. Froula, P.E. (ret.), is Executive Director Emeritus of The Tau Beta Pi Association. He was named in 1982 and served until 2011 as Executive Director. Jim is the third person to hold this position.
Prior to joining ΤΒΠ, Jim spent 12 years in design, development, and engineering management for the IBM Corporation in Lexington, KY, and Boulder, CO, receiving a first-level invention achievement award and an outstanding innovation award as mechanical manager for the Model 60 Copier.
His career began at Union Carbide Corporation's Y-12 nuclear plant as an engineering co-op student. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army ordnance corps at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Rock Island Arsenal, IL, and in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and was awarded the bronze star and the army commendation medal.
Jim earned a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee, where he was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, and Tau Beta Pi, serving as President of Tennessee Alpha. His graduate work was completed under an NSF fellowship. A former District 12 Director, Jim received the ΤΒΠ Distinguished Service Award in 1982. Former president and vice president of the Association of College Honor Societies, he served on the award selection committee of the American Association of Engineering Societies.
A licensed professional engineer in Tennessee, he is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and also a member of Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma Xi, National Society of Professional Engineers, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, and Technical Society of Knoxville. He serves on the Editorial Board of The Bent of Tau Beta Pi and on the committee on finances for Sigma Xi.
Roger E. Hawks is the Assistant Executive Director Emeritus of The Tau Beta Pi Association. He joined Tau Beta Pi in 1986, served as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer from 1986-2016, and served as Director of Chapter Programs from 2016 until his departure in 2018. Roger was only the sixth person to hold the position of Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, and the first to do so for a period longer than 10 years.
Roger's work at Tau Beta Pi was diverse and included many aspects of the Associations operations. He worked with petitioning societies interested in establishing a Tau Beta Pi chapter, oversaw interactions with chapters including reporting, activities, and awards, assisted with the award winning Engineering Futures Program, and served as the liaison to the District Directors and Advisors. He also assisted in the coordination of our annual Conventions, back to the 1986 event in College Park, MD.
Roger's years of service place him among the giants of Tau Beta Pi history including Red Matthews, Bob Nagel, and Jim Froula, all of whom dedicated an extensive period of their lives to the Association.
Roger was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. He graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua. He was the first in his family to attend college receiving a B.E. degree in chemical engineering, cum laude from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After spending 10 years working in the Maxwell House Division of General Foods, Roger responded to an ad in The Bent 'Wanted Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.'
While on the fencing team at Pratt, Roger met and married Stefanie in January 1974. Stefanie served as captain of the women's fencing team for the 1974-75 seasons. Their 'children' have been of the four-footed and furry variety. Roger has a keen interest in music. He has sung in several church choirs, serving briefly as director, and the Knoxville Community Chorus. Stefanie began as a pen-and-ink and pencil artist and has moved into computer graphics. They are both avid sci-fi fans. They were given a tour of the BBC by the executive assistant to the producer of Doctor Who and saw the original Star Wars (before it became 'A New Hope') 30 times during the first year. They currently live in Maryville, TN.