Student Advisory Board
What is it?
- Created in 2013, the SAB is a committee of TBP members who serve to provide recent graduate and student input to the Executive Council and Executive Director, especially outside of Convention.
- The SAB identifies and prioritizes areas of potential improvement in TBP and works to make those improvements, as well as to enhance resources for collegiate chapter officers.
Who can join?
- Any TBP undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate (one year after graduation) in good standing can submit an application to join the SAB. If selected, the SAB member serves for a three-year term, attending monthly Zoom meetings and fulfilling the objectives of the SAB agreed at the meetings.
- The SAB application for new members is open every year from December-January.
- Read the SAB Charter to learn more about how the SAB functions.
- Please direct questions or interest to the Interest Form or contact the .
Current board projects include:
- Chapter Mentoring Initiative: to help improve chapter quality
- Chapter toolkit: a collection of guidelines and templates to provide chapter officers with additional resources and to address common problems. Any comments would be greatly appreciated in the form here.
- Simplified Constitution & Bylaws: work with a task force to suggest edits to the current C&B.
- Improve TBP Officer Handbook (previously known as President's Book; will be available in January 2021.
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|Alex Brown, WY A '19||Alex is a chemical engineering major at the University of Wyoming (UW), minoring in mathematics. As part of the WY Alpha Chapter he served as chapter president, banquet site chair, and voting delegate at the 2018 Convention. He is a member of the UW Chem-E-Car team and has held officer positions with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Mortar Board. He will attend graduate school in the UK, working on his MSc in advanced chemical engineering.|
CT A '20
Vice Chair 2021
|Elizabeth will graduate from Yale University in May 2020 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science. She joined the CT Alpha chapter in 2018, served as Chapter Vice President, and was a 2019 TBP scholar. She attended the 2019 District 1 Conference, the 2019 TBP Convention, and has assisted in organizing the 2020 District 1 Conference. After graduation, Elizabeth will begin a full-time engineering position with the Con Edison GOLD Program in NYC and plans to pursue a master's degree. She has also served as president/co-president of Yale's Society of Women Engineers and Design for America chapters, as well as SheCode, a Yale club that teaches programming workshops to middle and high school girls.|
|Lauryn Carver, OK A '19||Lauryn graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019 with a B.S. in chemical engineering, focusing on biotechnology. After graduation, she spent a year at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before moving to Chicago to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular engineering at the Univ. of Chicago. At OK Alpha, she served as both the chapter president and VP, each for one year. Lauryn continued her involvement by assisting the chapter officers in a student advisory role to help run the chapter smoothly. She has attended two D9 Conferences as well as the 2017 TBP Convention as a voting delegate and member of the Curriculum Review Committee. In the coming years, Lauryn hopes to establish a new TBP chapter at the University of Chicago.|
|Kara Combs, OH M '21||Kara graduated from Wright State University with her B.S. in industrial & systems engineering in May 2021. She will continue at Wright State to obtain her M.S. in industrial and human factors engineering. At the OH Mu chapter, she became an officer-elect and later served as her chapter's corresponding secretary and vice president. She virtually attended the D7 Regional Conference and TBP Unvention in 2020. After graduating, she intends to stay involved by joining the TBP Dayton Alumni Chapter and the Dayton-Cincinnati Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Professional Chapter.|
|Christopher Ferguson, OH K '21||Chris is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Akron and will graduate in May 2021 with his bachelor's degree. He joined Ohio Kappa in 2019 and has held the roles of corresponding secretary and chapter president, each for one year. He attended the 2019 TBP Convention in Columbus, OH, as a non-voting delegate and the 2020 Unvention as the voting delegate. He also works in a research lab for high temperature ceramics and is involved with a student ASME chapter as the president. Chris is planning on pursuing a master's in mechanical engineering with a focus on materials.|
OH K '20
|Alec graduated from the University of Akron in May 2020 with a B.S. in chemical engineering and an applied mathematics minor. Within the OH Kappa Chapter, he served as the chapter president, VP, and recruitment director and attended the 2018 and 2019 Conventions. During his time in school, he took part in a wide variety of organizations and spent three years gaining co-op experience at Bridgestone in their R&D department. Alec works for Archaea Energy, a company that collects gases emitted from landfills and produces pipeline grade renewable natural gas.|
|Daniel Karami, OK A '19||Daniel graduated from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in May 2015 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He worked as an engineering consultant for a national gas processing start-up that did data optimization internationally in Germany and Thailand, before returning to the OU in 2018 to pursue his MSc in biomedical engineering while working in data analytics and biologics for an Oklahoma-based biologics company. For OK Alpha, Daniel served as the graduate student coordinator for the 2019-20 academic year as well as president for Spring 2020. He also attended the 2019 Convention as a non-voting delegate and participated as a member of the Alumni Chapter Committee.|
|Ava Mauser, NM B '17||Ava received her B.S. in chemical engineering and a minor in mathematics from the University of New Mexico. As part of NM Beta, Ava served as vice president and president, attended three regional TBP conferences, served on the awards committee at the 2017 Convention, was a TBP scholar, and was awarded the TBP fellowship. Ava attends the University of Michigan, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.|
|Crystal Nguyen, LA D '18||Crystal is pursuing her bachelor's in chemical engineering. She serves as LA D Chapter president, attended Convention 2018 as a voting delegate, and served as a secretary for image and marketing committee. She is an Engineering Ambassador, co-caption for ChemE Car Research Team, and secretary for American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She is working on research of fracking waste water and lithium batteries at UL Lafayette. She is planning to pursue a master's in chemical engineering.|
|Mark Odorizzi, PA Z '19||Mark graduated from Drexel University in 2019, earning a B.S. in architectural engineering and a M.S. in civil engineering, minoring in music. He works as a structural designer at Keast & Hood Structural Engineers in Philadelphia. Mark was involved with PA Zeta for three years at Drexel. He served as vice president his junior year and president his senior year. During his involvement, he attended three District 3 Conferences and two TBP Conventions as the voting delegate of PA Z. During the respective conventions, Mark served as a member of the Awards Committee and Chair of the Resolutions Committee|
|William Strahl, UT B '19||Will graduated from Brigham Young University in 2018 with a major in chemical engineering and minor in computer science. In the UT Beta chapter, he served as president and MindSET Chair. He is currently a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.|
|Michaelyn Thomas, Ph.D., MD A '21
||Dr. Thomas is a space systems engineering graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University; graduating in May 2021. She joined the MD Alpha chapter in 2020. She brings a wealth of academia and aerospace industry experience as she started her professional career in 2007 and this will be her third graduate degree. She is an aerospace executive manager working on space-based systems. Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Univ. of La Verne; an MBA from Univ. of Redlands; and a B.A. degree in political science with a minor in Russian language from California State Univ., Long Beach. Her research has primarily been centered on the leadership advancement of underrepresented groups in the aerospace industry, and her doctoral dissertation was published in 2017. She has extended her research to include complex systems, particularly organizational complexity on launch vehicle systems, and how the dynamical network interactions are nonlinear.|
|SAB Advisors: Sandhiya Kannan, NY O '17, Phiwat Klomkaew, AL E '18, Lauren Logan, OH D '10, and Natalie Turco, NY S '20|
Student Advisory Board (SAB) members and SAB advisors on a 2020 virtual meeting.